Personal Spiritual Development

5 Things To Do When You’re Struggling with Faith Doubts

5 Things To Do When You're Struggling With Faith Doubts

I recently received an email from a blog reader who said she is struggling with so many doubts, she doesn’t think her faith will survive. She asked for advice on what to do because, while she would still “love to believe,” she feels she can’t anymore. I’ve received similar emails periodically since starting my blog and I always feel a sense of dread in responding. Though I have a strong faith now, it was hard fought. It’s never been easy for me to “just” believe. I know first-hand how difficult Read More…

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Why Christianity is Tough for Control Freaks

Why Christianity is Tough for Control Freaks

As I write this, I’m recovering from surgery I had Monday to remove a (benign) cyst that was discovered just a couple of weeks ago. I won’t mince words…I was an absolute wreck leading up to the surgery. The thought of “going under” (general anesthesia) was terrifying to me. (If you’re wondering why someone would be scared of being totally unconscious and at the mercy of other people’s skills and decisions, you’re probably not a candidate for fully appreciating this post.) You see, I’m Read More…

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Christian Parents

5 New Year's Resolutions for Christian Parents

If you haven’t yet made your New Year’s resolutions, today’s the day! It’s easy to focus on things like weight loss and nail biting – but have you thought about spiritual goals for you and your family? Here are 5 big resolutions to consider!   1.    Make this the year you actually start loving and reading the Bible regularly. There is one New Year’s resolution that will likely impact the spiritual life of you AND your children more than any other – and that’s based on Read More…

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Gratitude is Easy…Contentment is Hard

Gratitude is Easy...Contentment is Hard

Every year between Halloween and Thanksgiving, I feel a little uneasy about the countdown of blessings so many people do. Something seems slightly “off” about it, but I’ve never been able to put my finger on what it is. It’s like a gallon of milk that hasn’t actually expired. You know it should be good, but there’s enough of a strange scent that you pass it to the nearest person and ask them to confirm that it, indeed, does not smell right. (Why do we always do that?!) I think I’ve finally Read More…

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7 Ways for Christian Parents to Grow Together Spiritually

7 Ways for Christian Parents to Grow Together Spiritually | Christian Mom Thoughts

Last week, my husband Bryan and I celebrated our 14th anniversary! An older lady we know congratulated us on our day, noting that “one of the biggest challenges of marriage is that, as you get older, each person changes and then you end up feeling like you’re no longer married to the same person.” I have no idea why she felt our anniversary was a great time to let us know of this impending danger, but nonetheless, I couldn’t stop thinking about what she said. It made me realize that one of the Read More…

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What to Do When You Flame Out as a Christian Parent

I debated whether to use the words “flame out” or “burn out” in the title of this post. I went with flame out after looking up the definition: Flame-Out: “A complete and conspicuous failure.” That eloquently describes me as a Christian parent one day recently. Burn out implies a slow fizzle. I didn’t slowly fizzle into bad parent mode. I was a “complete and conspicuous failure.” Maybe it was the thousandth morning I cleaned up a poopy bathroom mess. Perhaps it was finding Read More…

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How to Identify Your Future Parenting Regrets

How to Identify Your Future Parenting Regrets | Christian Mom Thoughts

I decided this week that it was time to sort through the vast numbers of stuffed animals my kids have. Many haven’t moved a stuffed paw from the toy chest in more than a year. I explained to the kids that we would give away some that are “less special” and everyone happily agreed it was time. I was thrilled to finish the project with three full bags of animals to give away. Content with our achievement, we moved on to getting the kids ready for bed. When I leaned down to give Kenna a good night Read More…

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Happy Mother’s Day, But Please, Don’t Just Be a Mom

As I write this, I’m on vacation. We got to our condo yesterday and everything looked great. Until I walked into the laundry room. A scale. What?! WHY would someone put a scale in a place where people are on vacation, eating with reckless abandon and enjoying every minute of it? It’s not that I’m unaware I’ve been eating so freely here. It’s just that I don’t want to take premature inventory of the results. That should happen when I get home. Of course, whether I know about it or not doesn’t Read More…

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