Walking with a Friend through a Miscarriage

By: Heather Patenaude

ID-100137117More than 9 years ago I experienced a miscarriage at 10 weeks with our first baby. Over the years I’ve been able to come along side many friends who deal with this type of loss.

I am always honored to help walk another woman through the devastation of a miscarriage and l want to share some practical ways to support and walk along side a friend who has miscarried.

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“He’s addicted to porn!”

By: Heather Patenaude

Woman-Crying“He’s addicted to porn!” your friend cries to you “I just discovered it and he’s been hiding it for years!”

What would you say? How would you help?

We live in a porn-culture, and it’s becoming more and more acceptable. But the effects of porn are anything but normal.

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Helping a Friend in Crisis

By Shannon Popkin

supporting-a-friend“Yes, but why did you call me?”

I don’t always feel qualified to help my Christian friends when they call, engulfed by a hurtful situation. And I’m sure they don’t feel qualified to help me, either, when it’s my turn to be engulfed. But if we notice all the instances of “one another” in the Bible, we see that calling each other when we feel weak, confused, hurt, or angry is exactly what Christians are supposed to do.

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Paper Stones

By: Miriam Walsh

Baby (12-18 Months)“Hey, mom, I’m going to need one of my baby pictures for my high school yearbook.” Why does that statement send waves of panic rushing over me? Every few years I tell myself this will be the year that I take all of our photographs and file them chronologically and also get them converted to a digital format to join the computer images. But I always seem to forget about that soon after the sought after picture has been found. It’s so easy to immerse myself into other facets of motherhood.

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Helping Your Kids Deal with Doubts About Their Salvation

By: Nancy Leigh DeMoss

dealwithdoubtsSome time ago, I received the following appeal from a friend:

Would you have time to talk with my daughter? I stayed up till 3:00 this morning with her discussing whether she is saved or not. This has been a recurring talk for years, and I have nothing left to tell her. I thought you might have some counsel for her. Thank you!

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Bob Lepine ~ Reflects on Choices Made

By: Bob Lepine

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The Apostle John had his spiritual children in the faith in mind when he penned those words in the first century. But every mom or dad knows how true those words are when applied to our biological children. As your children become young adults, begin to settle in and start families of their own, you find that you are pleased when they get a new job and delighted when they give birth to a new grand baby. But there truly is no greater joy than to see them loving and serving Jesus.

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Looking up to my dad!

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By Heather Patenaude

This is one of my favorite pictures from my wedding nearly 10 years ago. My dad is tall…6 feet 8 inches tall! I remember as a little girl I would always tell people, “My dad is tall, he’s 6 feet 8 inches!” Not sure I understood what that meant, but to me it meant: My dad is a man you look up to! As we approach Father’s Day we wanted to take some time to honor dads.

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You Can Be For Without Being Against

By Heidi Jo Falk

Circle_Of_Hands_by_CircleoffriendsAt first glance, this statement could seem like some wishy-washy advice from someone afraid to take a stand on something.  But it’s not, so let me elaborate.

There are many things someone seeking to live a biblical life should be passionately for and zealously against.  Things that are opposites—truth from God and lies from the Enemy, life and murder, love and hate.  But there are also times when we can be for something or someone without being against whatever is perceived to be the opposite or “other” in the situation.

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Summertime and the Living is Easy (or Not): Our Summertime “Policies”

By: Amy Cantilina

ID-10035693As my kids’ school year comes hurtling to a close in about a week, I am looking ahead at summer vacation with my usual sense of excitement and eagerness to do fun things together, let go of routines, and savor down time.  The end-of-school-year frenzy of field trips, class parties, authors’ teas, concerts, banquets, sports day, and awards ceremonies has my head spinning and longing for a blank calendar.

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By: Carrie Ward

“We shouldn’t have a child-centered home.”

I’ve heard that phrase many times; perhaps you have, as well. I agree with the idea behind this statement, but I find that sometimes what I really want is a self-centered home. I want my children and my husband to do things my way. I want my home to be ME-centered.

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Cultivating an Overflow of Gratitude

By: Kimberly Wager

faith based parenting graphicMy son’s eighth birthday party wasn’t the best. He had a birthday meltdown. It wasn’t pretty. There were a lot of contributing factors: too much cake and punch, high expectations. His birthday meltdown was a wake-up call to me that I needed to take a more intentional approach to cultivating gratitude. We used that next year to focus on studying and developing gratitude and I saw real change take place in that little guy.

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My Father’s World

By Dougetta Nuneviller

389321_10151646097236346_1126714969_nAs “This is My Fathers World” plays in the background. It reminds me of all the times I’ve taken the kids out for a nature walk.  There are so many wonderful things we can learn about our Creator, from nature.

The song goes on and says “He speaks to me everywhere” .  When we go outside, we find there are so many examples of God’s goodness and His faithfulness. The truth of Scripture is right in front of us. Yes, He does speak to us everywhere from the animals to the grass itself.

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