3 Questions All Parents With Young Children Must Ask—Sharon Hodde Miller
Sometimes it’s easy to observe other families at your local coffee shop and think, “I will never parent like that,” or “at least my kids don’t act like those,” or even, “I’m pregnant, what was I thinking?”
Moments like these are the reason parenting books, websites, seminars and support groups are so popular. And while there’s nothing wrong with looking for answers from the professionals, we should first be able to ask ourselves the right questions.
Fear and Faith—Trillia Newbell
A bright college student is sexually assaulted in the middle of the night. A young Christian lady receives a shocking and unwelcome phone call that her sister has suddenly died. An anxious wife fears that her husband won’t return from his overnight business trip. A pregnant mother anticipates the devastation of another miscarriage (number five, to be exact).
Trillia Newbell, women’s initiatives consultant for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and author of the new book Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves, knows a little about fear. In fact, she can speak directly to the issue of fear because every one of the aforementioned events happened to her.
10 Suggestions for Raising Godly Children—Ron Edmondson
Most of the believers I know have a strong desire to raise their children to be godly; to be passionate followers of Christ.
Years ago, before I even had children, God laid on my heart to develop a plan for my fathering. Though at the time I didn’t put this on paper, over the years I have begun to write it down in an effort to encourage other parents to have a plan for their parenting in the area of spiritual development.
When Doubt Is More than Just a Season—Lore Ferguson
Every spring my social media feed bursts with photos of children sitting in fields of bluebonnets, an annual tradition in Texas. It’s purported to be a crime to pick a bluebonnet, our state flower. (It’s not.) It’s definitely a crime that I’ve lived here for five years without ever coming close enough to a bluebonnet to be tempted to pick one.
The Cure for Drifting—Eric Geiger
C.S. Lewis wrote, “We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
We often choose to medicate ourselves with the pleasures of this world when He offers us Himself. We really are far too easily pleased. The cure to our wandering is constant reminders of the supremacy of Christ. Because our hearts are prone to wander from the God we love, we need to continually refocus our attention on Him.