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10 Ways to Keep in Touch with Far Away Family

By Sandra |

We just got home from visiting my parents in (super hot!) Houston. We love being with them, but as the boys get older, it’s harder and harder to say goodbye. Here are ten ways we keep in touch with family members far away! Phone- We talk on the phone pretty often, but our favorite time … Read more

Five Ways to Pass On Old Toys

By Sandra |

We woke up, we opened, we played, and now we have no where to put the new toys! This week at our house we’re sorting through all the toys to see which ones don’t get played with anymore. With a couple bins full already, I thought about what to do with them. Here are five … Read more

Respect Your Husband

By Sandra |

Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, knew what married couples for countless generations would need to remember. Husbands are told to sacrificially love their wives, a love that doesn’t come naturally. Wives are told to respect our husbands, and we have to admit, that doesn’t come naturally either. Have you ever been around a couple … Read more

The Importance of Mentoring In Women’s Ministry

By Sandra |

I spent five years in seminary focusing on women’s studies. You want to know the secret to a strong, successful, sanctifying women’s ministry? It’s actually simple. Paul shares the secret in the short book of Titus. First, let’s look at the context in which the letter to Titus was written. Paul had visited the island of Crete … Read more

How Churches Can Encourage Organic Mentoring Relationships

By Sandra |

Women investing in younger women—it’s not just a program, it’s a command in Scripture. But why isn’t it working in so many churches today? First, we are primarily around people our own age and life stage. What Sunday school class or small group do you attend? I would guess most of you are in an age/stage … Read more

How to Start Organic Mentoring Relationships

By Sandra |

Organic mentoring is just what the name implies—mentoring that is natural. Women naturally become friends. The “younger” woman begins to ask questions. The “older” woman finds more and more to share. Naturally, organically, they find themselves covering all the topics Paul lists in Titus 2:3-5. But organic mentoring isn’t another thing on your to-do list. … Read more

How to Help a Friend Who Is Hurting

By Sandra |

I got an email this week from a friend who wanted advice on how to help a friend who had just had a baby with special needs. I was actually honored that she would ask me how to help her friend. I remember when our local hospital would call my mom and say, “We’ve had … Read more

How to Help an Introvert Feel Comfortable

By Sandra |

So, you’re having a few friends over to your house for a book club, a Bible study, or just a fun girls’ night. You’ve invited one friend who is kind of quiet, who may not know the other women well, and who you had to literally beg to even get her to agree to come. … Read more

Here I Am to Worship

By Sandra |

I have a vivid memory (that’s almost ten years old now!) of the leadership team for my college ministry group sitting around planning how our Sunday School time was going to be allotted. Our college worship leader (picture him with me- hair a little long, flip-flops on his feet, a guitar pick or two in his pocket- … Read more

Calling to Do More

By Sandra |

I want to do what God has called me to do. I want to do all God has called me to do. Does anyone else feel the difference in these two statements? For me recently there’s been almost a conflict between them. I want to do what God has called me to do. I want to be … Read more

God Will Give You More Than You Can Handle

By Sandra |

There’s a cliche Christian phrase that I believe does more harm than it does good. It may make us feel all warm and reassured, but it’s actually a lie. The truth is– God will give you more than you can handle. As a parent, part of my job is to encourage my boys to become independent. As … Read more

The Decision to Help Isn’t Really a Decision

By Sandra |

A few weeks ago we were in the waiting room of a counseling provider. We were there because we hoped to get more help for James (our son with autism). Others were there for addiction issues, family counseling, and social services. One lady knew us from church and asked how the adoption was going. I … Read more