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Part 4: Minimize TV-Time

“…I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.” Romans 16:19 (NIV) Ah television. How you’ve changed our lives and shaped our culture. How you’ve morphed our home lives into something… quite different. When I went off to college as an idealistic 18-year-old, I chose not to have a TV. At that point in… Read more

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Part 3: Rediscover Discipline (for Moms)

There is no formula for parenting, no guaranteed “method” for producing perfect children. There are, however, principles that can guide us through this daunting task. I love this one by Anne Ortlund: My greatest goal for my home is that it produce healthy, happy, secure, and mostly, God-bent children. This very principle is one that God has put on my… Read more

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Part 2: On Being Present

There’s a difference between being present physically and being present relationally and emotionally in your home. While both are important, it’s the latter that truly meets needs. Not the present-but-cranky, distant or distracted parent and wife I have often been, but the one that engages, sees, and builds up those in her home. Through intentionally choosing to be fully present, we are… Read more

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Slow Your Home

“There is nothing more terrible than activity without insight.” Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Are you living more as a human being or a human doing? At our core, we were meant to be,  not do. …To be in God’s presence. To be still. To be His people, and as an outflow from our identity in Him, to live godly lives and love others. Yet most of… Read more

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7 Ideas for a Christ-Centered Easter

I love egg-hunts and traditions and hidden Easter baskets. But more importantly, I love the amazing truths of Jesus life, death and resurrection that we get to celebrate with our children on Easter. This year in particular, as my kids are getting a little older, I’m looking into what it might mean to turn their attention to Jesus in a… Read more

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How to Worship God When You Pray and Why You Should

How do your prayers sound? If you’re like most of us, they probably a involve mostly a lot of requests on behalf of others and a lot of “me’s.” Help me, heal me, change me, guide me, forgive me. These are all wonderful and powerful prayers to pray. However, unfortunately, that’s as far as many of us ever get. Our prayers… Read more

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9 Bible Verses to Usher You Into the Presence of God

Sometimes the most powerful motivator for me to slow the busyness of life to BE with God is a simple invitation, spoken straight from His Word. To such an invitation, my spirit can’t help but say, “yes!” As I talked with one of my nearest, dearest friends this week, she mentioned a list she’d curated of Bible verses about spending time with God.… Read more

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