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God is Smarter and Stronger

God is Smarter and Stronger

I saw a t-shirt the other day that read, “My Coffee Needs Coffee.” If we’re counting on coffee or personal confidence to get us through the day, we won’t get too far for too long.  Instead we must count on the God of Israel who never sleeps!...
When Isolation is Actually Good

When Isolation is Actually Good

I’ve been going to a neighborhood spin class for more than 13 years now.  In class today, my instructor yelled, “ISOLATE!” What did she mean by that? Did she want me to go back home and sit alone in my room?  No, of course not (although that would have been nice!)....
Back to School

Back to School

This morning, the breakfast table was strangely quiet. Just three years ago, my three kids sat around the breakfast table in a beehive of activity and chatter.  Then when my oldest went to middle school (which started one hour before elementary school), that left my...
Dealing with Your Imperfections

Dealing with Your Imperfections

I’m pleased to offer you this guest post from my friend, author Kelly Balarie.  She has a new book out, Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live Victoriously.  Here’s Kelly in her own words (I think you’ll be able...
Celebrating the American Dream

Celebrating the American Dream

Living in America is a wonderful privilege and one that we should be constantly grateful for. We have clean water to drink and proper sanitation.  We are not assigned a job. We are not jailed or beaten for being a certain religion. We are free to hold onto our...
Connect with Other Moms Through Prayer

Connect with Other Moms Through Prayer

A special welcome to my Proverbs 31 friends!  (you can read my devotion from today here) Do you want to discover how to connect with others moms through prayer? Praying for your kids is one of the best things you can do yourself…and with other women. Maybe...
Parents Rising Video Series is Here!

Parents Rising Video Series is Here!

I have often wanted to create video messages to accompany my books.  I’m happy to present my first set of complete video sessions for my newest book Parents Rising: 8 Strategies for Raising Kids Who Love God, Respect Authority, and Value What’s Right. ...
What Memorial Day Means to My Son

What Memorial Day Means to My Son

My son Ethan wrote this essay and I thought it would be neat to share something from the eyes of a middle schooler.  What our young men learn about the values and history of our country will have a tremendous impact on the future of America.   What Memorial Day Means...
The Mom’s Powerful Prayer

The Mom’s Powerful Prayer

A special welcome to my friends from Proverbs 31! Good news:  we are not left alone to parent our children.  God has gifted us with prayer – a way to communicate directly to the Most High God! I hope you’ll be encouraged by the mom’s powerful prayer...
Why You Love Being a Mom

Why You Love Being a Mom

Why do you love being a mom? Many times, we talk about the hard parts of being a mom.  The endless diapers and wipes, sleepless nights, sibling rivalry, piles of laundry, sassy teens, and goodness, what in the world am I serving for dinner tonight? Sometimes we need a...
What’s Your Top Parenting Problem?

What’s Your Top Parenting Problem?

What’s your top parenting problem? Parenting can seem like an uphill lonely battle some days, but your struggle is not unique.  I know in the moment, you may feel like your child is the only one to ________ (fill in the blank).  But you probably only have to...
Parenting is Not a Democracy

Parenting is Not a Democracy

Parenting is not a democracy.  My husband James has joked it’s more like a benevolent dictatorship! I’m not saying you shouldn’t consider your children’s opinions and preferences. I’m not saying the family meeting doesn’t have a...
Why Did I Write Parents Rising?

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...
We Must Connect and Disconnect

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....
That’s One Cute Baby

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...