The Super Important Story That Most Christian Parents Never Tell Their Kids

Have You Told Your Kids?

If you are a Christian parent, you have probably told your kids the story of Adam and Eve’s sin. You’ve probably talked to your kids about Jesus Christ’s perfect life and sacrificial death. You may have even told your kids the stories of Jonah and Noah, of Paul and Barnabas.

Yet, there’s one super important story that many Christians parents never even think to tell their kids.

There's a story that many Christians parents never think to tell their kids. Have you shared your testimony with your kids?

A Vision for Family Bible Study

For my thirtieth birthday, my husband took me to see the Celtic Woman perform at a live concert. This event re-awakened a desire that I have had since childhood – to learn to play the violin.

The next year, I purchased a used violin off of Craigslist and a beginner’s violin book. I had never even handled a violin before, but I really wanted to learn how to play.

I knew that it would be rough going – I mean, who picks up the violin as an adult? People told me that I was too old to learn. I didn’t have money for lessons. I squeaked and squawked. I sounded awful!

To the Christian Woman Who Is Crippled By Self-Doubt

Lessons from the Life of Moses

Do you ever struggle with self-doubt?

Self-doubt can be crippling. Trust me. I speak from experience on this one.

I have been struggling with so much self-doubt lately.

Do you struggle with self-doubt? Do you feel that God can't really use you? Are you hesitating to step forward because you are afraid that you will fail?

I am not being the wife and mom that I desire to be, and I feel that I am failing my husband and children.

My homeschooling attempts feel completely inadequate.

Grocery shopping and meal preparations have been far from stellar lately. (Last evening after waiting 45 minutes for my rice maker to make the rice, my 8 year old son checked it and informed me that I had never pushed “start”. For Pete’s sake, how hard is it to make rice in a rice maker? I did get dinner on the table – by 7:20 p.m.)

And this blog? I want to write from my heart. I want to encourage and inspire you to keep on teaching your kids about the Bible. But, the last few days I have been so close to closing it down – because I seriously don’t have what it takes to run this blog.

Do you ever struggle with the crippling effects of self-doubt? Do you ever feel like “throwing in the towel” because you just don’t have what it takes to keep on going?

Do You Really Believe that God Loves You?

5 Lies That Prevent Christians From Fully Knowing God's Love

Do you know, I mean REALLY KNOW that God loves you?

Or, is there just a sliver of a doubt in your mind and heart?

Do you struggle with doubts about whether God really loves you? Are you believing one of these lies that will prevent you from accepting God's love?

When it comes to God’s love, there are times when I doubt, big time.

It is hard for me to believe that God really and truly sees me and loves me.

Because, I know who I am. I know the thoughts in my heart. I know my sins and my failures. I know my own selfishness and pride and anger. And I wonder, “How can God truly love me?”

How to Destroy Your Home in 10 Easy Steps

What does your home mean to you?

Perhaps its your place of refuge and security. Maybe its your greatest financial investment. You probably even spend countless hours making your home as beautiful, clean, and inviting as you possibly can.

You would never take a sledge hammer to the walls of your home. But, are you unintentionally destroying your home in one of these common ways?

You would never grab a sledge hammer and start knocking holes in the walls of your home just for the fun of it.

You would not intentionally tear down your home with your own hands.

And yet, Proverbs 14:1 says, “The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.”

I don’t think that the foolish woman intentionally sets out to tear her home down with her own hands. She can’t be THAT FOOLISH, right? And yet, whether she means to or not, home destroying is exactly what she does.

The Sneaky Lie About Hard Work and Success

Are You Believing This Lie?

I recently realized that I have been believing a lie.

It’s one of those sneaky lies that sounds so right, so noble on the surface – and yet the more that I look at it, the more that I realize how dangerous it is.

Do you ever find yourself believing this lie: "If I work hard enough today, tomorrow will be so much better."? Here's what the Bible says about our work.

Maybe I have been prone to believe this lie because I grew up with parents who taught me to eat my peas before I could have dessert.

Maybe its because of the constant barrage of advertisements promising immediate results if I just follow their 5 step program. (Lose Weight Forever in Three Weeks with These 5 Easy Steps!)

Or, maybe its because God hard-wired me as a future thinker.

Whatever the reason, I find myself frequently thinking, “If I just work hard enough today, tomorrow will be so much better. Then, I will be able to rest and enjoy ‘success’ – a life that is made easier by financial stability, more independent children, a clean house, etc.”

Have you ever thought this?

3 Ways to Find Rest When Your Soul is Weary and Your Schedule is Hectic

Can I be completely honest for a moment?

In the words of Bilbo Baggins, “I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.”*

Are you weary? Do you know that you need to slow down and simplify, yet don't know where to start? Here are 3 Ways to Find Rest When Your Soul is Weary.| Path Through the Narrow Gate

It seems like everyone around me is gearing up for the excitement of a new school year, a new season, a new schedule, even the coming national elections.

But, my soul feels no excitement – only weariness.

To the Mom Who Cannot Handle One More Interruption, One More Request, or One More Demand

Lessons from the Life of Jesus

As a woman and a mother, my life is filled with demands. I am surrounded by little people who want food at least three times a day. And clean clothes. And to know where I left their soccer cleats.

Do you feel like you are going to snap if one more person asks you to do one more thing? Here's some encouragement from the life of Jesus for those moments.

I am surrounded by little people who want me to meet their every need, to cuddle with them, to comfort them when they are hurt, to entertain them, to find things for them, and to give them my undivided attention.

I am also surrounded by adults who have their own ideas about what I should be doing and how I should be using my time.

On top of this all, I have my own expectations of what I should be accomplishing each day.

And, far too often, I get tired. Like, REALLY tired.