Finding Freedom in God’s Design for our Marriage

Thanks to the encouragement of a wise wife and mother who spoke to our homeschool support group this year, I got some clarification about what God’s Word says regarding God’s design for marriage and the purpose of our individual roles as husband and wife. As with most principles in God’s Word, the Holy Spirit wants to reveal more…

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Is Your Mama Heart Weary With Anxiety? Let Go: God’s Got This!

Trusting God and waiting on His answers has always been challenging for me as a Type A recovering perfectionist mama. However, I have learned through navigating some difficult life storms how vital God’s instructions are to our heart strength and even physical well-being — especially when it involves waiting on Him and having courage in the process (Psalm 27:14). A few years ago, I had…

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Resist the Temptation to Play the Blame Game

Blame is nothing new. We learn in Genesis that from the beginning, a fundamental trait of our sin nature is to place blame for our actions on a person or a circumstance. That same abandonment of personal accountability is prevalent in our culture today. Social media only makes this temptation harder to resist, when opportunities to finger-point…

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Grounded for the Summer: Why I’m Forever Grateful

Often the process of being molded by God starts with a pile of crushed pieces, remnants of our self destruction, that He lovingly repurposes for HIS greater glory. And then we break, and He rebuilds, and our faith becomes more resilient with each step in our transformation. I remember my first “crush” — and by crush, I mean having…

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Parenting Teens: The Battle of Independence vs. Authority

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s seen this parent-teen conflict pop up on Facebook: “My teenage daughter is addicted to her phone, and if we take it away for punishment, she acts like her life is over! Advice anyone?” Although the technology has changed, the battle between teen independence vs. parental authority is…

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Parenting Fears to Overcome with Tweens & Teens

When our children are young, danger is obvious. The guidance we provide is very tangible, and saying “no” is part of daily life. However, as our children enter the tween and teen years and begin to develop their own judgement, setting rules and guidelines for them gets more complicated. We have three daughters, and my…

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Five Places to Find Spiritual Refreshment

Every journey requires times of rest to regroup and restore physically and mentally. As homeschoolers, we know this all to well: It’s easy to burn out when we don’t pace ourselves and take necessary breaks. It’s no different with our spiritual journey. If we’re running full steam ahead ourselves and constantly pouring out to others…

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Considering Homeschooling? Trust Your Calling

Recently a good friend of mine surprised me by asking if we could get together to talk about homeschooling. I wasn’t surprised that she might consider it, but I was surprised by the timing and eagerness to get it all figured out right now — months before the school year’s end. My friend summed up…

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