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12 Ways of Christmas for Family Discipleship

It’s Christmas time, but unfortunately it’s all too easy to lose focus on Christ even though we’re supposed to be celebrating his birth. This season can bring both stresses and joys, and it also can bring many opportunities for family discipleship. Here are my “Twelve Ways of Christmas.” Consider including a few of these into your Christmas season—and enjoy the gifts that come from family discipleship.

A Thanksgiving Prayer

What if Thanksgiving were the one day in which we over-emphasized what should be on our hearts every day of the year: a heart of gratitude in everything? What if our Thanksgiving prayer really thanked God for everything that has happened in the past year?

Video: Sara Groves Thanksgiving Video - "Settin' Up The Pins"

If your Thanksgiving is getting a little hectic, singer Sara Groves can totally relate and has a sweet solution for you!

This fun family music video will bring a breath of fresh air to your holiday heaviness.  It's a great reminder to take it ALL in stride!

Fall Into a Fitness Routine

Fall is notorious for comfort foods like pumpkin spice lattes and game day nachos. Combine these tempting seasonal staples with darker, shorter days and it can be hard to maintain an active mindset. Despite the enticement to indulge, you can keep your active lifestyle going or even kick off a new fitness regime with these tips.

Busy Moms and the Holidays: How Do They Do it All?

For me, one of the most challenging and busies times of the year is the holiday season. It is when I discover my overcommitted schedule and endless obligations have created a very underwhelmed soul.

How do busy moms do it all so seamlessly?

5 Ways to Cut Your Holiday Spending

Even though Christmas is the season of giving, it can also be a time when it’s really tempting to overspend. To keep from falling into that trap, you need to have a plan.

So here are few ways to keep your spending in check this Christmas.

17 Prayers of Gratitude for the Holiday Season

How healthy are you going into this holiday season?

While you can try to steer clear of germs, pump up the antioxidants, and even get your flu shots, one of the healthiest habits you can cultivate is to express a grateful heart.

AIDING AGING PARENTS

It’s not easy to watch your parents age. Helping parents transition into the later years can be a delicate matter, but there are ways you can help them ease into the elderly stage and to cope better.  

Run Your Race

My mind raced with questions:  Why did this happen? What did I do wrong? Could I have prevented this?  The weight of these questions haunted me and left me feeling like it was my fault that my little boy had autism....

Top 4 Questions Singles Dread and What to Ask Instead

Family members do mean well during holiday get-togethers.  They ask questions that single people absolutely dread.

Here are some of the questions single Christians hate hearing the most during the holidays, and better questions to ask instead. 

A Prayer to Give Fear the Boot

Fear stands at the doorway of our destinies and dares us to step inside. It bullies us into believing that if we step across the threshold we will fail, or worse yet, God will fail us....

No, Your Child’s Bad Choice Does Not Make You a Bad Mom

I had this nifty little equation cemented in my mind. It went like this: crying baby = bad mom.  Well, at least one of my children has misbehaved or made foolish choices. I guess that puts me in bold contention for worst mom of the year. Or decade.

Or does it?

Thanksgiving: The Power of a Thankful Heart

It is not always easy to give thanks, but this is the very thing we must do in order to see God's will accomplished in our lives. This is how we move into higher realms of faith for ourselves, for our city, and for our nation...

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