Death Words

Do you have a tape recording in your head filled with phrases from your childhood? Even though he’s been gone since 2010, I can still hear my dad call out my name and some of his inspiring words still bring encouragement. Words are a lasting and powerful form of influence. Proverbs really nails it when it says that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue . . .” I’ve spent the past...

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No Joy Moms

It took all the self-control I could muster to contain myself. If my husband hadn’t been there, insisting that I hold my tongue, I would’ve unloaded uninvited counsel. He and I were spending a day together just kicking around at antique shops and flea markets. It was one of those rare laid-back days where you hit the road without an agenda and see where you end up. We were just enjoying being...

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Cultivating an Overflow of Gratitude

My son’s eighth birthday party wasn’t the best. He had a birthday meltdown. It wasn’t pretty. There were a lot of contributing factors: too much cake and punch, high expectations, and disappointment over a game he created that no one could quite catch onto. His birthday meltdown was a wake-up call to me that I needed to take a more intentional approach to cultivating gratitude. We used that...

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Understanding Job

By Carrie Ward The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Job 1:21 After a little more than two years of reading the Bible, the children and I arrived at the book of Job. When I say that Job was difficult, that might be an understatement. Job can be a hard book for adults to sift through, but reading this book to children was especially tough. The book begins by...

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Why Am I Still Reading To My Kids?

By Carrie Ward My kids are ages 10 to 15 now. We’ve been reading the Bible together — aloud — for the last 11 years. It occurred to me that some might ask the questions, “Why are you still reading to your kids?” And, “Can’t they read the Bible on their own?” These are understandable questions and here’s my thinking . . . I have discovered something amazing in this verse: “Iron...

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