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Why Are Trust and Obedience Powerful Parenting Skills?
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Why Are Trust and Obedience Powerful Parenting Skills?

Does our repertoire of parenting skills need to include trust and obedience? Is it really something we can develop over time? As I’ve said so often here before, “Raising children isn’t for the faint of heart!” It is the greatest gift, yet most difficult challenge in life — a place where we discover a love…

Forgiving Yourself and Finding Freedom From Shame
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Forgiving Yourself and Finding Freedom From Shame

Forgiving Yourself and Embracing God’s Grace Go Hand-In-Hand From the outside, it all looked quite picture-perfect. Handsome husband. Two beautiful toddlers. Financial stability. Active in church ministry. Always quick with a smile and an encouraging word. And it wasn’t as if my smile was disingenuous. I treasured my husband and children. Gratitude for all of…

The Surrendered Hearts Book Releases Today!
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The Surrendered Hearts Book Releases Today!

National Adoption Month and Surrendered Hearts For those of you who have been on this journey with me for awhile, you know today is release day! You’ve been our prayer warriors and cheerleaders along the way and I couldn’t have done it without you. But if you are new here, today is a big day…

When Our Friendships Need a Reconnection
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When Our Friendships Need a Reconnection

Authenticity. It’s a word we hear a lot these days. I think it’s something our souls long for. Yet, in the world in which we live, it is not something easily found. Rather, it’s something well hidden – from ourselves and from others. It’s an age where media and those on large platforms shout out…

Lord, Give Me Strength to Parent Without Fear
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Lord, Give Me Strength to Parent Without Fear

Lord, give me strength was the prayer of my mama heart. I remember the day I walked out of the church nursery without the sounds of my little guy crying. For months I’d had to put on my brave face, walk away, and believe he would soon realize Mommy would always come back. But brave…