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Articles in Faith, April Blackburn and Joy Holden

Hospital Life with a Toddler

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My daughter had acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and as such, we have spent a LOT of time in hospitals. So here are some interesting facts you may not have known about hospital stays with toddlers.... 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

Invite God into your Pain

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Parenting while navigating emotional pain presents a unique set of challenges. While struggling personally, it can feel impossible to tend to the well being of another human. If life were left to us to maneuver alone, it would certainly be impossible... 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

Knowing God's Strength in Weakness

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes when thinking about people in the Bible, I can get overwhelmed by the thought that I could never live up to the “heroes of the faith.” As kids, we only learn the children’s story version, but when we take a close... Read full article



Take it Back

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Socialization is a major component of our existence. It is a determining factor in others’ opinions of our character. Since we do not reside in Utopia, we make mistakes. These mistakes are evidenced in our conversations and physical interactions. We ... Read full article

Bless Their Heart

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It is a widely-known witticism that when you talk about someone in the South, one can self-pardon by simply adding the words, “bless their heart.” The reality is, what is being said rarely does actually bless anybody. It seems harmless enough, until ... Read full article

It's Fall, Y'all! October Fall Family Activities

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I want to tell you about all the awesome one-time or annual events coming up this fall. ‘Tis the season–for festivals! Let’s jump in!... 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

The Power of Unconditional Love in Parenting

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Unconditional love is just that–unconditional. It doesn’t matter about school grades, performance on athletic teams, behavior at the dinner table, or attitude.... Read full article

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