Answering Our Kids’ Questions About Secular Culture

No matter what age our kids are, it doesn’t take long for them to ask questions that arise from the culture around us! We cannot hide them from the devastating effects of sin and brokenness.

So today, I invite you peek in on conversations I’ve had with our girls. Our challenge is to be the the kind of Christ-followers who love and interact with people who are different from us (Jesus did this!) while having discerning hearts that honor God. Truth and love are hard to live out!

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Screen Time, Free Time, & Living Intentionally

Welcome to our living room, for a Saturday morning family conversation! The four of us all squeezed in on the couch.

While we’ve done various things to limit or manage screen time, there always seems to be something that hinders it. More screen time creeps into our home. Our goal isn’t to simply have rules about this.

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Ideas for Group Hospitality

With the holidays coming, will you be having any groups of people over? Maybe family? Or people from church or work?

We enjoy opening our home for groups of people to come together and connect. But it does take a little more thought and work to have a group of people over!

As I plan food and prepare our home to welcome them, I imagine our guests. My goal is to create an environment where people can come together in meaningful ways that build relationships. (My CliftonStrengths themes of Connectedness, Positivity, and Discipline are coming through here!)

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Here’s a few things I think about to help me prepare for group hospitality:

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Live and Love Out of Your Strengths

Our strengths are what we can most naturally live and love well out of.  We each have different talents that help us live well.  There are many ways we can love the people in our lives well.  When we know our natural style for living and loving, we can be intentional and more effective in our own unique way.

Each of these pictures represents one of the Top 5 Strengths Themes that I live and love out of.  My themes are Responsibility, Empathy, Discipline, Connectedness, and Positivity.  Can you guess which picture goes with which theme?  (See answers at the end of this post!)

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Learning and Growing Together {Home, Part 7}

This is the final post in a series of posts on how home is the starting place for lived-out-love – a place where the needs of the whole person are cared for.  This week we’ll consider how we care for each others’ need to learn and grow as individuals, which includes encouraging and celebrating each other!  Over a series of six posts, we’ve explored the physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual aspects of home. We also considered how we extend love to others beyond our home.  Home looks different throughout the seasons of life; yet we all need these aspects of home and can build them in intentional and creative ways!  I began this series with this verse:

“The wisest of women builds her house …”  ~Proverbs 14:1

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