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What is Advent, Anyway?

When we celebrate Advent, we do more than simply set aside one day to wish Jesus, “Happy birthday!” We reset our focus over the course of the whole season. Nothing can make Christmas more precious than an increased awareness of what Jesus really accomplished by taking on our flesh....

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Beware the “Expert”

Somewhere along the way, it seems to me that homeschoolers have lost sight of why they homeschool and have traded in their flexibility and freedom only to willingly place themselves under another “system,” one which has been created by homeschoolers, for homeschoolers....

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Sunday Traditions

When planning time together in order to establish a family tradition, the most important thing to remember is the uniqueness of your family. Don’t try copying someone else or a Pinterest board! Instead, discover what family members enjoy and set about to make the most of time together....

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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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