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Why Kids Need Mental White Space

I am a former educator and children’s ministry director, a lover of books and projects and specially chosen classes. I certainly believe that our children’s minds should be stretched and their interests followed. However, I also believe that boredom is one of the greatest gifts you can give to a child. You know what I was doing during the dog days of summer when I was a kid (and by the way, much older than five)? My four cousins and I sprawled out in Aunt Marci’s bedroom with a deck of cards, an FM radio, and a sleeve of saltines ...
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Mama, PRAY!!

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  Effective prayer has been one of the strongest weapons against my own insecurities, against the accusatory voices around me, and against unjustly judging others. These three things can often put us in deep turmoil ...
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Two Years Sober – A Lesson in Strength

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    My husband and I were in the greeting card section of Target one Friday on one of our less exciting date nights, and we came across a card in the 40-something birthday section ...
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I Don’t Know

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  I don't know how to live in a world where my little girl skips past broken relics of violence Where she asks me to hold her lollipop amid the echos of anger and smiles ...
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Two Years Sober – A Lesson in Strength

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    My husband and I were in the greeting card section of Target one Friday on one of our less exciting date nights, and we came across a card in the 40-something birthday section ...
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I Don’t Know

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  I don't know how to live in a world where my little girl skips past broken relics of violence Where she asks me to hold her lollipop amid the echos of anger and smiles ...
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On Hurt and Hope

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  Without the hope of change, we’ll rob ourselves of something to fight for. I know it’s hard to even fathom that there’s a light at the end, that we’ll escape the hatred of racism ...
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Ten Things Every Racial Bridge-Builder Should Know

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  It’s easy to say that we want diversity in our homes, our neighborhoods and our MOPS groups, but it’s another thing to intentionally do it. We want to share some practical tips to help
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Adventure Together

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  All of my children love adventure, but my second son, William, actually needs it. Adventure feeds his soul. He is always the first one to jump into a body of water fully clothed, to ...
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Raising Helpful Kids

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  While making dinner the other day, I noticed our 2-year-old setting silverware out on the table. Although I never taught her how to do this, it didn’t surprise me, since she loves mimicking her ...
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MOPS International Statement of Faith

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MOPS International has been made aware of a new blog and companion podcast posted this week criticizing MOPS’ theology. We are saddened that these Christian bloggers did not contact us directly with their concerns. Solid ...
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Scales and Arpeggios

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Growing up, I took several years of piano lessons and my least favorite part was practicing my scales. It seemed so tedious. Did it really have a purpose? Turns out there was a purpose. Practicing ...
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Slingshot Fun

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"We have to reinvent fun back into our American society or we are going to serious ourselves to death." - Alice Cooper https://vimeo.com/271905836 The MOPS International staff taking a much-needed fun break from the work ...
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Resources to Fuel Change

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  The heartbeat of motherhood is universal; it crosses lines of color, creed, socioeconomics, politics. So as mothers, may we be the ones who lead hearts, our nation and the whole of humanity to actively ...
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Being a Body-Image Role Model

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  I struggled with body image for most of my life, and it’s important to me to help my kids feel confident in their bodies rather than having the same insecurities I faced. But as a ...
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Respond, Don’t React

  As parents, all of us have had interactions with our children we wish we could rewind and handle differently. Those times when the words you used or the tone of your voice was, in ...
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Mama, PRAY!!

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  Effective prayer has been one of the strongest weapons against my own insecurities, against the accusatory voices around me, and against unjustly judging others. These three things can often put us in deep turmoil ...
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Master Gardener

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  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit, he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. - John 15:2 (NIV) We all ...
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Calling Out: Prayers During Quarantine

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  Let me be steadfast for those around me, a source of stability in these troubled times. Anchor me to Your hope and Your love so that I can pull others into Your calm.   ...
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