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Giving Thanks

Posted on November 6, 2012 in

Thanksgiving is a major event in the Dobson home. It begins with a meaningful gathering with relatives who live close by and those who are able to travel. When the big day arrives, excitement, anticipation, and the aroma of roasti…

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Kids Need Their Mom…to Teach Them to Genuinely Respect All People, Cultures, Denominations, and Creeds

Posted on November 5, 2012 in

William was about nine years old. My friend had taken him with her son to his first soccer practice with his new soccer team. As the story has been told to me, after he got to the field, William met a little boy named Ethan. Ethan…

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When Life Is Physically Draining

Posted on November 1, 2012 in

by James Merritt I hear the ding on my phone indicating another email has come in, and my hand jumps to snatch it. The length of tomorrow’s to-do list enlivens my mind such that I cannot sleep. When I consider the pile of bills …

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Kids Need Their Mom…to Let Them Make Really Dumb Mistakes without Condemnation

Posted on October 31, 2012 in

My kids have made several dumb mistakes. The kinds of things that made me want to cry and fume and stomp through the house. Actually, I think I did cry and fume and stomp a few times. They were the kind of dumb mistakes that make …

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Kids Need Their Mom…to Treat Their Friends like Family

Posted on October 29, 2012 in

“Okay babydoll…” I’ve probably given this drill a hundred times to all my kids’ friends. “Here are the rules for our house: – You are welcome here. Truly. Tonight you are at home with us, and we’re so glad you…

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What If It Does Work Out?

Posted on October 25, 2012 in

by Valorie Burton Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.-RALPH WALDO EMERSON Point to Ponder: Trusting God means getting comfortable with not knowing all the answers. Fear. It creeps up on us, often …

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If Only…

Posted on October 23, 2012 in

by Kendra Smiley Have you ever started a sentence with the words, “If only…”?   If you have, you know that phrase IS followed with some regret from the past.  “If only my parents were more affirming.”  “If only my …

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Six Ways to Become Wise Parents Who Talk to Their Kids About Sex

Posted on October 19, 2012 in

by Josh & Dottie McDowell Raising your kids in today’s world to resist sexual pressure is not easy. Here are six ways to become a wiser, more effective parent in helping your kids experience their sex lives as God designed. …

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