Articles in Faith, Joy Holden and Party

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

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be Done...In America

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The voice on the radio said that it was time for the program’s weekly tribute to America as the piano and voice of Ray Charles singing “America the Beautiful” came through the speakers.... Read full article

Why Have Faith in the Valley?

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If we are honest, as humans, we’ve all had these types of thoughts in our lives. ... Read full article

A Come and Go Affair

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As a child growing up in South Texas, my family would always celebrate New Year’s with a few carefully selected fireworks. Then, on the Sunday following the New Year’s celebration, we were always in church to participate in a worship service that usu... 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



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

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

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

The No-Gift Birthday Party

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Chances are your kid will attend dozens of birthday parties over the course of the next few years. Instead of worrying about what to buy so many kids, wouldn’t it be great to skip the gifts? ... Read full article

Age -by- Age Birthday Guide: Pro secrets for planning a no-fuss birthday party

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Remember birthday parties when you were a kid? You draped streamers around the house, devoured cake with gooey icing and peeked while pinning the tail on the donkey. But now, there are even more options for birthday parties from bowling to tumbling. ... Read full article

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