The Debate We Must Stop Having

By: Erin Davis

ID-10092736I’m late in getting this post up because I’ve got a five-year old with the flu and a newborn who always wants held. I know for a fact that achieving balance between my work and my kids is an equation that will never add up for me. I know that’s true for many (dare I say all) moms. That’s why I’m putting us all in time out.

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My First Crayon in the Dryer

This post was originally on the True Woman blog!

By Barbra Bender

firstcrayondryerGrowing up, I learned a very time-consuming, meticulous way to do laundry. It is the definition of perfection. The right way to do laundry. Clothes do not shrink, fade, or wrinkle when you do laundry this way.

Around child number three, however, I realized if I continued to do laundry the perfect way, I would never have any laundry done. So I started using the dryer like everyone else in the world. I joined the thousands of mothers who sell 5T pajamas at their garage sales, knowing they actually now fit a one-year-old. Now that I use my dryer so faithfully, I am an avid pocket checker. Occasionally I miss a paper towel or one of my husband’s foam ear plugs, but I’ve never missed a crayon . . . until today.

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Guilt…or Conviction?

By: Heidi Jo Fulk

image(1)Guilt.  That all too familiar feeling in my gut—wearing on my mind and heart.  As a child of God, I know I have grace and forgiveness and that guilt should not have a hold on me.  “Therefore there is now no condemnation…” (Romans 8:1-2).  I think I know that I can’t and shouldn’t live in guilt, but guilt still comes.  And I’m pretty confident I’m not alone on this one.  So what do we do with it?  What should be our reaction?

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Jesus Had a Momma. So What?

By: Erin Davis

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Jesus was a man.

He liked to fish. He hung out primarily with other dudes. He had a beard. Despite the slightly feminine pictures of Him that sometimes hang in church hallways, I picture Jesus as a real mans’ man. He was authoritative, rugged, and not too big on touchy feely conversations.

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Why Titus 2?

By: Heidi Jo Fulk

Slide1In Titus 2:3-5, Paul is instructing Titus, a pastor, on some essentials to teach his congregation…

In the same way, older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to much wine. They are to teach what is good, so they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and to love their children, to be self-controlled, pure, homemakers, kind, and submissive to their husbands, so that God’s message will not be slandered. (HCSB)

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Lord, Deliver me from my Irritability

stressed-out-momBy Amy Cantilina

One recent morning, the sound of my then 6-year-old virtual twin girls giggling in the back of the car on our way to our weekly occupational therapy (OT) appointment was a welcome reminder of the joy of family, the blessing of two little girls from the same heritage getting to grow up as best friends and sisters forever.  This reminder was much needed after the events earlier that morning.

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Just For Angry Moms

By Erin Davis

ID-10081510I’m an angry mom.

That’s the confession I made several months ago on Focus on the Family. You can hear the audio of me fessing up to my mom anger here.

I’m not proud of my tendency to loose my cool in front of my kids. In fact, I hate how quickly and how often I find myself seething with anger toward them. But even though I hate that side of me, my tendency is to brush it off, justify it, or act like blowing my top is just an occupational hazard of my job as a mom.

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School Choice: Public School

At last minute Shannon decided to chime in on our school choice series!

By Shannon Popkin

DSC_0034When my daughter Lindsay was in kindergarten, we were driving home from school one day when suddenly she gasped—a horrified expression frozen on her face. I asked what was wrong, and she said, “Mommy! I just realized something. We never; I mean never remember to pray at school! Not even one time have we prayed before our lunch!”

I wasn’t sure whether to be more concerned that she had just noticed (it was October), or that she had completely forgotten to pray for so many days in a row!

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School Choice: Undecided

We’ve been talking “school choice” around here! (Public and Homeschool, Homeschool, Public School Part 1, Part 2) Erin wraps up this series with her heart on being “undecided”.

Eli first day of preschoolBy: Erin Davis

Here’s a little background.

I am the daughter of a teacher. My momma has a master’s degree in education. She taught in my public elementary school for decades. She only allowed us to miss school if there was proof we were literally at death’s door. Needless to say, education was a highly elevated virtue in my house growing up.

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School Choice: Public School (Part 2)

Check part one of Amy’s School Choice HERE! And the school choice post on: Homeschool and public school and Homeschool.

By Amy Cantilina

Amys kidsIn choosing public schooling for our children, I did, naturally, have some concerns.  The thought of so many hours spent away from me, the fears of the influence of other kids, and the prospect that the teaching—especially in the later years of education–would be counter-Biblical were some of my main concerns.  As my kids have matured, the concerns have also evolved: will they face peer pressure to experiment with drugs and alcohol? Will they be exposed to pornography or impure sexuality? Will they be safe in a world where gun violence in schools seems on the rise?   Will they begin to take to heart the rampant models of disrespect and irreverence?  Will non-Christian teachers attempt to dissuade them from their faith?

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School Choice: Public School (Part 1)

Last week we started a series on “School Choice”: Homeschool and Public School, Homeschool. Today and tomorrow we’re going to hear from Amy and how they chose the path of Public School!

By: Amy Cantilina

Amys kidsThere are many areas of life in which the Word of God gives us general principles, but the method of applying those principles can vary depending on the personal convictions of the people involved and their sense of God’s leading and direction in their lives.  These are the areas of life in which my husband and I have found ourselves most reliant on prayer, counsel from those who know us well and love The Lord, and the examples and experiences of others farther along life’s path.

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School Choice: Homeschooling

This is the second of our four part series on: School Choice. Today we’ll tackle homeschooling. Our first post was: Public School and Homeschooling.

By Heather Patenaude

schoolWhen someone comes to me wanting to know about homeschool their own children I normally say to them first, “You need to establish your philosophy of education.”

In other words, “Why do you want to homeschool? What do you hope to gain from homeschooling?”

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School Choice: Public School AND Homeschool

The next few posts we’re going to look at school choice! We will hear from a mom who send all her kids to public school, one who homeschools her children, one who isn’t decided yet. Today we’ll hear from Heidi who does a hybrid model of education: public school and homeschool! We hope our posts help as you may be wrestling with what educational choice is best for you and your family!

By Heidi Jo Falk

heidis kidsNever, ever, ever, schmever would I have fathomed the hours of conversation, contemplation, and prayer that have gone and will go into schooling decisions.  And I was a teacher!!  The options, the environments, the practicalities.  The educational points, the spiritual ramifications, the home/life effects.  All of that and more race through my brain and heart as my husband and I make school decisions.  But hallelujah, we don’t serve a God who has left us out in the cold as we sort through all of this!

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