Dear Barbara: How Many Kids Should We Have?

By Barbara Rainey | May 15, 2017 | 21 Comments

Dear Barbara: I know being a mom is a high calling. Sometimes I wonder how high I want to be called. I feel exhausted with little ones tugging at my legs all day and my husband is asking for more. So how many kids should we have? Oh, tired mom. I remember those days filled […]

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The Most Important Gift of Motherhood

By Robyn McKelvy | May 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

By Robyn McKelvy Our children are called gift, reward, and blessing as Scripture defines them. Children are given from God and we nurture them, we encourage them, and we desire greatness for them as they grow and mature.  We give much of the hours of our own lives away to equip our children to live up […]

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The God of My Heartbreak: Teaching Teens to Pray

By Janel Breitenstein | March 22, 2017 | 5 Comments

Of the many nuggets I’ve gleaned from my father-in-law, perhaps one I am most grateful for is his response to my husband’s teen years. A lot of people find merit in Mark Twain’s quip: When a boy turns 13, put him in a barrel and feed him through a knot hole. When he turns 16, […]

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Praying With Your “Tweens”

By Barbara Rainey | March 15, 2017 | 1 Comment

Driving home there are two places where cell signals are most likely to drop. What is frustrating is the inconsistency. Sometimes the signal is compromised and the call doesn’t drop but the sounds are garbled. At other times the signal dies. I discover after a few moments of awkward silence that I’m talking to myself. […]

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Teaching Your Elementary Kids to Pray

By Janel Breitenstein | March 8, 2017 | 2 Comments

Last week, I heard from my sister in Thailand some of the heartbreaking moments they’ve been struggling through in their community of refugees. An 11-year-old girl sent to possibly “work” in Bangkok with her mother. A stabbing. A man depriving his family of enough money to buy food. And I thought, My kids and I […]

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