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12 Ways of Christmas for Family Discipleship

It’s Christmas time, but unfortunately it’s all too easy to lose focus on Christ even though we’re supposed to be celebrating his birth. This season can bring both stresses and joys, and it also can bring many opportunities for family discipleship. Here are my “Twelve Ways of Christmas.” Consider including a few of these into your Christmas season—and enjoy the gifts that come from family discipleship.

Beauty in Every Broken Christmas

Where are you spending Christmas this year? Maybe the more important question is,where is your heart this Christmas? Are you hurting, alone, grieving?

You can experience joy this Christmas.  Let us give you something to reflect on....

Build a 30-Day Buffer by Curbing Your Expenses

Life happens, job loss happens, health-related emergencies happen. It’s not a matter of IF, it’s just a matter of WHEN. So how can you start preparing a safety net in order to be able to respond to life’s unexpected turns?

Get Inspired to Give Back this Holiday Season

 If you’re committed to helping improve the lives of others in your community, it may mean thinking long-term. These five tips can help your gifts provide long-term benefits for the causes you support.

5 Ways to Have a Merry Christmas in Your Marriage

It’s wild how the holidays can bring out such intense sides to our personality.  In our marriages, the rush, the expectations, the schedule and the cookie induced sugar buzz can really make for some stressful—potentially explosive—situations.

All families struggle with the extremes the celebrations bring out of and on us! Here’s a few tips to help you navigate the season...

Accepting Our Postpartum Bodies

After the birth of my son, I was heavy laden with postpartum shame. I sat sullen on the couch, nursing my babe, sadly, softly repeating these words in my head... “I’m so fat.”

Does Christmas Make You ‘Wonder’ or ‘Ponder’?

When the shepherds came to the manger and told everyone about the supernatural announcement of Christ’s birth, there were two distinct reactions – “Wonder” and “Ponder”.  Those in attendance wondered at what the shepherds said, but Mary pondered what they said in her heart.

So how about you?  Are you a “wonderer” or a “ponderer”? 

2 Reasons You Shouldn't Feel Mom Guilt

As a mom, I often carry around this great weight of wondering if I am really doing anything right in raising my kids. Here are two helpful realizations I've had about the guilt I was feeling.

ARE YOU A CHRISTMAS CONTROL GIRL?

Every year, when I flip the calendar to December, I get caught up in making Christmas "perfect".  It causes me to have heightened expectations about how everything should look and taste and be.  Can you relate?

Then check out this article, learn to surrender, and let Christmas...be Christmas.

Is Your Cash Flow Controlling Your Life?

Living paycheck to paycheck forces you to say no to things you really wish you could do. You’ve got a decent income—so why don’t you have any extra cash?

If you find yourself here, it’s time to switch gears. Telling your money where to go lets you live the life God wants for you. Here are four steps to get you started.

Light Up Your Holidays

Whether you are the first one on your block to hang lights or the last-minute decorator hurrying to decorate your tree, nothing is more frustrating than having a section of lights fail to illuminate.  Here are several tips to keep your holidays bright and stress levels low when it comes to holiday lighting.

Contentment: A Key to Keeping Your Love Alive

In our marriage, I have learned that even though some of the things I want are good things, accepting and being content with what God has given us can be the best thing. And that choice can make all the difference in our happiness together.

Why We Need ‘Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’

In theaters now, Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks) and journalist Tom Junod (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys). 

Why does Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood continues to hold such a dear and tender spot in the hearts of generations of Americans?  More importantly, why do we NEED Fred Rogers' message now more than ever?

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