Taking the Time to Get to Know Our Children

“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18). My daughter and daughter-in-law introduced me to Loving the Little Years, by Rachel Jankovic. It’s a book for moms with little kids. My kids are not little anymore. In fact, in less than three weeks, I will be a retired homeschooling mother (ready and waiting to take on the […]

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Christian Heritage Conference in Redmond, WA

We’re in Redmond, Washington right now for the 6th annual Christian Heritage Family Discipleship and Homeschooling Conference! This is our fourth year attending this conference, and it’s become one of our favorite events. It’s fun to meet up with friends we see here each year, and also to see so many like-minded Christians (and lots and lots of children!) all together in one place. This event is held in the […]

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Let go.

Here’s a quote I read this morning from Mere Christianity, by C. S. Lewis. I need to post this somewhere where I can read it over and over: “Keep nothing back. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, […]

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Preparing Ourselves to Train

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). Do you ever feel unprepared to address the discipline issues that come up in your household? The project posted on April 12, “Arming Yourself with the Word,” was intended to be a “training exercise.” It outlined steps for studying God’s definition of love in 1 Corinthians […]

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Preparing Our Children for Godly Romance

“He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord” (Proverbs 18:22, ESV). Last week we shared Joseph and Hannah’s love story. God has blessed our family with wonderful romances, and we thank Him for answering the many prayers we have prayed for our children and their future spouses over the years. It’s never too early to start preparing your children for godly romance. After […]

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Training with God’s Word

Last week we talked about studying God’s definition of love in 1 Corinthians 13. I hope you were able to invest some time in studying this passage. If you did, you will be better prepared to disciple your children today. (If you didn’t manage to do the study this past week, you can still do so. Work on it this week, and then come back to this post after you […]

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One of My Favorite Love Stories

Love stories are always fun, aren’t they? I would like to share a few of my favorite love stories with you on this blog. Because my son Joseph and his dear wife Hannah are about to celebrate their first anniversary, I’m going to start with theirs. Joseph has always known what he’s wanted in life. He wanted to show up three weeks earlier than his due date (thanks, Joseph!), and […]

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Arming Yourself with the Word

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deut. 6:6-7, ESV). God has told us to teach our children His Word as we go through our day. The more we, […]

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Why Do I Get Discouraged?

“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?” (Psalm 42:5a, ESV) How many times have I asked myself this question? Do any of these reasons for discouragement sound familiar to you? I am likely to become discouraged when: I am suffering trials (loss, death, troubled relationships, health problems, financial setbacks). I expect people to be and do what only God can be […]

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Focus on Serving

“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4, NKJV) Focus on selflessness for a day and turn it into a game! Read Philippians 2:4 with your children. Talk about what it means. Then brainstorm together. Discuss the many opportunities for serving others in your household. How can they serve and please their younger siblings? Their older siblings? […]

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