Marriage & Family

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Posted 4/24/14 at 8:25 PM | Sunny Shell

Celebrating 22 Years With My Second Love

God has been better to me than I deserve. Especially since all I deserve (that is, my sins have earned me) is Hell and His full wrath (Rom 3:23, 5:9). But because God is love and He is perfect, pure, holy, righteous and compassionate, full of mercy and grace (Ps 103:8-14), He chose to save me 41 years ago. Then the Lord saw fit to bless me with a husband 22 years ago, who loves Christ more than me (Col 1:18). Can a girl ask for more?

I'm so very grateful to be my husband's forever second love. I pray the Lord will make me the kind of help-meet that will highlight his strengths, be a balm for his pains and a loving and understanding covering for his weaknesses (Prov 10:12, 31:11-121 Pet 4:8). FULL POST

Posted 4/24/14 at 9:15 AM | Tim Challies

Protect Your Family with the Skydog

The Internet has become an indispensable resource for the home and family, but every parent has grappled with properly managing and overseeing that resource. We all know the dangers that lurk out there, yet still believe in the value of maintaining access and the necessity of training our children to use it wisely. As the Internet matures, we are gaining some great new tools to help us.

Skydog is designed to help parents manage and oversee their family’s digital lifestyle. It is comprised of two complementary components: a wireless router (to replace your existing router) and an online app (accessible via computer or mobile devices). Between the two of them they offer a powerful and accessible suite of tools.

Here are some of Skydog’s most noteworthy features:

  • Monitoring. Real time visibility into who is using the internet, and when, from the web or your mobile phone. Get a text—or send one to your kids—when they’ve exceeded their limits.
  • Filtering. Skydog filters inappropriate content on your children’s devices, by user, by time of day which gives you peace of mind, knowing their Internet experience is safe.
  • Visibility. Wherever you are, 24/7, you can see if your network is down and why, as well as who is using your internet, what they are doing, and even set limits on what they can do.
  • Control. Create individual profiles for all users to ensure the best Internet connectivity experience for each. View per-user information that is easy to understand such as time spent on set web sites, data downloaded or uploaded, and web browsing history.
  • Optimization. Set limits on bandwidth for certain users or devices, at any time, so you have the best quality for that streaming movie or important Skype video call.
  • Protection. webRover, a brand new feature, allows parents to create a kid-friendly portal to websites that have been vetted and reviewed by Common Sense Media.

In short, Skydog offers a suite of tools for both management and monitoring. It is useful in prevention, useful in real-time, and useful in reporting. (Watch this video for an overview and learn more at their site.) FULL POST

Posted 4/23/14 at 4:43 AM | Sylvie Simms

Child Safety

Your children’s safety is important, but unfortunately you can’t be around your children 24/7. You might need to leave your children with a childcare provider while you work, or perhaps your older children might be responsible for walking home from school. Your child might even slip away while you’re at the grocery store or park. Although you can’t guarantee you’ll be at your children’s side all day, every day, you can take certain steps to ensure your children’s safety.

Safety Tips

The first step in ensuring your children’s safety is to educate them on dangerous situations. Teach your children what to do when they find themselves lost or alone, including how to spot “safe strangers” and what dangers they should be aware of. The more you discuss safety topics and steps with your children, the more likely it will be that your children know what to do during an emergency.

In addition to teaching your children about safety, you should also take precautions when it comes to emergencies during which your child might be unconscious or unresponsive. These types of situations include medical emergencies. The best way to protect your child during this type of situation is to use medical ID bracelets to pass on important information. Medical ID bracelets can include any type of information that could help your child, from medical conditions to allergies. Medical ID bracelets can even have an emergency contact number engraved so that you can be contacted immediately by medical staff. FULL POST

Posted 4/22/14 at 11:28 AM | Alliance Defending Freedom

A Movie About Abandonment, Hook-ups, and Marriage You’ll Actually Want to See

AUTHOR: Alliance Defending Freedom Web Writer Emily Conley

What is family? And does it matter?

For those of us Millennials or Generation X’ers, we’re really not sure.

We may know instinctively that marriage matters, we may even believe that marriage is sacred, but our experience of marriage has been anything but. Although we watched our grandparents grow old together, a large percentage of our parents got divorced when we were young, and we spent our weekends with dad and our school days with mom, just like our non-Christian friends next door.

Then we grew up. We survived the hook-up culture of college with just a few lasting scars, and then watched our friends get married, drift apart, and divorce.

The fallout of the family’s decline surrounds us. Poverty. Crime. Addictions. Abuse. And attempts to redefine and reimagine the family only make these problems worse. As we’re just beginning to discover, when the family is weakened, society suffers.

That’s why movies like Irreplaceable matter.

Strong families make the world a better place. Strong families are the future. And that’s what Irreplaceable is about. FULL POST

Posted 4/22/14 at 11:15 AM | Bill Blacquiere

Who Cares for the Orphans in South Africa?

Map: World Factbook
South Africa

In 2011, Christ Memorial Church in Holland, Michigan asked if the agency I work for, Bethany Global Services, could help them with their mission in Botshabelo, South Africa, a poverty-stricken township of 181,000 people. Many of the children in this township have been orphaned due to the loss of their parents to HIV and are either cared for by grandmothers or aunts, or left to roam the streets. Many of these children end up in gangs by the time they hit their teenage years. Because we so strongly believe that children deserve a loving, caring family, we have begun a “Foster to Adopt” and family preservationprogram to prevent children from going into institutional care. FULL POST

Posted 4/21/14 at 11:00 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices |

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Letter to my Six Granddaughters on Whom to Marry. And Whom to Avoid.

Photo: Flickr/David Precious - Creative Commons
Wedding cake topper.

By Joe McKeever

Six of the finest young people on this planet happen to be our granddaughters. Margaret and I are blessed beyond measure.

In order of their arrival into our lives, they are Leah Carla, Jessica Mae, Abigail Rebecca, Erin Elizabeth, Darilyn Samantha, and JoAnne Lauren. They are as pretty and sweet as their names.

Sometimes, when I’m in the car with one of you, I will raise the question: “How do you choose a husband? What kind of man will you marry some day?”

Now is the time for you to be thinking of this. In fact, you should have been giving this thought for some time now. Leah, senior member of this sextet, is 25 and little sis JoAnne is the youngest at 16.

First, whom to avoid. Run from these types just as fast as you can, as far as you get… FULL POST

Posted 4/20/14 at 9:15 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Finding Love After Loss: 7 Steps for Moving Forward

By: eHarmony Advice & Dr. Ken Druck

We all have "baggage." It comes with being human — and with having relationships.

By age 18, most of us have discovered that relationships can be a source of great joy, satisfaction and meaning when our needs for love, affection and companionship are met. Or a source of heartache and sorrow when they’re not. FULL POST

Posted 4/19/14 at 9:51 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices |

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Online Dating Profile Tips for Men

By: eHarmony Advice

A good profile makes all the difference, guys. Here are some must-haves for yours.

Take a Second Look at Your Settings

When someone is having issues with getting matches, it is often times because their settings are just too restrictive. Take another look at them, and consider being more flexible. If you are confused – eHarmony’s Customer Care team is great at helping with your eHarmony profile! FULL POST

Posted 4/18/14 at 10:13 AM | Bill Blacquiere |

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Bethany’s Successful NOW Campaign Expands

In 2013 Bethany launched its NOW (No One Without) campaign to overcome the difficulties matching foster children available for adoption in one U.S. state with families ready to adopt in another state. Each state has different regulations and restrictions, making interstate navigation, coordination, and supervision a challenge that can be a deterrent to finding children homes of their own.

Now we are pleased to launch phase 2 of the campaign, expanding NOW to further our efforts to place some of the 102,000 waiting children in foster care. Many children have been waiting for two years or more for a home of their own even though families across the country are ready to adopt. In addition, more than 23,000 kids age out of the foster care system without a family each year. Bethany wants to do everything possible to prevent that from continuing. FULL POST

Posted 4/18/14 at 9:50 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Is He or She The One? 10 Things to Consider

By: eHarmony Advice

How do you know if your partner is "the one" for you? While some "just know," most people said there were certain signs which clued them in…here’s some dating advice we discovered when we asked numerous couples.

The Writing is on the Wall

It is so disappointing when we find someone -- and our friends and family are lukewarm in their reception of them at best. When the people who know you best are in complete support of your relationship, they will let you know. And you will likely know that this person is very good for you ... and may be "the one." FULL POST

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