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
We all know gratitude matters. There are abundant tips online about how to increase your gratitude along with plenty of suggestions to get your kids thinking about what they are thankful for. Deep down, gratitude is more important for the spiritual development of our souls than we can imagine. When we lack gratitude our
When Christ came to earth, one mission was especially close to His heart. The mission’s rhythm beats steadily throughout all the gospels, but one line in Luke is like a closing cadence to Messiah’s song: “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10 So,
Each day, I pray for the Lord to show me where I may be lacking as a mom. A while back, I was convicted about how my children acted when they were asked to do things for others. As we train our children to do chores and to help others, we must also teach