Parenting

The Way to Discipline Children That Grows Their Faith

I learned gardening from my grandmother. She taught me how to prepare the soil, place the plants in the ground, and pack the right amount of dirt around the plant’s baby roots. She taught me what a weed was and the importance of keeping the garden well pruned. She showed me how to tell if the vegetables were ripe enough to be picked. She taught me to care for the garden, so we had a good

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Parenting

There Are Times We Must Fight for Our Children

As parents, we wear many hats. We fill many roles when it comes to raising our children. We are a chef, chauffeur, disciplinarian, academic tutor or teacher; we love, care, counsel, and coach our kids. We are their cheerleader on the ball field, their greatest fan in their dance performance, or their devotee in the music hall. But one role we also need to wear is the Warrior Hat. We need to fight for our

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Parenting

I’m Glad I Stopped This Craziness

Setting the timer for her kids, a mom instructs them to complete their math lesson within the given timeframe. “On your mark, get set, go!” was her command. With a competitive approach to parenting, her kids busily followed her cue. They got to work, each trying to finish before the other. Once completed, they began their next lesson at hand in much the same manner.   Every moment of their day was filled with competition

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Parenting

Is There Hope When Parents Make Mistakes

We would all agree that there is no perfect family. Parents make mistakes for there is no perfect parent, nor perfect children. We all live in a fallen world where we are born guilty of sin. “For we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). So, it is no surprise that even the righteous have shadows in their lives. “Noah, a man of the soil, was the first to

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Parenting

I’m Glad I Persevered In This

Living out God’s calling in our life can take a long time before we see fruit; the waiting can create doubt. Concerned you might wonder if the vision was just made up in your head. “Did God really say to do this?” Sounds like the serpent’s question to Eve in the Garden, “Did God really say…?” When doubt rears its head, not only do we allow Satan to play his part, our focus is not

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