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Being a newlywed is an awesome feeling! It’s fresh, new, exciting and overflowing with love. There is an expectation of hope, optimism of change for the better, and the joy of children … … who were at the wedding cheering you on! Newlywed dreams take a completely different turn when you or your spouse have children from previous relationships or have shared children all before that beautiful trip down the aisle. In today’s society, it...

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“No man will ever want me, and I’m a single mom.” “No man will ever be good enough for my child, other than his father.” Does this sound familiar? If we are honest with ourselves, these thoughts have crossed our minds as single mothers. Can we tell you about the story of Mary and Joseph, the parents of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? No, not the story of ‘Mary had a little lamb,’ but...

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Giving birth and becoming a mother is an experience that is unique to women.  Although motherhood is a joyous experience, for many new moms, this journey through uncharted waters can be quite scary. Entering into the unknown is truly a terrifying task for even the strongest of women.Taunting thoughts race through our minds, “Am I prepared? Am I adequate? Can I handle this?” On the other hand, the seasoned mother questions her role: “Is this...

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I was having a terrible day at work and I was trying my best to hold it together; but I was in so much agony. I went outside to the stairwell to cry. The tears flowed. I missed by mom.  As I fixed my glance to look up at the sky and the sun, I thought about the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE that GOD made when he gave His only begotten son Jesus Christ for our sins....

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Often, we make plans for our lives and exclude God. We choose our partners, our terms, how and when we want it and in what order. And through the entire process, we do not stop to ask if this is what God wants for us. We come to him after the fact and ask him for his blessing. We ask God to bless our decisions without considering him, the Creator, Our Father, He who knew...

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Co-parenting. Is it possible to do so successfully? The easy answer is yes, absolutely. The question that puzzles most people is, “but how?” Raising children in this day and age is challenging enough — but what happens when you have to raise children with a person that you are no longer married to or in a relationship with? Welcome to the world of co-parenting. Co-parenting is simply sharing the duties of parenting a child (or...

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Thinking about having a baby? As a conversation that comes up in our house often, here are some things to consider in making your decision.   1. Your Emotional Stability As a Couple Are you and your spouse in a healthy place in your relationship? If things are not good now, having a baby isn’t going to fix your marriage. If you have serious relationship issues, take the time to invest in your marital relationship...

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Priorities are important for a godly marriage. When there is no order in your marriage, the enemy will major in creating division in your union. Here are 3 good and practical priorities to help keep your marriage flowing in line with God’s principles: Love God first. Mark 12:30 states to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” The Lord must...

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My wife and I have fallen in love with the Pearson family from the hit NBC dramedy, This Is Us. It depicts a family growing and becoming who they are over the passage of time. We love the realism of the family dynamics, the un-glamorous “real-talk” of the husband and wife, and the lessons that make you realize that God is truly in the details. I love that it highlights the simple moments. The dad...

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Time Travel This past weekend, my wife and I rifled through our memories and found our wedding video. Eleven years and three kids later, we’re still going strong. Yet, amazingly enough, our kids had never seen our wedding video before. So we scooped some ice cream, sat down as a family, and re-lived that magical day all over again. (Well, almost magical. Everyone has a story about a moment in their wedding day that was...