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9 May, 2012

What’s the Point of Marriage?

What’s the Point of Marriage?

Marriage is God’s idea. But what’s the ultimate purpose of it? Romantic feelings? Spending life with someone that shares the same life interests? The ultimate purpose of marriage is to bring glory to God. When a man and wife glorify God through their marriage, their life reflects the beautiful picture of Christ’s love for the […]

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29 Apr, 2012

Why Our Family Needs God’s Family

Why Our Family Needs God’s Family

This video is unbelievable. I first saw it a few years ago and it still stirs my heart. The setup is simple. This is what happens when a herd of water buffalo meander toward a few hungry lions. It’s the perfect illustration for this verse. I Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your […]

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14 Mar, 2012

How to Host an Easter Egg Hunt from Start to Finish

How to Host an Easter Egg Hunt from Start to Finish

Hospitality opens the door to true community. Spring is finally here (well, almost…). The snow is melting and birds are singing. Springtime brings new life and new opportunities for budding friendships. Some of the best memories we have as a family are times when we’ve slowed down and opened our home and hearts to new friends. […]

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12 Mar, 2012

“A Life that Says Welcome” Online Study

“A Life that Says Welcome” Online Study

I’m so excited about this hospitality study with Karen Ehman. I bought Karen’s book, “A Life that Says Welcome” a few years ago and love it. I refer to it often. It’s full of practical ideas and easy recipes. (My copy is falling apart- it’s one of my favorites.) What I love about Karen is that she […]

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24 Feb, 2012

Head to Toe Prayer

Head to Toe Prayer

Praying for Our Kids from Head to Toe As parents, so many things are outside of our control. If we’re not careful, worry will slip into our minds like an unwanted guest. Lost in the busy-ness of life, we forget to do the one thing that is most powerful and peace-producing.  We forget… to talk […]

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19 Feb, 2012

Sweet Paper Dolls Project

Sweet Paper Dolls Project

This is a fun project that only takes a couple of hours. Makes a great gift! My girls love to play with paper dolls, but I noticed that after a few uses, the doll clothes tend to rip easily. Also, my 2 year old has a difficult time with folding the little tabs over the […]

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9 Jan, 2012

Developing a Parenting Vision- Part 1- Which type of journey will you take?

Developing a Parenting Vision- Part 1- Which type of journey will you take?

There are two ways to take a trip. You can… #1- Pack a suitcase. Fill up your car with gas. Jump in the car and drive without a map or a firm destination in mind. The joy is in the journey. Turn down roads that look appealing. See the sights. Drive until you run out of […]

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20 Dec, 2011

Santa and the Magic of Christmas

Santa and the Magic of Christmas

Every year around this time, a handful of parents ask me what I tell my own kids about Santa Claus. I respect the traditions that parents set in place for their families, so in the back of my mind, I have a few lines prepared for what I would say to a child if they […]

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10 Dec, 2011

Untangling Christmas

Untangling Christmas

All tangled up. Two years ago, when New Year’s Day rolled around, sadness filled my heart. December was tangled up with ministry, shopping, giving, party planning, baking and decorating. When the snow-covered cloud of dust finally settled from my flurry of activity, I realized that I personally had missed Christmas. In my own heart. I […]

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29 Sep, 2011

Fan mail. Who do our kids look up to?

Fan mail. Who do our kids look up to?

“Dear Bethany, Can we be pen pals? I am your #1 fan.” My 8-year old daughter wrote a letter to one of her heroes earlier this week. She is completely inspired right now by Bethany Hamilton. She loved the movie Soul Surfer (Warning for parents of young kids, there are a few minutes of the […]

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