The Word: Staying Nourished in the Mommy Years

By Sherry Graf In a few weeks I’m traveling to see a few good girlfriends from our days in South Dakota. Each of these women were in a Bible study I led when we lived there. Since then some of us have moved to different states, but the bond remains strong from our years of having babies and studying the Word together. This study happened … Continue reading The Word: Staying Nourished in the Mommy Years

Helping Our Kids Gain a Heart for the Nations

By Linnette Bachman As a child, I rarely considered God’s heart for people in other Nations. Whenever I didn’t want to eat my dinner, I was told about poor starving children elsewhere in the world. I wished I could ship them my green peas. As I have grown in my relationship with the Lord, He has given me a heart for the Nations. Reading missionary … Continue reading Helping Our Kids Gain a Heart for the Nations

Sticky Faith: Passing on our Faith to our Kids

By Leigh Ann Looyenga When our three were little, let’s say 5, 3, and 2 months, it made me a little nauseated when people said things like, “Don’t blink.  They’ll be big before you know it.”  I know people mean well.  But let’s be honest, sometimes in those early years exhaustion can make the days feel loooong. These words of a fleeting childhood hit me … Continue reading Sticky Faith: Passing on our Faith to our Kids

Taking a Spiritual Inventory of Your Kids

By Joy Meekins I have heard the Lord say to me “You’re a good mom.” That is invaluable. It has freed me from comparison, insecurity, and doubt. I don’t need the affirmation from others and can freely give it instead. Hearing those words fills a longing inside of me that does have serious doubts about parenting. This strength and confidence comes from something I have … Continue reading Taking a Spiritual Inventory of Your Kids

Does My Child’s Faith Depend on Me?

One of the biggest lies I confronted while raising our children was: “My child’s future and faith all depends on me.”   Perhaps I felt this pressure because as a wife and mom in the ministry, I knew their were eyes on me, especially as I parented!  And, to be honest, I just wanted to be the best mom ever for my kids!   This … Continue reading Does My Child’s Faith Depend on Me?

Planning “Refreshers” into Your Day

I’ve heard the role of a stay at home mom described as stringing beads.  Each day you get out your string and put on beads—one for meals, another for clean-up, reading storybooks, doctoring boo-boos, dishes, diaper changes, tidying-up, laundry, sweeping, and so on.  At the end of the day you look down and realize all the beads have slipped right off your string and tomorrow … Continue reading Planning “Refreshers” into Your Day

Confidently Terrified: Why We Chose Public School

When it comes to our children’s education, I know we all want the absolute best for them, but navigating what that looks like is no easy task for any mom. Just four days before 4K began for my oldest I felt God lead me to pull her from the private school we had chosen and enroll her into public school. Very few people from our … Continue reading Confidently Terrified: Why We Chose Public School

When He Travels – 6 Tips on How to Thrive While Parenting Solo

As I type this, we’re on day 2 of Ben’s current 10-day trip. Today I made four trips to the elementary school. I was supposed to meet my 9-year-old for lunch, but I had the time wrong and by the time I arrived he had 7 minutes to inhale his sandwich. My credit card got declined when I tried to pick up our latest newsletter … Continue reading When He Travels – 6 Tips on How to Thrive While Parenting Solo