All Resources by Christine Hoover

Our Needs Point Us to God

Christine Hoover
Our Needs Point Us to God
If we let them, our needs point us to God and usher us to his side, seeking an outlet, an answer, a fulfillment in him.
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Three Lessons from the Farmer About Faith

Christine Hoover
Three Lessons from the Farmer About Faith
How do we continue in all God has called us to do without growing weary, especially when the work is demanding and the harvest appears so far into the future? We look to the farmer for answers.
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Thanksgiving Is a Taste of Home

Christine Hoover
Thanksgiving Is a Taste of Home
I grew up in East Texas, where the chicken is fried, the pine trees grow tall, and the accents drip thick with “honeys” and “bless-your-hearts.” And on Thanksgiving, it was my family’s tradition to take the two-lane-highway straight-shot over to…
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Two Words to Stop Self-Condemnation

Christine Hoover
Two Words to Stop Self-Condemnation
I am not sweet. I should be, but I’m not. That’s what I thought to myself as I pulled into the garage and closed it behind me, sitting safe in the cocoon of my home and free from the opinions…
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Make This Christmas Unforgettable for Your Children (One Simple Tip)

Christine Hoover
Make This Christmas Unforgettable for Your Children (One Simple Tip)
My happiest Christmas memory is the time each year that my aunt Nancy directed my cousins and me in a reenactment of the nativity. The youngest among us — a girl — was always baby Jesus, and as Mary, my…
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Mom Enough

Christina Fox, Gloria Furman, Christine Hoover, Rachel Jankovic, Rachel Pieh Jones, Carolyn McCulley, and Trillia Newbell
Are you mom enough? The cover of Time Magazine asked this haunting question in bold red letters that hung over the startling image of a young mother breastfeeding her four-year-old. When the issue hit newsstands it re-ignited a longstanding mommy…
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Precious Lessons of Rebuke

Christine Hoover
Precious Lessons of Rebuke
Last spring I spoke flippant words and those words hurt someone in the church. And although we talked about it openly and everything was made right, a weird remnant of insecurity hung over my interactions with others. God reminded me…
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The Pleasures of God, the Praise of Others

Christine Hoover
The more I know God and what he thinks and says, the less it matters whether others are impressed with me. It’s almost unexplainable, the sense of satiation and completeness that invade the heart when our eyes are fixed on…
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From Rubble to Restoration

Christine Hoover
But you are God, ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abundant in kindness, and did not forsake them. (Nehemiah 9:17) Jerusalem, the city meant to declare God’s name, lies in rubble on the ground. The glory of…
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A Weak Mother Is a Good Mother

Christine Hoover
If there is one thing I want to do well, it’s rearing my children to know God's voice and love his ways. But if there is one area that I feel most inadequate in, it's rearing my children to know…
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He Wants Your Heart: A Word to Church Planting Wives

Christine Hoover
When God called my husband and me to plant a church, I said yes. My yes to church planting echoed the vow I made on my wedding day, that I would support my husband in any ministry God…
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Am I Willing?

Christine Hoover
Unpacking in our new home in a new state far from our families, I opened a box marked Fragile in big black letters. Inside, buried under bubble wrap, I found my framed wedding vows. While I searched the master bedroom…
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No Longer an Orphan (But Tempted to Live Like It)

Christine Hoover
Until my late twenties, I spent the majority of my Christian life striving — striving for perfection, for God’s favor, for the approval of others, and for the joy and freedom that the Bible spoke of yet completely eluded me.…
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Christ Is Our Treasure, Not Our Homes

Christine Hoover
Note: This article now appears in Desiring God’s free ebook Mom Enough, available in three electronic formats, as well as paperback. The home exists for Christ. Our marriages, our children, our physical spaces — all these are means of…
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Battling the Bitterness of Parenting a Disabled Child

Christine Hoover
On October 16, 2006, my oldest son was diagnosed with autism. That word — autism — spoken over my son and over my life on that day sent me into a year-long spiral of grief and confusion. One of the…
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The End of Mommy Wars

Christine Hoover
Note: This article now appears in Desiring God’s free ebook Mom Enough, available in three electronic formats, as well as paperback. Every other week this spring, I opened my home to a group of new moms to discuss biblical…
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Confessions of a Recovering Perfectionist

Christine Hoover
As a recovering perfectionist, I sometimes confuse holiness and perfection. Rather than try to reflect on God’s grace or allow its natural compelling work in my life (holiness), I try really hard to do godly things, produce spiritual fruit, and…
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The Everyday Question of Motherhood

Christine Hoover
The Everyday Question of Motherhood
As a mother, there is a constant, uncomfortable battle that rages inside of me. It is not the big or dramatic: Will I raise my children to love God? Will I train them to obey him? Do my children belong to him?
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Like Water to a Plant

Christine Hoover
Words of encouragement to a wife are like water to a plant. When I read that quote recently, I thought about how true that statement is, how every wife needs and craves encouragement from her husband. My husband is masterful…
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Dum Dums

Christine Hoover
My bank teller must be a dad. Every time I go to the bank, he gives my children the exact same colored lollipops. I’ve never asked him to do this, but, without fail, he digs through the lollipop basket until…
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