May 5, 2014

A Grandparent’s Duty and Prayer

“Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.” Proverbs 17:6

I often hear from Christian parents who are frustrated with the negative influence grandparents or other extended family members have on their children. Typically it has to do with the undermining of authority or a subtle disrespect for the family standards or boundaries. This is sad for a number of reasons.

While most grandparents probably think …

June 17, 2013

When Worldliness Is Next to Godliness

The following article by Selah Helms was originally published in Family Reformation magazine in 2004, but it is just as relevant today (if not more so). Please take a moment to prayerfully read and discuss this topic with your families.

My teenagers’ peers constantly discuss the movie Bruce Almighty, the rock groups Switchfoot and Evanescence, country music, sexy actors, and personal appearance. In these cultural elements, young people seem to live, …

June 16, 2012

Trusting God with Our Children

“It is not your business to succeed, but to do right: when you have done so, the rest lies with God.” ~ Clive Staples Lewis (1898 – 1963)

I try to share with moms who are having parenting struggles, and I try to remember myself when I don’t seem to be getting through to a child: We are only called to be faithful in training our children; we must remember that it is He who does the work in the …

February 1, 2012

Do You Have the Right?

HT to Trivium Pursuit

What I’ve found among many Christian parents is that they don’t realize they have “the right” to parent their children. They realize they have the responsibility, but they don’t feel free to enforce rules, teach children to work hard, to serve, to be respectful, or to put others first.

I heard a mom once APOLOGIZE to her son for having asked him to take the garbage out. …

December 29, 2011

“I Know the Rules!”

And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)

Why is it so much easier to see sin in other people? I mean really. A child can trip over his own feet running to tell you about the infraction of another child; but, that same child will stand amazed that …

October 10, 2011

“Cool Parents”

When I was in high school I had a friend who was allowed to do whatever she wanted to do. My parents were strict, and I remember once telling my friend how “lucky” she was that she had “cool” parents who gave her so much freedom. I’ll never forget her answer. She said, “It’s not really freedom; they just don’t care what I do. Sometimes I think they’re glad when …

March 7, 2011

Are You Losing Your Real Treasure?

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19–21

Not too long ago, I received an email from a pastor’s wife whose husband …

March 3, 2011

“Why I Walked Away from Being a Mom”

Author, Reiko Rizzuto, left her family, her husband and two small children, to study in Japan. While she was away, she decided she didn’t want to be married any longer, and began to also question her desire to be a mother.

Watch this heartbreaking testimony – the epitome of a self absorbed life…


Notice how Argie Allen, Director of Clinical Training from Drexel University, sat and affirmed Ms. …

February 7, 2009

Gloom, Despair, and Agony on Me…

"Gloom, despair, and agony on me. Deep, dark depression, excessive misery. If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all. Gloom, despair, and agony on me" – Hee Haw

I know. I know. You thought that song was out of your head for good. Sorry. Who would have guessed …

April 14, 2008

Learning Disability or Gift?

Time and time again we see evidence of the beautiful gifts and amazing talents God has given to those who are labeled with various “learning disabilities.” Our daughter, Abigail, probably would have been considered “different” by many in the public school system. Perhaps we would have been instructed to medicate her; or maybe she would have grown up feeling like something was “wrong” with her. …

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