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The Benefits of a Family Hobby

Jerry Seinfeld famously said, “There’s no such thing as ‘fun for the family.’” True? We don’t think so. When Steve and I were dating our pastor talked about the importance of teaching his kids how to have genuine fun. He wanted them to so enjoy their time together as a family that when friends would […]

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This Beautiful Mess

Finally, nap time. I had just tackled the morning mess, including breakfast and lunch dishes and a few soaking pans from the night before. Being 30-weeks pregnant with baby number three, I was desperate for some sleep. Mercifully, our four-year-old went down without complaint. Our six-year-old was just as eager for some playtime by himself. […]

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Kitchen Help

They were so excited to help and I was thrilled to realize four is old enough to wield a potato peeler! Taking turns alternately peeling carrots and potatoes for our harvest soup, their joy in being able to help make dinner made light work of it. It was a surprisingly cold day, but unexpectedly cozy […]

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How to Stop Mealtime Grumbling

Have you ever cooked a meal–whether a multi-course feast or simple P, B & J –with less than joy? Feeling like I’m the only one who appreciates how much work goes into preparing meals three times a day, seven days a week, without end, some days I’m less than glad about the whole business. “Time […]

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Change the world from your family room

Over the past century, the inertia has been toward turning family and home life inside out. “Prior to the industrial revolution,” writes Dr. Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, “most families assumed responsibility for economic production, the education of children, and socialization into the culture. Recreation, entertainment, child rearing, and vocational training were […]

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Dodge Ram’s Charlie Brown Moment

I still remember the ad: Mean Joe Green limping off the field down a gray corridor to the locker room, where a boy of about eight offers to help. Mean Joe says no. The boy insists that Mean Joe take his Coke. The football player relents, chugs the brown soda, then turns to the disappointed […]

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Power for Parenting

Not long after we left the hospital with our firstborn (and the middle-of-the-night assistance of nurses and staff) I realized that parenting requires supernatural power to do well, for God’s glory. But that’s precisely what we have in Christ, through the promised Holy Spirit, our Helper (John 14:15-17). Just as Jesus (in the flesh, living […]

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What to Teach Your Children

Trillia Newbell has a good word about what we, as Christian parents, should be teaching our children. In view of recent headlines, but even more in view of God’s Word, she writes: “I don’t want my kids to be surprised by fiery trials as if the possibility of persecution for following Christ were unexpected or […]

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Books for Boys: Don’t Settle for Vampires, Goosepimples and Bodily Humor

Publishers of books for boys are going to great lengths — and great lows — just to get boys to take up and read. I wonder where all these readers of the books most boys are devouring will be leading us in years to come.

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Measuring Time

Randy Stinson counts time with marbles. It’s an example I’m glad to have while I’m still occupying toddler time.

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