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Video: Why You Should Send Your Kids to Camp

Sixteen-year-old Catie tells why you should send your kids to summer camp. After nearly a decade of going to camp, Catie has advice about what camp food is really like, how to fall asleep when you're away from home, and the best part of camp: learning you can live without your cell phone.
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Video: Best Journal for a Teen Girl

Where are you at with journaling? Have you followed the same journaling routine for years? Do you have a record of your daily dramas and big moments? What do you turn to when your weary and need real encouragement? I feel like there are two groups when it comes to journaling: those who do it...
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Family Christmas Gift Guide

Here are my yearly suggestions about what your nearest and dearest might want for Christmas. This year is a little different. Instead of curating strange and wonderful gifts from all over the Internet, these are all from Amazon and they are all available for Prime shipping. Because, let’s face it, if you still need gifts...
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Dear Catie… (on your first day of 11th grade)

Dear Catie-  Wait. Hold on What is happening here?  You—my oldest daughter, young woman, sixteen-year-old—are changing right now more than you ever have before. I did not see this coming.  You, who has always been so exceptionally sweet and laid-back—and a certified black belt at relating to other people—are becoming something even more.   Just when I thought I knew you completely,...
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Three Truths Your Kids Need You to Teach Them This Year

Life in 2020 sounds like a terrible melody of treble notes—-scarcity, panic, and complaining. But our souls need the bass notes. We’re all craving real truth and encouragement.
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This is What Your Daughter Needs…

Dear Mamas of Teen Daughters…. Your daughter is hearing too many harmful messages. The world tells her she should be everything to everyone. She believes the lies of social media and thinks that her value is tied up in likes. She is striving for perfection and no one is telling her about grace. This is...
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“I love you and you are worth so much.” –God

Yep, you keep messing up. Your to-do list has had the same three NEED TO DO! tasks on it for weeks now. You thought you would be really good at something but it turns out you’re not and you can’t shake the shame. You’re overdue for your dental cleaning. You spent too much on junk...
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150 Years of Truth and Love

It’s Concordia Publishing House‘s 150th birthday this month and I’m celebrating their ministry the story of what they’ve meant in my life—as a reader, as a Jesus-lover, as a writer, as a mom, and as a teacher. Love in the Library My love for CPH books started where all good stories begin—in the library. My...
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Dear Catie… (on your sophomore year of high school)

Dear Catie… It’s a little hard to believe you’re starting over again. We moved houses. You moved schools. Sophomore year and you’re having to deal with #freshmanproblems again. It’s a bit scary—for me, at least. There’s so much at risk here. The years of high school feel like stair steps to the grand goal of...
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Ten Girls Who Need Shine

Someone in your life needs this sparkly-funny Bible study. It’s pretty much a party-in-a box–but with Jesus. 10. That girl at your church who helps at VBS…or in the nursery…or in the 10. That girl at your church who helps at VBS…or in the nursery…or in the praise band. (Or, you know, that one teen...
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