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What’s Your Emotional Bank Balance?
Rev. Dr. Rob Toornstra

What’s Your Emotional Bank Balance?

January 10, 2021 • Rev. Dr. Rob Toornstra

Are you dealing with negativity in your home? Discover how setting an example of affirmation and gratitude can shift your home into a constructive dynamic.

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Be the mirror your child needs
Dr. Robert Ritzema

Be the mirror your child needs

January 3, 2021 • Dr. Robert Ritzema

Help your children gain a healthy sense of self. Be the mirror that helps them to see their reflection without distortion and grow into the image of God.

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How Should I fill Unstructured Time?
Dr. Robert Ritzema

How Should I fill Unstructured Time?

December 27, 2020 • Dr. Robert Ritzema

Wondering how to best use your unstructured time? Consider the options God provides so you can choose what is beneficial and guide others to choose wisely.

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Blue Christmas
Janet Irvine, PsyD

Blue Christmas

December 13, 2020 • Janet Irvine, PsyD

Many suffer bleakness in the Christmas season. Consider how the main characters in the first Christmas felt loneliness, fear, and sadness, but found joy.

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8 Things Your Kids Will Complain About Now and Thank You for Later
Kim Sullivan

8 Things Your Kids Will Complain About Now and Thank You for Later

November 22, 2020 • Kim Sullivan

What behaviors are important to teach your children to prepare them for adulthood? Discover important skills your children will be grateful they learned!

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Empathy: A Parent’s Secret Weapon
Rev. Steven Koster

Empathy: A Parent’s Secret Weapon

November 15, 2020 • Rev. Steven Koster

Are you struggling with your child's emotional outbursts? Discover the value of tuning in to the emotions being expressed and responding with empathy.

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Am I an Overwhelmed New Mom, or is it Postpartum Anxiety?
Laura Goossens, LCSW

Am I an Overwhelmed New Mom, or is it Postpartum Anxiety?

November 1, 2020 • Laura Goossens, LCSW

Are you feeling overwhelmed following the birth of your baby? Discern if you have symptoms of postpartum anxiety and discover how to move toward healing.

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Am I Being an Overprotective Parent?
Rev. Jason Ruis

Am I Being an Overprotective Parent?

October 21, 2020 • Rev. Jason Ruis

Are you an overprotective parent? Discover how excessively protecting your kids is not the example Jesus set and discover a better approach to parenting.

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Parenting Wisdom from Proverbs and the Montessori Method
Brian Clark

Parenting Wisdom from Proverbs and the Montessori Method

October 18, 2020 • Brian Clark

Are you curious how the Montessori parenting method aligns with Christianity? Consider how the wisdom of Proverbs is reflected in their parenting method.

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Helping Your Child Battle the Grief-monster
Debi Mitchell, MS, LMFT

Helping Your Child Battle the Grief-monster

September 30, 2020 • Debi Mitchell, MS, LMFT

Do you have a child who is dealing with loss? Guide your child as they battle through the process of grieving and learn to cope with the losses in life.

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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?
Rev. Jason Ruis

Who Can Tame the Tongue?

June 1, 2015 • Rev. 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
Rev. Deb Koster

Waiting on God: Cultivating the Fruit of Patience

May 11, 2015 • Rev. 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
Rev. Deb Koster

Putting Aside Idolatry

April 27, 2015 • Rev. 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
Rev. Deb Koster

A Biblical Approach to Dealing with Selfishness

April 20, 2015 • Rev. 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
Rev. Deb Koster

Fret Not: Getting Rid of Worry

February 5, 2015 • Rev. 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
Rev. Deb Koster

Choose Thankfulness

June 11, 2014 • Rev. 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
Rev. Deb Koster

Paul's Spiritual Guidance for Relationships

March 27, 2014 • Rev. 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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