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31 Days of Prayer for your Children

  Some people have the same daily routine which they execute with precision. That’s not me. Every day is different. It’s not that I lack discipline, I have an excess of flavor. And if you’re like me, it won’t surprise you to learn that I do not have a regular time of prayer and I […]

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26
Feb
2015

Sad Joy

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Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel

  When I got the word that our son-in-law’s cancer was back, my heart sunk. It was just last year we’d watched him and our daughter walk through that dark canyon. The initial shock, the sobering implications, and then the up-hill journey through chemo and radiation—with all of their side effects—had gotten them to a […]

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Top Ten Financial Tasks, Marriage, ReMarriage, Laura Petherbridge

My husband, Steve, was a banker for twenty-five years. So when it comes to people and their finances he has seen it all. His signature statement is, “I spent the first twenty-five years of my career getting people into debt, and I’d like to spend the rest helping them get out.”   All couples should […]

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24
Feb
2015

Basic Training for a Few Good Kids

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It’s time for the kids to re up for another tour of duty and get back to navigating the culture wars. Here’s a few training exercises to make sure they are prepared for what they might encounter. 1.  Have the “Talk” or a refresher course. Kids are bombarded with sexual images all day long and […]

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23
Feb
2015

Epic Parent :: Veteran Advice

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Grace Based Parenting, Chris Spradlin, Family Matters, Parenting

God has blessed my wife, Jodie, and I with 3 amazing kiddos.  ColeTrain is 16, KylieFaith is 15 and Tifton Jack (AKA The Jackhammer) is 13.  Jodie and I have been at this raising kids thing for 16 years now and if I could go back in time, there are a few things I would […]

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20
Feb
2015

Am I Ruining My Kids?!

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Grace based parenting, Family Matters, Susan Yates

  “Help, I feel like I’m ruining my kids!”   If you’ve ever felt this way welcome to the club! I suspect that if we are really honest we will all admit to feeling this way from time to time.   We do blow it with our kids. They didn’t come with a manual. We […]

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Parenting, Family Matters, Grace based parenting

  CREATE A JOURNAL: Team Sprad loves to journal!  I encourage all parents to purchase a journal for each of their kiddos and create a habit of writing in the journal on a weekly basis.  I write about the gifts I see in them, encourage them, tell them I am sorry, let my boys know […]

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18
Feb
2015

Next Week Never Comes

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next week, parenting, life's moments, Family Matters

  It’s a small decision, but a decision none the less.   I have decided to stop saying that “next week will be better.” Not “better” as in- this week is bad. Just “better” in that I will have more time, things will be less stressful, we will have fewer commitments and overall life will […]

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12
Feb
2015
50WaysToSayILoveYou

It doesn’t matter if you’re married or single, young or old, male or female. Everyone wants to be loved. Here are 50 ways you can say I love you, today. Trust me, someone is desperately needing to hear it. 1. Smile at a stranger 2. Forgive an old wound 3. Share your last piece of […]

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09
Feb
2015
pregnant, disabilities, special needs, abortion

Statistics continue to indicate there are an estimated 54 million Americans with a disability; and according to an article in Christianity Today (January 2010, “Welcome the Exceptional” pg. 59) “Recent research on Down syndrome reveals what common sense suggests: Negative attitudes about disabilities significantly increase the chance that a mother will have an abortion. Researcher […]

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