- For You
- Nicole O’Dell
By: Lynn Parker
We’ve talked about how we as parents and youth workers can play vital roles in the lives of teens by creating opportunities for them to succeed and reach their goals. But today I want to talk about when our teens don’t reach their goals and begin to get discouraged. Sometimes, the timing isn’t right or they are trying to go about making that dream come true in their own power and disappointments come. It is important to know how to respond to our teens if that happens.
One of the worst things we can do is to enable their self-pity. Instead, it is more effective to acknowledge the shortcoming and to attempt to help your youth to reset his or her goals. Second Corinthians 4:8 says: “We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated.… continue reading
Hi there! It’s Valerie Comer back again, talking about my second book that just released from Choose Now Publishing on March first.
I have to ask, have you read Raspberries and Vinegar? Because Wild Mint Tea continues the romantic saga of three young women who buy a farm together, ready to prove to the world that they can grow their own food and live sustainably.
In the first book outspoken environmentalist Josephine Shaw found love with the equally obstinate reluctant farmer-next-door.
In this second tale, it’s local-foods chef Claire Halford’s turn. She, too, is dedicated to Green Acres Farm, but she’s the worrier of the bunch. Can she meet her share of the mortgage and expenses working part time at a job she hates? Living far from the freshest ingredients available in urban areas is a challenge for one dedicated to fresh, real food.
Claire applies for work cooking for a tree-planting crew while helping her friends establish the farm as an event destination.… continue reading
By: Jill Hart
In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered. 2 Chronicles 31:21 NIV
You may have heard of King Hezekiah. His story is pretty amazing. He becomes king at age twenty-five and immediately sets out to restore the land and tear down the idols the Israelites had been worshipping. Hezekiah restores the land to godliness. He restores the priests and asks them to cleanse and purify the temple. He reinstates Passover. More than that, Hezekiah goes to the temple and bows down before God. A king bowing before the King of Kings.
Isn’t that a powerful picture? King Hezekiah is a beautiful example for us work-at-home moms. He gave himself fully to his work for God.
I had a moment the other day. It was a big moment, a lingering thing, and I’ve gotten a little lost in it, I guess.
I was sitting in front of the computer checking my various accounts—Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, Pinterest, WordPress—and all of a sudden, the labels I walk around with, the ones I throw out there in my bio and my status updates, they all became too much. Too heavy.
I’m a stay at home mom. I’m a preacher’s wife. I’m a leader. I’m a Christian. I’m a mentor. I’m a teacher. I’m an actor. I’m a writer. Oh, wait, I’m not just a writer, I’m a young adult writer.
You know what I really am? I’m tired. I’m done with being defined by the things I currently do or that thing I did once upon a time.… continue reading
By: Laura L. Smith
It moisturizes your face, softens chapped lips, gives your skin a glow, heals and hydrates hang nails, smoothes rough elbows and feet and makes your hair shiny and sleek! Really? Especially after the harsh, dry effects furnaces have on our hair and skin all winter. This singular product sounds like a miracle? Sign me up!
What is it?
Have you tried it? It’s hard to read a beauty magazine without seeing how Emma Stone uses argan oil to tame her hair or Mila Kunis uses argan oil glimmer shine spray to give her that “glow”. Yet, when I unwrapped a box of argan oil products at Christmas I was suspicious. I felt like the Onceler from Dr. Suess’s The Lorax was peddling me a Thneed. “A Thneed’s a Fine-Something-That-All-People-Need. It’s a shirt, it’s a sock. It’s a glove. It’s a hat. But it has many uses.… continue reading
By: Tricia Goyer
I stopped worrying about “being good.” I was tired of being a church girl. I started drinking, cussing, and sleeping around. I fought HARD against the guilt that plagued me, but all I found was misery.
Later, I realized I didn’t like these consequences, so I thought I’d shape up. When I found myself pregnant, I sought God. I told Him I’d messed up—big time—and I asked if He could do anything with my life. I wanted to obey Him and His Word because I saw that going the other direction led to no good.
What we choose to do—or not do—all comes down to our motivations.
Why do we do what we do?… continue reading
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