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Why It’s Good to Release Our Kids

  Today is one of my favorite days to run—actually my only favorite day to run. Today is the first day of kindergarten in my school district. This morning I saw young parents and their little kindergarteners on their front porches and driveways taking first-day-of-school pictures. It was precious. Honestly […]

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5 Things Your Child Needs From You before Back to School

I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year. I’m ready to get back into a schedule even though I’ve had a ball spending time with friends and my family. But I also hate that the girls are going back to school and it will be weeks between visits. […]

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Do You Need to Forgive Your Child?

    I will start by honestly telling you I give my kids plenty of opportunities to offer me forgiveness. I mess up as a mom on a regular basis. My kids look into the eyes of a cranky, impatient woman and feel like she can’t be pleased. The perfect […]

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How I Finally Became the Mom I Wanted to Be

    Recently it occurred to me that finally in my 27th year of being a mom, that I have grown to be more of the mom I wanted to be. Before you click to a more “real” blog, stop. I’m not saying I have arrived in any fashion. But […]

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Five Secular Books that Profoundly Influenced My Life

    A few days ago I wrote about seven Christian books that have helped to make me me. Today I will share with you five secular books that have profoundly influenced me as well. As with the previous seven authors, in the pages of these books I have also […]

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Seven Books that Have Helped to Make Me Me

Recently I was asked what books I’ve used in my time with God to teach me and grow me—other than the Bible, of course. What a great question! Why haven’t I shared these titles with you before?! As I read each of the seven books I have felt as if […]

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Are Your Sure You’re Not Teaching Your Kids They Are Entitled?

Recently I posted a question on Facebook asking everyone what they were doing on that beautiful summer day. I was spending my day studying for an earth science test the next day. Surely everyone else was having more fun than me and I wanted to hear about it. One mom […]

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Permission to Live the Summer You Desire

I talk a lot about priorities—prayerfully deciding them and then faithfully living them. I truly believe that is the way Jesus lived. He knew what was His from His Father and what was not. Sometimes it’s hard to figure that out. This summer God has loaded up my life. His […]

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Permission to Be You

“Thank you for being so real.” Women make this comment to me many times after I speak. I love it. It means they heard my heart and we made a connection. But more than that I trust it means that they joined in my journey with God and that experience […]

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Are You a Backstage Parent?

“The parent who plays the part of the backstage director, coordinating every little thing in the production of their child’s journey, will remain in a state of disappointment and worry. His child will not grow into a confident, wise adult. Since he has not had the opportunity to learn from […]

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