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The Many Ways to Love Like a Mother
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

The example mothers in Scripture do not lead caricatured lives of middle-class homemakers living a life of Pinterest or of super-career woman balancing family and economic kingdom building. Instead they are en ...

How Not to Raise a Daughter
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

This week I caught myself doing something that has the potential to harm my daughter more than being drenched in pink and purple for the next 18 years ever could. I became a mom f ...

Grace at Home: Thoughts on Christian Parenting from the ‘Village Priest’
Originally Posted: 02/06/2014 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

We think that living in a family is the most serious commitment to community that anyone will ever make. Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from Joy Carroll Wal ...

Raising Children to Be Global Citizens
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

We quickly realized that the very best gift we could give our children is to live the kind of life we would desire them to live as faithful followers of Jesus. In other words, if we are to be role models to ou ...

Finding Hope and Wholeness in My Son’s Return to Africa
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

Malaria, tuberculosis, and diarrhea-related fatalities remain high in Malawi. So does unemployment, particularly among younger workers in urban areas such as Blantyre, where it is approximately 70 percent. But ...

Mothers Day: The Most Painful Holiday of the Year
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

In an effort to praise and empower marriage, healthy parenting, families, and the sanctity of life, Christian subculture often mistakenly and unintentionally alienates those around us — especially women, ...

Is Gender Equality Killing Women?
Originally Posted: 01/29/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

I consider myself a feminist, which means (to me at least) I support the elimination of barriers to access for all people, regardless of their gender. But in spite of that, the equality that follows such effor ...

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch Changes: News from Our Bloggerina
Originally Posted: 12/14/2012 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

Change is hard. There is always a certain lamenting that comes with it, even when the change is, on many levels, a good thing. This was a difficult decision but one I felt I had to make in order to follow the ...

Jazz Fusion — Like It Or Not
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

There are many tensions in life that push and pull us in unpredictable directions. We may not like the melody of jazz fusion, but it’s a big part of life’s musical score. One of t ...

Raising Sons and Raising Men
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

There was something in my brother that was unstoppable — like my son, who climbs cars and fidgets restlessly and sometimes speaks out of his own impudence. This past Saturday, on ...

Maternal Mortality, Birth Control, and What God Desires
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

Romanticizing about “accepting as many children as God gives us” is a luxury that most women in the world can’t afford; that they pay for, literally, with their lives. I find myse ...

I Am My Mother's Daughter (Thanks Be to God)
Originally Posted: 05/15/2012 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

When asked to describe my mother, Helen, my usual answer is: Queen Esther in espadrilles and a matching purse. Esther comes to mind when I think of Mom because she was fiercely loyal, smart, determined, brave ...

Justin Bieber Thanks His Mother for Faith, Strength (and Helps Single Moms While He's At It)
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

You might not be a fan of Justin Bieber, but I'm willing to bet there's at least one young person in your life who is. And while it may be hard for us adults to believe, young Bieber, the Canadian po ...

Mother's Week: My First Mother's Day
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

This is my first Mother’s Day as a mom, and you know what the best part is? I get to celebrate and sleep through the night. This is my first Mother’s Day as a mom, and you know w ...

Motherly-ness: Shaping a Woman's Soul
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

However, the question I got in that class made me think of why we should be celebrating Mother’s Day in church and how far the church has to go yet in how we “handle” motherhood. How we talk about it, how we h ...

Bluegrass Mama: Watch, Sing, Pray
Originally Posted: 05/08/2012 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

From the heart of Bluegrass, songs about (and by) mothers. From the heart of Bluegrass, songs about (and by) mothers.   Ricky Skaggs -I Heard My Mother Call My Name In Pr ...

It's Getting Better to Be a Mother in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 05/08/2012 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

For USA Today, Michelle Healy analyzes a new report on the state of motherhood around the globe. For  USA Today ,  Michelle Healy  analyzes a new report on the state of mo ...

Mother's Week: Homecoming, A Poem
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 7:23pm | Type: Blog

Suddenly you are there, the smell of womanhood about you. Hi Mom. Homecoming By Stacy Barton   Suddenly you are there, the smell of womanhood about yo ...

Mother's Week: Queen Anne's Lace
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

I ‘d cut short the green stem of the still glorious flower-head of Queen Anne’s Lace from my Mother’s Day bouquet and placed it in water in a crystal bud vase as an object to be attended to. I hoped it would s ...

'Mommy Style'
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

I answer the questions quickly and, after my score is tabulated, I learn that my “Mommy Style” is . . . drum roll, please . . . Earthy Mom! Yay! I think I was tagged as “earthy” because I admitted that my fami ...

Waxing Poetic: One Perfect Hour
Originally Posted: 02/06/2012 - 6:14pm | Type: Blog

A new poem by Sarah Vanderveen... I pulled on my wetsuit quick, quick pausing to take note of a new hole under the left arm, darnit and paddled out. A new poem by Sarah Vandervee ...

We Are Family! (Get Up Everybody and Sing!)
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I think I was about nine or ten years old when I first heard the passage read. Or first really listened to it, anyway. I sat in church, likely running the crease of the bulletin under my fingernails, trying ...

Mary and Martha: Women in Ministry in the 21st Century
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I've always found this story of Mary and Martha perplexing. Mainly because of Jesus' response to Martha. I've always found this story of Mary and Martha perplexing. ...

'God's Maternal Nature': One of the Best Mother's Day Sermons I Can Remember
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday I heard one of the best Mother's Day sermons I can remember. It was by the pastor at our family's church, Rev. Jeff Haggray of First Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.</p> ...

As a Pediatrician, a Muslim, and a Mother: Speaking Out for Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As representatives from many different faiths, we stand together today, united in our support for health-care reform so that affordable, quality health care can be made available to all. ...

Gut-Level Healing
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:14am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter We can overcome obstetric fistula. Obstetric fistula could be a curse from the book of Job, if J ...

The Glue of Society: Celebrating Mother's Day
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Thank God for mothers! Mother's Day is an opportunity to make life special for them. It is a chance to celebrate family. I tha ...

The Child Jesus Speaks
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Debra Rienstra The Child Jesus Speaks The Child Jesus Speaks my mother bleeds for m ...

The Past Interrupted
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 2:57pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ivy George I contemplated motherhood well aware that at many points the line between private matters and public affairs was faint and brok ...