Praying for Our Country

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Pray for America: Here's a free printable prayer guide to get you started!

Today is Flag Day, which commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States by the Second Continental Congress in 1777. Whether you celebrate such occasions by sending up the Stars and Stripes or not, I hope you will make it your practice to send up a prayer for our country — and not just on national holidays. America… Read more »

7 Smart Reasons to Save Sex for Marriage

Earlier this week, I published an essay written by my daughter concerning her commitment to save sex for marriage. Choosing to walk a path that others have long since abandoned can make for a lonely journey, and she sometimes wonders whether her carefully preserved virginity will ever be valued or appreciated by anybody else. I’m confident it will. I am… Read more »

Virginity: Is It Really Worth Saving?

Is the idea of saving one's virginity for marriage too old-fashioned?

When you’re sweet-16-and-never-been-kissed, people write songs about it, but when that status hasn’t changed by your mid-twenties, people begin to look a little askance at you. That isn’t the way it should be — isn’t the way it’s been for thousands of years — but, unfortunately, that’s the culture our children are growing up in, where virginity is regarded by… Read more »

Why God Made Mothers

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I woke up this morning with the following verses forming in my head, so in honor of Mother’s Day (and at the risk of stating the obvious) here’s why I think God gave us mothers: Why God Made Mothers by Jennifer Flanders For giving birth — as moms do best, For nursing babies at her breast, For singing lullabies at… Read more »

Postponing Motherhood… at What Cost?

5 Must-Read books for Reluctant Mothers

Back when my husband was in medical school, his pharmacology textbook listed seven full pages of adverse side effects associated with oral contraceptive use, including: heart attacks strokes liver tumors blood clots gall bladder disease migraine headaches depression loss of vision urinary tract infections yeast infections weight gain thyroid problems high blood sugar … and myriad more, as well as… Read more »

The A to Z Guide to Building a Better Marriage

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If you’ve been married for any length of time, you have undoubtedly realized that some habits help your relationship and others hurt it. Our goal should be to practice doing the good stuff until it becomes second nature and leave off doing the bad things altogether. To help in that endeavor, I offer the following A to Z guide for… Read more »

It’s All About God’s Grace

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In what is becoming an annual tradition, my family helped me create another Easter video over spring break this year. (You can watch last year’s video here.) This new one is a cover of Meghan Trainor’s catchy song, “All About That Bass” — but with lyrics I don’t mind my little ones singing around the house. Take a look, and… Read more »

Cultivating Contentment

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Cultivating Contentment in the Season you're In

My husband used to have a medical colleague with a bad habit of complaining: When work was slow, he’d complain that he couldn’t make any money. When work was busy, he’d complain that he never saw his family. Doug suggested that all he really needed was an attitude adjustment. “When you’re working hard, be happy for the opportunity to make… Read more »

5 Great Reasons to Read My Husband’s Book

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5 Great Reasons to Read 25 Ways to Show Love to Your Wife....

Today is the official release date of my husband’s new book, 25 Ways to Show Love to Your Wife. It’s been two years in the writing, but over twenty-seven in the living. Of course, I’d love to see every married couple devour this book, together with my companion book, 25 Ways to Communicate Respect. That’s why this little two-volume set… Read more »