Author Archives: Ruth Schwenk

How to Make God Real to Our Children

How to Make God Real to Our Children

Our family loves the zoo, especially the African safari, aquarium, elephants, monkeys, spiders, reptiles, and unusual birds. Okay – we like it all! It is one thing to read about these creatures from distant lands and exotic places, but quite another to get up close and personal with wild animals. What is it that is

Teaching Your Child How to Handle the Bully

Loving the unlovable is hard – especially when you are a kid. “Roof, Roof, Roof, Roof,” my classmates yelled. As an adult it seems silly, but in fifth grade, this chanting of my name, an intentional variation at that, devastated me with embarrassment and shame. Words, just as much as sticks and stones, do leave their

Joshua 1:9 Be Strong Courageous

How to Help Our Children Be Brave

A few years ago, one of my children woke up in the middle of the night, wide-eyed and trembling with fright. She didn’t know why she was afraid. She just was. She has always been fearful at night, but this night she was very scared. No matter what I said, she couldn’t comprehend what I

Cultivating a Love for Jesus in Your Child

I didn’t grow up in a Christian home. My parents were (and still are) loving, supportive, involved, and hardworking. But I didn’t grow up going to church, reading the Bible, listening to worship songs, or knowing Jesus. It wasn’t until high school that a friend of mine invited me to church. Youth group sounded a

The Invisible Mom

The Invisible Mom

“Does anyone see me?” The rise in social media is evidence that this question matters. So many of us want to feel noticed. We update our statuses, post pictures, and expose parts of our lives that a decade or so ago would have remained unknown, invisible, and unseen. I’m not against social media, but do

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