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"Isn't It About Time You Got Married?"

While I laugh at both well-meaning friends and rude acquaintances for asking this, they are really only voicing questions I have in my own head. I just don't ask them because I know there aren't answers.

Is Social Media Stealing Your Joy?

Social media is an inescapable part of our society.  But recently, research has been released that concludes there actually are negative side effects associated with social media. Many of the findings discuss how it impacts mental health; it is a joy thief that makes us sadder and more anxious.

Whether you believe in research or not, consider the following 10 questions to determine if social media is stealing your joy...

How to Help Your Kid Prepare for College

A lot of teenagers head to college without any idea about how money works. Ten years from now, they’ll more than likely be loaded up with student loan bills. It’s a scary trend that keeps getting worse.

Don’t let that happen to your college kid. Help them understand these issues before they step into that first class. 

7 Practical Ways to be a More Patient Parent

Be slow to speak. Be quick to listen. Be slow to get angry. It’s so counter-intuitive, but this is what God prescribes for us as parents.

Here are some lessons we’ve learned to help us ensure that we aren’t sowing seeds of anger, but seeds of patience into the lives of our children.

Caffeine’s Benefits and Dangers

Many people forget—caffeine is a drug. It alters mood, behavior, and the chemical workings of your body. There are probably more people addicted to caffeine than any other drug on the planet. Maybe more than all other drugs combined. So you might be surprised to hear me say—that’s not necessarily a bad thing....

Letting Go of Negative Self-Talk

Time to stop comparing with the image of beauty the world sets before us. Time to stop talking like the eternal self-critic. Time to let go of the over-emphasis on the number thing with the bathroom scale. Stop the negative self talk and choose to move forward, believing the truth of what God says about you.

5 Ways the Whole Family Can Eat Healthy

People are understandably conscious about the foods they’re eating and where they come from. This has seen the rise of whole, clean and natural foods, and in the last couple years, the trend has even moved into pet foods.
These tips can help your whole family lead a more healthy life.

5 Ways to Strengthen Your Marriage from the Storms of Life

People often ask me how my husband and I have managed to stay so in love despite the physical and emotional pain we’ve experienced in our 20-something years of life.  How do we do it?

By keeping these 5 things in mind, I hope your marriage can be strengthened to weather any storm that comes your way too.

What to Do When You Feel Like a Horrible Mother

Do you ever find yourself thinking What did I do wrong?  Many of our insecurities about parenting surface because we find ourselves in a situation that is new or different, or that we haven't yet walked through.

So here's some perspective to help give you some confidence to get through....

5 Ways to Serve a Single Mom (and Why You Should)

Single parenting has become a hot-button issue for many churches around the country; but many churches are ill-equipped to respond to the needs of single moms. 
So how can you make a difference in the life of a single mother?

Jenny Simmons: Lots of Ways to be a Momma

Jenny Simmons (former lead singer of Addison Road) compels us to broaden our definition of "momma" - to nurture, nourish, cuddle, and minister to others in ways that will change a life forever!

A Dance of a Lifetime Brings Tears to Mom's Eyes

If you could do ANYTHING with your family, what would it be?  One family's idea turned out to be the ultimate surprise and blessing for mom!  She had no idea it was coming!

You'll both shed a tear and squeeze your children when you watch this!

10 Ways to Honor Your Mom's Memory on Mother's Day

For those of us who have lost our moms, Mother’s Day can be a sad day; especially if we focus on what we’ve lost rather than remembering all we’ve gained from their influence.  So, when Mother’s Day comes around, rather than concentrate on loss, we can choose to celebrate our mother’s lives in ways they would have appreciated.

Here are 10 ways to honor your mother’s memory on Mother’s Day....

4 Steps to Become a Confident Mom

If you've ever thought What if I'm not getting this right? you are not alone. Every mom has wondered, at one time or another, if we’re up for this task of mothering or if we're just messing up our kids.

Here are 4 concrete steps you can take to get more confidence to be a great mother.

5 Things Your Wife Wishes You Knew (But Might Never Tell You)

You may share a bed with her, raise children with her, and even participate in keeping the home in order. You love her and value her, and maybe you even tell her that regularly.  But even if you do all of that, here are five things your wife wishes you knew about the work of the home....

10 Reasons Why You’re More than an Average Mom

In the midst of all we do as mommies, so many of us simply end the day feeling average. We carry around a gnawing feeling that we don’t measure up, we didn’t do enough, and we’re failing at this thing called motherhood. If you find yourself in a similar place, be encouraged!

Here are 10 reasons why you will always be so much more than an average mom.

Is Your Cash Flow Controlling Your Life?

Living paycheck to paycheck forces you to say no to things you really wish you could do. You’ve got a decent income—so why don’t you have any extra cash?

If you find yourself here, it’s time to switch gears. Telling your money where to go lets you live the life God wants for you. Here are four steps to get you started.

5 Simple Tips for Birthday Bash Success

Whether you’re planning a princess tea party or a superhero birthday bash, the secret to organizing a party your child will treasure is to keep your little one’s interests at the forefront.

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