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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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the calling of every Christian parent

In the corner of the world where I live this week begins a new school year for most children. Kids are nervous and excited. Parents are nervous and excited. And kids (and therefore parents) are about to find themselves inundated … Continue reading

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Parenting dyed with the most powerful force

“If you allow yourself to forget the daily mercies you receive from your Father’s hands, mercies you could never earn, it will become easier for you not to parent your children with mercy. Mercy is tenderness and compassion toward someone … Continue reading

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How do I help my child choose a career?

How do I help my children choose a career?  As they move toward finishing high school, how do I guide them toward a college major, a career, or an employer? How do I counsel wisely at such critical moments? And how, … 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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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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career callings and 17th century advice

I’m steeling myself for the fast-approaching day when our second child will pack her last box and drive away. A different address will become hers. A different life, one not under our roof, will become hers. When our first daughter … 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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Comparison – a Christmas (and everyday) ruiner

Comparison: 1. to look at (two or more things) closely in order to see what is similar or different about them or in order to decide which one is better. 2. to seem better or worse, good or bad, when measured against something … 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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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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pre-schooler choices, grown-up lessons and blankets of love

My friend to her son: “Hey buddy, I’m so proud of you this morning! You’re being super sweet to your little brother. Thank you for being so kind and helpful!” His three-year-old answer: “I’m going to try really hard to … Continue reading

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