Category: Family

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by Bethany Forster Many lucky grownups like me can look back to a time of childhood bliss (blighted as it may be by pet deaths and mathematics). I imagine you would like your child to look back on the current days with similar fondness. Is that thought discouraging? After all, you had to harass them for the fifth time today about doing their piano practice or you lost your temper […]

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30 Days in Ephesians 6, Day 13: Provoking, Part 2

In our last lesson we saw that it is possible to provoke our children both to anger and to discouragement. Today we’re going to look at some commentaries to help us better understand how we might provoke them, and how we can nurture and admonish them instead. Assignment: Pray for the Holy Spirit to help you see how this verse may apply to your life and the way you relate to your children. Open […]

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30 Days in Ephesians 6, Day 12: Provoking, Part 1

Children are commanded to obey their parents. That means their parents need to help them learn to obey. But even while we are seeking to do that, we can say and do things that make it much harder for our children to respect and obey us. Today we’re going to look at Ephesians 6:4 and God’s command to fathers. We’re going to look briefly at several key words in the verse to […]

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Join Us in Our Month-Long Study of Ephesians 6!

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Wrapping paper tubes. Garden stakes. Umbrellas. Scraps of lumber. Tree branches. Rulers. Pool noodles. Fingers. What do they all have in common? If you have any boys in your house, you probably know. Most any innocent-looking item that is longer than it is wide can become a sword in the hands of a child who is eager and ready to do battle. No swords in the house? No problem. They’ll […]

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We’re Still Alive (an update from Forster/Doorposts land)

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Families need stability. Even when our adult lives are full of challenges, we fight for the stability our children need. We want them to grow up with familiar routines, a comfortable home, and parents who are there for them. But life is unpredictable. Often we don’t know what will happen tomorrow or next week. What do you do when “normal”, whatever that used to be, is shot to bits? I’m […]

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30 Days in Psalm 22 for Busy Mamas, Day 6: Catch-Up and Optional Lesson

It’s Sunday, and every Sunday is a catch-up day in Busy Mamas Bible studies! Life happens. Children throw up. Emergencies arise. Babies don’t sleep. Company drops in. The car breaks down. Don’t despair if you didn’t finish every lesson this past week. Today is a day to do some catching up. And if you’re still not up-to-date at the end of today, just keep on studying. It’s okay to work […]

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30 Days in Psalm 22 for Busy Mamas, Day 5: Cross-References, Part 2

Now that we have spent some time learning how to find the cross-references on Blue Letter Bible, let’s devote today’s lesson to studying more verses that relate to Psalm 22. As we do this, we are looking to the Bible to answer our questions. We’re using Scripture to interpret Scripture, a foundational principle in sound Bible study. Assignment: Pray, thanking God for speaking to us through His Word, and for showing us His […]

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Our Wonderful Life…

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The last twelve months have been some of the craziest in Forster family history. Last spring, we decided to bite the bullet and sell the seven-acre “home place” where we all grew up (and where we’ve operated Doorposts for the last twenty years) and move closer to our church, friends, and family. Eight months later, after eight moving van trips, hundreds of boxes of books, one epic garage sale, many […]

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Ingredients of Godly Discipline, Part 1: Preparation

Ingredients of Godly Discipline, Part 1: Preparation

I hear crying coming from the family room, where my three and six-year-old children are playing. I’m sitting in my chair, reading a book, and I don’t really want to be interrupted. But I get up and go in. The struggling stops as I enter the room, and reddened, tear-streaked faces look up at me. “What is going on?” “He was pushing me!” “I had the tricycle first!” “But you […]

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Thirty Days of Child Training Boot Camp for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 12: Catch Up and Optional Lesson

It’s already catch up day again! That was a fast week! For those of you who would like an extra lesson, I recommend reading the rest of the book of Ephesians. Read Ephesians 4-6, and underline with a blue pencil or pen every command (imperative) or exhortation Paul gives us. In chapters 1 through 3, he told us what God has done. Now, in the concluding three chapters of his letter, he […]

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