Marriage & Family
Posted 8/29/15 at 12:11 AM | Joyce Thrasher
One day I had to go to the doctor. Ladies, you know the one I mean - The Doctor all women HAVE to see once a year. My husband Donny went with me to this appointment and he came into the examining room with me.
The doctor was old, even older than Donny (who is 16 years older than I am). While the doctor was doing the exam, he looked at Donny and said, “You’re a lucky man.” My sweet husband shook his head in agreement and said, “Yes, I am.” The doctor then asked, “How did an old man like you get a woman like this?” Donny looked at him and said, “I’m a lucky man.” At least two more times the doctor said to Donny, “You’re a lucky man.” The exam ended, Donny and I went home, but over the next few weeks, out of the blue, I just had to use that phrase. I couldn’t help myself! Ever so often, I would say to Donny, “You’re a lucky man,” and we would both laugh.
Fast forward to Valentine’s Day, which was a week away. I went to the salon where I have my nails done and noticed that they were running a special for a Brazilian Wax! Now, I had heard of this procedure, but had never had it done. Then my mind started going crazy, like it often does, and I thought, “What if I had a ‘Lucky Man’ shirt made for Donny and got the Brazilian Wax and surprised him when he came home on Valentine’s Day?!” FULL POST
Posted 8/28/15 at 11:28 AM | Brian Wallace
Posted 8/25/15 at 3:45 PM | Bethany Christian Services
When Jessica Mullen began doing sidewalk counseling outside of abortion clinics, she was surprised by how little adoption was considered or even presented as an option for women facing an unplanned pregnancy. Most women she encountered saw their options as abortion or parenting, and many weren’t financially or emotionally ready to parent. On the pregnancy counseling side, Jessica heard the “Choose life!” message loud and clear without a clear plan to help prepare women to parent. She was surprised that neither side seemed to be talking about adoption as a third option.
In 2014, Jessica founded OptionAdoption, a Charlotte, North Carolina, ministry that seeks to present adoption as a viable, life-giving option for women facing an unplanned pregnancy.
“Beyond telling women to ‘choose life,’ we need to be ready to meet their other needs,” Jessica said. “When a woman does choose life, we talk to her about her options if she can’t parent. We want to take abortion off the table and replace it with adoption. Parenting and adoption are two life-giving options that glorify God. That’s what drives us.” FULL POST
Posted 8/18/15 at 3:18 PM | Brian Wallace
Posted 8/17/15 at 3:03 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
(It just felt right to begin that sentence with y’all, even to this Canadian. )
But that doesn’t mean that having sex is always the right thing to do. And it certainly doesn’t mean that having sex will fix all marriage problems.
I’m so excited that in just six days my new book, 9 Thoughts That Will Change Your Marriage, will start to appear on shelves! Yay! And for the last week or so we’ve been talking about what some of those thoughts are.
We talked about:
Thought #5: I’m not in competition with my husband! Submission isn’t about who gets to make all the decisions; it’s about servanthood. And sometimes the best way to serve your husband is to say, “no”! FULL POST
Posted 8/17/15 at 11:49 AM | Karen Kramer
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Many are coping with street level issues of pornography, drugs, alcohol, sexual abuse, and school violence, all while attempting to put the pieces of their own life in order. Truth For Youth is a week-long effort to reach the 53.8 million youth in America. This is real. Over 2 million New Testaments have been distributed and over 25,000 have committed their lives to Christ. You can receive a free copy of Truth For Youth to give away in school or on the street. Call 1-800-733-4737 or go on line at Revival Fires International. Our youth need God’s truth desperately. Don’t we all.
Posted 8/14/15 at 8:12 AM | Karen Kramer
Dana’s pregnancy was exciting to follow—from the earliest baby-bump pictures all the way to the arrival of her firstborn—Aria, a perfectly beautiful baby girl.
Dressed in pink with a ribbon-adorned headband, Aria instantly captured the hearts of her mom, dad CJ, and adoring family and friends. I loved the picture-post updates of this precious baby with her luminously expressive eyes.
At Aria’s two-month check-up, the doctors became concerned about her small size and poor muscle tone.
Tests, specialists, and tense waiting followed. Just a couple weeks later, the doctors confirmed the worst news—she had Type 1 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)—a terminal disease with no cure.
Aria’s grandma Veda describes SMA as a children’s Lou Gehrig’s disease. As horrible and daunting as that sounds, this family treasures each day they have with Aria and are sharing her story to raise awareness about SMA—the genetic disorder that claims the lives of infants and children. FULL POST
Posted 8/12/15 at 5:30 PM | Trace Embry
With every great movement God seems to use “nobodies” to train up the “somebodies.”
Because of my burden for America, my prayer for Shepherd’s Hill Academy has always been that God would give us a ministry that would impact the world.
In the eyes of the world Christians are “nobodies.” However, God sees the potential in us.
A “nobody” was Billy Graham’s Sunday school teacher, told D.L. Moody about Christ, and shared Jesus with John Newton.
Because of the “nobodies,” these “somebodies” not only impacted their nation, but the world!
Shepherd’s Hill Academy is a community of “nobodies” revolutionizing the lives of teens. FULL POST
Posted 8/12/15 at 2:19 PM | Trace Embry
I have the unique opportunity at Shepherd’s Hill Academy (SHA) to work side by side teens and families in crisis.
In my work with teens I have found they can be very candid about what they want more than anything.
I am often told by our teens what they desire more than anything from their parents.
Surprisingly, I get this consistent answer: Enforced Boundaries. One boy said he wanted his Dad to give him boundaries and enforce them. He went on to say that he was an out-of-control teen and needed his parents to help him control himself.
The same boy mentioned above asked his Dad to enforce boundaries. FULL POST
Posted 8/11/15 at 10:55 PM | Trace Embry
Many parents today tend to think the best of their teen.
In today’s post I want to provide you with a way to gain an accurate point of view of your teen.
Each year Shepherds Hill Academy hosts a Parent Conference. One year, a girl approached me with a telling request. She asked me to tell her parents that evil does in fact exist. She also wanted me to tell them not to always think the best of her.
I recently interviewed three men in their early twenties with the same viewpoint. They also suggested that teens may not be as innocent as their parent assumes.
After engaging with many others about this topic, I have found that teens want boundaries. This is a sense of protection from the evils of the world. FULL POST