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Even on Thanksgiving, It’s Okay to Ask for More
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Even on Thanksgiving, It’s Okay to Ask for More


Nov 26 2014
How our requests to God can actually fuel our gratefulness.

The family sits down, lights the candles, admires the turkey, and begins the generations-old family liturgy: I’m thankful for family. I’m thankful for friends. For a house and a job. For this delicious food. But what if, in addition to naming our blessings, we ...

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Waiting on Thankfulness


Nov 25 2014
How God works in us during times when we can’t muster gratitude.
Waiting on Thankfulness
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We’d been home for months when this curious stranger approached me with eyes full of questions. “Where are they from?” and “Are they siblings?” and “Are they all yours?” stumbled out of her mouth. I was trying to shield little ears ...

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The Missing Voice in the Adoption Conversation


Nov 24 2014
How our language would change if we heard more from adoptees.
The Missing Voice in the Adoption Conversation
Courtesy of Angela Tucker

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You’d think that this kind of public campaign promoting adoption would be something that gets adoptees like me excited. Instead, I find myself feeling ambivalent. Too often, parents’ voices dominate the adoption conversation, both in society overall and in ...

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The Benefits of Having Other People Raise Your Kids


Nov 21 2014
Why doing it all alone isn’t the best (or most biblical) parenting strategy.
The Benefits of Having Other People Raise Your Kids
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I sat across from my husband with tears in my eyes as I confessed my horrible failure. I needed my son to spend more time in childcare, and it felt like a personal deficiency. I only have one kid, after all, so why couldn’t I keep up? Why couldn’t I be like those ...

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What to Do When You Don’t Know a Family’s Immigration Status


Nov 20 2014
Amid the confusion over immigration laws, here are five things you should know.
What to Do When You Don’t Know a Family’s Immigration Status
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After speaking to a Sunday school class about immigration, a woman asked if she could talk to me. She pulled me aside and whispered, “I think there’s a girl in my daughter’s class this year who is, umm, not legal. What should I do?”

She explained ...

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Christine Caine: Would God Give Me Ministry and Marriage?


Nov 19 2014
How God multiplies our loves and passions.
Christine Caine: Would God Give Me Ministry and Marriage?
Courtesy of Christine Caine

When you are passionate about someone or something, you do not take no for an answer. You are unstoppable in your determination to find a way. You get creative. Passion drove Nick to get up at five in the morning to get to the pool before me. Passion drove him to finish his ...

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The Christian Editor Behind the South's Sweetest Wedding Mag


Nov 18 2014
Talking perfectionism, marriage, and faith with entrepreneur and new author Lara Casey.
The Christian Editor Behind the South's Sweetest Wedding Mag
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In today’s booming wedding industry, Southern Weddings magazine editor Lara Casey tries to skip over popular trends to focus on the meaningful parts of marriage: the love stories, family ties, and old traditions.

A Christian who sees her work as ministry, Casey heads ...

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