Encouragement

What Does At-Home Discipleship Look Like?

What Does At-Home Discipleship Look Like?

I feel like a lot of times in the parent world we’re so busy with jobs, hobbies, family time, meals, cleaning, tasks, maintenance, things outside the home, friends, weekend activities, kids activities, school… so many things that we need to do. But when it comes to our kids’ spiritual well-being, sometimes it’s the last thing we think about. We can have prayer with our kids before bed. We can lead a devotion with our kids during a meal. I feel that during this season that so many people are home, at-home discipleship, if it existed, has really taken a back...

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How to Help Your Anxious Child

How to Help Your Anxious Child

Is it normal childhood fear or something more? Marie* was afraid of many things. Being away from her parents, going to school, sleeping by herself, failing a test, or answering a question in class. Some would call her a shy, nervous child, which could be a part of it, but Marie’s ‘shyness’ was limiting her daily life, making it a constant challenge for her parents. She would take hours to fall asleep because of ‘too many scary thoughts’; she would have a stomach ache in the morning before school, unable to eat breakfast. She was often irritable and irrational in...

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20 Ways to Let Young Children Know You Love Them

20 Ways to Let Young Children Know You Love Them

By: Steven James    

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Turn the Pandemic into Days of Delight

Turn the Pandemic into Days of Delight

A missionary couple called my mother one day when I was a child. “We need to travel the next two weeks, visiting churches and raising financial support. Could you possibly keep our kids?” So for two weeks, Judy and Jimmy joined our family. Mother had an idea. “Let’s celebrate a different holiday every day. These children have never seen how we celebrate here because they live in a different culture. We’ll make decorations and cook special foods.” Decades later, I look back on those weeks and smile. New Year’s Eve with homemade confetti, St. Patrick’s Day clover hunt, on and...

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