Guest Articles

Learning To Truly Love

This is a guest post by my friend Ruth Schwenk from The Better Mom!  This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” —1 JOHN 3:16 Have you ever felt unappreciated as a mom? Have you ever felt frustrated by your kids’ seeming indifference about all you do for them? Guess what? You are not alone. And it’s tough to love when you don’t always get a return. Of course, at times we get a cute card, a text message, or a thank- you. But more often than not, what we do seems to go unnoticed and unappreciated. So we need to guard our hearts

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Connecting With Your Spouse In The Middle Of The Craziness

This is a guest post by my friend Katie M. Reid, author of Made Like Martha: Good News For The Woman Who Gets Things Done.  Katie writes: We want to be faithful with what (and who) has been entrusted to us, but it’s difficult to connect with God, our spouse, and our kids in the craziness of life. My husband and I recently celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary. Five loud and wonderful children are a sweet by-product of our union (ranging from two to fourteen). As you can imagine our calendar is full and our days are busy. It’s tricky to have an uninterrupted conversation with each other during the day. But if we wait to connect at bedtime, we don’t often have much left

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37 Perfect Gifts for Your Husband – 2017 Father’s Day Gift Guide

A husband-endorsed list of Father’s Day gifts. Surprise him with something he actually wants! This is a guest article by Morgan, a wife who blogs at ASmarterMom.com. Today she’s providing a much-needed list of ideas for Father’s Day gifts. Morgan writes: Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 18th, 2017, so it’s time to think about what to get the dads in our lives… especially the fathers of our children. Don’t let the day sneak up on you and give yours another iTunes gift card because you were “too busy” to get him anything (my former, OCD self). How often have we procrastinated because we thought it would take too long to find the perfect gift? This year, let’s do Father’s Day gifts differently. This won’t

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The Best Thing To Hold Onto In Life Is…

The best thing to hold on to in life is each other.” – Audrey Hepburn My husband and I wake up every morning to a sign that says that exact quote. It was purposely placed to stare right at us hoping in turn we receive its message daily. Intentionally there as a reminder to us both that after God “the best thing to hold on to in life is each other!” “Each other” as in husband and wife, best friends, one with God, parents, a team, partners, lovers, wisdom and a gift from the Lord to each of us personally that should not ever be let go of. This perspective of “the best thing to hold on to” is backed up by God’s Word…  So

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Feeling Unworthy Made Me Broken: But That’s Not How My Story Ends

  This is a beautiful and transparent article from a woman named Lydia, a woman who knew brokenness intimately and felt completely unworthy. That is until God showed her just how worthy she is! Lydia writes:  When I was a teenager my father gave me one piece of dating advice: Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” – Proverbs 4:23 Unfortunately, I didn’t take that advice and my heart was left unguarded. For many years I gave my love and my loyalty to those who did not earn it, and I was left broken and confused every single time. I could have filled an Olympic sized swimming pool with all the tears I cried in anguish as a result of betrayal, loneliness,

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4 Ways To Thrive As A Military Wife

Guest author Rebekah Madren, is a military wife and she is sharing with us today some incredible encouragement and insight into being a supportive wife.  Rebekah writes: My fantastic husband is in the Marine Corps. You probably know what hides behind the handsome uniform—deployments, crazy long hours, frequent moves, being a single mom. The Marine Corps sometimes seems like large, loud man that moved straight in to your living room. He disrupts family life and can eat up your resources like there’s no tomorrow. But, I know my husband is called to this profession at this time. So, isn’t this God’s best plan for me, too? I don’t have it all figured out. But I do believe God’s plan for me to be a military wife

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