If lust, porn and fantasies are men's topics, women who struggle in these areas may wonder, "What in the world is wrong with us?"
Hi, My Name is Laura and I’m Addicted to Comfort
Comfort and safety are God-given desires, but when we value them above all else, they become destructive idols.
7 Healthy Habits of Marriage
If you’re dreaming of a healthy marriage, start with healthy habits. Here are seven to consider establishing for a stronger relationship.
Shout or Shut Down: Emotional Flooding in Relationship Conflict (for FamilyLife.com)
Emotional flooding makes every marital conflict feel like an emergency. How do you slow down so every argument doesn’t lead to devastation?
It Takes a Village: 3 Reasons to Parent in Community (for FamilyLife.com)
Photo by Kaboompics .com on Pexels.com If you came to my house and listened to me parent, you’d hear several things I’ve robbed and duplicated from my village. My kids are called “lovey,” and I say, “That was kind,” instead of “nice” because of my friend Erin. “If you choose to disobey, do things go …
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What Makes Your House a Home?
Chances are, at some point in your life, the idea of "home" will feel a bit complicated. How do you go about making your house a home? My 7-year-old daughter has lived at least six places in her short life. So recently when she listed “mom’s arms” as her safe place, it was a moment …
Breathing Toward Freedom
I breathe in God's graceI breathe out God's loveSit for a sec to remember thatYou love me becauseYou love me Me, who chooses 'perfection' over freedomWho changes her color like a chameleonMe, who alternately struts and hidesfumes and criesnumbs and chases highs I try so hardI'm so tired of trying(I even try to stop trying)But …
A Prayer for Tired, Weary Parents
I don't know about you, but I've been feeling pretty worn down recently. Pandemic, politics and parenting have my baseline anxiety a bit higher than normal -- I've been catching my jaw clenched, my breath shallow, my back sore with tension. When anxiety is high, my threshold for other stimuli becomes lower. So when my …
4 Ways to Stop Toxic Thoughts During the Holidays (for FamilyLife.com)
The holidays are stressful. Schedules and to-do lists are packed, we see people we don’t often see (like your cousin’s father-in-law’s nephew), and there’s pressure to make everything magical for everyone. And while there are plenty of things vying for our mental and emotional attention, toxic thoughts don’t need to be one of them. What …
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Anger Issues: How I’m Helping My Kids … and Myself (for FamilyLife)
I was walking through a friend’s house when immediately, a frog leapt to my throat. A painting hung there in her hall—and somehow, I felt more understood. I comprehended a nugget of that transcendent truth art can mine in the soul. The title? Jesus and the Angry Babies. Anger issues—angry babies (and angry children and angry mom)—is …
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