Authentic Intimacy: Distorted Sex, Heartbreak and Mommy Porn

By Heather Patenaude

Dr. Juli Slattery is a clinical psychologist, author, speaker, and broadcaster. You may recognizer her as the former co-host of Focus on the Family. She left that ministry in 2012 to launch Authentic Intimacy, “a non-profit organization designed to ministry to women on all topics related to intimacy in marriage and intimacy with God.”

I recently contacted Juli for the scoop on real, lasting intimacy. Here’s part one of that interview. Continue reading

Yep, We’re Going There: Sex And Motherhood

By Erin Davis

If there’s one thing I love about being a mom who blogs to other moms, it’s the safety I feel about broaching difficult subjects. From potty training, to anger management issues, we’re all in this together. It’s hard to shock another momma. We’ve wiped too many boogers for that. Continue reading

Faith-Based Parenting: Intentionally Winning the Next Generation

By Kim Wagner

My husband and I had a rude awakening when our firstborn was entering her teen years. About that time, a study was released that showed frightening statistics indicating we were losing our kids:

• 69–94 percent of Christian youth forsake their faith after leaving high school.

• An additional 64 percent loss after college graduation.

• 75 percent loss of students from the Assemblies of God churches within one year of high school graduation.

• 88 percent loss of students from churches within the Southern Baptist Convention.

• 94 percent fallout within two years of high school graduation was reported by Josh McDowell Ministries. Continue reading

Self Control and Pickle Cravings

By Erin Davis

I’m so tired, I feel like I’m moving with concrete feet. The first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning is when I can take a nap. My pillow calls my name all day long. My husband and kids are getting on my nerves. Sometimes I want to yell at them. Sometimes I do yell at them. The next moment I’m in tears. I crave dill pickles. Oh, and dill pickle juice. I drink the stuff straight out of the jar. Continue reading

Parenting Tips From the Best Buy Guy

By Shannon Popkin

(from www.shannonpopkin.blogspot.com, 01.12.13)

ID-10049815“You’re not going to be happy,” I heard my husband say into the cell phone. He was home, checking whether we had a three-prong or four-prong electric cord for our dryer so I could buy the right replacement. Turns out we had no electric cord at all.

We have a gas dryer. With gas hookups. And a new electric dryer being delivered by Best Buy in the morning. Continue reading

Hit A Home Run

By Dougetta Nuneviller

I’m a 43-year-old stay-at-home mom who homeschools two teenage boys. I am also experiencing menopause. I am a wife to a husband who holds a very stressful job and comes home very tired. Sounds like there could be some rough days, huh? Continue reading

Faith-Based Parenting: Questions to Ponder

By Kim Wagner

A young mom sent me an e-mail recently and asked if she could pick my brain on how to recognize the difference between “fear motivation” verses “faith motivation” in raising her kids. It’s a great question because I think operating from fear is a common trap for us moms who are trying to parent biblically: Continue reading

Truth Is Our Fairy Tale Castle

By Erin Davis

Need another reason to take our 2013 Bible Reading Challenge? Here’s one…

Internet, e-mail, Twitter, and Facebook offer us much in the way of connection and information, but we all know they have their downside. Figuring out the pros and cons of the digital age is a different post for a smarter brain than mine, but lately I’ve noticed that one side effect of social media is that I can hear everyone’s opinions loud and clear.

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Resolution: Why We Read the Bible

By Erin Davis

I start the new year the same every time. First, I crash out hours before midnight. Then, I wake up with a fire in my belly in influence those who listen to my voice to resolve that this will be the year they read the Bible more. Continue reading

Resolution: The Bible Is My Favorite

By Heidi Jo Fulk

There are lots of parents who have a favorite book they have read to their child hoping it will be one of their favorites, too. Maybe “The Velveteen Rabbit” or “Green Eggs and Ham” or “Corduroy.” Those classics are wonderful and fun to pass down to our kids. But making the Bible THE favorite is a little more complex. Continue reading

Resolution: Sunday School Lessons

By Heather Patenaude

In our house, “Bible time” happens right before bed with our young three sons. It works nicely because they all share a room. Over the years we’ve done different Bible story books. But my favorite night of the week is Sunday night! Continue reading

Resolution: Long Story Shorts

By Amy Cantilina
Reading the Bible to my kids is something I always have wonderful intentions of doing, but implementation is sometimes lacking. I have found over the years that it is so much easier when they are littler, and as they get older it is a bit more challenging.   Continue reading

Resolution: Don’t Waste It On Skinny

By Erin Davis

As the sun rose on a brand spankin’ new year this morning, if you’re like me, you may have found yourself thinking about fresh starts. While I didn’t make it to midnight last night (an early bed time is my idea of a party!), I do love the start of a new year. It always feels like cracking the binding open on a brand new book … except the pages are blank and the story is yet to be written. There’s great hope in that possibility. Continue reading