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How Do I Grow in My Faith When I’m Too Busy to Read the Bible?

How Do I Grow in My Faith When I'm Too Busy to Read the Bible?

Recently, a reader asked the question, “How do I grow in my faith when I’m too busy to read the Bible?” I asked myself the same question recently after my second daughter was born, and my life became busier than I expected. Months leading up to her birth, everyone told me how difficult it is going from one child to two. I believed them, but like with most things in parenting there’s no way to prepare yourself. You just have to experience it. I was used to my almost three-year-old’s 7:00 pm bedtime, 7:00 am wake-up time, and two-hour nap during the day. In other words I […]

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Real Questions: How Do I Replace Lies with Truth

Real Questions: How Do I Replace Lies with Truth

  Real Question: I have a friend who is struggling and she keeps talking to me about how she is a loser and can’t do anything right. Now I have found myself thinking these same thoughts. How do I stop? Real Answers: Courtney Werner (20something daughter) says: We can create with our words, and our words begin with our thought life. If you are hanging around people who speak negatively, it is easy to begin to be in agreement with those words. Our thoughts and words are so powerful. The best way to stop thinking negatively is to fill your […]

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Freedom to Choose

Freedom to Choose

Real Question: When should parents allow their children the freedom to choose the music they listen to, the TV shows they watch, the books they read, or friends they associate with?   Real Answer: The daughter’s insight, by Courtney . . . I grew up in a protective environment. At the time, I wasn’t always thankful for the boundaries that were set in place. Later on, however, I realized that those boundaries were for my own safety. The thing I appreciated the most was how my parents chose to navigate through the issues. Instead of stating a hard and fast rule without […]

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Real Questions: How Do I Get Over My Bitterness

Real Questions: How Do I Get Over My Bitterness

Real Question: Lately, after a big situation happened in my life, I’ve just been so bitter. I have been praying about it and talking with the people I trust, but it is just really hard. What can I do?   Real Answer: Courtney Werner says: Sometimes, hard things happen in life. You are unable to control what happens, but you can decide how you will respond to it. I believe that God works out everything together for good. This truth keeps me feeling peaceful when my circumstances are rough, because it reminds me that God really cares for me and […]

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Real Question: Which boyfriend is right?

Real Question: Which boyfriend is right?

Real Question: I like this guy and we have gone out, but we keep getting into petty arguments, so I have tried to move on and the guy that I now like is kind of a bad influence on me, but I still kind of like the other guy. Who should I go for? Real Answer: All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify. 1 Cor 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not […]

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How do I change?

How do I change?

Real Question: I struggle with the desire to do bad things. How do I change to desiring God?   Real Answer: Remember the story of Pinocchio? It’s about a puppet who wants to be a real boy, but he has to be good to do it. Yet, he fails repeatedly because there is something inside of him that has difficulty resisting temptation. Or how about Frodo struggling to destroy the One Ring of Power in Lord of the Rings. Frodo wants to do good, he desires to save the world, but he has difficulty resisting the ring’s evil pull. The […]

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