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Saying Yes to the Best

Say Yes To the Best

Say Yes To the Best

Time is what we want most, but what we use worst. — William Penn Whenever I go grocery shopping, I try to carry every bag from the car to the house in one trip. I’ve always been this way. Back when my husband and I lived in a basement apartment and our first child, Kathrynne, was just a baby,

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10 Ways to Communicate Love to Your Kids

I have four children: a 9-year-old girl, a 6-year-old girl, a 4-year-old boy and my youngest, a 2-year-old boy. That’s right, two big girls and two little boys. If there’s one thing I’ve learned – the hard way, through trial and error – is that each child needs to be shown love differently. There’s no

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I’m So Over Winter… Or So I Thought!

By the end of January here in the Midwest, winter has usually worn out its welcome. The cold has been around for what seems like forever, and below-freezing temperatures have kept us inside for far too long. And that whole routine of getting the kiddos dressed and bundled up to head outside? Yeah, I’m so

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Seeing Good in the Hard Things

I’ll never forget the first time I attended a publishing convention, giddy with excitement and weighed down with fifteen copies of my book proposal. I was more on a mission than a college senior looking for a diamond-toting man willing to grant her a Mrs. degree. Yes, ma’am. My shoes and I clippity-clapped all around that convention floor making

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How To Be Rich

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  – Matthew 6:21 (NIV) In the new book and small group Bible study, How to Be Rich, Andy Stanley looks at the early Christians, showing that generosity was the hallmark of the early church. The early Christians took this command seriously. They did for those

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Making Your Home a Haven

Why do we love certain houses, and why do they seem to love us? It is the warmth of our individual hearts reflected in our surroundings. — T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, quoted in Welcome Home We all desire to make our homes a haven. After all, no woman wants a cold, messy, or critical home. Whether you

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The Real Meaning of Christmas

We hear it all the time, “don’t forget the meaning of Christmas.” Yet how many people know the real meaning of Christmas? According to a survey released this week by the American Bible Society, 94% of Americans celebrate Christmas but only 15% of Americans read the Bible’s account of the birth of Christ as part of their

The Birth of The King

Since The Story was first published, hundreds of thousands of people have experienced God’s great love affair with humanity through this accessible, chronologically arranged bestselling Bible. This week’s Bible study is taken from The Story of Jesus, a seven-week exploration into the life and ministry of Jesus that is adapted from the original The Story curriculum and

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Teaching Children Gratitude – My Extreme Measures

Teaching my children to be thankful and have an attitude of gratitude has been one of my greatest challenges as a parent. Like many children in our Western culture, my kids are very privileged and they don’t always appreciate the things that they have, from the food in the fridge to the abundant toys in

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