Motherhood – Duty vs Sacrifice

Can we find glorious meaning in the mundane service of family? We know that God has called us to be servants, and we often pray to that end.  We desire to see God use us. But when, by having children or elderly parents, life require us to be servants, it can make our skin bristle and our blood boil. Why do we do that?  Why do we separate our service to our family from our service to God? A dear {Read More}

About Sarah Parham

My name is Sarah Parham. I’m a Georgia girl who has made Kentucky my home. I am a wife and mom of 3, and I work for a campus ministry. My greatest passion is to inspire people to live for the Glory of God. The one in whose image we are all created. Occasionally I blog at sarahparham.com. Come visit sometime!

Alzheimer’s – Spirits that Do Not Falter

Caring for the elderly was a perfect fit for me. My grandmother had sown into my life seeds of compassion, kindness, and respect. Those seeds grew into a garden of love and support for the “grandparents” put into my life. As a home companion, I visited several women with Alzheimer’s. Each was in a different stage of the disease. Mary Beth was in her 60s and had recently been diagnosed when I was assigned to her case. She had been {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.

Sharing God’s Goodness with Your Grandkids

“We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. (Psalm 78:4 NIV) When I told my teenage grandson I would soon turn seventy, he asked, “What have you been doing all those years?” I laughed. “Well, for one thing, I raised two children, and one is your mother.” He smiled and nodded. “After that? Time with five grandchildren!” Although I chuckled at Peter’s question, it prompted me to think {Read More}

About Lydia Harris

Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 48 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."

One Mom to Another – It’s All Worth It

I love to do laundry. I enjoy sorting the lights from the darks. I like saving specific items from the dryer so they don’t shrink—when I remember. I’ve ruined many things! I like hanging shirts up right out of the dryer so wrinkling is minimal. I even like folding clothes and putting them away. I love laundry day, which is traditionally Monday. Last week, while hanging up freshly-laundered clothes, I grabbed a plastic hanger that is wrapped with fabric and {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.

Longing for Those You Love To Be Free

“She sees them walking in a straight line, that’s not really her style. And they all got the same heartbeat, but hers is falling behind.” —Echosmith, “Cool Kids” My youngest daughter is 12 now. Show of hands here: Who wants to relive your twelfth year of life? I don’t. Not a cool time for most. Even the word “twelfth” is awkward with that “f” in it, like some lacy nobleman added it to his generational suffix for flair: Fauntleroy, Twelfth {Read More}

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My Husband’s Notebook of the Big & Small of Life

My husband Chris has always said, “We remember the really good and the really bad and forget all the mediocre life stuff.” Because we all tend to forget so much, he wants his kids to look back and reflect, remember, and relive some of the moments that they didn’t think meant much at the time.  Or maybe they were meaningful moments but were soon forgotten because today’s children have so many special times.  Distractions alone probably account for lots of {Read More}

About Christa Young

Christa and her family relocated to the coast of Georgia in 2014. Her husband had longed to go “home” to the beach for some time. She has been busy raising children, homeschooling some years, and being very involved with church for the last 20 years in Nashville, TN. Her daughter is away at college and her son is an 8th grader at a new school. She finds herself in a new phase of life and, although scary at times, is taking it one day at a time. God has always taken care of her family; she feels beyond blessed~

4 Free Things to Do this Week

Who says summertime fun has to be expensive? Here are 4 free things to do this week with your family and friends. If any of these events are not available in your area, do a Google search and see what is close by. An insider tip: ask your homeschool mom friends. Let me tell you, we homeschool moms usually have the 411 on free and low-cost activities and field trips. For many of us we homeschool year-round and we’re always on the {Read More}

About Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 12 to 22. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading and studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.

Dip Your Words in Honey

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word was God. Our family memory verse this week was John 1:1. In an effort to help my son commit this to memory we discussed how important words are. I asked him to imagine a world without words. Can you imagine it? No talking, no writing, no emails, no texting, no news. How would we communicate? How would we function? We played a game together {Read More}

About Hope Wingate

My name is Hope Wingate. I live in Hoschton, GA with my brilliant husband, Jonathan and two incredible children: Aaron who is 7 and Adaira who is 4. I am a very enthusiastic stay-at-home mom and homeschooler. My heart beats for encouraging young mothers and I enjoy lead teaching classes for my local homeschool co-op. In my spare time I enjoy: sewing, rubber stamping, reading and watching BBC shows on Netflix.

Mother Always Said

Do you ever hear an expression that reminds you of something your mother often said? Do you find yourself using the same expressions (even the ones you swore you wouldn’t) to your own children? A mother’s words, whether because of wisdom or mere repetition, can become set in concrete in our minds. Mothers have an adage for every occasion. Meeting strangers: “Don’t talk to them or take anything from them.” (Although wise counsel for children, I still have trouble meeting {Read More}

About Vicki Huffman

Writer / Editorial Board. Vicki Huffman's latest book is Still Looking: Finding the Peace of God in Job Loss, a book to help those going through the emotional and spiritual upheaval of job loss or underemployment. Her other Christian books are: A Secret Hope (novel), Plus Living: Looking for Joy in All the Right Places, and The Best of Times, all available in print and e-book on amazon.com. She has been an editor for several Christian publishing houses and enjoys teaching the Bible.

Avoiding the Car Line to Hell

There are a few sermon titles that have stuck in my mind like glue. Dr. Mark Rutland’s sermon, “The Appropriateness of Appropriateness” is one. Mark Hermann’s Avoiding the Car Line to Hell is another. Some may not think Pastor Hermann’s title appropriate in polite circles, but it most certainly is — and it’s a message every parent and grandparent needs to take the time to consider. The sermon premise is this: are we as parents / grandparents driving our children closer to {Read More}

About Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 12 to 22. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading and studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.