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Easter Jelly Bean Wreath

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Jelly beans...a sign of springtime. But jelly beans can also be used for faith lessons. Here's an activity from the 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team for you and your family. Get the conversation going about why we celebrate Easter with the colors of the sweet confection associated with Easter, the jelly bean. The free 1C13P Activity Page … Read More...

Making Others Feel at Home

Making Other Feel at Home

Earlier on in our marriage I used to get a “wee bit” stressed when I was hosting a dinner party. Why?  A) I really didn’t know how to cook, and B) we lived in a teeny tiny starter home with only 3 light switches and a used dining room table from my in-laws. I thought I had to impress with fancy dishes and fancy linens. I mean why did we get all … Read More...

Filling Broken Cisterns

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"My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.“ Jeremiah 2:13 We are like cisterns, made to hold the Living Water. However, trauma brings brokenness. I felt so abandon by God in the midst of my divorce, I was cracked in many places … Read More...

For All Introvert Moms

For All Introverted Moms

In our moms’ Bible study yesterday, we were discussing Jesus’ words in Matthew 16:24, you know, where he tells his disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.” Denying self…it’s a challenging topic, but it seemed to resonate deeply in this group of moms. And to cause a great deal of … Read More...

Parenting

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9 Questions for Author Joanne Kraft

Friends of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting, I had the opportunity to interview author Joanne Kraft about her just released book, The Mean Mom’s Guide to Raising Great Kids. She has a way of speaking truth while  lacing it with humor  and grace. In a time where kids are enabled more than empowered, her advice is solid. […]

Single Parenting

A Difficult Day for a Single Mom

A Difficult Day for a Single Mom

Mother’s Day has been a difficult day for me over the years. It comes on the aftermath of my birthday, another challenging day. As a leader, extrovert, initiator, and one who loves to CELEBRATE,  I usually find myself initiating a party, giving gifts to others on these special days. I do this in an attempt […]

Marriage

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Tuned-Up Marriage

Last week the check engine light came on in my car. I always panic a little when I see that red light on my dashboard. First I’m afraid that the car will die right there on the freeway. Then I start thinking how much this going to cost me to get fixed. Since the light […]

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

BeefTenderloin for New Year's Eve

Beef Tenderloin for New Year’s Eve

My family likes to tease me because I love crossing off the days on my calendar. My husband jokes by asking if “I’m almost there?”…wherever it is that I think I’m trying to get to. So you can imagine how much I love crossing off the last day of the year. I’m excited for a […]

Faith

This Christmas Remember, He Came for You

This Christmas, Remember He Came for You

He Came for You Are you the lowly Shepard, standing still and afraid? Alone out in the vastness of the fields… Wandering in the darkness? Do you wade through your days, Working tirelessly with no end? Are you filthy, worn and weary… Wishing there was more? Go To Him. Follow the star. Find His Light. […]

Grandparenting

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Eternal and Extended

Often summer provides an opportunity to connect with family that live both near and far away. Extended family can be a great support system through which to strengthen your own family values. Involving interested aunties, uncles, and grandparents- those people important in the lives of your children- enriches and reinforces the spiritual training  taking place […]

Education

Choose Joy

Choose Joy!

Three years ago I was fortunate to go on a mission trip with my daughter to South Africa. As you can imagine it was an amazing experience. The people Lauren and I met have become more like family than friends. When we came home my daughter’s teacher asked me “What is one take away from […]

Special Topics

David & Claudia Arp

Preparing for the Empty Nest

Readers, We have the great privilege of having David and Claudia Arp,  authors and founders of Marriage Alive, guest blog today. Very soon many of us seasoned moms and dads will be packing up our college kids and hauling them off to school. Becky and I are among this group! After reading the Arp’s article, […]

Home & Holidays

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Easter Jelly Bean Wreath

Jelly beans…a sign of springtime. But jelly beans can also be used for faith lessons. Here’s an activity from the 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team for you and your family. Get the conversation going about why we celebrate Easter with the colors of the sweet confection associated with Easter, the jelly bean. The free 1C13P […]