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Never Ending Day

Perhaps, though, their advice comes not from forgetfulness but from a deep realization of a truth that they wish someone had shared with them as they struggled through the tough seasons, always looking for this time to pass....

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Are We There Yet?

While traveling with our five kiddos, especially as they grew into the more adult-sized bodies, we had our share of car turmoil. Oftentimes I used those moments to assess character flaws, training needs, and my own lack of patience....

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Staying Focused

Very few of my days fit into the neatly ordered flow I would love to have. Instead, interruptions come, tasks take longer than planned, or regular seasons like summer and Christmas bring a disruption to routine....

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Virtues of Gardening

It has amazed me how receptive our children have been to the work and the enjoyment that gardening has brought. Maybe it’s the fresh air and the tranquility of all things in order. Perhaps it’s that kids, in a world full of consumerism and video games, simply enjoy the basics...

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10 Tips for Online Safety

As the Internet becomes more and more accessible in our homes and on the go on our phones and tablets, it becomes increasingly important that we remain vigilant for the safety of ourselves and our children. Here are ten tips for Internet users to practice and for parents to teach...

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Guest Ready

By working margin into your life, recognizing that fellowship is more important than being the perfect hostess, and making sure that there’s always a “company” stash in the pantry or freezer, being guest ready will become an automatic and natural part of life!...

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All Prodigals Here

The work of the Spirit in the human heart is nothing we can format, predict, or schedule. The Spirit moves as He will (John 3:8). The new birth is God’s doing alone—we can’t do anything to force it on either ourselves or our children (John 1:13). Knowing that ought to...

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Starting Fresh

All relationships are dysfunctional to some degree simply because all of us are imperfect sinners. Yet some are so deeply dysfunctional, even downright abusive, that the fallout from them can last a lifetime. Maybe you know that from experience. Now, you just want a fresh start, a chance to break...

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Superheroes

Thankfully we serve a God who is fighting for us, AND has already WON the war! While we can’t always see this raging war going on, it is real. But here’s the good news! We have the tools and weapons to be able to combat and go to battle with...

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Stuck in a Rut?

If you’re lacking that energy for the homeschooling adventure that you love so much, know that you’re not alone. The homeschooling blues are real, and they happen more than you would imagine, to both new and seasoned homeschoolers at varying times during the year....

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A Healthy Family

That well-rounded target we are aiming for could possible be the cause of a great deal of stress, both for us and for our children. As you lay out your schedule, plan a new school year, and fill in all of the extras, keep the health of your family in...

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The Secret of Sisters

I have a secret. It was once told to me, and I didn’t listen. But, as time often does, it repeated the matter, and I heard a faint whisper. Time continued, and again I heard it, a bit louder. Each time, the secret became clearer and began to take shape,...

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Creation Matters

While it may be true that a science lesson is hardly to blame for such chaos, the establishment of evolution as a common course of study formed a large block in the foundation of our rejection of God and biblical truth....

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