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Prayers that Prevail

Have you ever prayed for something in Jesus’ name and didn’t understand why you didn’t get a favorable response? Jesus says, “Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name” (John 16:23). To understand why we do not get the response we want when we pray in Jesus’ name, we must first understand what it means to pray in Jesus’ name. Praying with authority On the way to meet a friend for lunch, I rushed into Charter Bank to cash a check made out to my husband. The teller shook her head, slid

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Battling Bedheads

Battling Bedheads

Has getting your kids out of bed in the mornings been an ongoing battle? It used to be for me. As a home schooling mom, it was one of my biggest challenges. The funny thing is I spent the first five years of their lives trying to keep them in bed. Once they became school-age, I couldn’t get them out. One of the cons for home schooling is the issue of no accountability to be “at school” on time. Mom isn’t quite as intimidating as a principal. There is no teacher to interrupt by walking into class twenty minutes late

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The Dangers of Scolding

The Dangers of Scolding

It was a cold day in February when my children asked if they could go outside to play. I gave them permission to go out but only after they had put on their coats and shoes. My daughter Alex loved to play outside barefoot, so as she whizzed by, I confirmed my orders by repeating, “Don’t forget to put on your shoes.” Twenty minutes later, I took the trash outside and found Alex running around on bare feet that had turned a bluish purple color. As if that wasn’t enough to light my fire, her new pants were a little

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One Sick Puppy

One Sick Puppy

With chocolate brown Bambi eyes and a fun-loving personality, Mickey Hubbard holds a very special place in my heart. Weighing in at six pounds and two ounces, my bundle of joy was definitely shown favoritism in the Hubbard household. He was the only one my husband and I allowed to sleep in our bed every night—contrary to the parenting advice I offer others. He received far more grace during my potty-training course, always got his way when he whined, and was allowed to go outside and play whenever he wanted. When he was grouchy, the other family members were blamed

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What to Do When Children Interrupt

When children constantly interrupt adult conversations, it can be frustrating. However, if we respond with anger, we sin against God and our children. Our motive should not be retaliation because we are irritated or inconvenienced. Our motive should be to drive out the rudeness and inconsiderate disrespect from the hearts of our children. If the motive is sinful we might say, “I can’t believe you are so inconsiderate. I am trying to talk to her and you are acting so ugly!” But if the motive is righteous rather than selfish we might say, “Honey, do you think it is kind

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