Cultivating Unity Among Siblings

Ginger Hubbard is a bestselling author of Don’t Make Me Count to Three, Wise Words for Moms, and I Can’t Believe You Just Said That and many other books. She speaks at women’s events, parenting conferences and home school conventions across the country. She was a guest on my podcast, Overcoming Monday Episode 27: Getting to the Heart of Your Child’s Behavior, and on The Seeds Blog today, she provides advice on how to cultivate unity among our kids. Parents, this is going to be good, so buckle up!

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Capturing Your Child's Heart

We don’t own our children. We know we don’t own our kids, but sometimes it can feel like we do. We know we can’t own a person, but our parental responsibility can make us feel a sense of ownership. Our kids share our history, our home and our hearts. We look into their eyes and see ourselves. Sometimes, we even feel a sense of oneness with their weaknesses, likes and dislikes. They look like us. The act like us. They think like us. But, they are not us.

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3 Reasons I Tell My Kids, "No"

When my kids were little, I constantly uttered the word, “No.” But as they started developing into their own persons, my emotions shifted. When they were little, their safety depended on my warning, but as they grew older I felt a hesitation. At first, I ignored this inclination, but eventually I investigated my heart and discovered the reason; I wanted them to like me. If you have trouble saying no to your kids too, this blog is for you.

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2 Ways I Crush the Fear of Mom-Failure

Have you ever been afraid to let your kids see you fail because you don’t want to lose control? I’ve been afraid to mess up in front of my kids; to stop being their hero. But when my son Jacob pointed out a failure I couldn’t deny, and I was faced with a choice. I could lie and try to change his perception. I could get mad and scare him out of drawing attention to my faults. Or, I could confess and let him see me in all my imperfect glory.

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3 Ways to Conquer Comparison

In one of her podcasts, Dr. Caroline Leaf suggested that stress is a warning signal from the body telling us that something is going wrong. Our stressful feelings are meant to teach us to adjust our behavior, habits or situation before we bring harm to ourselves. In the same way, comparison can also be a useful emotion, but if we don’t process this emotion correctly we can fall into comparison’s trap- just like stress.

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Start Fighting From Perfection

When we shift all the focus onto our actions, we tie ourselves down and miss out on the pure, loving grace that God offers us, no strings attached. God doesn’t expect us to be perfect, but he does call us to become perfect. Perfection, in and of itself, isn’t wrong (It’s the exact opposite, in fact). It’s all about how you pursue it. Friends, I hope you take encouragement today as we discuss what pursuing perfection in Christ (the right way) looks like.

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Stop Fighting for Perfection

Any perfectionists out there? This one’s for you, and for me. Because as much as I like to think I’ve conquered my propensity for perfectionism, there’s still a part of me that falls prey to it. In my roles as a wife, mom, friend, neighbor, and believer, I sometimes face the temptation to base my self-worth on a checklist of characteristics instead of checking in with a God who cherishes me in my highs and my lows.

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Your Biggest Tool For Conquering Shame

I've noticed something about human nature, while we have been created equal, we are certainly not all created the same. For some of us, shame rolls off our shoulders without a passing thought while others of us take days, weeks or years to rid ourselves of it. We might have been created equal, but we are not the same. Shame can be emotionally tricky, so I want to share with you the biggest tool, or rather mindset, I've learned to conquer shame. Before we can conquer shame, we have to understand what it is, why we feel it.

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3 Ways to Overcome Social Media Addiction

When I was in middle school, our TV busted. We decided not to replace it because Christian culture was preaching that television was a tool of Satan to destroy the universe. It would be tempting to say that social media is also a tool of Satan, but but I don't think we have to throw the baby out with the bathwater. So, I want to provide you with three ways you can fight against social media addiction. 

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If I'm Saved, Why Don't I Feel Free?

Perhaps I'm too introspective, but as I celebrated the 4th of July this year, I began to ask myself, "What is true freedom?" When I think about our culture, freedom seems to mean the ability to live unfettered, unattached and unencumbered. The word freedom seems to currently carry the connotation that we can live how we want with no strings attached, and anything less is oppressive. What comes to mind when you hear the word, Freedom?

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We are Somebody, not Something

When we label people by their sin, we take away their humanity. But every person who exists, or has ever existed, is God's creation made in His image. Objectification is evil and offensive because we turn someone God has created into an object for our own amusement, frustration, or pleasure. If we were to truly examine our hearts, I believe we would see that we are all objectifiers like the Pharisee above. Why do we do it?

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What Does it Mean to Objectify Women?

I wonder how many American women feel unjustified to wear the suit they love because they are out-of-shape, white as snow, or simply don't look as good as that girl in that picture. The Struggle is Real. Why? I think because we've grown up in a culture which has taught us to do this. But, I can't completely blame culture because I've chosen to think this way; to believe I am how I look instead of believing I am who I am inside…let’s talk about objectification.

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I Love You More With My Future - Interview

Today, I want to introduce you to my friend, Jess Brock. I've known Jess has been a part of our Clayton King Ministries family for over 10 years. She is currently a stay at home mom of two, married to the love of her life, enjoys yoga, traveling, and gathering people around her table. If you're in the toddler stage of life, you know that mom life can feel slightly stifling. If you're wondering about your future, this blog is perfect for you.

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I Love You More than My Dreams - Interview

Mollie is one of my favorite people. She has served me taking care of my kids every summer since they were in Elementary School and as a result we’ve become best friends. She is a Special Education Teacher who loves sports, trivia night, tavelling, and spending quality time with her family and friends. She is the best and I can’t wait for you to hear from her.

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4 Ways to Love Jesus More

Today's blog is brought to you by my wonderfully wise sister, Elisabeth Harper. She shares tips on how to love Jesus more than our dreams, in our community, with our future and more than ourselves. Her Tips and Tricks can be heard every week on the  Overcoming Monday Podcast. Today’s tips are her favorites from from my book ILYM.

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Stop Digging Up Unnecessary Pain

One of the biggest problems I’ve noticed with comparison is that I can feel like I’m constantly laying it down, putting it behind me, only to catch myself a few minutes later digging it back up, returning to old mindsets. The good news, of course, is that God isn’t doing the same. I love the picture of Him in this verse:
He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. (Ps. 103:12 NLT)

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