Family Relationships
Facing Mental Health Within the Family

Facing Mental Health Within the Family

Cheryl Durgin Cheryl Durgin is a volunteer with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), as well as a trained facilitator of their family education program, and a licensed volunteer with the International Fellowship of Chaplains, ministering in areas of...

The Fundamentals on the Fairway

The Fundamentals on the Fairway

The Fundamentals on the Fairwayset my golf ball on the tee, got into position, addressed the ball the best way I knew how, and took a nice full swing. Positive I must have hit it a mile, I scanned the fairway, but my ball was nowhere to be found....

Grueling But Glorious

Grueling But Glorious

Grueling But Gloriousast year, my husband hiked a portion of New Hampshire Appalachian Trail called the Pemi Loop. The hike took two days to complete and is described as “31.5 glorious but grueling miles.” True to its description, my husband came...

Never Out Of Sight

Never Out Of Sight

Never Out of Sight Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 have a faint memory of going to the playground with my mother...

A Temple Without Walls

A Temple Without Walls

In the second chapter of his letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul says that believers in Jesus are being built together into a holy temple in which God’s Spirit dwells. It’s a beautiful picture of unity and of believers bound together in peace. However, that...

A Traditional Christmas

A Traditional Christmas

A Traditional Christmasvery year when I pull out our personalized Christmas ornament from 2009, I laugh.  Instead of reading “Staggers Family—First Year of Homeschooling,” it reads “Straggers Family—First Year of Homeshooling.”  Thankfully, I had...

Family: A Holiday Balancing Act

Family: A Holiday Balancing Act

Family: A Holiday Balancing Act friend and I were recently discussing our plans for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. I mentioned that in years past, we would typically spend it at home, with an open invite to my husband’s extended family (mother,...

Just Like Our Father

Just Like Our Father

Just Like Our Father Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.Ephesians 5:1  y husband recently traveled for work, leaving me home alone with our three children. He very rarely travels, and my almost four-year-old daughter has been potty...

Parenting (Barely) Adult Children

Parenting (Barely) Adult Children

Parenting (Barely) Adult Childrenhen my kids were small, I dreaded the teenage years, much like one dreads going to the dentist. I viewed them as a painful but necessary season, one that I’d hopefully weather with as little bodily harm as possible....

Living with a Full House

Living with a Full House

Living with a Full House owards the end of 2019, I started a new position that required that I work from home.  A difficult adjustment on its own, this was also during the public school’s holiday break, and all three of my small children were also...

Numbering Our Days

Numbering Our Days

Numbering Our DaysTeach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalms 90:12 oth of my little boys lost a tooth last month and in an instant, their smiles were different. When it happened, each held their tiny tooth in their...

Leading Your Family’s Spiritual Journey

Leading Your Family’s Spiritual Journey

ast Thursday evening, my two teenagers and I crowded around my laptop. We logged onto LifePoint’s livestream page and watched the preteen video. Yes, you read that right. We watched a video for 4th and 5th graders. In my defense, I’d heard several...

Nothing Like Family

Nothing Like Family

As the family goes, so goes the culture. The idea of family is deeply rooted in our lives. We were born for family; it’s in our blood. And the idea of family is rooted in the heart of God. It’s more than an illustration. Family is a reality for anyone related to God....

How We Love

How We Love

Our early life experiences, for better or worse, teach us how to love. Stumbling over the same irksome “dance steps” in their relationships, people usually have no clue there’s another way – a better way. Using attachment theory, experts Milan and Kay Yerkovich have...