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God designed us to be in relationship, however, it is in relationship that God often reveals our own sin. Whether it is in marriage, dating, divorce, relationships with friends, family or others, it can be challenging. Yet, God asks us to be peacemakers, and ministers of reconciliation, choosing to love in all things.

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…

Growing Deeper Together – An Anniversary Story

It's been eight years since our wedding day--a sunny and warm September day. A few high puffy clouds slowly danced across the sky, a few colored leaves, dotted among the green, still clung to their branches, and a double wooden swing hung from the limb of a tall oak tree. He spent the morning working on the edge of a small lake, assembling the chuppah he had built for me from the most perfect white birch trees he could source. Others were setting up chairs and flowers. He took charge of the decorations, making sure…

3 Kid-Friendly Spiritual Truths In the Eclipse

I love using nature and science to teach spiritual truths to my kids. I find it really helpful when there is a natural event that applies directly to teaching my kids. And this eclipse is perfect in so many ways! Set aside all the end times prophesy fulfillment for a moment. While I certainly find some of it suspiciously significant, and while I am not entirely opposed to teaching my kids about end times prophesy, I think this occasion offers much more for the little ones. So, I’ve done the heavy lifting for you and…

Find Your Purpose in Two Easy Steps

As most teens tend to do, sometime around high school, I began questioning the meaning of life and trying to find my purpose - the (hopefully significant) thing I should do with myself. College was on the horizon and I didn't want to wander aimlessly through life. I became determined, even obsessed, with figuring out what I was supposed to do, what God wanted me to do. I entered college as a psychology major, only to find I didn't like it at all. After nearly a year of floundering, I decided to take a journalism class…

Saved Through Childbearing? Say WHAT?

There's that Bible verse that every woman struggles with. We read it and shrug it off, or just read past it really fast and pretend we didn't see it. It doesn't make sense. We don't like it. Therefore, we ignore it. 1 Timothy 2:15, "But women will be saved through childbearing if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety." Shut the Front Door. The Bible says What? Why yes, yes it does say that. How could the Bible say women are saved through childbearing? And forever... for my whole life I have hated that…
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