Parenting for an Audience of One

The mother swipes a bedraggled strand of hair behind her ear as she bends closer to her son. He's having a meltdown again. She clears her throat. Tries to ignore the other parents' glares cutting sideways at her. As she begins to speak softly to her child, a neighbor scoffs and…

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Reading to Benefit Relationships

  I'm a book-hoarder, often found walled inside mountains of literature while pecking away at new manuscripts. The stuff of writing may seem like an isolating factor. Yet, reading can connect us to others. Some works serve to improve our relationships. Today's video highlights the following ways we can read to…

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Surrendered Blessings

" I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord" (1 Samuel 1:27-28). Hannah endured years of endless persecution. She faced it while cooking. The torment followed her into the marketplace. She could not escape it at night.…

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Precious Distraction

The sanctuary's music and message fade the instant I see one. They snatch my attention from intimate conversations. Even the deepest gloom cannot hold my focus while these remain in view. The immediate and thorough captivation brings me no guilt. I'm convinced God designed infants to draw our attention. Though many ancient cultures…

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Nurturing Spirit

Wrinkled baby feet and carriages adorn cards dedicated to "new moms." Friends and family members send these greetings to stuff the mailboxes of bleary-eyed mommas. The envelopes pile on the counter, for the most significant part of a mother's life wasn't delivered by post. The most significant aspect of mothering doesn't come in…

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