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How has God been for you in the past six months? How has He encouraged you in your marriage? Your parenting? Read this verse: “Do you see what we’ve got? An unshakeable kingdom! And do you see how thankful we […]

We live in a world of consumption, where life consists more in what we have than who we are. How do you want your children to view materialism? Psychologist Mary Pipher, author of The Shelter of Each Other, observes, “The […]

Dr. Ross Campbell, author of How to Really Love Your Child, touts the importance of parents giving this type of attention: “Focused attention is giving a child full, undivided attention in such a way that he feels without doubt that […]

As a parent, my tank sometimes reaches empty, unable to give from what’s left inside. I forget that God wants to overflow me with His presence. Instead of making myself parent correctly, He wants me to tap into His available […]

When I watch my children sleep at night, I marvel that God entrusted me with them. Not only are they a huge blessing to me as a mom, but their presence and need cause me to run to Jesus more. […]

Playing the comparison game can sap your verve for parenting. Dr. Tim Kimmel, author of Grace Based Parenting, says, “[Parents] often measure their effectiveness as parents by how they compare to others. They monitor other families and serve as a […]

Play-acting at godly parenting doesn’t bring life. First, we must run to Jesus, seeking His help, His strength, His perspective on life. His infusion into our souls changes our family life. Dr. Tim Kimmel agrees: “When families are committed to […]

Most families these days rush, rush, rush, without valuing quietness of the soul. A.W. Tozer said, “Quietness of soul, the fruit of truly seeking God, is seldom found in twentieth-century Christians. Far too many have come to accept turbulence of […]

How has God been reshaping your idea of family through these journaling prompts? Write a prayer to Him, asking for His help, His focus, His ideas, His desires for your family. —Mary E. DeMuth This is part of Mary E. […]

I remember a parent telling “little white lies” when I was a child. After a while, I didn’t know what the truth was, and I seldom believed anything this parent said. And I took to hiding the truth myself. When […]