3 Factors that Kindle (or Calm) Anger

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This morning our six year old made herself some toast, buttered it, cut it into tiny squares with kitchen scissors, dolloped it with maple syrup and then poured herself a large glass of milk... that she accidentally knocked into the corner of the table as she carried it over and everything proceeded to splatter onto the floor in a sticky, soggy mess. Now, often, this would have been an internal battle for me not to get angry. My first response is not always one Continue Reading

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By the time you read this, December will be a reality. And some of you will have presents wrapped, decorations up, and sugar cookies in the freezer. Others of you will still have pumpkins and an inflatable turkey on your front porch. Regardless, the official season of Advent will have already started because it starts in November this year, which always catches me a little off guard. I fall somewhere in the middle of that spectrum. My Christmas decorations Continue Reading

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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

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