All Articles for Spiritual Development

Guiding Your Children Through a Difficult Move

Guiding Your Children Through a Difficult Tr...

The move from New York to Arkansas was painful for our family, but the journey taught us a few things.
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concept of sin

Does Raising Children with a Concept of Sin...

One woman says her upbringing was based in fear and shame because of the concept of sin. God was a megaphone in my head: “You’re bad, you’re bad!”
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Helping your child think missionally

Helping Your Children in the Discovery of Th...

From a FamilyLife Today® broadcast, a list of ideas to help your kids think missionally about life.
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Helping Your Family Understand Racial Reconciliation

Helping Your Family Understand Racial Reconc...

We cannot live redemptive lives and hate our neighbor. Diversity in relationships not only shows unity to the world but also builds in our own hearts a love for others.
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Asking my kids for forgiveness

Asking Forgiveness From My Kids … Agai...

My kids need to grow up with the knowledge that I require a Savior just as much as they do.
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Talking to Your kids about mass shootings

8 Suggestions for Talking to Your Kids About...

Talking to my kids about shootings doesn’t come easily—how do I answer questions about things I don’t understand myself?
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Why Your Relationship With Your Child Matters

Why Your Relationship With Your Child Matter...

You have the privilege of growing a child who knows the love of God personally and knows how to love people well.
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Investing Time With Your Children

Investing Time With Your Children: The Chall...

The time we have with our children before they enter into adulthood is limited. We have a responsibility to use it well, with a heart of wisdom.
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Your most important job as a parent.

Your Most Important Job as a Parent

Teachable moments are opportunities for us to imprint God’s values on the next generation.
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What I Wish Drew Brees Had Whispered to His...

I want more for Drew Brees and his sons than just what they can earn. And Jesus offers more.
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The Art of Parenting

God Used a Parakeet to Love Our Daughter

Of all the stories about raising six children we’ve told over the years, this is probably our favorite.
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Child

I Want My Child to Be an ‘Alien’

Helping a child understand this world is not our home.
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Applying the gospel to parenting

Parenting Is Not About Raising Well-Behaved...

If you view your kids as sinners who need salvation, you’ll see parenting as a rescue mission.
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Bibles verses to teach my children

Verses From The Book Of Proverbs To Teach Yo...

These verses can become the centerpiece of kitchen table discussions and a tour guide for difficult conversations.
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Parenting

Talking to Your Kids About Transgender Issue...

Your kids will encounter this issue someday. How will you handle their questions?
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5 Reasons to make family worship a priority

5 Reasons to Make Family Worship a Priority

The practice of family worship is a crucial discipline for spiritually healthy families.
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5 ways my parents shaped my spiritual life

5 Ways My Parents Shaped My Spiritual Life

My parents showed me how to walk as a believer and honor Christ in all things.
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Teaching children about God

Teaching Children About Having A Heart That...

Here’s a ‘game’ I developed to help my kids understand spiritual priorities as they begin to face the pressures and temptations of their world.
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Training Our Children to Pray

Rather than only teaching them simple prayers they can memorize and recite, we need to intentionally educate our children about what prayer should look like.
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Disciple my children

4 Reasons You Should Intentionally Disciple...

If you don’t shape your children, with God’s help, the world will.
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helping-your-children-put-their-trust-in-christ

Helping Your Children Put Their Trust in Chr...

Your calling as a parent is to model a faith that is authentic and strong.
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Godly legacy

Keeping Your Family Stable in an Unstable Wo...

Four practical suggestions for facing uncertain times with faith and courage.
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raising-kids-in-an-anything-goes-culture

Raising Kids in an ‘Anything Goes̵...

In the minds of most teenagers, there is no universal standard for sexual morality of absolutes beyond a person’s own view as to what makes sexual activity right or wrong.
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A Safe House Begins With You

Your love for your child should define your relationship—just as God’s love defines His relationship with us as His children.
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Pointing Your Children to God When They Fall

As much as we hate it, our children lose control, make poor choices, and deal with shame, grief, and remorse. That’s when they need you the most.
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Teenagers and faith

10 Ideas to Challenge Your Teenage Son to Ma...

Here are a few steps you can take to create the right environment for your son to grow in his faith while he’s still living in your home.
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Families and faith

Making Your Home a Hub of Faith

Ideas for creating a gravitational pull that brings family members closer to each other and to God.
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3 ways to bring your children to Jesus

3 Ways to Bring Your Children to Jesus

While we should strive to be a godly example by the way we live, we must be proactive in teaching our children about God.
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5 Important Scriptures for My Family

My desire is to incorporate these truths into the fabric of my family’s values.
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Why Do So Many Kids Leave the Church?

Too many kids grow up seeing their parents endorsing one thing and living out another.
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Faking Faith … for 18 Years

Jessica Thompson learned that being a good kid doesn’t equal being a Christian.
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Books to Read to Your Family

Here are a few Bibles and works of Christian literature that my family enjoys reading together.
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Helping Your Children Know Their Gifts

Your job is to help your children grow into the adults God intended them to be.
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capturing-the-memories-and-lessons-of-your-familys-year

Capturing the Memories and Lessons of Your F...

I lost my dad recently. He was the first really close person that I had lost, and the emotions of it all continue to be excruciating. I’ve gone through cycles of grief and sadness, feeling alone as I lost one of my biggest cheerleaders. Standing beside a casket gives an incredible sense of finality—no more […]
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Say words of praise and encouragement

Are You Blessing Your Children?

A parent can influence children to become who God created them to be—not by manipulation or force but by watering the seeds God has planted.
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Giving Our Children a Clearer Picture of God

God’s grace serves as the self-healing mechanism for our inadequate lenses when we fail at love, forgiveness, and grace itself.
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Parenting Is a Mission of Mercy

You are God’s first responders, called to run in with help when your child is in danger because of burning desire or an attack of temptation.
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teaching-children-to-value-all-people

Teaching Children to Value All People

Christians share a common identity in Christ, which takes precedence over ethnicity and every other difference that tends to divide us.
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What Makes a Child Truly Great?

When we scutilize our parenting priorities, we often find that, although we are followers of Christ, we are also products of a compelling Western mindset.
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Teaching my child

It’s Up to Parents to Teach God’...

Accepting the responsibility of teaching the Bible in your home will equip your kids to live by it when they are grown.
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Three Powerful Dynamics of a Mission Minded...

God will help you focus your family toward making a strong impact for His kingdom.
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Dressed for Service Not Success

A few ideas on how parents can start cultivating an attitude of service in simple ways, by weaving threads of humility, consideration, and an "others-first" attitude into the fabric of everyday life.
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Equipping Our Children With a Map for Life

In the battle for the hearts and minds of our children, we need to recognize that they need our intentional guidance in countering the deceptions of life.
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Helping Your Children Understand Natural Dis...

Explaining natural disasters and help children work through the issues.
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Praying for my child

Parental Love and Acceptance

Parental love is the first love a child experiences and the first love he (she) understands.
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Parenting Advice in a Pleasure Seeking World

How can Christian parents encourage their children to become followers of Jesus Christ?
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Peace at Home

The second requirement of teaching children to be peacemakers is to help them understand the root cause of their conflicts.
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Q&A: Who Leads the Family Devotions?

Dividing responsibilities between Dad and Mom.
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Teach my children about God

Shaping Your Child’s Destiny

Helping children understand that significance is found in fulfilling God’s purpose for their lives.
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Should Children Be Exposed to a Relatives Li...

What kind of exposure should my children have to a relative who is in an inappropriate or ungodly lifestyle?
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Teaching Your Children to Study the Bible

What's a parent's number one need?
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Answering the Call of Family Worship

Three steps that will help you spiritually invest in your family.
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10 Ideas: Living the Gospel in Your Home

If the gospel is central to your life, it also must be central in your family.
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A Treasure to Give Our Children

We can’t take the gospel for granted; instead we need to safeguard it and deliver it unaltered to the next generation.
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5 ways to help your child develop a growing relationship with christ

5 Ways to Help Your Child Develop a Growing...

We used these ideas to help our children on their spiritual journeys.
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Are You Too Concerned With Your Child’s Be...

Many well meaning parents mistakenly focus on a child’s conduct and miss the root cause … the heart.
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Teachable moments

Don’t Miss Those Teachable Moments

You never know when God will give you an opportunity to imprint His values on your children.
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Parenting

Getting to the Heart of Your Child’s B...

Too many parents focus on changing a child's behavior. More important is what's going on in the child's heart.
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Helping Your Child Cling to the One True God

Parents must identify false gods in their children's lives that distract them from the truth.
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Why My Family Loved the Creation Museum

Here are five reasons my family loved the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter and why you should take your family there, too.
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The Snares and Traps of the Enemy

Forty-six thousand men took a breath as Tom made his way to his son.
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