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Praying against Self-Harm and Suicide

The Lord has chosen you to be His treasured possession. — Deuteronomy 14:2 I first heard about the practice of cutting when our oldest daughter was in middle school. We lived in southern California at the time, and a couple of girls in her grade had been seen with razor marks on their arms. My heart ached for the girls and their families. What would make a teen want to hurt herself in that way? Back then, I thought the girls’ behavior was an...

The Proverbs 31 Woman: How Not to Do It All

Key Scripture: Proverbs 31:10-31 Meeting the Proverbs 31 Woman This woman is unreal! Literally. All of the other women you will meet in this twelve-session study are captured in a real place and time. Each of their stories comes from a particular context and setting in biblical history. But not the woman portrayed in Proverbs 31. While she may be based on an actual person, the collection of her qualities and attributes are gathered from a...

Hoodwinked: Building Bridges, Not Fences When Others Mother Differently

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. — Ephesians 4:2-3 Watch the Video Play the video teaching segment for session one. As you watch, record any thoughts or concepts that stand out to you. Notes Piece by piece we have crafted in our imagination a stunning mosaic of just what a mom should be — one who does things right and...

Something to Talk About

Wonderful Ways to Use Your Words A word fitly spoken and in due season is like apples of gold in settings of silver. — Proverbs 25:11 Words matter. [tweet this] They can build up or tear down. They can impart wisdom or bring shame. They can deliver encouragement or deflate the spirit. Words can be a weapon or a healing balm. A welcome sound or a dreaded racket. And words can even change the world. Who knows just how many pivotal points in...

Forget Supermom, Just Be a Super Mom

There is no such thing as a superhero mother. No Supermom. No Wonder Woman. But there are ways to still be a super mom — the best mom you can be for your particular children. Here are eight ways to stop trying to do it all and start learning to be you. After all, we are human beings, not human doings. Maybe if we focused less on what we do and more on who — and whose — we are, we can find that super mom status we are really longing for. 1....

How to Stop Gossiping

I’ve tried all kinds of things to try to keep myself from talking about others when I shouldn’t. Sometimes my methods worked. Other times I just kept yacking. And when gossiping with others, I mistakenly felt secure in thinking that the person I was talking to would not tell the little morsels to the person being gossiped about. Boy, was I wrong! In fact, I can say with almost absolute certainty that if a person is willing to listen to gossip...

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king. — 1 Peter 2:17 NLT It was a rainy winter afternoon. Our youngest son was in middle school and I was walking down the school hallway following a meeting. As I opened my umbrella to ward off the chilly shower, I heard a woman’s voice pipe up. “Hello? Excuse me. May I ask you a question?” I turned to see one of the lunchroom workers. “Are you Spencer’s mother?”...

The Secret of Every Happy Marriage

I have conducted marriage seminars all over the world for many years. In my talks I often ask a question that gets the same response wherever I ask it. There are actually two questions I ask. The first is: “How many of you grew up in a home where one parent was clearly dominant over the other parent?” Immediately 70 to 80 percent of the people in the room put their hands up. Then I ask my second question: “How many of you who just put your...

Finding Your Big “Why?”

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven. — Matthew 5:16 Video: Finding Your Big “Why?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajTA-iO–K4&feature=youtu.be Play the video teaching segment for session one. As you watch, record any thoughts or concepts that stand out to you in the outline that follows. Notes One of the oldest questions known to humans might very...

Laced with Grace

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. — Proverbs 16:24 I am such a Bible nerd. Not only do I love to learn the meaning behind the Hebrew or Greek words in Scripture, but I like to study certain English words that pop up at me, pogo-stick style, to find out why a particular word or phrase is used. And so I grew curious one day. Why does God use a honeycomb to describe gracious, sweet, and healing speech? I...

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