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Father's Day as a Single Mom

Celebrating Father’s Day as a Single Mom

Facing Father's Day as a single mom brings difficult questions.How can I help my kids on this day? What is expected of me? Am I required to honor him too?
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Father's Day

Kids Say the Darndest Things About Dad

We asked kids what they think about their dads. Turns out, they think they’re pretty darn special.
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Marines

Pop-Pop, Henry, and My Reasons to Remember

My Pop-pop told stories. About how my Mom-mom fell in love with him. About the Marines. Later I found out there were some secrets he didn't recite.
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graduation gifts

Affirmation: the Perfect Graduation Gift

We give words of affirmation to someone shortly before or after their death. But why wait? Learn to speak life giving affirmations today.
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When Mother's Day Hurts

When Mother’s Day Hurts

Here are 10 ways to bless a hurting mom in your life.
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Mother's Day

To My Wife on Mother’s Day

Every day is Mother’s Day in our little household. Because you do so much. But I want this day to be a reminder of my commitment to you.
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Meaningful Easter Traditions

Host a Meaningful Easter Party with Your Mom...

I’m hosting an Easter party. You should too. Use these menu ideas and activities for a fun, easy way to share the Easter season together.
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Easter

Countdown to Easter

This guide will help you reflect on the days leading up to the Cross, Jesus' death, His burial, and the empty tomb. One Scripture. One brief reflection. Once a day, for 12 days.
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Lent

How About Giving up ‘Contempt’ f...

Togetherness is virtually impossible if one or both spouses feel disgust toward each other.
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winning at Valentine's Day

I Used to Fail at Valentine’s Day

I always seemed to fail at this holiday until a game-changer idea took me from zero to hero.
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Christmas gift for my wife

What Your Wife Really Wants for Christmas

Forget perfume and diamonds … give your wife something that speaks to her heart.
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Christmas

The Unexpected Christmas Gift

The real unexpected gift wasn’t the money or groceries, but an increase in our faith.
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Santa Claus

Is Santa Claus Stopping at Your House?

What’s a family—one that desires to teach their kids the REAL meaning of Christmas—to do about St. Nick?
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Christmas

Work Smarter, Not Harder This Christmas

A mom’s guide to managing all that the holiday season throws her way.
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Siblings

Teaching My Children to Be Thankful for Each...

Long after my husband and I are gone, I want our kids to still have each other.
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Women, Body Image and the Holidays

Women, Body Image and the Holidays

How do we find the holy balance of treating our bodies like temples, but not to the extent that we become health-obsessed this holiday season?
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Christmas Gifts from Grandparents

Help Grandma Calm Down on Christmas Gift-Giv...

Sometimes, Grandpa and Grandma Warbucks create unintended challenges by “blessing the grandkids” with so many gifts.
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honoring dad on father's day

10 Ways to Help Your Kids Honor Their Dad

Use your position as a mother to inspire your children to honor their father this Father’s Day and over the years.
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7 Reasons I'm Thankful for My Husband This Father's Day

7 Reasons I’m Thankful for My Husband This...

Our kids would only be half as awesome, half as cool, and half as strong without you. And quite frankly, so would I.
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For mom on Mother's Day

4 Reminders for the Weary Mom on Mother’s...

This day was made for you—the tired and weary warrior mom who faithfully trudges on even when no one seems to notice.
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Loving Your Mom the Way She Needs It

Loving Your Mom the Way She Needs It

It’s not about how you feel most equipped to love her, but how she will feel the most loved.
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The Easter Story

7 Things the Easter Story Teaches Us About M...

The purpose of your marriage is to reflect the fullness of God in an increasingly empty world.
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Budget Valentine's Day Ideas

10 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day o...

Sometimes a little creativity, maybe a few dollars, and a little foresight are all that's needed to make an unforgettable to say “Be mine, Valentine.”
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Halloween

Ideas for Observing Halloween Without Compro...

Two moms discuss ways they have allowed their children to participate in the holiday without undermining their values.
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Celebrating Easter

Easter: What’s Your Story?

The day we celebrate Christ’s resurrection is the day we celebrate our own.
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Valentine's Day

10 Ideas: Valentine’s Ideas for Your F...

Start some new traditions with your children during the holiday of love.
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Share my testimony

Let God Use Your Scars

After His resurrection, Jesus displayed his scars with confidence, not disgrace. He understood that God often leaves the scars of our past wounds as evidence of His power.
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Easter

Why I Like Easter Better Than Christmas

I’m thankful for the incarnation. But without Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension, Christmas would mean nothing.
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Christmas

5 Radical Ways to Purge Commercialism From C...

If you find yourself longing for a purer, less commercialized version of Christmas, then you might want to try our experiment yourself.
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Christmas

5 Ways Your Blended Family Can Find Peace Ov...

This time of year, it’s easy to get caught up in the emotions of “how we used to do it.”
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7 Lessons I’ve Learned Through Waiting

During this season of Advent, I’m reflecting on how our hope must rest in the fact that God is with us in the waiting.
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Christmas with family

10 Ways to Prepare Your Heart for Christmas

Slow down and truly experience this special season centered around family, joy, giving, and most importantly—Jesus.
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Christmas

Using Christmas Music to Help Your Family Fo...

Listening to traditional Christmas hymns is one way to remind your children of the beautiful, gospel-centered purpose of Christmas.
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enjoying the holiday season

What Your Husband Really Wants for Christmas

Forget the ties and BBQ apron, your man would much rather see these gifts wrapped up on Christmas Day.
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Christmas

When Christmas Isn’t Merry

When my aunt and uncle divorced, I had a difficult time adjusting to new holiday celebrations.
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Ever Thine Home holiday decorations

6 Ideas for Decorating Your Home for the Hol...

The Ever Thine Home collection, created by Barbara Rainey, helps make Thanksgiving and Christmas meaningful as well as lovely.
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Christmas

10 Ways to Talk About Christ This Christmas

Is this your year to make a change and replace some time-stealing activities with something more meaningful?
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Father's Day

Applauding Dads for What They Do Well

We asked our readers to tell us about the fathers in their lives.
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Easter

How My Husband’s Death Changed the Way...

My first spring after instant widowhood altered my perspective on resurrection.
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Easter

The Murdered, Risen, Living Messiah

This Easter, place your hope in the One who paid your debt, bore your sins, and gave you peace with God.
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Easter story

12 Ways to Use Resurrection Eggs to Tell the...

Communicating the most life-changing story ever told in a way children can understand.
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Christmas traditions

14 Ideas for New Christmas Traditions

Is it time to consider doing something different this year?
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Birth of Jesus

Immanuel: God With Us!

The wonder of Christmas is that Jesus became a baby and lived on earth. To understand and know Jesus is to understand and know God.
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Thanksgiving traditions

4 Simple Ways to Add Significance to Your Th...

As family and friends gather, here are some ideas to create a holiday that is memorable and feasible.
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Digital Valentine's Day Ideas

What to Do After Valentine’s Day

The little things you do the other 364 days of the calendar have a whole lot more to do with keeping romance alive in your relationship.
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Celebrating Easter

4 Ideas for Celebrating Pentecost

Learn to appreciate the wonder of God actually residing within each of us who believe in Him.
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Pentecost

The Forgotten Holiday: What Happened to Pent...

Five reasons why your family should celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit.
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Easter

Reclaiming Easter

Easter should be much more joyous than Christmas because of what Christ did for us on the cross.
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Digital Valentine's Day Ideas

15 Digital Valentine’s Day Ideas

If you're looking for ideas to show your love this Valentine's Day, consider going digital.
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Valentine's Day

Romantic Words for Your Valentine

Try these out on your husband this year on Valentine's Day.
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Valentine's Day

Missing Something This Valentine’s Day...

Recognizing expressions of true love ... from God.
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Valentine's Day

Are You a Lazy Lover?

Some fun ideas for Valentine's Day.
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Meaningful Easter Traditions

Easter Decorations: Transcendent or Trivial?

It's easy to miss what's most important in our Easter celebration.
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rethinking lent

Rethinking Lent

For most of my life I ignored the Lenten season … until I realized how little time I spent preparing my heart for Easter.
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Easter

The Rebirth of Lent

Lent excites me because of its intense Christ-focus and, even more, its focus on the cross.
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Christmas

Keeping Christ the Center of Christmas

Ten ideas that can help connect hearts and homes to Him.
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thanksgiving

10 Great Ideas for a Meaningful Thanksgiving

With a little investment of time, these ideas can help give your children an "ultimate gift."
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Martin Luther King, Jr.

Honoring the Legacy of Martin Luther King, J...

A reminder of our need to love others, including our enemies.
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Christmas

7 Ideas for Making Your Holidays ‘Holy...

Here are seven ideas for traditions you can begin to draw your family closer to God.
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Christmas traditions

A Christmas Love Song

They thought Connor Deal couldn’t handle a solo in the church Christmas production. They were wrong.
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Christmas

Our Most Meaningful Christmas Gift

In our first Christmas together, we gave the most valued gift we possessed.
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Easter

My Cure for Easter Apathy

Remembering what God has done in my life helped me to recapture my awe of the meaning of Easter.
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Easter story

Reaching Out Through a Dozen Plastic Eggs

Resurrection Eggs helped families in our inner-city ministry really understand what Jesus had done.
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Christmas

10 Ideas to Focus on What Really Matters at...

Here are some ways you and your family can put the spotlight on Christ.
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Christmas with family

Nothing Is Impossible with God

The Christmas season reminds us that the God who made it possible for a virgin to conceive can heal any marriage and any family problem.
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Christmas

The Wonderful Names of Christ

Focusing on the names of Christ during the Christmas season can provide many opportunities for you and your children to learn more about Him.
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Easter

10 Creative Ways to Celebrate Easter

How can you make Easter more meaningful?
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Celebrating Easter

9 Ways to Create a Meaningful Easter

Rediscover the beauty of this important holiday.
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Valentine's Day

25 Valentine’s Day Ideas for Couples

When you get stuck thinking romance is all roses and bubble baths, it starts feeling like something you'll never achieve.
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Christmas

8 Things Your Kids Need to Know About Christ...

Before unwrapping gifts this year, take time to ponder the eternal truths found in Scripture about Jesus' birth.
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Christmas gifts

Don’t Give Them Everything They Ask Fo...

We don't do our kids any favors by encouraging entitlement.
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Christmas with family

Unhappy Holidays

God eagerly waits to meet us when we come with our losses and broken hearts to His welcoming embrace.
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Christmas traditions

10 Great Ideas for Christmas Traditions

Traditions remind us to stop the busy cycle of life long enough to reconnect and build bonds.
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Christmas movies

Bob Lepine’s Favorite Christmas Movies

FamilyLife Today co-host lists seven great movies to view with your family during the holidays.
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showing gratitude

10 Ways to Build Gratitude Into Our Children...

Character building is hard work, but it pays off big time in the lives of our children.
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enjoying the holiday season

3 Ideas to Streamline Your Holidays

Enjoy your holidays this year by simplifying your priorities.
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Christmas

How to Have the ‘Perfect ChristmasR...

I decided to put away my expectations for the “perfect” Christmas—no more hope placed in conditions or gifts or decorations.
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Thanksgiving traditions

15 Favorite Ideas to Create a Meaningful Tha...

Here are some of our best ideas, plus a few new ones, to help you make this Thanksgiving a holiday to remember.
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Pilgrims Thanksgiving

5 Faith Lessons From the First Thanksgiving

God’s story for His children isn’t one of loss and despair but one of restoration and hope.
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7 Ways to Save Thanksgiving

7 Ways to Save Thanksgiving

Are you happy with the way your family celebrates the holiday? Here are some ideas to keep it from becoming just another day.
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giving thanks

Grumbling or Gratitude?

Our problem in America is not that we don't know we are to be thankful, but often we choose to complain instead.
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thankful for spouse

Why Are You Grateful for Your Spouse?

What husbands and wives are saying about each other this Thanksgiving.
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Mothers

Looking Forward to the Real Mother’s D...

Mothering is a ministry to the future. It's a ministry that, in the end, only God fully sees.
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Christmas gifts from the heart

15 Christmas Presents From the Heart

Give meaningful gifts this Christmas — Christmas gifts to pass on to future generations
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Christmas traditions

My Favorite Religious Christmas Music

Here’s a list of holiday CDs with songs that focus on Christ’s birth.
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Christmas with family

4 Tips for Enjoying Christmas with Parents a...

Formulating a strategy for dealing with the stress of that accompanies holidays with loved ones.
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Christmas traditions

Teaching the Meaning of Christmas to Young C...

Four ideas for telling very young children the truth in a way they will understand.
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Thanksgiving

Rainey Thanksgiving Day French Toast Recipe

This recipe became a family tradition for Thanksgiving brunch.
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ideas for helping others at Christmas

20 Ideas For Serving Others as a Family This...

Teaching children how to focus their hearts and minds outward on others during the holiday season.
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giving thanks

My Favorite Time of Year

We need to guide our children and grandchildren into the habit of giving thanks in all things.
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Finally Doing Marriage God's Way

Resurrected Lives and Resurrected Marriages

The same power that raised Christ from the dead is available to us. It can make us new, and it can resurrect any relationship that seems hopeless.
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Honoring mom on Mother's Day

10 Ways to Honor Mom on Mother’s Day

Friends share special ways they have been remembered as mothers and ways they've honored their own moms.
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Mother's Day

8 Ideas and 8 Gifts to Celebrate Motherhood

Here are some ways you can thank moms on Mother's Day and beyond.
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Christmas

Let’s Take Christ Out of the Manger

Use the names of Christ to teach your kids who He is and how to relate to Him.
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Christmas

Real Stories of Meaningful Christmas Gifts

In the November 2004 issue of The Family Room, we asked our readers to send us stories of their most meaningful Christmas gifts.
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Christmas traditions

The Bells of Hope

A beloved Christmas carol, written by a man lost in despair, directs us to remember the living God who sent His Son.
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relieve holiday stress

3 Ways to Relieve Stress Before the Holidays...

Tips for making this holiday season more enjoyable.
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Christmas traditions

10 Ideas for Christmas Legacies That Knit th...

These activities can become treasured long-standing traditions for your family.
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Christmas with family

Avoiding That Holiday Burnout

So you're planning your Christmas schedule? Perhaps it looks something like this...
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Christmas Films to Watch With Your Family

Here are a few movies that I never get tired of watching.
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Christmas

Christmas Is About Love

God invites us to Himself every year at Christmas.
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Christmas

Enjoying the Trappings of Christmas Without...

After several less than "merry" Christmas celebrations, I decided my future Christmases were going to be different.
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Christmas

Experiencing Christmas with the Five Senses

If ever there were a truth that needed to be internalized, it is the amazing story of a God who came as a helpless baby to touch us at our point of need.
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Hope to the grieving

Giving Holiday Hope to the Grieving

Encouraging those who have lost a loved one.
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ideas for helping others at Christmas

Hosting Evangelistic Christmas Gatherings

Our homes can be a tool to introduce Christ to those around us, especially during Christmas.
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Christmas

How a Christmas Ornament Helped Our Son Come...

When we came to the Savior ornament, God’s Spirit did something wonderful and miraculous.
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Christmas

O Come, O Come Immanuel

When was the last time you really listened to the joyful and hope-filled words of this song?
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Father's Day

Honoring Your Father Through Your Senses

Creative ways to celebrate Father's Day.
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Establishing Christmas Traditions

Establishing Your Family’s Own Christm...

At some point most married couples need to create their own holiday plans while also honoring their parents and extended families.
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giving thanks

10 Ideas: Giving Thanks in Everything

Expressing gratitude for all God has done for me.
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Ever Thine Home holiday decorations

8 Ways to Pressure-Proof Your Holidays

How to protect your family from holiday stress.
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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember

As my children grew up, I was determined to make this holiday a time for celebrating faith, family, and freedom.
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Easter

Do Your Kids Know Why We Celebrate Easter?

The Easter holiday may be the best time to tell your children of their need for Christ.
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Easter story

The Easter Story: Explaining the Gospel Thro...

The story of Easter can be vividly explained through Resurrection Eggs from FamilyLife
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Meaningful Easter Traditions

What’s Wrong With Easter?

I have a complaint about how we celebrate this holiday.
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Father's Day

10 Ideas: Esteeming Dad on Father’s Da...

Creative ways to express love and appreciation to the special dads in your life.
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