The Power of Children in Worship at Church

“They’re distracting.” “Moms need a break.” “They can’t understand.” Sounds reasonable, but I believe with all my heart, children need to be smack dab in the middle of grown up worship, and we do them a great disservice to put them elsewhere. Children learn almost everything by experience and observation. Yet we take the one, most important thing they will learn–the WORSHIP of of God–and exclude them. When Jesus said, “Let the little children come” I think He really meant […]

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Feminine Glory is Fruitful: Documentary Inspiring Women to Build Fruitful Homes & Lives

As Christian women look across a cultural landscape fraught with anger, confusion and evil, we can become really discouraged; we can also feel at a loss when it comes to fortifying our children against the ideologies that wage war with Scripture. A new documentary “Eve in Exile” powerfully and simply addresses how Christian women can live joyful, beautiful lives amid the chaos of our culture. Fleshing out the book, Eve in Exile (I highly recommend), Rebekah Merkle tackles the subject […]

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Becoming a Military Family (Our Son is a Marine!) & Advice for Military Moms

Last December, my son told us he had decided to enlist in the Marine Corps. I was really shocked because years ago, when I mentioned the military for him, he was adamantly opposed. However, various experiences brought him to a place where he desired greater discipline and more challenges for himself, and once we got over the shock/fear, we believe that it has been an excellent choice for him. I have not been silent about the fact that raising Ashton […]

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Serving Family: The Obvious, Missed Opportunity

In the third (and possibly last) of the series on serving, I can’t fail to talk about the most obvious–our home and family. And because it’s the most obvious, it’s the most overlooked. If Jesus said that serving was the most important human act and will receive a great reward, how can service to our family–the ones He put in front of us–not be of extreme importance? How is it that we actually serve our family? Thinking back over the […]

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How to Serve a Struggling Mom

In our quest to do the most important thing–SERVE–we can’t overlook the overwhelmed mom. Most often she is a young mom with small children, but older moms have their own, different share of overload and stress, and desperately need encouragement too. Verbal Encouragement One of the greatest gifts you can give a struggling mom is the comfort that she is not alone. Motherhood can feel isolating and that loneliness exacerbates her stress. Something as simple as sending a text with […]

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5 Practical Ways to Serve the Grieving (A Serving Series)

My post, “How to Be Important” reminds us that the greatest thing we can do, as Christians, is serve. Jesus taught it, and then led by example. Serving is not a glorified activity in our culture and we really need to cultivate it as a top priority in our homes, leading by example and praying our children grow to see how essential it is to their faith and life. Serving is good for the one giving and the one receiving. […]

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How to be Important

It’s not a new thing to want recognition, to feel important. Two of Jesus’s disciples asked him to make them great. Just straight out asked. And His reply can not be underestimated. “…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.” Serving. We are fed loud messages from the culture: “Be strong. Be brave. Be amazing. Be kind (especially to yourself.) Be ambitious. Be smart. Be bigger. […]

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5 Tips to Raising Teenagers When it’s Harder Than You Thought

Remember when our kids were little, and sleep was scarce, and needs were enormous? Now we call those the good days. And every mom I know will attest to this: “No one told us it gets harder as they get older.” Raising teenagers is a big, fun, scary job. But here are a few things I’m learning in the process: 1. We are learning and growing with them. If you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing, you’re not […]

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New Year News & Let’s Blog Again?

It’s been pretty quiet here for quite a while! Other than a few new posts over the last year, I’ve mostly recirculated older content on social media from time to time. There are several reasons for the quiet season, not the least of which is just being a busy mama (and Lovey!) We are still plugging away with 8 still homeschooling here (including another senior this year). My oldest son joined the marines, leaving for boot camp December 20, and […]

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What is “Morning Time” and Why is it So Powerful?

I’ve always implemented “morning time” in our homeschool, and guarded it passionately. But the book, Morning Time, A Liturgy of Love, has been a tremendous blessing to our family, confirming why it’s so important, explaining what it is, and loaded with ideas AND actual resources right in the book for your morning time! She has done all the work. Poems, Scripture, memory work, book ideas, literature passages, songs…so many helpful resources. (She even has a printable schedule in the book […]

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