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Preparing Your Heart for The Goodness of God

Preparing Your Heart for The Goodness of God

If you are one of the BOAW moms that have been in our classes, you know what Clean Your Cup means. It does not mean go into your kitchen and clean all the dirty cups in your sink, or in my case, grab the 10 random cups that are laying around your bedroom/bathroom and clean them. No, we learned that cleaning your cup could be a spiritual exercise, with your cup symbolizing your heart.

As Christians, we are to clean our hearts because over time our spiritual hearts get clogged with sin and—if left unattended—it hinders how we hear from God and love others. This sin may look like criticism, selfishness, arguing, not forgiving someone, or even grumbling.

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Respect: It’s The Best Lesson You Can Give Your Child

Respect: It’s The Best Lesson You Can Give Your Child

As moms, we need to teach our children, starting at age 1, that they need to respect their mom and dad. Children can be disrespectful at any age: the toddler trying to kick you while you are changing their diaper, the middle-schooler rolling their eyes, or the teenager talking disrespectfully. But, the majority of the time, a child is disrespectful because they have been allowed to get away with this disrespect.

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Parenting For Different Personalities

Parenting For Different Personalities

Raising four children with four different personalities and temperaments has been challenging to say the least. Throughout my 26 years of being a mom, I’ve learned that I must be a student of my children and “learn” the way God has wired each one of them.

My children are all adults, but I am still learning about them — and they continue to fascinate me.

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Trust Your Instincts: You Know What’s Best For Your Child

Trust Your Instincts: You Know What’s Best For Your Child

So many moms say to me, “What if I am the only mom that doesn’t allow my child to play video games all day?” Or “What if I’m the only mom who doesn’t let my child get a cell phone in 2nd grade?” or “What if I am the only mom who doesn’t drop off my middle schooler at a local shopping area to roam around for four hours with other tweens with no chaperone?” or “What if I am the only mom who doesn’t allow my child to talk disrespectful to me?” My response: “Good for you! Your child will thank you one day.”

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Building Up a Lifetime of Strength

Building Up a Lifetime of Strength

How many of you moms have ever prayed and asked God for strength? Here is the truth: strength is built up over time.

A non-runner can’t instantly become a marathoner over night. Training, work, pain, time, exhaustion and feelings of defeat are all part of the process to gain strength to run a race. In order to become strong, we have to go through the hard stuff.

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