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Moms, Daughters and Periods

It’s that moment all women remember. For some of us, it was the panic of thinking we were dying at the first sign of blood. For others, it started horrifically at the wrong time; like a pool party with your cute new suit. Maybe your mom said something to you like “welcome to the curse honey”. Maybe you read in a book that women are indeed cursed (thanks to Eve). When bloating, PMS and cramps set in, you might have even started to believe that too. But the reality is, that God designed our bodies the way He did. He called us “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). Our bodies are specially designed. Now like anyone, there are days I don’t feel like this. We’re constantly being bombarded with extreme messages from the feminist movement, telling us that everything about our bodies is wrong. Some days it’s harder than others

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Periods gone right: why you don’t want to miss the God-factor

I was in a dilemma. I was getting my hair done, and my stylist shared how girl’s on average start their periods two years younger than their mothers did. I was shocked, whipped my head around and…..went home with a completely different hair cut than I had planned. My oldest daughter was 8 at the time. If I started my period at 11, that meant she could start in a year. I couldn’t imagine breaking into my sweet, innocent 8 year olds world, and giving her the adult details on body changes, periods, and babies. I remember being completely overwhelmed when I learned all the ‘facts of life’, and I wasn’t about to do the same to my baby. After some thought and prayer, I came to the conclusion maybe I should just talk to her about body changes and starting her period, and leave out some significant details about

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The Battle Belongs to the Lord (Part 2)

1 Samuel 17 Continuing on with our story of David and Goliath here, there are a few keys points we can glean from David’s preparation to meet the giant. First of all, David realized that the Lord had been preparing him for this moment for a long time. By tending sheep, the Lord had given David the perfect training ground for the battle he was facing. Take a minute to think how the Lord has prepared you for raising your kids in our current climate. What experiences has He allowed you to have that are going to be helpful as you guide your kids through the minefields of our culture? Sometimes we don’t always realize the hardships or trials the Lord allows (the bears and lions God allowed to attack David’s sheep) are actually necessary for our spiritual development. Hindsight is always 20/20, so looking back and realizing the things

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The Battle Belongs to the Lord (Part 1)

“Everybody here will see that the Lord doesn’t need swords or spears to save his people. The Lord always wins his battles, and he will help us defeat you.” – 1 Samuel 17:47 Do you ever feel like winning a battle against the culture trying to steal away your kids is a hopeless fight that will doubtless leave you defeated? The context of the verse above is the story of David and Goliath. Are you scanning the battlefield (IE: the news, mainstream media, your children’s peers, etc.) and seeing that big Goliath (IE: the messages coming at our kids: it’s ok to have sex before you’re married, the most important thing is to be popular, if it feels right, it is right, etc.) and your stomach is turning as you cower behind the front lines? Let me play the role of David here for a minute and encourage you. Parents – this is the

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When life gives you lemons…

We’ve all had those days. The days when it’s tempting to throw in the towel, put up your white flag and take a nap. Just remember on the days when you’re temped to surrender: you may be the only one telling your kids about God, their purpose and destiny, love and dating, etc. So on the days when you’re overwhelmed, know that parenting is so hard because the destiny of lives are at stake. Don’t let the enemy let you feel defeated. God has already won the battle! Romans 15:5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had…

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What is “homosexual”? (Older version)

How do I explain homosexuality to my tweens and teens? For some parents, this topic can be even harder to address than sex. It’s important that you pray for wisdom before entering this conversation, because sometimes our own fears or apprehension get passed onto our kids. As this conversation will look differently for each child, and as it will need to happen at all different ages, we’ll look at this in two sections. Disclaimer: This discussion is by no means complete. Nor are we attempting to make sweeping statements, or pigeon-hole anyone. What we’ve written is based on years of research, talking to literally thousands of parents annually, and personal experience. We encourage you to pray over this issue and seek wisdom from God about how to have this conversation with your kids. Kids 10 and older: Continue to affirm your child’s gender. Especially as their bodies start to develop,

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What is “homosexual”? (Younger children)

How do I explain homosexuality to my kids? If your kids are 10 or younger For some parents, this topic can be even harder to address than sex. It’s important that you pray for wisdom before entering into this conversation, because sometimes our own fears or apprehension get passed onto our kids. As this conversation will look differently for each child, and as it will need to happen at all different ages, we’ll look at this in two sections. Disclaimer: This discussion is by no means complete. Nor are we attempting to make sweeping statements, or pigeon-hole anyone. What we’ve written is based on years of research, talking to literally thousands of parents annually, and personal experience. We encourage you to pray over this issue and seek wisdom from God about how to have this conversation with your kids. Kids 10 and under: Even before you have this conversation, make

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His Grace is Sufficient

It’s a pretty common verse, 2 Corinthians 12:9. God tells Paul, “My grace is sufficient” What does sufficient mean? The dictionary says, “adequate for the purpose; enough” His grace is adequate for the purpose. What purpose? Every purpose. I am nearing the half way point of my last semester of college, and I have to tell you, it is exhausting. I am a leader on the track team and campus ministry and church worship team and trying to write my enormous research paper and do other classes and enjoy my friends because in less than three months, this will all be gone. I am tired. And this is where the enemy tries to sneak his way in. He crawls in at nighttime, reminding me of the past. He tries to tell me that I have earned my time to do with as I please, even if that movie isn’t the

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Highlights of My Internship – Amanda (Part 1)

When I first got there I didn’t really have a clue what I was getting myself into. I thought about a lot of things that could have happened on the internship. I thought of places I could have gone, things I could have learned, and even food I could have eaten. But what I got instead was something so much better! I went to places I didn’t even think of that was so much better then what I was thinking. I learned SO much more than I thought. Things that I wished God wouldn’t have shown me or tried to change in me. But once I “gave in” and was open to whatever God wanted to change in me… That is when things really started getting interesting. At first I thought the internship was just going around with the GOV team to conferences and helping them out at conferences as

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