But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Your Mom Has a Blog - Apologetic Report
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 12:49

Very Good

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Through the forest, past the twisting, singing brook, beyond the dancing vines and under the mossy ridge of a fallen oak tree sat a tiny caterpillar. She was green, like most caterpillars, and she had the most delightful smattering of freckles that seemed to cheerfully shimmy down her fuzzy back....

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 11:28

A Prayer for My Children, Growing Up in Troubled Times

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Dear Father, Thank you for the gift of motherhood. I praise you for bringing so many things about myself into clear focus as I so imperfectly work to disciple my children. I thank you for the ways that You are sanctifying me through motherhood and for the never-ending grace and patience You have...

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Friday, 07 September 2018 05:13

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 84

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Hey, y’all! This week we’re talking about the start of school, football time in Texas, my trip to Lifeway, our school mascot, and more! Thanks for listening!

Authors: Melissa...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 13:48

Is There Room in Your Faith for Your Imperfect Child?

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I could tell from across the parking lot that she was upset. Her posture was slumped. Her head was down. She barely glanced up when I pulled the car up next to the curb–she just slowly walked to the passenger’s side and slid into the seat. No greeting departed from her trembling lips as...

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 11:43

Paul McCartney, Art, and the Real Meaning of Life

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I’m a huge Beatles fan. When all of my friends were chasing after boy bands and big-haired pop stars, I was sitting in my room soaking up every sonic delight of John, Paul, George, and Ringo. I suppose all Beatles fans have a favorite, and mine will forever be Paul McCartney. A few years...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 12:18

Your Husband’s Porn Problem is Not About You

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She pulled me aside to confess her painful secret: she had accidentally discovered that her husband was looking at porn. She was hurt and confused, and her question dropped into the church hallway air between us like a deflated helium balloon: “Why?” I could see it in her face. In her...

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 04:56

Three Words

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She was nervous. It was first-day-back jitters–the kind where you wonder if your friend circle has shifted over the summer without your knowledge. When you’re not entirely sure how things are going to be when you walk through the school doors. I remember that feeling so well. Eighth...

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 06:59

Being the Church

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A few days ago, we drove east, until the modest, stubby mesquite trees of west Texas gave way to the majestic, fragrant pines that hide the horizon and cover the eastern part of the state with lush greenery. We were home. Well, one of our homes. It was the first church that took a chance… [...

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Thursday, 02 August 2018 07:12

Don’t Miss the Intimate Moments in Your Marriage

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In the Christian world, we often hear talk about the importance of intimacy in marriage. Most of the time, intimacy is presented as something you have to work hard to achieve, and there’s no doubt that we can ruin lots of opportunities for intimacy with our pride, selfishness, or oblivious...

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Sunday, 29 July 2018 11:37

41 Years Old

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Tomorrow I will officially turn 41 years old. I recently heard another blogger talking about how when she turned 41 she decided she was going to do all the things that she wanted to do but had always been too afraid for. She woke up at 41 and completely changed her life. Then she wrote… [re...

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Thursday, 26 July 2018 13:15

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 83

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It’s Christmas in July on the podcast! Our friends Jackson and Heather join us to talk about their brand new project, the Nativity Tradition. Find more info: Facebook Twitter

Authors: Melissa...

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Sunday, 15 July 2018 12:07

Every Testimony is Dramatic and Miraculous

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My Christian testimony is what many would call vanilla. I came to know Christ when I was eight years old. My family was something straight out of a 1950s sitcom–hardworking father, loving stay-at-home mother, two kids and a dog. We were deeply involved in the church that my parents grew up...

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:10

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 82

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This week we talk about our summer vacation, why Chad can’t really handle bowling or minigolf, more repenting over mean celebrities, and a call for Christian parents to take a hard look at their family.

Authors: Melissa...

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The world we live in is confusing. Things that once seemed black and white now look more gray. We are constantly hearing voices via the internet and other media sources that tell us things that are directly opposed to what the Bible teaches. Yet, those things are often packaged in such...

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Sunday, 08 July 2018 13:46

A Plea to Parents

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I have had a heavy burden lately for families. So many families are struggling, breaking apart, buckling under the weight of sin and pride and foolish independence and selfish love that turns out not to be love at all. And then there are the families where everything seems grand, where baseball and...

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Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:59

What Women Want

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Today I have a new post up over at SBC Voices. When I write things for other sites I like to bring them to you here because y’all are my people and you are so kind to take an interest in what I’m writing, wherever it may be. Although this piece is about some issues… [read more]

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Thursday, 21 June 2018 13:42

He Loves Jesus More Than He Loves Me

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Chad is usually late coming home from work. A pastor, he gets caught up in his studying or his sermon-listening or his counseling. I suspect sometimes he gets caught up in watching cat videos on the internet. Because don’t we all. I vividly remember one day when he was running late, and I was...

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Thursday, 14 June 2018 14:20

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 81

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Recapping the Southern Baptist Convention.

Authors: Melissa...

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018 16:16

What He Holds

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When I was a kid, Vacation Bible School was the highlight of my summer. I still remember how the slightly watered-down KoolAid tasted when it washed down exactly two sandwich cookies from the local grocery store, each lovingly placed on a white napkin and eagerly gobbled up by children who were...

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Sunday, 03 June 2018 06:03

The Humbling of the SBC

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I am a Southern Baptist woman. As a baby I toddled up and down the aisle of my parents’ little SBC church in central Texas, squealing with laughter as one church member after another held my chubby hands to steady me. I grew up there. I knew all of the best hide and seek spots… [read...

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Thursday, 31 May 2018 15:10

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 80

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Day 31 of 31 Things to Teach Your Kids: Teach them the gospel. Find the book we mention here: The Big Picture Story Bible (aff link)

Authors: Melissa...

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:21

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 79

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Day 30 of 31 Things to Teach Your Kids: Teach them how to be set apart.

Authors: Melissa...

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 14:18

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 78

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Day 29 of 31 Things to Teach Your Kids: Teach them to see both men and women as souls made in God’s image. Find the article we mention here: How Male Bashing is Killing Our Sons

Authors: Melissa...

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Monday, 28 May 2018 13:53

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 77

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Day 28 of 31 Things to Teach Your Kids: Teach them appropriate patriotism. Find the article by Russell Moore that we mention here: What I’ve Learned in Twenty Years of Marriage.

Authors: Melissa...

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When I was a teenager in the 90s, I had a healthy collection of Christian t-shirts. I loved wearing a sermon back in those days, and in my high school super Christian zeal, the more scathing the sermon, the better. Since then Christian clothing has evolved quite a bit. The God’s Gym and Turn...

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