Faith and Family

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A High-Stakes Game

NOTHING MAKES YOU MORE AWARE of your own social privilege than being a White woman raising a Black teenage son. As such, I’ve learned a thing or two about the way the world works. It’s a high-stakes game; one with ...
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Faith and Family: Jesus in the Temple

READ LK 2:41-52 Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover,  and when he was twelve years old,  they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning,  the ...
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Faith and Family: Mary and Elizabeth

READ LK 1:39-45 Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah,  where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb,  ...
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Faith and Family: The Coming of Christ

READ BAR 5:1-9 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar,  when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea,  and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis,  and Lysanias ...
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Time to Step Up Our Game

One of the first things I learned as a parent is that kids are like sponges. They soak up everything around them—even the things we don't want them to. When they're young, it's easier to limit all of the sources ...
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Take This and Eat—Please

Before my husband, Mark, and I had kids, one of the things we agreed on was that we would try to always eat together as a family. We both had great memories of time spent with our siblings and parents ...
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The Cycles of Parenthood

“Beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle that counts the most.” This quote from the movie Hope Floats has always struck a chord with me. And lately I’ve been thinking about it a lot. In fact, ...
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