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Top Christian Children’s Books of 2014

Top Christian Children's Books of 2014

This Christmas, our family is giving gifts a little differently than we have in years past. Instead of allowing our kids to circle catalog after catalog or even fill out a massive Christmas list, we sat down and got a little more intentional with them. We didn’t want Christmas to be ALL about the gifts. You see, it has felt for ... Read More »

FamilyLife Adorenaments: A Different Christmas Tree

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I’d hate to say we’re predictable when it comes to our Christmas decorations, but I’ll admit, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. That’s why we wanted a different Christmas tree this year…well, not a different tree so much, as a different feel to our Christmas tree. With everything our marriage has weathered over the past two years, we ... Read More »

Hanukkah or Christmas for your kids?

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Growing up as a young child, you could say I was a bit of a religious mutt. Neither of my parents were very religious, yet neither seemed to want to give in to the other. As a first-generation American, my father was a cultural Jew and my British mother grew up in the church of England; so while both had ... Read More »

How to Deal with Bullying: My son’s story

how to deal with bullying

While there are many rights of passage for a child – learning to walk, losing a tooth, breaking a bone – I’m not sure if any strikes as much fear in a mom as letting their child ride the bus for the first time. Since my kids went to private school until this year, riding the bus was never an ... Read More »

“Can I Call You Jessi?”

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As I stood and looked at myself in the mirror this evening, sniffly, puffy and red-eyed from allergy-driven sneezing all day, I asked Jesus an equally strange, yet important question… “Can I call you Jessi?” He said sure. Before brushing my teeth, I’d apologized for something trivial to him in my head. To which He quickly responded, “That’s OK.” Since ... Read More »

Bethany Hamilton LIVE FaithGateway Author Chat

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I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be hosting a Bethany Hamilton LIVE FaithGateway author chat today at 8pm EST/7pm CST. It’s a free video event that you can join via Google Hangout. You can also join in the conversation by beginning to tweet questions to #BHBodyAndSoul and I’ll do my best to answer as many viewer questions as possible during ... Read More »

Are You Tithing or Tipping?

are you tithing or tipping

Recently I was sitting in a local Nashville institution catching up on some work while my kids were at a birthday party. As I typed, a blank stage stared back at me. Obviously, in addition to an eatery, it was used as a live music venue during the evening hours. Though there were no performers at the time, the stools, microphones and ... Read More »

Romans Road – Step One

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I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. – Romans 1:16 Before leaving for our honeymoon after our wedding, we met up with some family at Starbucks (shocker, I know). It wasn’t until that point that we’d taken time ... Read More »

Kids’ Mentors: Who will they turn to?

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At my mentor’s 60th birthday party a couple years ago, her husband asked the small group of her close friends gathered around her in their living room to go around the circle and say something memorable about her. Most were her peers, so my husband and I gleaned a lot of wisdom from those precious moments they shared, but one ... Read More »

Our Kids Bedtime Routine & Prayer

Kids Bedtime Routine

Motherhood crept up on me. I know I know, I had nine months to prepare for my first child. But as an only child myself, I was not exposed to a lot of babies, much less taught how to care for little ones. I followed my doctors advice and actually didn’t read any parenting books while I was pregnant. However, ... Read More »