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  “Books don’t change people; paragraphs do. Sometimes even sentences.” -John Piper   A thousand well-meaning words can’t hold a candle to the power contained in one compelling moment. Done right, it can take your breath away and leave you different.   The pregnancy center is an extraordinary place. While a woman carrying new life […]

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An Open Letter to Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America

Dear Ilyse Hogue,   You must have been ecstatic when you were asked to speak at the Democratic National Convention. And it’s obvious why they invited you. You are passionate, well-spoken, and professional.  I have a confession to make, before your speech I didn’t know who you were. But when your title, President of NARAL […]

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30 Hilarious Insights From Kids About Love and Marriage

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  I just love how kids think. I love kids. I love love. We can definitely learn a little (or a lot) from them about love and relationships. Happy Valentines Day!   “Love is like an avalanche where you have to run for your life.” — John, age 9 “No one is sure why it happens, […]

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How a Roll of Toilet Paper Could Inspire Your Kid to Wait to Have Sex

  The next time nature calls, take a moment and appreciate  the handy dandy roll of toilet paper we so often take for granted. It is an awesome tool at your disposal. Because aside from its obvious use, that spool of soft tissue is an extremely effective means to impress a powerful truth in your […]

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“Mommy, what’s a VIRGIN?”

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      Silent Night. Holy Night.   All is Calm…All is Bright Round Yon Vir— Whoa now, partner. Hold that thought.      Funny how we parents throw certain words around in December that we wouldn’t dare say around our kids in heat of July.  I love that song as much as you do—it’s one […]

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Sorry Magic Mike… You just don’t do it for me.

If you know me at all, you know that I’m no prude.Trust me when I tell you, being raised with four rotten brothers and sisters shaped my warped sense of humor that I’m sure has crossed lines more times than I care to count. Sometimes, I think I’m hilarious. Other times (while still hilarious, I’m […]

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Are You A Bird or a Bee When You Talk to Your Kids about Sex?

          Psst….You know what?   The way I see it, you’ve got this sex thing figured out— what I mean is the talking-to-your-kids-about-sex thing. I’m trusting you got the other figured out too.  But the sex talk—well from the stories I’m hearing as I travel around, you definitely got this! And […]

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You Should’ve Been Keeping an Eye on Me

    Deep down, I knew.   Any mom worth her salt recognizes that silence is not necessarily golden.   Oh, it’s good but trust me…it’s not good.   His art medium of choice was an entire tube of tartar control toothpaste. Our dusty coffee table served as his canvas. I walked in the living […]

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An Unwanted Treasure

Dear Little One,   I didn’t expect your mom to be happy over the news of you. It’s one of a hundred things that I wish I could have changed. But if there is one thing that I have learned after twenty years in this ministry, it’s that a precious life like yours isn’t always […]

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What Age Should You Have The Big Talk?

Parenting sure does have its perks.   Like today when my neighbor met me at my mailbox to tell me what a terrific job I was doing raising such sweet children.   My eyes narrowed skeptically.   See, that morning happened to be the 564th time the two younger ones argued over whose turn it was to ride shotgun. I […]

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