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Articles in Faith, Local News, Mari Walker and Jodi Carson

A Summer Without Bug Bites or Sunburn? Adventures in Virtual Camping

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We may be “over” coronavirus, but it’s clear this pandemic is not over for us. Summer has looked a lot different for our family, and we’re certainly living a smaller life.... Read full article

A Love Letter to Baton Rouge: All the Things We Miss

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As my family begins its seventh week of isolation, home-centeredness, physical distancing, lockdown or whatever you want to call it, we’re all feeling itchy, missing the things we love most. Beyond missing physically seeing our family and friends, of... Read full article

The Importance of Parental Unity and Teamwork

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Child Psychologist Dr. James Dobson said, “Parenting isn’t for cowards.” As a marriage and family therapist, I agree, and I would add that parenting isn’t a competition, but it is for a mom and dad who aren’t united as a team.... Read full article

A Playdate-Style Birthday Party

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Birthday parties for littles can add up fast. For a few Benjamins, you can take them and a few friends to a bounce place or rent a bounce house for your backyard. We didn’t start big parties like that for my older daughter until she was about five.... Read full article

Dads, Your Children Need You

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Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.” –Psalm 68:5 (ESV)... Read full article



Jesus, a Radically Inclusive Compassion

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Jesus of Nazareth, the name conjures up a profound emotional reaction. For some, Jesus has too often been the subjective justification for overwhelming discrimination, alienation, and condemnation. For others, Jesus is the source of radically inclusi... Read full article

Cultivating Thankfulness

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I recently saw a post scrolling through social media that said, “What if you woke up tomorrow and all you had was what you thanked God for yesterday?” If I am honest, there are some days when I would be left with very little. What about you? Thankful... 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

Brainstorming Boredom Busters While Stuck at Home

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I love a good challenge, but at least four weeks (eight weeks?) at home with my girls, ages 8 and almost-4, may be my biggest mama challenge to date. I am committed to doing our part for public health and staying home as much as we possibly can. I am... Read full article

New School Year, New You In Christ

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Let’s face it, the beginning of the school year can be a stressful time. There are new routines, places to see, people to meet, and skills to learn! And, it’s not just the children who are anxious. Parents are, too. So, with the new school year upon ... Read full article

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