Parenting Persons, Not Projects

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This piece was originally published at Christ and Pop Culture. We’re grateful to Valerie for allowing us to share it here. “F**k nuts.” “What did he just say?” “Pop-tart—he dropped his Pop-tart.” This was a lie, but I told it confidently before plucking up my potty-mouthed two-year-old and bringing him into daycare. My cheeks were flushed by the time I …

Fearless or “fear less”

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I’m a worrier. Even as a child I worried. Back then, I mostly worried about getting in trouble. I was terrified of being in trouble. In school, if I was even next to the kid that got in trouble, I would get upset. As if my proximity to them meant I was in trouble too. Now, as a grown-up, I …

Reflections from the women’s retreat, Part 2

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I recently began sharing with you about the Amazing Love Women’s Retreat. (Part 1 here) I experienced a truly intimate time in God’s presences during my quiet time. I glimpsed the immeasurable love our Heavenly Father has for us. After this powerful quiet time, I was looking forward to hearing from one last speaker, Pam Behal. Pam shared about God’s …

The Importance of the Small Group

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I have a tendency to watch people. In fact, observing is a part of my job description as a school counselor. I spend the majority of my time in classrooms keeping track of certain kids’ behavior. This works out well because, for as far back as I can recall, I’ve been a people watcher. During college, half the fun of …

And the best small group award goes to…

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On my way to lunch with friends the other day, the topic of each of our Small Groups came up.  One friend said, “Our small group is the best.”  I agreed with his sentiments. I have been in the same small group with his family for the last two years.  He was right, our group is the best.  Another friend …

Northstar Youth: April in Review

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Hello Northstar, I am so thankful for the love and support of our youth ministry this past month. As we walked through hurt together, many of you contributed to the healing process. Thank you for the prayers and the encouragement that we do not always hear and recognize. April was a serious month for growth for our whole ministry. Please check …

Baptism Celebration: May 8, 2016

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On Sunday, May 8, we celebrated the baptisms of Steven Paul, a Virginia Tech graduate student and Erika Gresh, a Blacksburg High School senior. Here’s their stories and their baptisms: