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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Hey Moms, What Does "Strong" Mean to You?

As I sit, thinking about writing this blog to you, dear mom, I admit I am a little intimidated. I want to write a blog to you, but this world is made up of so many different kinds of women with so many different personalities and life stages. Some of you are married, some of you are single moms doing it alone and some of you have the help of a parent. By the time I consider your individual temperament, add in a husband's (or helper's) nature, and each of your children's disposition along with each of your life stages and economic situations...I might give up on it altogether! So, from the very beginning, I want to confess that I don't know everything about you or your situation, but I still have a desire to help you find your "strong" as a mom. I don't know if I can, but I hope you will give me permission to try.

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Getting to the Heart of Your Child’s Behavior - Ginger Hubbard

Do you feel guilty because you know you should be faithfully training and instructing your children in righteousness but you’re not sure how? Are you spinning your wheels with ineffective parenting methods such as bribing, counting to three, and threatening punishment in an attempt to get your children to mind? Are you frustrated because it seems no matter what you do, you just can’t reach the hearts of your children?

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Hey Wives! What Does "Strong" Mean?

If any of you have met my husband, you know he is a strong man. He is strong in his build, in his voice, and in his confidence. He is extremely extroverted, and so engaging that he makes fast friends. But underneath his confident exterior, there are weaknesses the everyday person doesn't see. His deep love for others and willingness to help them pursue their dreams often blinds him to their disingenuous motives. He is sometimes loyal to a fault. His deep love for me makes him defensive and angry when someone takes advantage of me. His deep love for our children sometimes spoils them (which they don't mind).

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Single Ladies, What does "Strong" look like?

Recently I spent some time with one of my favorite friends. Whenever we catch up, I am always amazed at her faithfulness to love Jesus with her whole heart, surrendering the parts of herself which feel broken so Jesus can heal her from the inside out. I want to share with you what she shared with me. Here's paraphrase of what she said: 

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Hey Woman! Have You Found Your “Strong”?

Genesis 2:18 says, "Then the Lord God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper corresponding to him. "When I was a little girl, teenager and young women, this word helper felt unimportant. I wondered why God would give Adam so much significance, and the woman less? I felt like scripture was teaching that women were to find their significance in man. Little did I know my understanding was a demeaning version of the truth. Woman, God not design you to be second, but to be strong.

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Hey Woman! What Purpose are You Pursuing?

Hope swelled in my heart as I watched the 2017 Wonder Woman movie directed by Patty Jenkins. A young girl grows up on an island filled with brave, strong, female warriors. She wanted to be a warrior too, but her mother wanted to protect her. But, she couldn’t hold back this hunger, so her mother agrees to let her train, but says, “You will train her harder than any Amazon before her. Five times harder. Ten times harder. Until she is better than even you, but she must never know the truth about who she is or how she came to be.”

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Three Things We Love About Marriage

My husband and I were married for 12 years when we wrote our first book on marriage, 12 Questions. To be honest, I was super-scared to write a book on marriage because any message we put out there is tested and tried. I loved our marriage, and I didn't want it to be put through the ringer. But people kept asking, "How do you make it work?", so we took the risk. Maybe you need some encouragement for your marriage today, so here's a little snippet from our book:

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A New Take on Valentines Day

I had a friend who was jaded by the idea that there was a set date on the calendar where we are all forced to love and be loved.  I shared her sentiment in high school.  The junior class raised money for prom by selling roses on Valentines Day.  Every dating couple was thrilled by this thought because it took the heat off of finding a gift.  It also motivated those who wanted to send a secret love rose, in hopes it would bud into a relationship.  But most of us hating hearing the Junior Valentine delivery person hand out coveted roses each class period. 

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Is He Really Enough?

Guest Blog By Rachel Hipps: Every year, as we get closer and closer to Valentine’s Day, I watch all of my single friends start to get antsy. Some people LOVE the holiday, some people HATE it. Valentine’s day can hold a sore spot of feeling inadequate, unloved and unwanted. If you need some single lady ideas for Valentines Day, this blog is for you!

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Relationship Hacks

I wish we could sail through dating to find ourselves on a Caribbean honeymoon carrying no relationship scars or regrets.  But most likely we'll encounter a mistake or two before we get to say "I Do." So last night I spent the evening with some college ladies sharing four of my relationship blunders, hoping their love lives would benefit. Here they are:

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Three Things That Surprised Us About Marriage

Ephesians 5:25-28- Husbands go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church- a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ's love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty, Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They're really doing themselves a favor- since they're already one in marriage. (NLT)

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Sharie King Comments
Best Weekend Ever!

Our family just returned from Gatlinburg, Tennessee where we held our annual Crossroads Winter Conference. Clayton and I started this conference 21 years ago as a way to build up and encourage middle and high school students halfway through the school year, giving them the godly boost they needed to continue in their faith and finish well.

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Wonder in the Wasteland

We all live on planet earth. But if you’re a believer, you probably carry around this little longing, this feeling, this deep knowing that the world is not as it should be. Do you have this inclination that either you belong somewhere else, or that this world, this place we call home, needs a radical transformation before you could feel "at home?"

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You Can Take Off the "Happy Face"

I know some of you have been in a season where life is just not what you’d like it to be, or you’re currently toughing it out right now. In the Christmas season and new year, there can be pressure to put on a “facade” to our families, friends, and to the world that everything is okay. One of the beautiful things about Christ is that he came to silence the need to put up a “front”.

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How We're Doing Christmas Differently This Year

What comes to mind when you think of Christmas? Are you filled with joyful anticipation of togetherness? For a lot of people, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year (see what I did there). But for some, I know it’s the very opposite. Christmas can bring feelings of unmet expectations, money woes, grief, obligation, and straight up anxiety. For me, memories of the holidays and Christmas aren’t particularly joyful. Last year was hard. Like, we need a do-over hard.

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Mr. Boo Fan

My family is sitting second row for a Clemson home game. I knew it was going to be noisy. I expected it. But, there’s a man behind us who knows everything and won’t stop yelling into the back of my head. Part of me wishes he’d just put on a jersey and show us all how the game should be played. And just when I don’t think he can get any more obnoxious—he does. The refs make a few bad calls against our beloved team, and he loses it! “What’s wrong with you, ref?” Then—at the top of his lungs—he yells a long-winded “Boooo!” at every play for the rest of the game. I agree with his assessment, but I’m more irritated with Mr. Boo Fan than the refs because he’s keeping me from appreciating my second-row seats!

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