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Prayer: A Special Nighttime Ritual

Prayer: A Special Nighttime Ritual

Motherhood crept up on me. I know I know, I had nine months to prepare for my first child. But as an only child myself, I was not exposed to a lot of babies, much less taught how to care for little ones. I followed my doctors advice and actually didn’t read any parenting books

3 Ways to Steal Gratitude from Your Kids

Thank you. Two simple words, yet they mean so much. When said with warmth, sincerity and integrity, they communicate love and appreciation. Yet when said with sarcasm or guilt, they can leave you feeling undervalued and dismissed. Ironically, these are also some of the first words we teach our children. My husband and I taught our

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Top Books for Moms

There’s one thing that never changes in parenting: we constantly search for how to do it better. Thankfully, we have a God who cares for our kids more than we ever could, as well as amazing resources from fellow parents who speak directly to the heart of what we deal with as parents day in

5 Ideas for Celebrating Jesus’ Birthday

Last year when I was traveling back home after being on an overseas mission trip, a colleague announced, “Can you believe Christmas is just a week away?” Without thinking, I quickly retorted, “Really?!” The entire group around me immediately chuckled, and my new friend couldn’t help but reply, “Yup, it happens every December 25…” We all

Top 10 Tommy Nelson Christmas Gifts

This Christmas, our family is giving gifts a little differently than we have in years past. Instead of allowing our kids to circle catalog after catalog or even fill out a massive Christmas list, we sat down and got a little more intentional with them. We didn’t want Christmas to be ALL about the gifts.

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Bethany Hamilton Author Chat Replay: “Body And Soul”

Straight from her home in Hawaii, we had the opportunity to chat with Bethany Hamilton about all things fit, fun and fabulous in her new girl’s guide to life, Body and Soul. This fantastic book is for girls of ALL ages (and even some “dudes” too, as we discovered during our live chat!). If you missed

Help Our Children Fall in Love with Jesus

Let’s face it, “Because I said so” isn’t the strongest of parenting techniques. Sure, it may work in the moment, but when it comes to teaching our children lifelong lessons and conveying moral values, it falls remarkably short. Proverbs 6:23 instructs us to… …train a child in the way he should go and when he

Annie Downs “Let’s All Be Brave” Author Chat Replay Video

In an epic moment, we welcomed back Zondervan author Annie Downs to talk about her newest book, Let’s All Be Brave. Annie was not only our very first FaithGateway LIVE Author Chat guest, but she is now our first repeat author guest! At the very beginning of our time together, Annie pointed out that sometimes it’s

Peer Pressure: If your friends jumped off a bridge…

I’m sure all of us can remember a myriad of catchphrases we overheard our parents chastise us with over and over again as we were growing up, but perhaps none more than “If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?” Perhaps it sounded a little different in your family. Maybe something like: If your

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