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  • More Than A Vacation

    When my boys were three and nine years old, I read an article about the value of giving children experiences over material things. I was a single mom who was not able to shower my kids with material items, so I felt like vacations were for sure out of the picture. I couldn’t get the idea out of my head though.

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  • God Is Our Helper

    When trouble comes do you lean into God or depend on your own strength? God wants to be our helper even in the pesky little details of everyday life. Can you keep your eyes focused on God and not on your difficulty today?

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  • Strength to My Weary Heart

    Sometimes we are merely surviving and get lost in the swirling chaos of life. If your heart is weary, take comfort in knowing that God is the only one in control and his plan is perfect.

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  • Creating An Army

    Need help raising your children? You're are not alone. We are not raising children; we are raising men and women. We must show our children what it looks like to grow up and be good. We need to be adamant about surrounding our children with trusted adults who are on the same page as we are.

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  • Stick To Your Guns

    Being a parent is difficult. Being a consistent parent is even more difficult. But there is a hefty price to pay for the alternative.

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  • Mel’s Book Review of - Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys

    For nine years I raised my two little boys alone as a single mom. I knew one day these two stinky little boys would grow up to be men, and that terrified me. One of the greatest resources I found on my journey was a book called Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys. This book is unique as it breaks up the age groups and allows you to read the section that your boy is currently in. And although it’s about raising boys, we can all learn from the following quote. I remember underlining this little paragraph with tears in my eyes.

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  • Single Mother: Brave, Courageous, Strong

    The truth is, she is NOT enough. NO mother is enough whether single or married. Yet the Bible says that with God, she is more than enough. It’s a partnership, and never will there be a time where she is on her own in raising up great kids.

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  • The Baptist Nun

    I am a chosen instrument of God.” To be single indicates I’ve been set apart for His purposes. I have received an extraordinary calling that not everyone accepts or endures. If my Savior can remain single to do the will of the Father, then so can I.

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  • 12 Tips for Refreshing Your Mental Health

    Moms can take daily steps to diminish mental anxiety. We can’t fix a lot of problems, but we can make intentional choices to enhance our emotional wellness. Let's examine our own mental weaknesses and do something about them?! Would any of these twelve suggestions appear on your “Steps to a Healthier Me” list?

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  • Who Is Sitting on Your Buddy Bench?

    The years I spent as an elementary teacher performing my required playground duty, I was always saddened by the children who lacked a playmate. The one solitary figure who didn’t seem to have a place to fit, a friend to toss the ball to or race across the playground.

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