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How to Increase Productivity and Reduce Stress

Have you ever been doing laundry and thought, “I really should be doing school with the kids right now?” Have you ever been talking with your children and realized that you were not really listening? Instead, you were thinking about other tasks or projects you feel that you should be doing.

            We may be tempted to think, “I wish I could be in two places at one time!” The reality, though, is that we end up being in no place at all.

One Way to Remember How Blessed You Are

Cindy and I shared some ideas about building a strong marriage with younger couples in the church recently, and I told this story from Greg Smalley:

One of the things that I appreciate most about my parents is the honesty of their marriage. They've never claimed to have a perfect marriage and aren't afraid to disagree. At one point, my parents got into a huge argument. They were so frustrated that they each ran off to a different part of the house. I let the situation calm down for a few minutes before I knocked on my father's office door.

Sitting Alone

My husband is the full-time pastor at our church where we have been serving for nine years. When the Lord first called us to this sweet congregation, we had only three young children (four, five and seven). As most of you know, getting small children dressed, fed and ready for church is nothing short of a weekly miracle. Add to that exercise the pressure of being on time— because you're the preacher's wife. About a year after taking this church, we welcomed our fourth child, and Sundays became an all-out athletic event.

How Does God Want Us to Handle Conflict?

Have you had a fight with someone you love this week? Unfortunately, most of us have. It is amazing how we can experience so much joy and so much frustration from one relationship! We can enjoy the fellowship and love and cooperation. But relationships are also difficult. We often do not agree. We hurt or are hurt by others. We act wrongly and this affects those around us.

Expectation Is Premeditated Resentment

He’s had a tough day at work, with deadlines to meet, the boss on his case, clients unhappy about anything and everything. On top of all that, he’s not sleeping well due to stress, and he’s gained fifteen pounds...

Use Your Homeschool to Accomplish God’s Purposes

People Are Different

“For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb. My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret and intricately and curiously wrought (as if embroidered with various colors) in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days of my life were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.” (Ps 139: 13, 15-16, AMP)

Dads Are Plan A with a Powerful Backup

“It’s a good thing for kids to have daddies. They protect them.” Those words were spoken by my three-year-old grandson, Blake, to his father. In a world increasingly losing its mind about the importance of fathers, leave it to a toddler to cut to the chase.

Armed for Success: A Father’s Guide to Securing His Homeschool against Spiritual and Emotional Intrusions and Distractions

As fathers and husbands, we are called not only to provide for our families but also to protect them spiritually, emotionally and physically. How do we do this in our homeschooling families? How do we protect our homeschool from spiritual and emotional intrusions and distractions, such as frustration, disappointment, anger, envy, isolation and rebellion, when most often, we are working outside the home? We are all familiar with alarm systems, and a good alarm system will respond and alert us quickly when someone or something enters our property or our home.

Raising Renaissance Kids

When I was growing up, many of the families I knew had pizza night and game night. Not mine. We had go out to dinner night, usually every other Friday on payday. We didn’t have any other family nights, though. With my own homeschooling family, we’ve committed to family nights but changed them as the children have grown through different stages and interests.

Experiencing a Good Marriage

There is nothing more heart wrenching than sitting across the table from a Christian couple who want a divorce. I remember meeting with a couple I knew very well and respected highly. So (to my surprise) when they started to share with me their marital problems, I was totally thrown off guard. I thought they wanted to meet to talk about how we can disciple more families in the Word of God—not discuss how to save their marriage!

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