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Faith and Family

How do we begin to show our kids that faith is a real and important daily experience in this whirlwind life? Read more

Parenting

One of my favorite places in all of Kansas City is the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. As a preschooler in the ’80s I walked those gray marble halls to my first art class in the museum’s lower level and still, to this day, wonder whether that ... Read more

Best of KC

Where are you stuck? Maybe it’s a place, relationship, job, mindset, habit or even a mood. I’ve found myself stuck in unwanted parenting habits or routines that leave us frustrated and worn. Read more

Parenting

Christmas truly is a season of preparation. It’s what Mary did long ago after hearing of God’s plans to make her a mother to Jesus. Read more

Christmas in KC

If parenting came with a manual, Section 2 would be titled “Say Thank You.” It’s one of the first things we teach our toddlers to communicate. We teach our kids to do it in their bedtime prayers to God. When my concrete thinking, young daug... Read more

Parenting

Defining our space is something we all do whether we’re aware of it or not. We bring our emotions, expectations, body language and communication with us into every waking moment. Read more

Parenting

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 Read more

Parenting

Grades are not being earned and no one is taking attendance, but learning is most definitely still in full swing this summer. Our kids are learning life lessons in courage at the edge of a diving board and earning points in confidence while... Read more

Summer

Jesus is the light we are to follow (John 8:12), the root of our faith is to be anchored in who He is and built on His unchanging presence. Read more

Parenting

When’s the last time you laughed with your kids? Do you notice the way their eyes light up when you, Parent, think they’re funny? Try it and see if it doesn’t instantly draw them closer to you. It’s easy to get so caught up in day-to-day pa... Read more

Parenting

We can know about God and know about the Bible and still miss out on the abundant life God invites us into because we don’t know how a relationship with Him applies to our every day. In John 10:10 Jesus says, “I came that they may have life... Read more

Parenting

Romans 12:10, “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” Read more

Parenting

If your family were to choose one Bible verse to focus on this year, what would it be? Could it reside in a place where you would see it often and discuss its changing implications for each day, week and month? Would it give your family a c... Read more

Parenting

“I am the light of the world. The person who follows me will never live in darkness but will have the light that gives life.” John 8:12 Read more

Christmas in KC

Thanksgiving is a big holiday in the United States: big meals, big gatherings, big parades and big football games, followed by big retail sales. Instead of just one big day for Thanksgiving, what would happen if our families adopted lifesty... Read more

Parenting

It’s October, and everywhere we look scary images lurk in stores and around our neighborhoods. Ghosts, skeletons and spiders—oh my! If the variety and quantity of Halloween items on the market is any indicator, there’s something about fear ... Read more

Parenting

There’s a common theme echoing through our culture these days. Popular books and viral web articles of every length and angle tell a story of less is more. Minimal, classic wardrobes are in, simplified meal planning means more time spent ou... Read more

Parenting

“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart…” Ecclesiastes 3:11 Read more

Best of KC

I caught one of my daughters in a lie recently. It wasn’t anything life altering, but nonetheless it wasn’t truthful and we both knew it. It came from a petty avoidance of responsibility. I don’t think any parents desire to find out their k... Read more

Parenting

Parents play a vital role in helping shape the faith of their children. There’s never a better time to start encouraging your children to grow in their knowledge and relationship with God than now. Read more

Parenting