Blog Posts on Parenting

Blessings Too Big

Toby J. Sumpter
Blessings Too Big

Recently, my son (age 2) looked up at his big sister (age 5) sitting on the bathroom counter next to the sink, raised his little arms and said confidently, “Jump my arms! My catch wu!” [Let the reader be aware that my son says “wu” instead of “you.”] When my daughter laughed and told her little brother that she was too big, he insisted confidently, “Wu not too big. My can catch wu!”

When God said that children were a blessing, he wasn’t kidding (Psalm 127:3). I’ve got blessings doing... Continue Reading

Stay-at-Home Moms with Missionary Hearts

Lindsey Carlson
Stay-at-Home Moms with Missionary Hearts

Have you ever watched someone else living your dream, the thing you really, really wanted for your life?

As I cut the crusts off my kids’ peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, I listened to my young, single friend talk passionately about her upcoming trip back to Cambodia. Before her furlough she’d worked with children in an orphanage and discipled teenage girls. Now, she’ll use her nursing degree in a medical clinic, building relationships, and sharing about Jesus.

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When Conflict Fractures Your Family

Tony Reinke
When Conflict Fractures Your Family

The mission of Desiring God is helping people all around the globe find joy in Jesus Christ. So many things undermine and destroy joy, maybe none more so than disharmony in our homes and families.

So what things are most apt to steal your joy?

We asked this question in a recent Ask Pastor John episode, and what follows is a lightly edited transcript of John Piper’s transparent self-reflection for ministers (and for everyone facing the pain of family fractures).


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Don’t Waste Time with Your Children

Christina Fox
Don’t Waste Time with Your Children

“Do you think you’ll always want a story and snuggle time before bed?” I asked my youngest child. Lying amid piles of his stuffed animals, books, and favorite blankets, my son turned to me and smiled. “No, Mom. Probably not.”

My kids are growing before my eyes. I recently realized that I am halfway through raising my oldest. To be honest, it’s sobering to realize how quickly time with my children is passing by.

Time Is a Vapor

Time is a strange thing. We can find ways to... Continue Reading