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When the Miracle Doesn’t Happen, What Do We Do?

As she sits at the entrance of the tent, Sarah overhears the conversation between Abraham, her husband, and the three Visitors. Through these guests, the Lord said, “I will certainly come back to you in about a year’s time, and your wife Sarah will have a son!”   Almost 90 years old, Sarah laughs to herself, “After I have become shriveled up and my husband is old, will I have this delight?” The Visitors asked Abraham,

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Parenting

What Does a Daughter Need from Her Mom

I just finished reading, Mothers Who Can’t Love, by Susan Forward, Ph.D. and Donna Frazier Glynn. Over the course of fourteen chapters, I met moms who were overtly enmeshed in their daughter’s lives; they were narcissists, control freaks, abusive, neglectful, and in need of mothering, themselves; I heard the broken hearts of their daughters and what they desperately wanted from their moms while growing up, yet never received. While each story was disheartening, the author

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Parenting

What to Do When Your Teen Doubts God

As a Children’s Minister I conducted baptism classes for children, who had professed Christ as Savior of their life. I met with the child and their parents to ensure they each understood what baptism was and was not. After covering the material with the child, I turned to the parents and encouraged them not to be surprised when their young children became teens and began to struggle with their faith in God. Most young children

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Parenting

How You Can Help Kids Living in Troubled Homes

When I was a Children’s Minister, along with leaders, we took kids to camp every summer. Some years, I also went as a leader to the student ministry camps. We would pack up the kids (or teens) and off we went for a week to camp each summer. I admit these weeks were highlights of my ministry! I looked forward to them every year! Some kids and teens came from homes filled with love and

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Parenting

How We Kept Santa in Christmas

Traveling home from the Christmas Eve service, I sat in the back of the car looking up at the sky. I was looking for Santa and his reindeer. I was probably around eight years old. I stared intently at the shimmering lights. Star after star glimmered in my sight, and then suddenly, I captured the most hopeful scene. A running stream of lights dancing across the heavens; I just knew, at that moment, I saw

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