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teaching children generosity at Christmas

We were slow. It took us until about Day 5 before we fully realized what was happening. Then, we started trying to catch them in the act. Twelve full days passed and we never once caught any of them. They … Continue reading

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teaching children grace, not morals

Have you ever wondered how to explain a section of scripture to a child? Maybe the verses are full of the amazing details of God’s might or mercy in a person’s life, but you’re left wondering what He’d want you … Continue reading

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one lonely car

One lonely car in the driveway — where there were five. Two empty bedrooms. One mama’s heart breaking. Again. Will I ever get better at this? Will that first empty morning after they move out ever seem less lonely? Less … Continue reading

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old age is not to be dreaded

For the Christian, old age is not the end, not to be dreaded, not to be feared. Old age, rather, is to be embraced and moved into with purpose: “How should we view the onset of old age? The common … Continue reading

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For our children

Father, hear us, we are praying, Hear the words our hearts are saying; We are praying for our children. Keep them from the powers of evil, From the secret, hidden peril; Father, hear us for our children. From the whirlpool … Continue reading

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helping generations you might never see

“You may speak but a word to a child, and in that child there may be slumbering a noble heart which shall stir the Christian church in years to come.” (C.H. Spurgeon) Think of those who knew the Lord before … Continue reading

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the teaching of kindness is on her tongue

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.  Proverbs 31:26 The teaching of kindness can happen as much by what a woman doesn’t say as by what she does. For a woman who … Continue reading

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Why don’t they have toes?

“Why don’t they have toes, mommy?” “Because they’re mannequins, honey. They aren’t real.” “They look real. Do they hide their funny feet under their shoes?” “Yes, honey, something like that.” “Or masks. They could use masks. Lots of people hide … Continue reading

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Interpreting and applying Proverbs 22:6

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 But how do I train up a child in the way he should go? What of moments … Continue reading

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the habit of prayer with your children

O dear friend, if you love your children, I charge you, do not let the early impression of a habit of prayer slip by. If you train your children to do anything, train them, at least, to have a habit … Continue reading

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the tearing of a mother’s heart

I packed her last lunch this morning. And even though women older and wiser had warned of the ache this day would bring, I didn’t expect the tearing to hurt so. I didn’t expect the rushing mix of painful and … Continue reading

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telling your testimony to your children

“Fathers and mothers are the most natural agents for God to use in the salvation of their children. I am sure that, in my early youth, no teaching ever had such an impression upon my mind as the instruction of … Continue reading

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if God never tires of making daisies

What if common daisies aren’t common at all? What if each dime-a-dozen daisy is actually a rare and exceptional masterpiece? What if, like each of the trillion other unique parts of creation — from microscopic dust particles to molecular DNA … Continue reading

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planning beyond the Easter egg hunt

Easter approaches, and if you have kids, you don’t want to get lost in the egg decorating and hunting and squander God’s ordained moments with your children. My own three have grown beyond the picture book years,  but a friend … Continue reading

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parenting when my agenda is interrupted

A helpful and insightful parenting story from Paul Tripp: “Parenting is all about living by the principle of prepared spontaneity. You don’t really know what’s going to happen next. You don’t really know when you’ll have to enforce a command, … Continue reading

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