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Nurturing Your Marriage During Adoption

Nurturing Your Marriage During Adoption

After a new child comes home, it can be tricky to figure out how to nurture both the new relationship with your child and the existing relationship with your partner. People these days tend to think that going out on dates with your spouse is an essential part of a healthy relationship. New moms sometimes feel pressured to

Trisha Yearwood: Every Good and Perfect Gift

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. ~ James 1:17 When I made my first record for MCA in 1991, I wanted to thank God for all His blessings, but I didn’t want to sound trite or insincere. I decided

every bitter thing is sweet sara hagerty

A Forever Change in Perspective

It was a bitter cold Sunday in December when my heart wore the weather. At the time, we were attending a church teeming with prolific twentysomethings. Most all the women my age (or younger) were pregnant, nursing, or carrying their six-month-olds strapped to their chests in a tight wrap. They came on Sundays, in droves,

Being Loved Makes You Brave

I love my people. I could write an entire book on that, which probably means this is going to be too long, but I don’t care. I want to live brave. So I pursue opportunities and look for God’s open doors, but I only can because I have people who love me and with whom I belong. We all need

The One Keystone Habit for Your Marriage – Prayer

Some habits create forward momentum in your life. Those same habits, if you don’t diligently keep them, create negative momentum. But I believe there’s one keystone habit that, if you can do it consistently, will help you always diligently seek God. Even better, it’s simple! If you’ll do just this one thing every day, I

Messy Beautiful Love Is Christ-Centered

It wasn’t your usual Saturday afternoon. We had a lot of talking to do. Money talk. You know – the uncomfortable, I-want-to-avoid-this-topic discussion, where we chat about our finances to see where our money’s being spent. We desperately try to avoid pointing fingers, but the temptation is strong nonetheless. Michael likes to spend on gifts. Whatever the occasion, I can

Psalm 145

The One God and our “little g” gods

Though the physical stance of kneeling or posturing facedown before Jesus strikes the world as weird, the concept of bowing down before something—anything—really isn’t alien. In fact, we do this every day to our televisions, when we center our lives around must-see shows, as I very often do. There are many “gods” in our lives

Fear Should Never Motivate

Only God Will Always Be With Me

Amanda Hope Haley’s new book, Barren Among the Fruitful: Navigating Infertility with Hope, Wisdom, and Patience, is an entertaining, insightful, and well-researched survey of the infertility challenges a growing number of women are facing in America and other developed nations, with a fresh perspective on the plans God has for women–both barren and fruitful. Whether you

God Is a Good Judge

The Bible says that God’s wrath is coming on the entire world. But this is out of step with the God that Americans, by an overwhelming majority, say they believe in. How can the God who is love bring wrath and punishment? Who wants that God around? God’s wrath is coming because He is the God of

Friendship: Who Do You Need? Who Needs You?

Who Do You Need? We don’t just need people; we need the right people. Sometimes finding the right people takes discipline and effort. And then when we find them, we have to fight for them. We have to prioritize time and issue grace over and over, because even the best human on this earth will disappoint us. And when that happens, you

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