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Posts tagged: motherhood/family/parenting

Words and Choosing to Love

Issues of the parent-heart about which the Lord is dealing heavily with me... Living in a house, all day, with lots of children creates almost constant training opportunities.  And none are so available as those that involve the use of words.  And yet, it isn't words really.  "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth ...

A New Kind of Church

"Do you see that the church is completely dependent on what is taught in the homes of its people? Likewise the civil society is also dependent on it. What has happened over the last 50 years is that self-discipline is no longer being taught in the home, either because parents are not ...

Down Under Goes Out Yonder

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We just said goodbye to our new friends from Australia who spent the week with us, one of about 25 families they are staying with over the spring.  You may read more about it on their blog, but in a nutshell, they are a young couple wildly zealous for the Lord and knowing no one ...

Helping Siblings Get Along

There are days when I feel on top of the world as a mother.  The birds are singing, the sun is shining, I know what we're having for supper and my children have laughed most of the day. Then there are those other days...(Mama said there'd be days like this.) Days when I collapse into bed at ...

Mothering With a Solomon Sincerity

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How is it that a Word so old can continue to spring fresh every time it is read?  You know the story...God asked Solomon what he wanted and Solomon said "wisdom" so God gave it to him, and then some,  since he didn't ask selfishly. But there is so much more there!  And it met me ...

Virtue Begins With a Spoon

Brilliant read.  A profound reflection on how a little deliberate living can so powerfully affect our children.  Ready to talk about socialization?  As you read, consider the antithesis and see if it measures your observations.  (Don't forget to come back and comment!) "Let me state my thesis outright: The quest of Wisdom commences with learning ...

Guarding the Quiet Spaces

(Image from Just a Family) As a keeper of home--a guard (according to the Greek connotation in Titus), I need to be reminded of my guarding responsibilities.  There is much to guard in my home, and much to guard against. Perhaps every generation has its own unique challenges, its own unique enemies of home. And while we could ...

Great Children’s Books for the Christian Home

I had forgotten what a treasure the Lamplighter series of children's books are.  I picked up Hedge of Thorns this morning and read a chapter to the children and was again delighted with the quality of the literature as well as the tremendous inspiration it offered. "I remember kissing her [baby sister] soft hands; and from ...

What Does a Stay-at-Home Mom Do All Day?

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Quite honestly, I don't like the term "stay-at-home mom".  It testifies to the fact that there are moms who don't stay at home and I wish it didn't have to be so. But there's an enormous gulf now between "has to work" and "wants to work."  The gulf was a complicated build, and now we can't ...

Training Children To Sit in Church

I've probably posted on this topic before, but I received another email asking for tips on teaching children to sit in church, and I assume that email represents many others who haven't asked. As I've said, we go to a family-integrated church where it is the norm for families to sit together, so it helps that ...

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