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6 Ways to Make Mealtime Matter

6 Ways to Make Mealtime Matter

In the crazy world of a single mother, we often have to pick and choose what matters, and mealtime is one of those things that just gets pushed to the side.  We have to determine some core values and stick to those, oftentimes seeming dogmatic in our earnestness to maintain some consistency in the home. One of those core values for me is … Read More...

4 Reasons to Snuggle

4 reasons to snuggle

New Year. New starts. New resolutions! Not! Unfortunately, by the end of January, we have usually broken our New Year’s resolutions. Not this year! We made one resolution we are keeping and saving money at the same time. We resolved to snuggle regularly with each other for a savings of $80 an hour! If we snuggle for the whole night we … Read More...

I’m Not a Good Christian

I’m Not a Good Christian

Have you ever had someone attempt to use the Bible against you in a harmful way? Perhaps to call you out on your own faith? It is my experience that many times when someone attempts to use Scripture against others as a weapon, they don’t have a good understanding of it themselves. We live in a world where a Christian’s every move is now … Read More...

6 Ways to Parent the Non-Prodigal Sibling

6 Ways to Parent the Non-Prodigal Sibling

Do you have a prodigal in your home? A child who defies and rejects the family faith, moral, and value system? A child who takes drugs, abuses alcohol, is sexually active (homo or heterosexual), claims to be an atheist? This post is not about them. This post is about the non-prodigal. The one who is getting over-looked or over-parented due to … Read More...

Parenting

6 Ways to Make Mealtime Matter

6 Ways to Make Mealtime Matter

In the crazy world of a single mother, we often have to pick and choose what matters, and mealtime is one of those things that just gets pushed to the side.  We have to determine some core values and stick to those, oftentimes seeming dogmatic in our earnestness to maintain some consistency in the home. […]

Single Parenting

I’m Not a Good Christian

I’m Not a Good Christian

Have you ever had someone attempt to use the Bible against you in a harmful way? Perhaps to call you out on your own faith? It is my experience that many times when someone attempts to use Scripture against others as a weapon, they don’t have a good understanding of it themselves. We live in […]

Marriage

3 Steps to Win the Battle in Your Marriage

3 Steps to Win the Battle in Your Marriage

Some of you may have read the title to this blog and thought, “Finally, the steps I’ve been waiting for to prove I’m right and my spouse is wrong!” Sorry, this blog will make you the victorious boxer in the ring of marriage, but not by humiliating your spouse. Instead, these three concepts will bring […]

Media

Media Ratings

Media Ratings: What Are Our Kids Plugged In To?

Making “healthy” choices is a very popular topic today in both Christian and secular circles. We all want our children to be healthy! It’s a worthy goal for both ourselves and our children, no doubt. In fact, it seems obvious that when it comes to physical health there are clear, basic boundaries about what is […]

Recipes

Not So Perfect Christmas

Not So Perfect Christmas

Oh the stress of trying to be perfect! We all know there is no such thing, right?! But why do we try so hard to make our lives seem perfect when they aren’t even close. Christmas time just magnifies this ten fold, doesn’t it? Standing in line at the post office yesterday was eye opening. […]

Faith

The Father Factor

The Father Factor, Numbers Don’t Lie.

In a world that is becoming dominated with fatherless and single parent homes, the numbers don’t lie─ a father matters in the life of his children! For many families, that isn’t a problem. We dads tend to be a favorite playmate of our sons and daughters; and as the natural leaders of our households, we […]

Grandparenting

Four Ways to Make an Impact for Jesus as a Grandma

Four Ways to Make an Impact for Jesus as a Grandma

Friends, We have the great privilege of having Pastor Lisa Shaw guest post for us today. She is a mom and a grandmom, who has a love for the Lord and a huge desire to pass along a legacy of faith to her grandkids. Be blessed by her warmth and wisdom. Lori & Becky … when […]

Education

Summertime

Summertime

It’s a beautiful July day, blue sky, sunshine, and a light breeze off the lake. As I sit at the table in our cabin in northern Minnesota, I look out the picture window at my favorite place on earth. I watch my children and their cousins fish and hunt for frogs. I listen to them […]

Special Topics

I’m Not a Good Christian

I’m Not a Good Christian

Have you ever had someone attempt to use the Bible against you in a harmful way? Perhaps to call you out on your own faith? It is my experience that many times when someone attempts to use Scripture against others as a weapon, they don’t have a good understanding of it themselves. We live in […]

Home & Holidays

New Year, New You?

New Year, New You?

Happy New Year! I am looking forward to a great 2015. As we begin this new year, many will make resolutions.  They will use the phrase “New Year, New You.” I usually avoid resolutions. However, this year, I would like to suggest beginning the new year believing a “new” truth about yourself. Therefore, if anyone […]