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A Meal to Remember

January 1, 2011
A Meal to Remember
Wendy Miller
What a difference a lunch makes.
Yesterday a dear friend decided to treat me and a handful of other hardworking moms to an elegant, gourmet lunch in her home. I felt spoiled the entire time. Fancy ...

Homemade and Heartfelt

December 1, 2010
Homemade and Heartfelt
Wendy Miller
Why don't you challenge yourself this holiday season? Have you ever tried to brainstorm as many creative, handmade ideas as possible to give away to loved ones? Now's the perfect time to let your ...

Intimate Hope

October 1, 2010
Intimate Hope
Jeannie Campbell
His eyes always look lovingly at me.
That passion will never fade.
His hand will always reach for mine.
I will never grasp for thin air.
His feet will always walk beside me.
I will never go alone....
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Big Words

October 1, 2010
Big Words
Jeanette Edgar
Big, scary words. They can stop us, can't they?
As my kids learned to read, sometimes a big word brought total silence. Sometimes they'd point to it, "I don't know that word," or "That word's too ...

PARENT POINTERS: Sacrificing Abercrombie & Fitch

August 1, 2010
PARENT POINTERS: Sacrificing Abercrombie & Fitch
Jeannie Campbell


 
"I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings..." - Philippians 3:10
 
According to Dallas Willard, sacrificing is stretching ...

What the Turtles Know

August 1, 2010
What the Turtles Know
Wendy Miller
I love it when God uses His creation to educate us. We have a lot we can learn about spiritual maturity from the sea turtle. Sea turtles demonstrate an excellent sense of timing when it comes to ...

Pressing Into Him

July 1, 2010
Pressing Into Him
Kristy Tyler
"Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them.  Whether you turn to the right or to the ...

What's In a Promise?

July 1, 2010
What's In a Promise?
Wendy Miller
What's in a promise?
Now there's a question I ask myself when the doldrums beat into my life or I'm overwhelmed with a harrowing situation.
One promise.
"Since God assured us, 'I'll never let ...

Threads of Light

July 1, 2010
Threads of Light
Laura Polk
I've had my share of dark days. The day my parents' marriage broke up. The day the boy I thought I would marry chose another. The day my father disowned me.
I don't like to look back on any of ...
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Sunshine in a Dark Room

July 1, 2010
Sunshine in a Dark Room
Sherry Graf
It's been nearly a year now, but I miss her like she died yesterday. Grieving my friend's sudden death at the hands of a careless driver intrudes many of my quiet moments.  Moments that I used to ...

PARENT POINTERS: Pure Joy

July 1, 2010
PARENT POINTERS: Pure Joy
Jeannie Campbell
 
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
James 1:2-3
 
I clung to this verse when I ...

An Eye-Rock Collision

June 1, 2010
An Eye-Rock Collision
Jeanette Edgar
I've just returned from the Blue Ridge Mountains, one of my favorite places to visit. The mountains have thrilled me since childhood.
One RV vacation stands out in my mind. I was around 10 years ...
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Taking the First Step

June 1, 2010
Taking the First Step
Lynnda Ell

My daughter, Melana, when she was younger, sometimes said to me, "Don't tell me what the Bible says. I don't want to be accountable." She understood that hearing the Word of God is a solemn ...
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Something Else

June 1, 2010
Something Else
Wendy Miller
You've heard the mind is a terrible thing to waste. I think it's also a twisty place to pace. Left alone with our own thoughts our natural inclination is to gravitate toward sin. This is one reason ...
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PARENT POINTERS: To Teach or to Coddle?

June 1, 2010
PARENT POINTERS: To Teach or to Coddle?
Jeannie Campbell

Parents have an obligation to teach our children how to be accountable and accept responsibility for their actions.
This truth begins as soon as a child is born. There are consequences to certain ...

Avoiding the Hermit Life

June 1, 2010
Avoiding the Hermit Life
Sarah Smith
Most things are better with someone else there to share in the fun instead of going it alone. When I was a kid and played dress up or pretended that I was a princess or genie, it was never as much ...
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PARENT POINTERS: Modest Waiting

May 1, 2010
PARENT POINTERS: Modest Waiting
Jeannie Campbell
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a ...
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How Could I Forget?

April 1, 2010
How Could I Forget?
Wendy Miller
My high school used to have mirrors lining the hall every few feet. If you forgot what you looked like for thirty seconds, you'd have another opportunity to check yourself out ten steps later. And ...

PARENT POINTERS: Keepin' It Real

April 1, 2010
PARENT POINTERS: Keepin' It Real
Jeannie Campbell
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
(James 1:22, NIV)

Kids in the late nineties threw this phrase around a lot. "I'm keepin' it real." What they meant ...

Me and My Good Intentions

April 1, 2010
Me and My Good Intentions
Laura Polk
The world is filled with good intentions.
Whether Christian or not, most people only have the best intentions behind their actions. It is human nature to want to do good things. At least, that is ...

Upper Room Love

February 14, 2010
Upper Room Love
Sherry Graf
On the back of a bookmark in my Bible I've written, "Let love for your fellow believers continue and be a fixed practice with you (never let it fail)" (Hebrews 13:1, AMP).  In parenthesis after ...

PARENT POINTERS: Holy Emotion

March 1, 2010
PARENT POINTERS: Holy Emotion
Jeannie Campbell
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. (Hebrews 11:7a)

As a therapist, I really like this verse. God warned Noah of the coming flood, ...

Worried? Remember the Wildflowers

March 1, 2010
Worried? Remember the Wildflowers
Sarah Smith
Worry is a waste of time, and unfortunately, it's one of the biggest emotions that gets in the way of my faith. It usually happens the same way. God calls me to do something unexpected, and I am ...

Faith Not Fear

March 1, 2010
Faith Not Fear
Kate Henderson
Marc-ooo! Po-looo!  Marc-ooo!  Po-loooo! Sound familiar?  Marco Polo was one of my favorite games as a kid. I loved being Polo. Outmaneuvering and sometimes tricking Marco into thinking I was on one ...

Who Controls Your Emotions?

March 1, 2010
Who Controls Your Emotions?
Lynnda Ell
When you wake up, the day is gray. You're dragging. At school, things suddenly brighten and life is good. On the way home, a storm kicks up and moisture falls. I could be describing a typical spring ...

Feeling Like Believing

March 1, 2010
Feeling Like Believing
Laura Polk
Faith. That's a hard concept. To trust a God we can't see to take care of things that are very much in our faces each and every day. It is one of the most difficult things about being a Christian. ...

From Purses to Psalms

March 1, 2010
From Purses to Psalms
Jeanette Edgar
I once cried because my purse (containing my make-up bag) sat somewhere downstairs, and I needed it upstairs to get ready for work. My mind knew this simple problem could be fixed, but I cried ...

Feelings...Nothing More than Feelings

March 1, 2010
Feelings...Nothing More than Feelings
Wendy Miller
If ever there lived someone who had a right to battle feelings beyond intensity it was Abraham (and Jesus, but we'll get to him). Imagine for a moment an old man patting Isaac's head on his way to ...

The Power of Prayer

February 1, 2010
The Power of Prayer
Alysia Fuchs
Imagine this scene with me for a moment, okay? I promise it won't be painful. Say you are stranded on an island. You've been there for a while and needless to say you are dying for water. You ...
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Your Powerful Prayers

February 1, 2010
Your Powerful Prayers
Wendy Miller
What do Biblical conquerors, David, Mary and Daniel all have in common? All three of these individuals were young (teenagers or younger) when God used them in dramatic ways. Why is this relevant to ...
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PARENT POINTERS: Redefining Prayer

February 1, 2010
PARENT POINTERS: Redefining Prayer
Jeannie Campbell
Too busy. Check.
Too tired. Check.
Too distracted. Check.
Too angry. Check.
We've all heard of these excuses before...mainly because we've all used them with God and ourselves. Life comes at us hard, ...

Being a Tech-Savvy Christian

January 5, 2010
Being a Tech-Savvy Christian
Lynnda Ell
Quick! Without getting up, how many electronic devices can you see? My count is six. Since I'm writing this at my computer, that's one. I have a cell phone and a cordless phone, a printer, a CD ...

Think Before You Act

January 1, 2010
Think Before You Act
Wendy Miller
Teenagers have access to so many avenues of technology it can be dizzying to keep up with it all. If they're not reading on a Kindle, fiddling with their Blackberry, typing something for Twitter, or ...

The Tech-Savvy Bandit

January 1, 2010
The Tech-Savvy Bandit
Laura Polk
I. Am. Not. A. Fan. Of. Technology.
There, I said it.
I'm one of those people. You know, the kind who fights updating their phone, their television, anything requiring a change in the current way ...
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PARENT POINTERS: The Benefit of the Doubt

January 1, 2010
PARENT POINTERS: The Benefit of the Doubt
Jeannie Campbell
A mom pulled me aside recently and told me that her and her teen daughter were "on the outs" because she had taken the girl's cell phone without her knowledge and scrolled through her text messages, ...

Simple Choices

December 1, 2009
Lynnda Ell
Have you ever talked to your grandmother about the way she celebrated Christmas when she was younger? I hope you have the opportunity to find out what her life was like many years ago. If you have ...

Holiday or Holy Day?

December 1, 2009
Holiday or Holy Day?
Kathie Krakowski
We do not know the exact date Jesus Christ was born.  Scripture tells us some things about His birth, but not everything.  Traditionally, His birth has been celebrated on December 25th. For many ...

PARENT POINTERS: Thinking Outside the Gift Box

December 1, 2009
PARENT POINTERS: Thinking Outside the Gift Box
Jeannie Campbell
If I were to poll readers to see what kinds of traditions they have around Christmas, I'd probably come across some of the following:
Shopping and gift giving Santa Claus Reading the ...
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Offering Grace

November 1, 2009
Offering Grace
Wendy Miller
I've spent some time thinking about why it is so difficult to love those nearest to us - our families. I'd love to tell you I've come up with a five step plan for how to make your relationships ...

Truth and Grace

November 1, 2009
Truth and Grace
Jeanette Edgar
God answers prayers!
I am so excited to write to you about the topic of loving those closest to you with Christ-like love. Yesterday, a verse came to my mind while in the shower. I couldn't ...

PARENT POINTERS: Showing Love to Difficult Children

November 1, 2009
PARENT POINTERS: Showing Love to Difficult Children
Jeannie Campbell
"...Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." - 1 John 3:18
SAGE's focus for November is embracing our family members with a Christ-like love. I thought I might try to ...

Creating Godly Impact

October 1, 2009
Creating Godly Impact
Jeanette Edgar
Mentoring is a hot concept in our culture today. It exists in sports, school, career, the arts.
People naturally gravitate toward someone who is doing what they want to do, or someone they want to ...

PARENT POINTERS: Parenting vs. Mentoring (What's the Difference?)

October 2, 2009
PARENT POINTERS: Parenting vs. Mentoring (What's the Difference?)
Jeannie Campbell

"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." - Proverbs 22:6
There comes a time in every parent's life when he or she must accept one unalterable fact: ...

PARENT POINTERS: Multi-Faceted Generosity

September 1, 2009
Jeannie Campbell
"And give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion to keep your commands, requirements and decrees and to do everything to build the palatial structure for which I have provided." I Chron....

Parents - Book Reviews

Book Review - The Carrie Diaries

December 15, 2010
Book Review - The Carrie Diaries
Ree Reinhardt
The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
Copyright 2010
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
389 pages
The tag line on the front cover of Candace Bushnell’s book The Carrie Diaries is “Meet Carrie ...

Book Review - Sweet Little Lies

December 12, 2010
Book Review - Sweet Little Lies
Ree Reinhardt
Sweet Little Lies by Lauren Conrad
Copyright 2010
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
309 pages

Lauren Conrad’s Sweet Little Lies is the second book in her L.A. Candy series.  Lauren Conrad, as ...
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Book Review - LA Candy

November 1, 2010
Book Review - LA Candy
Ree Reinhardt

BOOK REVIEW: L.A. Candy

By Lauren Conrad
Copyright 2009
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
326 pages
Confession time.  I will go ahead and admit it right now.  I have watched the MTV series ...
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Book Review - Escaping the Vampire

October 1, 2010
Book Review - Escaping the Vampire
Deborah H. Rabern

Escaping the Vampire: Desperate for the Immortal Hero
by Kimberly Powers
* * * * * (5 out of 5 stars)
Escaping the Vampire uses the Twilight series as a touchstone for comparing the spiritual ...

Book Review - The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

September 21, 2010
Book Review - The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
Ree Reinhardt
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella
By Stephenie Meyer

Copyright 2010, Published by Little, Brown and Company, 178 pages
So if you haven't heard of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight ...

Book Review - Authentic Beauty

September 1, 2009
Authentic Beauty by Leslie Ludy
Theme: Leslie openly and honestly addresses the issues teenage girls face today.  She focuses on the value of inner beauty that is centered on a Christ-focused ...
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Book Review - Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture

September 1, 2009
Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture by Mary DeMuth
Teens today find themselves immersed in a culture in which truth is perceived as relative rather than absolute. In this world of gray, it is ...
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Book Review - Your Girl

August 1, 2009
Your Girl by Vicki Courtney
Looking for specific ways to address the "girl issues" with your teen daughter? This book covers hot topics like girl politics, self-worth, and modesty with a good ...

Parents - Movie Reviews

Movie Review - Les Miserables

January 16, 2013
Heather Daniel
The Oscars are upon us in a few weeks, and I am holding out hope for the best picture nominated Les Misérables to take home that little gold statue.  To say that I was moved by this movie is an ...
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Movie Review - Soul Surfer

April 5, 2011
Movie Review - Soul Surfer

Soul Surfer

Rated: PG
Starring: Annasophia Robb, Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid, Carrie Underwood, Craig T. Nelson
Release date: April 8, 2011
It might be possible we have developed an early onset of ...

Movie Review - Eclipse

July 2, 2010
Movie Review - Eclipse
Merritt Johnston


The Twilight SAGA: Eclipse
Rated PG-13
Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner
GENERAL THOUGHTS...
It's been a long time since I watched a movie at the front of a ...
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Movie Review - New Moon

November 21, 2009
Movie Review - New Moon
Merritt Johnston
The Twilight SAGA: New Moon
Rated PG-13
Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner

GENERAL THOUGHTS...
I'm always interested to see how Hollywood will choose to bring a book to ...
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Movie Review - Post Grad

September 1, 2009
Movie Review - Post Grad
POST GRAD
Rated: PG-13
Starring: Alexis Bledel, Zach Gilford, Michael Keaton, Carol Burnett, Janet Lynch
Duration: 89 minutes
The SUMMARY:
"Post Grad" is a movie clearly directed at the female ...

Parents - Music Reviews

Music Review - Albertine: Brooke Fraser

September 1, 2009
Albertine - Brooke Fraser
Brooke is well known for singing with Hillsong United, most notedly for the songs Lead Me to the Cross and Hosanna.  Before spending time on this album, she took a trip to ...

Music Review - RCVRY: Jeremy Casella

September 1, 2009
Merritt Johnston
RCVRY: Jeremy Casella
In an era filled with guitar-wielding singer/songwriters, Jeremy Casella truly stands out. His lyrics are powerful, providing concepts listeners can relate to and challenging ...

Parents - TV Reviews

TV Review: The Vampire Diaries

September 11, 2009
TV Review: The Vampire Diaries
Merritt Johnston
Riding on the wave of "Twilight" fan-demonium, the CW network launched their new series entitled "The Vampire Diaries" last night. Based on a series of novels by L.J. Smith (which were published ...

TV Review - Gossip Girl

September 15, 2007
TV Review - Gossip Girl
Merritt Johnston
Gossip Girl: CW Network
Based on the book by Cecily Von Ziegesar, Gossip Girl is the latest teen melodrama offered up by the CW Network. Following in the footsteps of its predecessor One Tree Hill, ...