How Can We Help Our Child Out of an Unhealthy Friendship?

Reality is, we all need friends! Friends are a good gift, and essential for our spiritual health. However, when a friendship takes the seat of God in our life, we’re in danger. Kara paves a way for us to steer our kids toward healthy friendships.
Alpha/Omega Stare Down
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 12:26 While it might be easier to recognize idolatry of a spouse, child, career...Read more

What is the Value of Community?

Community...it's hard, messy, yet so, so good and highly valuable. Seth shares his experience with lack of community and how God has used community to grow him in Christ likeness. Let's lean in.
Community Group
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole...Read more

Let's Raise Women of God

At camp we teach our young WOGs the phrase, “Women of God are loved by God and share that love with others”, which is a fluffy and girlish way of saying, “Women of God believe Truth and act on it”. Simple enough, right…? Then what makes being, or better yet, raising up a WOG in this world such an endeavor?
Mother/Daughter
“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make...Read more

Is there Really A Season for Everything?

What I love about Jesus is that He is aware of all of our situations. He is with us in them whether we choose to acknowledge Him or not. Natalie reminds us how thanking Him in all circumstances helps our perspective through hard and easier seasons.
Choose Joy!
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for...Read more

How to be a Man with a heart for God as a Teenager

It's a good thing God looks at our heart...in every word and action, in every look and deed. As our children grow and work out their faith, Judah shares great truth for us to point our kids in the direction of pure motives...of being after God's own heart.
Men After God's Own Heart
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness. Matthew 23:27...Read more

How Can We Share the Gospel with Friends and Family?

When Jesus tells us in Matthew 28 to, "Go..." sometimes we discount that command because our current circumstances don't allow us to pick up and head to Africa! Alysa reminds us that same command includes going to those nearest to us!
Friends
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" Matthew 28:19 This is quite...Read more

Where is Your Identity?

How can parents encourage kids to put their identity in Christ all the while being committed to school, sports, etc. etc.? Kelli winsomely points us parents to truth as we aim to do the same for our kids.
Focused Batter
And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17 Our calendars have...Read more

Yes Siree! Mind Your Manners

"Yes sir, no sir. Yes ma'am, no ma'am." These phrases still matter. Even to God! Kelli nudges us to keep at it when it comes to teaching, modeling, and expecting our kids to use manners.
Yes, you!
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 My son is in Cotillion...Read more

How Can Unconditional Love in Parenting Point to Jesus?

Jessica shares with us the greatest takeaway from her childhood is her belief that God loves her no matter what. Her parents convinced her that she could do absolutely nothing to make them love her any less. That fact sunk into the core of her being so she could know God’s love for her does not depend on behavior.
Father/Son
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or...Read more

When Ownership is Humbling

Owning our mistakes takes humility. When we parent in a manner aiming to shape the heart of our kids, we're going to need to own our mistakes along the way. Jacob gently reminds us of the importance of this as we point our kids toward Christ.
Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord has also taken away your sin; you shall not die.” 2 Samuel...Read more

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