Caring for an Aging Loved One

All of us know that our parents, spouse and other family members will eventually grow old and face inevitable health challenges. We even understand that sickness and death are part of living in a fallen world. But we are never quite ready for these realities to hit our own loved ones – especially when aContinue reading “Caring for an Aging Loved One”

The Empty Nest

Achieving the long-term goal of raising and launching children is one of those milestones in life that can lead to surprising emotions. One day you might feel relieved to catch your breath after such an intense marathon and then the next day you miss the busyness – especially the ever-present relationships that went with it.Continue reading “The Empty Nest”

Launching Young Adults

After years of saying, “When I grow up, I’m gonna be…” there comes a point in which your children start going through the steps of actually making it happen. Dr. James Dobson calls ages 16 to 26 the “critical decade” as young people transition from childhood to an adult. We’ve all heard the phrase “failureContinue reading “Launching Young Adults”

Preparing Your Child for Adolescence

“Enjoy ‘em now, because they’ll drive you crazy when they’re teenagers!” That’s the warning parents of pre-teens often hear. Obviously, you and your pre-teen are in for a lot of change, but turmoil isn’t inevitable. You have the opportunity – before the transition from childhood to adulthood begins – to intentionally navigate your son orContinue reading “Preparing Your Child for Adolescence”

Intentional Parenting

If you are blessed with the gift of children, God has given you the most incredible opportunity and responsibility to help your child know, love and follow Jesus. Every believing parent hopes their child will embrace the faith and grow deep spiritual roots. Studies tell us that over half of those growing up in ChristianContinue reading “Intentional Parenting”

Managing Family Finances

The Bible has a lot to say about money and much that is specifically of value for someone trying to be intentional about family relationships. A financial treadmill of working and consuming can dominate your energy and thoughts to the degree that your good intentions for family relationships get squeezed out. How can you masterContinue reading “Managing Family Finances”

Single Parent

One of life’s greatest blessings and sources of joy is being called somebody’s parent. But if you find yourself raising children alone, you know better than anyone else that parenting is a job meant for two. That’s why Dr. James Dobson calls single parenting “the toughest job in the universe.” Few understand the loneliness andContinue reading “Single Parent”

Engaged: Getting Ready for Marriage

Congratulations on this wonderful milestone. Few seasons in life are filled with as much joy and anticipation as the time spent preparing to get married. You’ve probably heard it said that as you plan your wedding, you shouldn’t forget to plan your marriage. But it sounds so abstract to “plan a marriage” in the midstContinue reading “Engaged: Getting Ready for Marriage”

Parents: Preparing for Baby

Congratulations on the exciting stage of life! Whether you’ve recently had a new baby, are counting down to your due date or preparing to adopt, you’ve  likely noticed that parenthood is an entirely different world. In the midst of all the joy and anticipation comes a whole new level of stretching and character development. You may be wonderingContinue reading “Parents: Preparing for Baby”