Sibling Rivalry: They Do Grow Out Of It?

Sibling Rivalry: They Do Grow Out Of It?

“You don’t know how lucky you are.” Once again I had my three children lined up on the couch after another bout of sibling mayhem. “I would have given anything to have had a brother or sister. I don’t understand how you can be mean to each other. Your siblings are a gift.” The looks coming from the couch made me believe my words were landing on the floor in front of them. I was raised alone. I envied my…

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Carry Each Other's Burdens, and Fulfill the Law of Christ

How to Bear One Another’s Burdens in a Christian Marriage

This has been a rough year for my family. For my marriage. I won’t go into any of the details, other than to share, I spent months asking myself “how did we get here?”. What’s yours is yours, what’s mine is mine. Allow me to give you a little bit of a background. We got married at 18, and our first child was born 2 months later. Neither one of…

Guiding Your Adult Child Through Life’s Challenges

Guiding Your Adult Child Through Life’s Challenges

At each stage of parenting, there are different lessons to be learned. Oddly enough, I learned my first lesson about parenting adult children a few years before my son was even born. This seems odd, but it’s true. I learned this all-important lesson while I was in college, stepping out on my own for the first time. I was across the country from my parents, getting my first apartment, and…

Ideas To Enjoy A Lifetime of Connection With Your Adult Kids

While our kids lived in our home, one of our family goals was to establish and maintain connection at an emotional level every day. We borrowed this idea from a friend and it made a big difference in the closeness of our family. Some days the connection came easily and other times it took much more effort. Figuring out how to be close to each of our children was work,…

Raising Godly Girls in a Bachelorette Society

Raising Godly Girls in a Bachelorette Society

As you strive to continue raising godly girls, I encourage you to teach them the difference between courting and dating. Though I believe the Lord had a plan for my life, I also believe that if I had truly understood the clear difference between the two when I was a teenager, I would have spared myself an awful lot of heartbreak. When I was 14, Juanita, my youth group leader, proudly…

And They Walked With Me No More

Your children abandoning their faith in their twenties like the rest of the culture isn’t something that’s on your radar when they are still small. Sure, you catechize them. You spend time learning all the Judy Rogers songs, the right answers, the right friends. But, homeschooling isn’t a magic bullet. What you can control… I’m sorry to break it to you. What you can control? Precious little. The primary thing…

4 Truths About Parenting Adult Children

I’ll admit I had a vision of what parenting my children would look like. I think if we’re honest, most of us have an ideal vision. Mine was built on the faulty premise that I would pour everything I had into these tiny beings. I would sacrifice anything and everything to make sure that when it was time to leave home, my young adult children would be able to fly…

The Fullness of Grace – Lessons from the Book of Ruth

How are your circumstances affecting your relationship with the Lord? On Ruth chapter 1, we saw Naomi, was bitter with the Lord because of the trials she was experiencing in her life. We see a woman that had completely given up, and returned to her homeland in shame. Before God changes our circumstances, He wants to change our hearts. [1] Are you a Ruth or a Naomi? Like Naomi, Ruth…

5 Lessons I’m Learning as I Parent My Adult Children

As a tired young mom, I used to daydream about “someday”… Someday… The kids will give me some alone time (and maybe even not in the bathroom!)… They won’t chatter on and on about, well, stuff…before I’ve had my coffee… They won’t get up at the crack of dawn…sometimes way before “oh-dark-thirty”… They won’t keep me up all hours of the night to nurse, go to the bathroom, get a…