Encouraging Titus 2 Relationships (Don’t Outgrow the Nursery)

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      This Sunday we will have to decide whether or not we should hand out saltine crackers. And we'll be busy matching diaper bags with nametags and who is supposed to take a nap and whose hairclip got pulled out and which baby is the odor culprit and what toys were slobbered and need to be washed. And there's potential in there for us to be outnumbered. And out maneuvered. And there have definitely been Sundays when all I've Continue Reading

Interview with an American Idol Mom (What She Prays for Her Son)

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  The last few months have been a little crazy for the Seavey family. Keri and Jeff never imagined that they would watch their son Daniel Seavey make it into the Top 24, let alone Top 11, on the popular American singing competition series known as American Idol. I know Keri as-- wife to Jeff, a senior pastor and church planter, mom to four children (Tyler, Christian, Daniel and Anna), women's ministry leader, biblical counselor, speaker, and writer who Continue Reading

Making Time for Your Marriage When You Have Little Ones

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This morning I'm over sharing at my friend Sandra's... We met last October in Montana when a group of us who write for The Better Mom website gathered to reconnect. There was just this bittersweet connection we immediately had as she shared about the tragic loss of her daughter Tiffany, their only child. And I shared about Selah. And we became friends. Sandra heart's passion is "to encourage, train and inspire women to use their homes as places of
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What Should a Christian’s Response to the Poor Be? (10 Things We Can Agree On)

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It started with a Facebook post and a picture of Jimmy Carter.     It turns out that the quote is actually attributed to someone else. But the comments that followed had me wrestling with my own perspective and how and why I've come to those conclusions. To be honest with you, I initially balked at the quote because it felt simplistic and politically charged and because on the whole, I am often frustrated by the way our government uses Continue Reading

This Beautiful Confession

This Beautiful Confession

Last night I heard confession-- From a child with red eyes welling. Voice cracking under burden Of what he knew That I did not. And his disregard, defiance had slapped across my guidance. The issue was not weighty-- But my fear so deep and heavy For a child rejecting wisdom. Anxious was his glance, Downturned as he waited-- For words and heavy consequences To quickly flood the room. But in that quiet moment... My heart heard God's heart Continue Reading

It’s Not the End of His Story…

Not the End of His Story

I can't tell you the formula-- ...because there isn't one. I can't tell you the end of their story-- ...because it's not the end of their story yet. I was in the nursery. Holding a sweet, little 10 month old. I nearly rocked us both to sleep in one of those cozy recliners. Usually the nursery is packed, but for some reason we had only one baby.  While the rest of the crew went home, I stayed to enjoy time with a fellow nursery worker. She told me Continue Reading

How to Help Your Child Face Conflict

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It happened recently. One of our children came home from a social gathering with a story of conflict and word-wounds inflicted. As a parent, the mama-bear in me quickly rises, but when our children face conflict with their peers,  it is a unique opportunity for us to help them live out the gospel and to grow, even through the heartache. So what do we do? Please join me over at The Better Mom today suggestions for helping your child face conflict with Continue Reading

Giving our Children an Eternal Perspective

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I don't want our kids to feel at home here. Because-- This is not their home. Yes--I want them to enjoy life. And be healthy. And feel comfort. And know safety. And taste success. But not if it means that they-- Feel too much at home. That's why we talk about death sometimes. And yes. I get it. There's a balance. We're not trying to load them down with more than their little hearts and minds can handle, but if anything-- the see-saw is weighted Continue Reading

Talking with Your Children About Persecution

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Are you a World Christian? Are you praying for Christians in Iraq, Syria, and throughout the world who are facing persecution? A few years ago, I wrote an article about ways to help our children become "World Christians" because when our children were very young Noel Piper's words impacted my heart: “A world Christian sees beyond his neighborhood friends, his school, his everyday life and experiences.  He’ll be fascinated by the variety of people and customs Continue Reading

Praying to Grow a World Christian

World Christian

  After our second child was born, I read a tiny little brochure written by Noel Piper called, "Home Grown World Christians." It hit my heart and has had an ongoing impact on how we want to raise our children. In it Noel explains what a "World Christian" is: "A world Christian sees beyond his neighborhood friends, his school, his everyday life and experiences. He'll be fascinated by the variety of people and customs next door and all over God's wide Continue Reading