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What if you could do JUST ONE THING this holiday season to start discipling your kids at home? I'm sharing how on today on the blog!

When it comes to my kids, I tend to overcomplicate things. I’m always three steps ahead of them, fretting over things I worry they’re not learning, planing ahead for ways to challenge them in areas they are growing. Like when I started making baby food for my 2-month old, four months before I planne...
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If you're an empty nester, don't have kids, or even if you're just looking for ways to reach out beyond your own children, my friend Misty is sharing on the blog today several ways to impact the next generation of kids when they're not your own. Enjoy!

Today’s post is from one of my dearest friends, Misty, who has been such a wonderful example of Christlike love to my own boys. I’m thankful for her and people like her who invest in my kiddos. Here, she shares ways you can reach out beyond your own family (or if you don’t have kids)…
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Here's the full story about the Berenstain Bear book we read this morning, and links to some better books about faith for your kids!

I love Berenstain Bears books. I grew up reading them, and they’re so sweet and practical. And since they have a few titles about the real meaning behind Easter, I always assumed the authors were Bible-believing Christians. So when I saw a book called, “Berenstain Bears and the Big Question” on the…
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We love Berenstain Bears, but I got this book from the library this week, and was really disappointed by it.
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It portrays the Bear family as one who is usually too busy to go to church, but when they do, it gives them a chance to think about "big questions."
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When Sister asks the big question, "What is God?" Mama tells her the only thing she needs to knows is that God made everything....
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Is that really all our kids need to know? What about sin and forgiveness? What about Jesus and the cross? What about how God had revealed himself through His Word? What about spending our lives for the gospel?
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Raising kids who love Jesus takes more than going to church once in awhile and saying grace before meals, and if you're on this journey with me, you probably already know that.
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The good news is, there are better picture books about faith and family to snuggle up and read with your kids. I'll share some of my favorites on the blog later today.

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We need to always be ready to meet the Lord (come quickly, Jesus!), but we also must train our children as if they will live to adulthood to train children of their own. The responsibility that we have as parents to pass the gospel on to the next generation is vitally important!

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Here's a short video where I express my thoughts about Jesus returning on September 23. (In short, forget about it! And I'll tell you why, here.)

Tomorrow, my husband and I will begin teaching a Sunday school class for teenagers, something we used to do a lot, but haven't done for many years. This is what we're teaching from, because we believe this generation needs to know that there are smart people who believe the Bible is true (and for good reasons!) If you have teenagers at home, it's an excellent read for you and/or your kids, too!

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There’s little question that he actually lived. But miracles? Rising from the dead? Some of the stories you hear about him sound like just that—stories. A reasonable person would never believe them, let alone the claim that he’s the only way to God! But a reasonable person would...
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Here's one for all the parents of readers! There are so many books out there - how do we know what's okay for them? I get these questions all the time, so I'm sharing today on the blog how I make those decisions for my own family, and offer some tools to help you decide what books are okay for your kids.

We all want our kids to be reading. But sometimes, it can be hard to know what they should be reading. For example, the Harry Potter books are rife with controversy among Christian parents. Some praise the themes of good versus evil and self-sacrifice, while others decry the use of witchcraft as dan...
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This is not so much a parenting book as it is a memoir, but as Lisa-Jo shares her story of journeying into motherhood, I always find myself encouraged and challenged. If you’re a mom who has ever lost your temper at your kids, I think you’ll relate to this one. (Fair warning: you might want to read it with a box of Kleenex nearby.) http://amzn.to/2giUXfV

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A lawyer with a well-stamped passport and a passion for human rights, Lisa-Jo Baker never wanted to be a mom. And then she had kids. Having lost her own mother to cancer as a teenager, Lisa-Jo felt lost on her journey to womanhood and wholly unprepared to raise children.Surprised by Motherhood is...
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This book is for parents of boys (sorry girl moms!), but as someone who grew up in an all-girl family, and who was ill-prepared for sons, this was eye-opening and totally helpful. It’s got tips on every stage of a boy’s development from tiny toddler to an 18-year-old leaving home for college. I come back this almost every year. http://amzn.to/2wCxJrS

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Playing off the themes in the Caldecott Medal-winning children's book Where the Wild Things Are, this informative, practical, and encouraging guide will help parents guide boys down the path to healthy and authentic manhood. Wild Things addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual parts of a ...
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This book, Good Enough Parenting, is by two counselors, and talks about loving your kids well (like we did this week!) and meeting their core emotional needs so that they’re not totally messed up when they’re adults. A must-read. http://amzn.to/2wDRvTK

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Since we’re talking this week about parenting methods (and why none of them work ALL the time) I thought I’d share some of my favorite parenting books, none of which put forth a fail-proof method, but instead offer some helpful ideas, tools and encouragement.

First, Desperate: Hope For the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson. This is one of my all-time favorite books, period. I first read it when my boys were pretty little, and have gone back to it a fe...w times since then. It’s full of all kinds of wisdom and encouragement from a seasoned mom to a younger one in the trenches of early motherhood. http://amzn.to/2xrwo4s

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Desperate is for those who love their children to the depths of their souls but who have also curled up under their covers, fighting back tears, and begging God for help. It's for those who have ever wondered what happened to all their ideals for what having children would be like. For ...
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I’ve had some conversations lately with some friends about parenting methods. As moms and dads, especially when our kids are tiny, it’s so tempting to believe there’s some holy grail of parenting methods where if you just follow this 10-step plan, your kids will turn out exactly the way you want the...
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In the information age we're living in, we're consuming more ideas and content than any generation before us. We are constantly bombarded by arguments on each side of every issue. But how do we discern what is true? And how do we teach our children to navigate the days and years ahead? Check out this week's post to find out!

A minister friend of mine recently shared on Facebook this Nelson Mandela quote that former president Barack Obama tweeted just after the events in Charlottesville, and asked this simple question, “Do you believe it is true?” The responses were all over the board, but there were at least a few respo...
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In a family culture shaped by faith, many experiences present oppotunities to engage your kids in conversations about God.
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Today, we are talking about the amazing ways God made the world, and are looking forward to standing in awe of our Creator this afternoon when the #eclispe totality passes through where we live. What a mighty God we serve!! #faithstartsathome

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I just finished this book this morning, and loved it. I can't wait to read the other two. If you've got teens or tweens who need something new to read, try this series. http://amzn.to/2vDsLcU

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The battle is real.As brothers, Xavier and Evan are used to battling each other. But now they’re discovering that there is a much bigger battle going on all around them. And it’s their turn to fight. Based on Ephesians 6:10–18, The Prince Warriors is the first book in ...
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Last year, we spent some of our teaching time covering the scope of the Bible narrative, and how that affects our daily lives. This year, we'll be teaching our boys about church history and great Christians who have gone before us like Martin Luther and William Tyndale. I'm sharing on the blog today about the resources we'll use to start those discussions with our kids, in case you're interested. Enjoy!

We are, as I’ve shared before, a homeschooling family quite by accident. It was never in our plan when we started our family to educate our children at home, but after a year in the public school system, we sensed God’s leading to pull our oldest out and start teaching him at home, beginning with…
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