The Challenge of Disciplining Children

One of the most challenging things I faced as a mom was disciplining my children.  There were days I felt like all I ever said was no, stop, quit, and don’t.  I would come to the end of the day spent. I hope as a mom you are not where I was but, if you are, here are a few tips that may help you. Consistency is the key to obedience.  Our children are just like us, they want to {Read More}

About Page Hughes

Page Hughes is a Jesus loving party girl who is always ready to have fun! She has been married to Dr. Les Hughes for over 30 years and they reside in Alabaster, Alabama. Les and Page have been blessed with 4 amazing children and 4 fabulous grand children who are the source of many great illustrations. Page loves people well through ministering to their hurts, cooking delicious meals, and partying with the purpose of leading others to a deeper relationship with Jesus. Page’s goal in life is to go to heaven when she dies and take as many people as she can with her.

Making Peace with My Parenting Past

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, as is my birthday. This is the time I usually drag out my big bag of regrets about my multiple mammoth, mortifying parenting mistakes. I take out each memory and pain, one by one, hold it up and turn it around, examining every facet. My kids are grown and out on their own. The memories of words said and blunders made trickle into my thoughts. The trickle picks up speed until a flood {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.

Praying Makes a Difference

 Years ago I read that Dr. James and Shirley Dobson fasted one day each week for their children. They felt a day spent in added prayer helped wrap their kids in extra protection. In time, as Dr. Dobson’s health wouldn’t permit him to fast, Shirley continued with the weekly privilege of interceding for their family. I liked the idea and adopted it for myself. Our children were young teenagers then. Throughout their high school years I kept my weekly commitment {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.

Children are Not Herds

Although many family activities are together as a group and that’s a great thing, each child needs a one-on-one with each parent individually (mom and child, dad and child) and you as a couple (mom and dad and child) at least once a month. Yes, you can do this. You need to do this. Put this on your calendar. Children are not a herd. Your time together can be something as simple as a drink together at the table and {Read More}

About Cheryl Moeller

Cheryl Moeller has been married to her best friend Bob for 30 years. They are the parents of six children, one son-in-law, and three lively dogs. She uses her over-the-counter-top stand up comedy at women's groups and retreats, prays like it's her full-time job, writes a syndicated humor column, blogs about life with lots of kids at www.momlaughs.blogspot.com, and authors books such as Keep Courting: 100 Ways to Keep Courting After Marriage (purchase on their website) and Marriage Miracle (Harvest House 2010). Bob and Cheryl's passion is to connect two hearts for a lifetime. They have co-founded For Better For Worse For Keeps Ministries www.bobandcherylmoeller.com.

Is Me Time Selfish?

 “Me Time” is a phrase we hear a lot. Yet as moms, we often feel guilty spending time on (or by) ourselves. While it is true we have an immense responsibility to care for the precious lives God has allowed us to nurture for Him, like a car without gas, if we are out of fuel, no one goes anywhere–we’re all stuck. Spiritually speaking, it isn’t at all selfish to make sure we spend time alone with God every day. {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.

Mother, Don’t Forget

“Mothers, don’t ever forget the permanence of your imprint. The kids may seem ungrateful, they may act irresponsible, they may even ignore your reminders and forget your advice. But, believe this–they cannot erase your influence.” ~ Charles Swindoll   “No one has more potential for godly influence on a child than that child’s God-fearing mother. We, therefore, are to take up the cause, answer God’s call, muster up our courage, and set out to be the best, most faithful teacher {Read More}

Letting Go

In the 15th chapter of Luke, Jesus tells a parable about a father and his two sons. Usually, those verses are under a heading titled, “The Prodigal Son” and the focus of numerous lessons I’ve heard preached through the years typically seems to be on the wayward younger son.  However, these days as I move to a different side of motherhood, the side where I have to start letting go, where I no longer choose who my child can hang {Read More}

About Tracey Cagle

My God brought me out of a pit of my own creation and blessed me beyond my wildest dreams. I am a second wife to my high school sweetheart and mother of four. I work part-time for a market research company and full-time as chauffeur, chef, and cheerleader to the children. I am active in my church home, where I teach a women's Sunday school class and facilitate bible studies. I enjoy volunteering. I write children's stories and have been rejected by some of the most renowned publishing companies in America. My daughter tells me Dr. Seuss was rejected on 17 submissions so I still have a way to go.

Teaching Contentment in a Discontented World

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” I Timothy 6:6-7 This summer spend some time examining gratefulness and contentment in the hearts of your children. A few goals to work through this summer would be: Make plans to use your home to show hospitality to someone God lays on your heart. Trust God’s sovereignty that He has entrusted you with the income and possessions to {Read More}

About Rhonda Ellis

Rhonda Ellis is a wife of 29 years, a homeschooling mom to 6, a blogger, writer, speaker. Her passion is mentoring women in ways that impact hearts and homes for Christ. Grab a cup of coffee or a Diet Coke (water is allowed these days too) and be a "back porch" friend with her.Come read her blog at cultivatingahome.com. It's a great place to laugh, cry, share friendships and transparent hearts while sharing deep conversations about our journey with the Lord. You can also join her facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheRhondaEllis

Genuine Love Is Serving Others

“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” I Peter 4:9-10 This summer have your children or grandchildren use money they have saved or do some chores to earn money specifically designated for blessing others. Explain ahead of time what the money will be used for and how they will be involved. Money in hand, go to a restaurant and collectively allow them to use their money to anonymously buy someone’s meal.  If you pay for someone (like a man or {Read More}

About Rhonda Ellis

Rhonda Ellis is a wife of 29 years, a homeschooling mom to 6, a blogger, writer, speaker. Her passion is mentoring women in ways that impact hearts and homes for Christ. Grab a cup of coffee or a Diet Coke (water is allowed these days too) and be a "back porch" friend with her.Come read her blog at cultivatingahome.com. It's a great place to laugh, cry, share friendships and transparent hearts while sharing deep conversations about our journey with the Lord. You can also join her facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheRhondaEllis

Teaching Children How to Honor Others

Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.  Romans 12:10 NLT If you have children at home, an important lesson to teach is how they can outdo one another in showing honor.  By taking advantage of opportunities at home, our children can learn the importance of showing sincere appreciation and admiration to others. Ask your family members who they really admire and why, focusing on the character qualities or skills this person has. Next, invite {Read More}

About Rhonda Ellis

Rhonda Ellis is a wife of 29 years, a homeschooling mom to 6, a blogger, writer, speaker. Her passion is mentoring women in ways that impact hearts and homes for Christ. Grab a cup of coffee or a Diet Coke (water is allowed these days too) and be a "back porch" friend with her.Come read her blog at cultivatingahome.com. It's a great place to laugh, cry, share friendships and transparent hearts while sharing deep conversations about our journey with the Lord. You can also join her facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheRhondaEllis