Running to God When I Messed Up
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by LaVonda McCullough
1w ago
As I stepped wearily into my home, the weariness of yet another demanding day at the office weighed on my shoulders. The familiar embrace of my sanctuary provided a sense of peace as I released a sigh that carried the burdens of deadlines and disappointments. Greeted by the wagging tails and eager barks of my four-legged companions, I realized that this haven was more than just a dwelling; it was my refuge, my escape from the chaos of the “real world.” Have you ever yearned for that respite from the relentless demands and frenetic pace of the workplace? There are so many distractions that are ..read more
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25 Random Acts of Kindness to Do as a Family
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by Lauren Gaines
1w ago
It feels cliche to say the smallest acts of kindness make a big impact, but when you’re on the receiving end of the act of kindness, you know this saying is true. I still remember the day I went into labor with my third child. I’d just dropped my children off at preschool and decided to get a coffee and a donut. I rarely eat donuts, maybe once every couple of years, but I thought, “I’m going to treat myself today.” As I pulled up to the drive-through window and rolled down my window to hand my credit card to the cashier, she said, “Oh, the person in front of you paid for your order.” It was t ..read more
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3 Questions to Assess the Health of Your Heart
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by Shawna Sullivan
1w ago
February instinctively invites us to engage with the heart. Love is in the air. Stores don pink and red. Roses unfurl. Many good things vie for our affections, yet there is great value in pausing to assess what our hearts love most. Why? “Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7 ESV). Because it’s what God cares about, it is prudent of us to assess the desires of our hearts on a regular basis. So, as we enter the month ahead, consider these three questions to assess the health of your heart, and in turn, let God’s love take root freshly, enabling yo ..read more
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Valentine’s or Anytime: 5 Creative Date Ideas
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by Carrie Bevell Partridge
1w ago
Do you and your husband have date nights on a regular basis? I hope so! I believe it is important to prioritize intentional time together, to continue to cultivate a growing relationship and to deepen intimacy. As followers of Christ, we can expect Satan to try to infiltrate our marriages, and we must be proactive in fighting to protect, preserve, and enjoy our marriages. Having regular date nights is one way to invest in and enjoy our marriage relationships. But “regular” doesn’t have to mean boring or predictable. Granted, sometimes predictable date nights are exactly what we need because t ..read more
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Why I Run to God With My Mistakes
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by Dawn Sanders
2w ago
As I embarked on my 2024 planning, I encountered difficulties. Despite being a dedicated planner, I struggled to chart a clear course, leading to discomfort and unease. However, I’ve realized that these feelings shouldn’t impede my progress; instead, they may indicate that God is guiding me in unexpected directions or prompting me to make different moves than I initially intended. This realization prompted a different move: confessing my mistakes in failing to follow through on some of my previous year’s plans. I’ve confessed in the past, but primarily for things I’d done, not for those I’d l ..read more
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Being Servanthearted in Your Marriage
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by Pamela Henkelman
2w ago
The kids’ backpacks lay scattered on the table. A load of laundry resting on my bed needed to be folded, and it was time to head to the kitchen for dinner prep. Resentment welled in my heart. “Why can’t anyone notice what needs to be done around here and just do it? Why is there endless work in this house? I’m tired and overwhelmed. When is someone gonna serve me?” My love language is acts of service. I feel loved and cared for when someone does something for me. One could unload the dishwasher, pick up a package at the post office, or fold a load of laundry. Managing our home with five kids ..read more
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How to Listen So Teens Will Talk
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by Kelly Heath
2w ago
“Mom, you just don’t understand! You’re not even listening to me!” Can you hear her stomp up the stairs and slam the door? This scene repeated itself countless times during our younger daughter’s pre-teen years. And she wasn’t wrong—I was hearing her words, but I wasn’t really listening to what she was communicating; I was too focused on what I wanted her to understand. Thankfully, my husband is a rock star and filled in the gaps for us during those tumultuous years, always reminding the two of us how much we love each other and never letting us give up on trying to understand one another. Ov ..read more
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You’re Not Perfect (and That’s Okay)
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by Laura Woodworth
2w ago
It’s hard not to want to be perfect. The perfect family, perfect wife, mother, sister, daughter – the Instagram perfect we see when we scroll through our feed. It can lure you into a false reality of what life should look like and ultimately breed disappointment in who you are and what you have right here and now. Think about it – are you energized after scrolling through social media or depressed? But is perfection something we should aim for as Christian believers? Here’s the apostle Paul’s perspective concerning life and the concept of being perfect: “I want to know Christ… I don’t mean to ..read more
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I Choose Heroine over Princess
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by Beth Guckenberger
2w ago
I am so over the “God’s princess” message. I know I am the daughter of the King, but what if we talked to this next generation of girls about being God’s heroine instead? During an informal survey I conducted online, I asked women to name their favorite heroines. There were so many entries about mothers and sisters, tales of their sacrifices and consistency. Reading their stories of resilience and courage made me want to be in their camp. These real-life women exhibit substance, grit, and willpower, and those of us who have benefited from these qualities are quick to give credit to them. Thes ..read more
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Finding Purpose Together During a Life Change
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by Pamela Henkelman
3w ago
I’m dressed for church, ready to put on my makeup, and the tears begin to fall. The melancholy typically arrives on the last day of their visits. “Are you sad, mom?” Moriah says. “Yea, I don’t think I can go to church today. I’ll just cry. But it’s okay because sometimes a good cry is what you need,” I quip. She pulls me tight in a fierce hug, “I’m sorry we have to leave, Bookah. I love you so much.” I pull on a pair of comfy sweats and text my hubby that I won’t be at church today. I rarely miss services. He’s exceedingly supportive, and I head to the kitchen. Caleb packs up his fancy espres ..read more
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