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Giving Better Christmas Gifts to our Children

Giving Better Christmas Gifts to our Children by Laura Cooper, Strategic Development Director of FamiliesAlive Black Friday is just a few days away! Do you feel weary already? It know I do! Did you know that the average American family is expecting to spend $967.13...

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One Thing We Must NEVER Do As Parents

by Becky Shultz Got kids? Then you've got wonderful blessings - gifts from on high! You've also got disagreements, issues, messes, worriment, and trouble. And the older those kids get, the bigger the problems get, the more difficult those difficulties are to handle....

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Are You Perfect?

by Ruth Baer When my granddaughter Hannah was about 7 years old, she made an observation about me as we all sat down to dinner. “Grandma, I’ve never seen you sin.” What would you say if your child or grandchild said that to you? Would you be proud or happy that she...

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Helping Your Kids Build a Devotion Time with God

by Samantha Hanni One day when I was about nine, my mom came home from Mardel with a book for me. It was my first devotional book, with a colorful cover and fun stories that drew me in each day. I have vivid memories of this book (for some reason) and to this day, I...

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How Can I Be Grateful When My Heart’s Not in It?

By Ruth Baer Have you ever had one of those days when everything seems to be going so well? At work, at home, at church – both privately and publicly? You’re in the Word and praying for all on your heart? God seems to be on the throne in your experience, and life...

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How to Deal with Halloween?

By Laura Cooper Does Halloween have you going crazy? It does for me! For a very long time, Halloween has been a source of debate and confusion in the Christian community. Many families, including my own, have wrestled with this question: How should we deal with...

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Liar! Liar! Pants on Fire!

By Michele L. Brown My 9-year-old stepdaughter had gotten into my purse and helped herself to gum without asking, and when I picked the wrapper up from the floor she tried to say her friend had given it to her. This particular lie was actually the third blatant lie I...

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From My Heart to Yours – Enjoying the Process

by Becky Shultz It all began 23+ years ago when we found out we were expecting a baby girl. Laura Elizabeth Shultz slowly made her entrance into this world, but quickly stole our hearts! I remember being stopped while out for a walk or moving through a grocery store....

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Back to School Ideas Round Up

As the new school year kicks off, this is the perfect time to do a little family tune-up by breaking bad habits and starting good habits. Here's our round up of the best practical ways to improve your family life! 1. Put Jesus First • Start the habit of daily time...

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From My Heart to Yours – We ARE Ready

by Becky Shultz I sat down to write a blog yesterday. Here's how it went: Lord, please give me the words you want me to share. *cricket* *cricket* *cricket* So writing a blog turned into 30 minutes of praying and thinking and crying. I thought about this past year and...

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When Tragedy Strikes

By Vicky O. It is 1:00 a.m. on July 20, 2000, and I am alternating between sitting and laying on my bathroom floor crying out to the Lord, “Why?” I am so weak that I cannot get up; I can only cry and pray. But “Why?” and “Why us?” seems to be all I can say in between...

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The Pinterest Trap

Last night, I fell victim to the Pinterest Trap. Let me set the scene for you: I get married in two weeks, and I am right in the throes of wedding planning. It was late, and I had been working furiously for hours. At the moment, I was scouring Pinterest, looking for...

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Storytellers

by Ruth Baer We buried my Aunt Tense a few weeks ago. She was 94, lived a long life and died peacefully in her sleep. Her son, Larry, led the funeral service. All of us gathered together to say our last goodbyes – we came from near and far. There were the Colorado...

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God is Bigger

By Hannah Shultz 20-year-old sister of 6 This life is full of moments, moments that range from extreme joy to the deepest of sorrows, moments that range from perfectly healthy to deathly ill, moments that range from peak strength to valley-low weakness. As we journey...

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Tips to Try at the Table

By David Baer, Executive Director of FamiliesAlive In Dolores Curran’s survey work, over 500 counselors, pastors, teachers, therapists, and other professionals who routinely worked with families ranked “table time” as #13 out of a list of 56 possible traits of a...

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The Shape of Sunday

by Rachel Scott When I was a child, Sunday meant going to church and singing my heart out. After church, my family and I would head to my great grandparent’s farm in Carol County, Virginia to enjoy a meal around the table and an afternoon of play.  I remember riding...

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Let Go and Let God

By Mindy Thomas Mother of 9(!) in Texas I love when things are neat and tidy. I enjoy a scrubbed kitchen, a freshly made bed, a pressed shirt, a new car that smells like leather, clean windows and door pulls, sparkling refrigerator shelves and clothes organized by...

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Family Planning

Life doesn’t always go as planned. Christ found me when life was playing out just the way I wanted. I was 24, married to my college sweetie with a good job in a new city. I was grateful. Being raised by a single parent, life before college was a tale of humble...

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A Word

By Marianne H. Homeschooling Mom in Colorado Sometimes I get ahead of myself and of God. I am a forward thinker, envisioning the future. Several years ago, the Lord, in His attempt to slow my mind down to the present, asked me to focus on One Word for the entire...

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Beauty from Ashes

During the first snow of the winter here in Colorado, I was reminded how peaceful and fresh the world seems after a snowstorm. My children, however, didn’t seem to notice the beauty or the tranquility that came with it. In fact, they were more like their own small...

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From My Heart to Yours — Calendar Session

Two weekends ago, my husband and I were able to get away to the mountains for a wonderful, relaxing time celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary. It was glorious! We took drives, walks, sat outside listening to the birds, sipped tea and coffee, read (my reading was...

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From My Heart to Yours — His Best-Laid Plans

When I get to spend time with the East Coast Shultzes, I find that I get to see life from a different perspective. Being around loved ones I don't get to be around very often has a way of doing that. I married into the Shultz family and I sometimes joke that I married...

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From My Heart to Yours — Respecting G’ma

I LOVE summertime -- vacations, family visits, pool time, trips up to our Colorado mountains, eating just about every meal on the deck, laid-back, lazy mornings. My favorite time of year. Last week we had family (my aunt, cousin, cousin-in-law, and their 2 little...

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From My Heart to Yours — Bible Illiteracy

The Shultz family is currently on a road trip in AZ. In fact, it’s 6:30 a.m., freezing cold, so I’m sitting in the warm-ish bathhouse of our campground. Needless to say, my blog is going to be short and sweet. Well, short and to the point. 🙂 I had a conversation a...

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