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Emails, text messages and Facebook messages poured in minutes after I had posted a photo of myself and my daughter hanging out in the hammock, my new war;or tattoo on display with the semi colon replacing the i. The messages weren’t about the tattoo but rather the meaning of the semicolon within it. A semicolon is used when an author could have ended a sentence with a period but didn't. The semicolon means to “continue.” It became a symbol of hope in the mental health community after Project Semi-colon launched. It carries significant meeting to me due to battling depression most of my adult life because in early 2004, I nearly lost my life to suicide. The subject of mental health in the Christian community seems to be taboo because many are under the assumption you can “just pray depression away.” However, this is unfortunately not the case for most situations--which is one of the many reasons about Project Semi-Colon became a bluegrass movement. In 2013, Amy Bleuel started the faith-based nonprofit movement that is dedicated to "presenting hope and love to those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction and self-injury," according to its website. According to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide rates have been rising in nearly every state. In 2016, nearly 45,000 Americans age 10 or older died by suicide. It is currently the 10th leading cause of death and is one of just three leading causes that are on the rise. Research also found more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death. Photo Credit: ©Pixabay-SplitShire
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We want to see our grandchildren grow up grounded in their faith. But how can we make sure it happens? Is there any guidance from the Bible that is applicable to our modern lives?
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Are you constantly reminding your children to say “thank you” when they are the recipients of kindness? Do you also find yourself frustrated when they complain or behave with a sense of entitlement? Exercising gratitude is not an option for a believer--it’s a command. First Thessalonians 5:18 exhorts believers to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Therefore, even though it can be challenging, teaching our children to be grateful is instilling in them a godly characteristic that will set them apart from the rest of the world. If you are struggling with helping your children learn gratitude and contentment, here are five ways to teach your kids to be grateful, in season and out: Photo Credit: ©GettyImages/Wavebreakmedia Ltd
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A Christian heritage is a beautiful thing. Raising our children in church plants seeds that later will yield a bountiful harvest. “Train up a child in the way he should go;even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6 ESV) However, as important as it is for your child to be in church, it’s just as essential to understand what your child is being taught in church.
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God gives us the Scriptures to show us exactly what He wants to accomplish through our family.
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Elders need those who are younger to lovingly listen, respect, and connect with them. Younger folks need those of us who are older to let go, keep up, and show more of Jesus.
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As parents, we’re eager for our children to experience the priceless gift of church for themselves. We feel grief and frustration when our teens resist attending services as a family. Here are seven ways to help teens break down their barriers to the church.
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Our kids get their materialistic sin nature from birth, but our culture exasperates it. As parents, we can help our children be less materialistic through some practical practices.
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Here are 7 essential phrases sons need to hear from their moms to feel valued and capable later in life.
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If you are the parent of a teenager, here are three ways you can cultivate your teen’s growth in godliness:

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