Marriage

What to Do When Marriage Disappoints

The wedding is here and you and your spouse are eager and excited to begin your life together as husband and wife! Your expectations are hopeful. Your forever includes nothing less than happiness! You may feel much like Adam did when he met Eve for the first time, “This one, at last, is bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh; this one will be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken from man” (Genesis

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Parenting

4 Ways to Overcome Motherhood Burnout

My son, 22 years old as I write this, is serving as a Worship/Youth Pastor Intern, He recently texted me and asked, “How have you continued to do ministry well while also completely burning out in the process?” My son knows all too well the busy seasons that I have lived over the years serving in Church Leadership. To stay for the long haul was hard, and burnout was a companion I was intimate with

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Closer to Jesus

When the Struggle Steal Your Stability

There are those times in life where the struggles are real. Monstrous even! They are so overwhelming that they threaten to steal our stability. We don’t always give credit to the realness of God’s people found in the pages of the Bible. But their fears and worry were just as material as ours. Two people stand in the face of terror. Do they disable their fear? If yes, how? If not, why? In Isaiah 7,

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Parenting

How Parenting From Your Knees Helps Your Kids

Standing in line at the library to check out our books it occurred to me that parents are quite tall compared to their children. Obvious, I know, but this made me curious. “How do children perceive their world from their level?” So, I bent down beside my daughter, looking up at all the adults and bookshelves, and got a glimpse of what she saw. Towering humans looking over her. Large bookshelves that looked like buildings

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Parenting

What Gives Your Kids Joy

In her book titled, No Greater Love, Mother Teresa shared about a time she helped a young girl who lived on the streets. I paraphrase the story: After finding a young homeless girl, Mother Teresa took her to the children’s home where she could have a comfortable place to rest and eat some good food. The sisters working there offered her clean clothes and did all they could to make her life happy. However, not

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