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Articles in Faith, April Blackburn, Mandy Cowley and Holidays

Freedom and Faith

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I was asked to write about freedom and faith. I cannot think of any more relevant topic during this season in our country.... Read full article

Build Your Faith

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I’m a local church pastor who routinely gets the opportunity to point people towards faith in God. It can seem like an overwhelming task in today’s culture when you hear the statistics on families, education, economics, and crime in our area. When I ... Read full article

Attitude of Gratitude

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Before our daughter could say “Thank You,” she could sign “Thank you.” “Please,” “More,” and “Thank you,” were the first three signs we taught her. Thanks is a response we all try to instill in our children from the earliest age. “Please” and “T... Read full article

When Santa’s Not Fair

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What’s the first thing you ask a child after Christmas? Did you answer, “What did Santa bring you?” or “What did you get for Christmas?” Chances are you did, and you’re not alone. After all, you’re guaranteed a smile. And the ultimate conversation st... Read full article

Christmas Joy Project: Bring Joy to a Child in Foster Care This Christmas!

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One need last year was helping to purchase gifts from the children’s Christmas wish list which led to Louisiana Heart Gallery starting the Christmas Joy Project. The goal is to connect with families who want to purchase a gift for foster children.... Read full article



Toy Safety for Kids During the Holidays

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Pretty soon, the floors of your home will be cluttered with new toys that were brought by Santa. And while the holidays are a time for giving, for many children, what they receive can be harmful. ... Read full article

25 Days of Peace

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The angels proclaimed on the first Christmas, “Peace and goodwill to all.” Yet, the Christmas season seems to be about everything but peace in our hectic, consumeristic society. We can sing all the Christmas tunes we want about peace, but unless we ... Read full article

I Choose Thanksgiving!

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I love Thanksgiving and do not want to hurry it out the door.So, I plan to savor this season until November 24. Then I will focus on Christmas. But until then, you can find me dreaming of green bean casserole, applesauce jello, and rice dressing. ... Read full article

What Makes a Good Faith Family?

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This was not a normal announcement. My wife walked into my office on a night in November 2018 and exclaimed, “I have some news! We are going to have a baby…in December!”... Read full article

Neurodiversity & Educational Inclusion: Teaching Your Typically Developing Child about Difference

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Difference in our brain development is just another variation of what it looks like to be human- not so different than us being different heights or having different shades of skin. ... Read full article

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