Truth for Trials: Printable Verse Cards

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These 25 printable Bible verse cards will remind you of the hope and comfort that God offers us, especially in the midst of hardship and brokenness. Post them around your home, in the car or at work and…

9 Ways to Serve Your Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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This is an unprecedented time in our lives. No one knows what the future of the COVID-19 pandemic holds in the U.S. right now, as I write this. Universities, professional sports teams, places of worship,…

15+ Advent Resources for the Whole Family

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This year, Advent begins on Sunday, December 1st. The true reason we celebrate Christmas - that God sent His only Son for us - can get lost in the hustle and bustle of preparations for the holiday. Advent…

Best Bibles for Tweens and Teens

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What are the best Bibles for tweens and teens? After years of working in youth ministry and parenting teens ourselves, we have narrowed down what we think are some of the best Bibles for tween and teen…
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3 Lessons from Moving Across the Country

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By Erin Hawley, Contributor Our family has recently relocated for my husband’s job.  There have been some difficult moments as we moved our two small children away from their school, friends,…

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Strengthen Your Faith and Family

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These 5 New Year's resolutions to grow your faith and family may be the most meaningful ones of your entire life.

Childlike Remembrance: A Lesson From My Little Ones About the Heart of God

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Today's post comes from my friend and author, Erin Hawley. Not only is she a great storyteller, but she has a knack for translating simple observations of her young kids into deep spiritual truths that…
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10 Bible Verses Every Parent Needs to Know

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by Keith Simon, Co-Lead Pastor of The Crossing. First posted at Every Square Inch. Jesus: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” God didn’t design…

3 Devotional Books for Elementary Kids We Are Loving

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If I get one thing right as a parent...it's not to get them the right education. It's not to make sure they play the right sports. It's not to help them avoid pain at all cost. And it's not even to make…

My Fight with Binge Eating, Excessive Exercising, and Self Image

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Today I'm sharing about a big struggle that God brought me through in my 20's. I pray that whether you are going through this same trial or face another seemingly hopeless sin pattern in your life, that…

Letter to My Dying Uncle

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Comforting words in the midst of suffering don't come easily. This is especially true when that person is facing a terminal illness. Maybe you're in this position and want to encourage and bring comfort…

The Most Important Moment in My 39 Years

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We love helping equip others with practical ways to thrive at home, especially through freezer cooking. But, every once in a while, I get an itch as a blogger to share something really personal or meaningful…

Keeping the Big Things Big (and the Small Things Small)

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“Martha, if your heart stops beating, do you want us to restart it?” I could hardly believe the question that the doctor had just asked my grandmother (technically my husband’s grandmother but family…

"Will you and Daddy ever get divorced?”

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"Will you and Daddy ever get divorced?” My 6-year-old’s anxious question pierced my heart. It wasn’t the first time one of my children had asked this of me. I remember asking my parents that same…

To Think God Had This in Mind for My Family 15 Years Ago

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I never would have thought this would be the case 15 years ago, but God had it mind. In 2001, my husband and I recruited a few couples from church around our same age, in our twenties at that time, to…
Do you know how to tell a good devotional resource from a mediocre or even a bad one? It's important to ask at least three questions before purchasing faith-building devotionals or children's Bibles for your family.

3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Family Devotional (Plus 25+ Recommendations!)

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As a children's ministry staff member at my church for the past 16 years and a mom of three elementary-aged kiddos, I'm always on the look out for great faith-building resources for parents. Devotional…
Laura started losing her hair in high school and has lived most of her college and 20 somethings years as a bald woman in a culture that worships beauty. Her story is incredibly encouraging! Read on and share with others!

I Lost All My Hair...and Gained Something Greater

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I first saw Laura Hockett at a week-long church event that I help run called Kids Club. She had a huge smile on her face, was leading a group of elementary kids in some cheers, and, most notably, was…

Lessons From My Kids' Confiscated Toys

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Guest post by Nathan (Rachel's husband) Water balloons. The missing ear of a stuffed animal. A Pez dispenser. A doll (inevitably) missing its clothing. Two old iPhones. And both medieval* and futuristic…
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I Always Miss the Mark During Advent, and Yet...

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The angel's words to the shepherds so long ago really are true: But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town…

A Head Shaving Party for Darcie

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This post is a long time coming. I started on it this spring, but due to many turn of events I never finished it. Well, it's high time I told you more about my friend Darcie's story. Because, well, she's…
How to Fight For Contentment

How to Fight for Contentment

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Guest post by Nathan--pastor, dad of three, and Rachel's husband. Check out his other guest posts here, here, and here. Oh, and you may want to pin his favorite Everyday Smoothie Recipe, too. By most…

True Healing Can't Come from an Oil

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A few months ago a dear friend of mine called me to process some yucky stuff she’s been going through. In short, she had recently had a few panic attacks and was fearful that she may have more. After…
Truths to remember during trials. Life doesn't always go as planned. Here are a few great reminders to hold on to when life get hairy.

A Few Truths to Remember During Trials

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Dear readers, life is just HARD sometimes. I don't know why I'm surprised by trials when they come but I always am. I become all melodramatic when my comfort and easy life is interrupted as if it's…

Where is God When You Can't Get Pregnant?

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Today's post has been prayed for, labored over, talked about and worked on for weeks and weeks. Rebekah from Barren to Beautiful has poured her heart and soul into these words and we have high hopes that…