Whatever and wherever a believer in Christ labors, his greatest desire is to see others reconciled to God. Many teens take that pivotal step, wondering how they can prepare for such a great mission. By mission, we mean seeing life as a missionary does, whether we are one professionally or not. It means recognizing
Being considerate is a trait we want our son, Luke, to learn. This is because we think Luke will love others when he’s considerate, but also be personally happier as he gives to other people. It seems that when we try to aim at happiness directly, we so often miss it. But, if we
Why do we homeschool? What is the ultimate goal for our children? We hope they are happy, safe, healthy, and successful. But, there’s a deeper desire that drives us forward? Christian homeschoolers have an enormous opportunity to provide a spiritual foundation for their children. In fact, many Christian homeschoolers would say that the spiritual
When I was a young homeschool mom, a conference speaker encouraged us to not just prepare teens for college, but to prepare them for all of life including marriage and parenting. How could I do that? I wondered. I decided to have my children think about marriage before they fall in love. Crazy? There
One of the great influences used of God during this time of seeking in William’s life was pastor and celebrated hymn writer John Newton. John himself was a man who had started life with a gentle hand guiding him in paths of righteousness. His mother, Elizabeth Newton, was a sickly woman, but this did
What if you were not guaranteed tomorrow with your children? What if a relative didn’t approve of your faith and snatched away your children? Or what if a premature death cut short the light of maternal influence? What would be the one thing you could teach them that would woo their hearts to Christ?
As Clarissa grows, one of my goals is for her to have a heart that wants to serve others and not just herself. At first it seemed hard to find ways for her to serve others since she is only five. But I have found that one of the best ways to do this,
“Mom! Joleen stole something from the store,” yelled my older brother. My heart thundered in my five-year-old chest. I knew I was in trouble and would have to make it right. The funny thing is that despite a few isolated incidents, I was an obedient child. So why did I steal a pink bouncy