How Much Money are you Worth?

Get Along Home
June 10, 2014

If you’ve been on Facebook around Mother’s Day, or spent any time at all reading mom blogs, you’ll have seen numerous articles about how much real money a mom is worth. You know the ones. They add up the yearly wages of chauffeur, chef, daycare provider, psychologist, nurse, etc., and that’s how much you’re really worth, Mom! This past Mother’s Day, there was a very sneaky bit of advertising wrapped up in a video about how motherhood is “the hardest job in the world” and pays nothing. Nothing at all. (And now that you’re feeling guilty, kids, you need to fork over your whole allowance to buy an amazing gift for that completely unappreciated mom in your life!)

Eh. Maybe motherhood is that hard, maybe it isn’t. What I’m more concerned about is what it says about our society that we mothers so need our value to be defined in dollars and cents and hours “worked” that, instead of being ignored as the irrelevancies that they are, these things get passed around like a cold virus in a mid-winter Sunday School class. These articles, infographics, and videos all play to our desire to be appreciated, not by our own immediate families, but by the Joneses.

Read the rest of Cindy’s article HERE.

Is It My Fault?

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the heartbreaking truth is that violence within the Christian community is as prevalent as it is without … and possibly worse because Christian women notoriously under-report. Countless women, women who have been loved, made righteous, forgiven and welcomed by Christ, are trapped in hate-filled marriages where their souls are systematically bludgeoned with Satan’s lies about their worthlessness and where their bodies are systematically battered by the hands and arms of someone who has promised to love and protect them.

Tips for Toddlers

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Toddlers are learning that they are separate from you, and this is a healthy part of their development. They need to have more freedom, but they need to have it within secure perimeters. I think it is important for them to know that you are in control (they are secure), but that they have choices (they are free). Here’s how that would look:

When Dad Doesn’t Disciple the Kids

The Beginning of Wisdom
October 22, 2014

Three kinds of “single moms” exist in the church: the literal single mom who is raising children on her own, the mom whose husband is an unbeliever, and the mom whose husband professes belief but does not partner in the spiritual nurture of the family. For the true single mom and the mom married to an unbeliever, the task is clear: train your children in the Lord because no one else will. For the wife of the believing father guilty of spiritual absenteeism, the lines are blurry. She lives in the tension between wanting to honor her spouse and wanting to spiritually equip her children. All three “single moms” desperately need the support of the church, but in this post I want to focus specifically on the third mom, a woman trapped in a dilemma.

Read the rest of this article by Jen Wilkin HERE.

The Cure for Shame

Reformation 21
September 2014

Think about Adam and Eve in the garden. They did the one thing God had commanded them not to do, and ate of the one tree amongst all the other trees that were full of good fruit. Everything up until this point had been good, good, good. Suddenly they realized that something was wrong with them. They were naked. Instead of taking their shame to God, they covered themselves and hid. We’ve been doing the same thing ever since, desperately trying to cover our shame, to hide it from one another. That’s why researcher and writer Brené Brown likes to say that, “Shame only needs three things to grow exponentially in our lives: secrecy, silence and judgment.” Sadly the church often follows society in offering shame-ladened people all three.

Read the rest HERE.

How to (and how NOT to) Help Someone Battling Cancer

SBC Voices
July 19, 2014

Reflecting on our past and present experience with cancer, we have been blessed to have family, friends and a church family who have been wonderfully supportive. Quite often, people want to know how they can help and encourage someone going through the experience of cancer or other medical related trials. I hope that you will find this list useful as you minister to others. Here are a few things I found to be helpful and not so helpful in our journey:

Helpful: Encouraging me to trust God through our trial

More Helpful: Sharing your experience of God’s grace in your time of need and the assurance that God will be with me as well

Not Helpful: Telling me about all the people you know who also have/had cancer

Definitely Avoid: Telling me about the people you know who died from cancer

Read the rest HERE.

Facing Brokenness as an Act of Faith

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Facing our brokenness is a breathtaking act of faith in the living God; refusal to face our brokenness is a tragic denial of his existence, power, and goodness. Because the denial of painful reality comes so naturally, it is rarely labeled as sinful. Nor do we recognize how much it dishonors the God who loves […]

“In your Bible reading, an author will often compare two things. It’s important to stop and study everything you learn about how those two things are similar and different. In this lab, Pastor John looks at our slavery to sin and freedom in Christ.”

By John Piper. ©2014 Desiring God Foundation. Website: desiringGod.org