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20+ Scriptures to Pray in the Fight Against Slavery and Human Trafficking

The Word of God is clear. We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against spiritual forces, against rulers of darkness.... and I thank God this is true especially in the fight against slavery and human trafficking. When it comes to evil of this magnitude and depth, I often feel out of my league. I wonder what I can do. I doubt my own ability to impact something this massive, but God's Word reminds me I can have an impact. I can create change -- through prayer. And so can you!…

A Letter to the Christian Dating an Unbeliever

Dear friend, I hate to be writing this letter, but I have to. I really feel like God wants me to say something now because the longer I wait, the harder it will be -- for you. You aren’t going to want to hear this. I know, because I was in your shoes once too. When my former husband decided he wanted a different life than the one we were building together, I was devastated. My dreams and hopes for our future were shattered. I’d married a Christian man, or so I thought, shortly after attending a Christian college together.…

Two Mistakes Christians Make in Making New Year’s Resolutions

The year is winding down and everyone's a-buzz about making New Year's Resolutions, becoming a better version of yourself, resolving to break old bad habits or picking up a few new good ones. Some years, I find myself resolving to get more exercise, spend more time with the LORD, get out of debt, or do something more meaningful with my days. I think we all hope to be continually improving ourselves, and growing in ways toward I think we all hope to be continually improving ourselves, and growing in ways toward our best life…

Seven Quiet Time Styles For When You’re Finding Your Groove

If you grew up in church you grew up hearing about having a quiet time. At some point you may have had it modeled for you. But no matter your history with the matter, I think we all know it's important, even when it feels impossible. As a mom of seven kids, many of whom are little boys, I know, all too well, how challenging it can be to make even a few moments for a quiet time. It's been a struggle, like an all-out WWE wrestling match. And I still have to work at it, but with some creativity, I've been able to find a way,…

Bringing Hanukkah Home

It was seven years ago that we celebrated our first Hanukkah as a family. That year, my kids were still small and we wanted to provide them a culturally rich, and possibly spiritually engaging experience. We didn’t have a clue. That year, Hanukkah was just about a week before Christmas, so we set up our tree and hung our ornaments and went and purchased a Menorah and some candles. I figured out the dates of the celebration, planned a menu featuring some of our favorites mixed with some of the, traditionally Jewish,0 foods…

The Sexual Abuse Witch Hunt Has Begun

For thousands of years, sexual abuse, sexual assault, and even forced prostitution, has been a taboo topic. Nobody talked about it. Few people even knew it was occurring. I remember vividly the first few people I told about this emerging issue, or perhaps a better way to say it is, this emerging topic, because the issue has always been. When I shared facts I'd read, people were horrified. They couldn't believe it was actually happening. Then we began to see more arrests (praise the Lord!), and then we saw the brilliant…

The Perfectionists Guide to Imperfect Entertaining

I have a confession. I’m a perfectionist. I am also a control freak, type A, overly sensitive, clean freak, people pleaser. This makes me both a great hostess, as well as a ball of hot stress. I simply love entertaining – or maybe just the idea of it. I love the way a dining room table looks when it’s all set with china and crystal and no stains on the linens from last year’s event. (not that that ever happens) I love entertaining so much, I spent years in event planning. I prided myself on creative, fun, spectacular…

Caring For Orphans When You Cannot Adopt

In honor of National Adoption Month, I welcome fellow blogger, Naomi Quick, from Living Out 127. Naomi is the author of Don’t Waste Your Wait: Embracing the Journey of Bringing Your Child Home, and she has spoken at a number of events and trainings for prospective and current adoptive and foster families. Naomi loves Jesus. She is married to her best friend, John. They have six amazing, beautiful kids, two of whom have been adopted from the foster care system. Naomi homeschools their tribe of world changers. She is a…

Halloween Alternatives: 7 Awesome Adventures

We don't celebrate Halloween. We don't participate in pagan holy days of any sort, so neither will we participate in the church's white-washed versions. But that doesn't mean we sit home crying about it either. Instead we do other normal fun family activities that we could do any night. So, if you're in our shoes, and looking for something different for your family that doesn't involve cobwebs or crying over empty candy sacks, here's seven awesome ideas that'll make you forget Halloween is even happening out there.…

The Master Approach to Kids Chores

Work around the house exponentially increases with the number of kids you have... at least it sure feels that way. And when you have little boys I think that might even double again. With dishes and laundry and toys strewn all across the floor, it is easy to feel outnumbered as a mom. I remember those days well. I remember feeling like I needed a system to get it all done, or I needed to somehow clone myself. Each day, I was exhausted with little ones, the mess was piling up and my stress level was soaring over all of…
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