When God Says No
August 10th, 2017

When God Says No

Laura Chan

I can still see it: Dad standing on the bleachers in my middle school gymnasium, clapping his hands raw because his daughter had been named Student of the Month. I can also still see this: the empty space in the auditorium where Dad should have ...

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How to Have Grace for Yourself as a Parent
July 6th, 2017

How to Have Grace for Yourself as a Parent

Dottie McLoughlin

In retrospect, my parenting résumé doesn’t look too bad. I’ve raised three kids into successful adults who now love and care for their own families. Everyone turned out okay, but sometimes that was despite me. I’ll never forget how angelic they looked when they were ...

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Feel Like a Bad Parent? Find Assurance in God’s Word
June 13th, 2017

Feel Like a Bad Parent? Find Assurance in God’s Word

Dottie McLoughlin

She put her hands on her hips, and spat out, “All my friends think you’re cool, but they don’t know you like I do!” Then she turned and stomped up the steps. Ah, my first born. She was generally a rule-follower and very compliant, but I had apparently crossed ...

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3 Ways to Pray Like a Child
May 11th, 2017

3 Ways to Pray Like a Child

Hannah DeMarco

I wish I talked to God more like my 7-year-old nephew. When Max prays, he thanks God for the popsicle he ate that day. He prays for a sick bird he saw at the zoo. He asks forgiveness for accidentally crushing an ant with his foot on the ...

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Dealing with an Empty Nest? 5 Verses to Ease the Loneliness
May 9th, 2017

Dealing with an Empty Nest? 5 Verses to Ease the Loneliness

Dottie McLoughlin

The drive was so familiar that, as I turned the corner, I was on autopilot. There it was. Our old house. As I looked at the house, a feeling of melancholy came over me. It wasn’t about the house, really. The house had a kitchen that was too ...

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Feeling Incompetent? Bible Verses Offer Assurance
April 4th, 2017

Feeling Incompetent? Bible Verses Offer Assurance

Andrew Tomashewsky

The job was simple enough. I planned to take my infant daughter grocery shopping one Saturday afternoon while my wife was practicing organ for the Sunday service. I had the backpack set with diapers, toys, and Baby Bjorn, just in case. After I dropped my wife off at practice, ...

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3 Bible Verses to Help You Overcome Feeling Inadequate
November 17th, 2016

3 Bible Verses to Help You Overcome Feeling Inadequate

Jack Newman

Hi, my name is Jack. I became a dad two months ago and I feel totally inadequate. Alright, that’s not entirely fair. I absolutely love my daughter and these past eight weeks have been some of the happiest of my life. Plus my wife is a rock star. ...

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