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How I’m Fighting Resentment as a Stepmom

“Will you always be my stepmom?” Down went the clean laundry I was busy folding.  I looked up.  My stepson was watching me intently.  It was just the two of us, in a rare bit of quiet.  I searched for an answer. “Well, I will be your stepmom as long as your daddy and I are married.”  I wanted to be accurate, but also reassuring....

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Christmas: Why We Do What We Do

We celebrate Christmas because about 2013 years ago, God sent His Son to earth to save us. A lot has changed since that day when it comes to the way we celebrate! Many of us celebrate Christmas by bringing evergreen trees into our living room and hanging oversized socks by the fireplace. We encourage our children to behave so that a fat man in a...

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Turn Christmas Upside Down

What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of Christmas? Is it joy? Weariness? Family? Loneliness? Busyness? Peace? Expense? Delight? If you’re feeling overwhelmed (or underwhelmed) by the holiday season maybe it’s time to turn Christmas on its head. Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts, wrote “We’re hanging Christmas...

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This is God’s House

This year on our sixth-month wedding anniversary, my husband and I purchased our first home. We cleared our piggy bank, canceled a vacation, and took on a pretty hefty loan. Purchasing our first home felt like such a major accomplishment! We felt more independent. More mature. More responsible. We excitedly told our family and friends that we have...

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Make Room for Jesus

“Then Jesus said to his host, ‘When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they...

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Dealing with Passive-Aggressive In-Laws

Do you have a mother-in-law or a daughter-in-law who says she is "fine" but then starts in with loud, heavy sighs or undermining "accidental" oversights? No matter what she says or doesn't say, her actions are screaming the real truth: She is not happy with you. This is called passive aggressive behavior, and it's not your imagination--it's very...

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They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Empathy

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw?rel=0] Video provided by The RSA Empathy fuels connection, sympathy drives disconnection. For many people, the first reaction when we hear that someone is going through a tough time is to cheer them up or start by using those dreaded words: at least. We're trying to make it better, but...

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How To Marry For the Right Reasons

When I was looking for a spouse, I made a top ten list of characteristics. I'll totally admit that 'physical attraction' is important to me; it was on that list for sure. But it wasn’t even close to the top. My top priority was to find a woman who loves God--someone I could spend my life serving God with. Now before you think too highly of...

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