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Relinquishing Control
Dr. Robert Ritzema, PHD

Relinquishing Control of Adult Children

September 19, 2018 • Dr. Robert Ritzema, PHD

Letting go of our adult children can be difficult. Learn how trusting God and praying a prayer of relinquishment can offer you freedom and peace.

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When an Adult Child is Mentally Ill : Dos and Don'ts of Responding
Dr. Robert Ritzema, PHD

When an Adult Child is Mentally Ill : Dos and Don'ts of Responding

August 29, 2018 • Dr. Robert Ritzema, PHD

Are you struggling with how to respond to an adult child diagnosed with a mental illness? Discover wisdom for how best to support and encourage them.

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When an Adult Child is Mentally Ill: Handling Feelings
Dr. Robert Ritzema, PHD

When an Adult Child is Mentally Ill: Handling Feelings

August 26, 2018 • Dr. Robert Ritzema, PHD

Mental illness in the family is challenging. Here are pointers for dealing with mental, emotional, or substance-use problems that occur within the family.

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How to Help a Grieving Child
Mimi Larson

How to Help a Grieving Child

August 22, 2018 • Mimi Larson

Do you know a child who is grieving a loss? Lean into the relationship to help them to grieve the loss and find comfort for navigating the pain of life.

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Parenting Teens for the Faint of Heart
Rev. Shannon Jammal-Hollemans

Parenting Teens for the Faint of Heart

July 29, 2018 • Rev. Shannon Jammal-Hollemans

Are you overwhelmed with the task of parenting teens? Discover wisdom from the Bible from a parent in the midst for navigating these challenging years.

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Being Present with Our Kids
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Being Present with Our Kids

July 25, 2018 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Do you worry about being able to provide your children what they need? Follow God's example of coming down to our level and dwelling with us to show love.

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Guilt-Based Parenting
Deb Koster

Guilt-Based Parenting

July 22, 2018 • Deb Koster

Are you parenting out of a sense of guilt? Recognize the hazards of parenting out of guilt and consider setting aside your guilt to parent constructively.

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Parenting the Stubborn Child
Leah Travis

Parenting the Stubborn Child

July 18, 2018 • Leah Travis

Are you struggling with a defiant child? Consider the example that God models for us in scripture for knowing where to put your energy, emphasis and focus.

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Promises to My Child
Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Promises to My Child

July 15, 2018 • Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Preparing for parenting can be daunting. Here are the promises that we have made to our children that have proved to be faithful guides for parenting.

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Life Lessons from My Child
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Life Lessons from My Child

July 8, 2018 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Do you struggle with the never ending tasks of parenting? Hear how a feather on the floor provided perspective on the priorities of parenting.

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Devotions

How We Communicate Has Consequences
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

How We Communicate Has Consequences

July 30, 2015 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Struggling to communicate with your family? Consider this Biblical wisdom for establishing healthy boundaries to create loving communication in your home.

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Who Can Tame the Tongue?
Jason Ruis

Who Can Tame the Tongue?

June 1, 2015 • Jason Ruis

Do you struggle with holding your tongue? Discover Biblical wisdom to give God control of your speech and find the blessing of God's power in your life.

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Waiting on God: Cultivating the Fruit of Patience
Deb Koster

Waiting on God: Cultivating the Fruit of Patience

May 11, 2015 • Deb Koster

Do you struggle with being patient? Discover Biblical wisdom for cultivating patience in your life and find the blessings that come through waiting on God.

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Putting Aside Idolatry
Deb Koster

Putting Aside Idolatry

April 27, 2015 • Deb Koster

Do you struggle with sinfulness in your life? Discover wisdom from the Bible for dealing with the sinful habits in your life to find repentance and hope.

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A Biblical Approach to Dealing with Selfishness
Deb Koster

A Biblical Approach to Dealing with Selfishness

April 20, 2015 • Deb Koster

Do you struggle with dealing with selfish behavior? Discover the example God gives us in the book of Jonah for dealing with selfish attitudes and behavior.

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How Can We Live the Fruit of the Spirit in Our Families?
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

How Can We Live the Fruit of the Spirit in Our Families?

February 9, 2015 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Tired of hearing negative interactions? Consider some Biblical wisdom from the book of Galatians for letting the fruit of the Spirit overflow to others.

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Fret Not: Getting Rid of Worry
Deb Koster

Fret Not: Getting Rid of Worry

February 5, 2015 • Deb Koster

Are feeling overwhelmed by the worries of life? Consider this Biblical guidance for turning your fears into prayers so God can carry your burden for you.

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Choose Thankfulness
Deb Koster

Choose Thankfulness

June 11, 2014 • Deb Koster

Each day we choose to focus on our circumstances or on the God who has power over our circumstances. Discover wisdom from scripture to guide your thoughts.

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Paul's Spiritual Guidance for Relationships
Deb Koster

Paul's Spiritual Guidance for Relationships

March 27, 2014 • Deb Koster

Looking for Biblical guidance for living in relationships? Paul's parting greeting to the Corinthian church provides a good summary for living together.

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