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Why Did I Write Parents Rising?

I was sitting upstairs when my kitchen timer downstairs started beeping.  At first I ignored it.  I figured it would eventually stop beeping. But after my concentration had been hijacked for too long, I ran downstairs to turn it off. That’s a word picture of why I decided to write […]


Join the Launch Team for Parents Rising

You’re invited to join the launch team for my newest bo:  Parents Rising: 8 Strategies for Raising Kids Who Love God, Respect Authority, and Value What’s Right.   When parents move from bending over backwards in order to please, to standing up confidently to lead…transformation happens! I want you to experience […]


We Must Connect and Disconnect

The Connect Movie produced by Kirk Cameron comes out today. I will be in the theater tonight watching and praying that millions of parents will eventually see this important film about the dangerous effects of technology and particularly social media on our kids. Check it out for yourself: This is […]


Podcast: Old School Parenting That Works with Kendra Smiley

Download the podcast on iTunes or listen here:   I would venture to guess many of the daily challenges you face with your kids were unheard of in your grandmother’s generation. We live in a culture that exalts whatever is new.  Yet if we would simply follow some of our grandmother’s […]


That’s One Cute Baby

“Mom, he is so cute!” Noelle declared with great enthusiasm. Yes, that’s one cute baby!   I lit up when I showed my 6th grade daughter Noelle the photo of Lucas Warren, the one-year-old baby who is taking on the world with smiles.  He won the 2018 Gerber baby contest – […]


Christmas Family Traditions

Believe it or not, I am still struggling with my voice.  I think “Silent Night” will be this year’s Christmas family tradition for me! I remember last year, someone at church asked my cherubs, “What are some of your family traditions? To my horror, they said something like, “Oh, we […]


From Darkness to Light – Remembering Miscarriage

Arlene’s testimony about miscarriage on Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah A special welcome to my friends at Proverbs 31 Ministries.  Perhaps you read my devotion today and you came to hear my testimony about my miscarriage.  This originally aired on Turning Point Television with Dr. David Jeremiah. Here are […]