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Christian Parenting

Are You Accomplishing Anything For God?

Are You Accomplishing Anything For God?

Maybe you’re discouraged today, dear friend. Maybe you’re wondering if what you’re doing matters in the long run. Last week I wondered, too. I was reading over a list of New Year’s questions (meant for personal reflection and growth) from a sweet friend in a […]

Teach Your Children Virtues, Not Just Rules

Teach Your Children Virtues, Not Just Rules

The internet is full of advice for mothers. Full. Yes, motherhood is hard. It is. No denying it. Tough days, frustrations, exhausted nerves pushed to the limit of almost crazy. We all know this. Yet, in all of these discussions, one topic is lacking: teaching […]

2 Minute Ways to Feel Productive

2 Minute Ways to Feel Productive

If you are caring for young children, you know that your time is not your own. Many days you don’t have five minutes to yourself. You try to unload the dishwasher and someone needs you. You come back later to the job half done and […]

Straight Talk About Renewing Your Mind

Straight Talk About Renewing Your Mind

Maybe you assume that because my blog is named Joy-Filled Days, that I am naturally a half-glass full, Pollyanna type who always sees the good in everyone and everything. That is not true. You know from reading here that choosing joy is a choice I […]

The symptoms of a dissatisfied soul

The symptoms of a dissatisfied soul

My youngest daughter loves making bubbles. Not the blow-through-the-wand variety–those are too mainstream. She makes huge bubbles with her hands and some dish washing foam. She calls me over, “Quick! Look how big this one is!” It’s fun to see them expand, until POP– they […]

Why the Internet Seems Silent about Raising Christian Teens

Why the Internet Seems Silent about Raising Christian Teens

There have been quite a few articles floating around about the lack of articles and support for middle aged moms who are raising teens. Information for young moms is abundant, but for the mom raising Christian teens? *crickets*crickets*   The vacuum is real. I think […]

What My Daughters Need to Know This Valentines Day

What My Daughters Need to Know This Valentines Day

Ask your daughter this question: “Who are you? Describe you.” I work with teen girls and I’ve asked this very question. They nervously and giggly begin telling me what they excel at and enjoy. I’m so and so’s girl friend. I play the piano. I draw […]

God-Mandated Curriculum for your Kids

God-Mandated Curriculum for your Kids

Do you ever wonder what you are supposed to teach your kids? With a market flooded with how-to manuals for parenting, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the latest, greatest manual for raising kids. When you are a believer, you have the Holy Spirit […]

Hey, What Are You Looking At?

Hey, What Are You Looking At?

It’s that time of year. We began our homeschool year this week and as I evaluate where each child is, the old tendency to compare surprises my heart yet again. Comparison is always a cruel tormentor: Maybe we should have done that curriculum all along. […]