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  • The 1-1-1-1 Marriage Plan, Pt. 2

    Beth Blunk June 19, 2024 This is part 2 of Beth’s blog on Marriage. Click here to read part 1. Over time our marriages can show cracks in the foundation due to stress and neglect.  Whether you are married 2 years or 40 years, it is important for the health and the strength of your family to…

  • The 1-1-1-1 Marriage Plan

    Beth Blunk June 12, 2024 Last fall, my husband Ed and I replaced our garage floor, prompted by some bigger concerns that the garage foundation wall had moved.  What we found was when the house was originally built, that part of the foundation had apparently not been constructed by today’s standards. No wonder it was cracking,…

  • A Lesson I Learned at the Water Park

    Barbara Cheney June 5, 2024 Joey and Carla Link were in Tennessee to present a parenting seminar. As GFI Leaders, we welcomed them to stay in our home for the weekend. I remember Carla sitting with me at my kitchen table and asking me what issues I’d like help with. As I gave her a…

  • Creating Family Identity

    Darren & Caroline Pearce May 29, 2024 Creating and nurturing a strong Family Identity is incredibly important given all the external influences present in the world today.  Growing Kids God’s Way describes how “peer pressure is only as strong as family identity is weak”.  What a powerful reminder for anyone trying to raise children – especially teenagers!  Joey and…

  • Time – The Key to Strong Relationships

    Cindy Gorrell May 22, 2024 Time is a commodity that we never feel we have enough of no matter what season of parenting we are in. When our kids are little, we covet getting a chance to have peace and quiet and when our kids are older, we start to realize that time with our kids…

  • Why Should You Put in the Time to Get Your Kids to Obey the First Time?

    Meagan Ramer May 15, 2024 My husband, Eddie and I first heard about “First Time Obedience” in the parenting class, Growing Kids God’s Way. It seemed like a wonderful idea and I thought I could require it from our kids without any problem.  However, it began to feel unattainable when I started, unsuccessfully, to get my children…

  • Showing God to the World

    Beccy Jackson May 8, 2024 During our 20 years of teaching the parenting class Growing Kids God’s Way, my husband and I always looked for ways to show our girls what God looked and felt like. It was our goal for the parents who took classes with us to have a glimpse of that too. The most…

  • Parenting as Partners

    Shelly Howard May 1, 2024 When our kids were almost five and two years, we were introduced to Growing Kids God’s Way and shortly after, the Mom’s Notes. Up to that point, we thought we had what Joey and Carla referred to in the Mom’s Notes as a philosophy for parenting our kids. I guess we thought we would intuitively…

  • Think, Think, Think

    Help Your Children Learn to Take Ownership  of Their Thinking Barbara Cheney April 24, 2024 You’ve probably seen the picture of Winnie the Pooh with his paw to his head and his face screwed up like a prune, as he tells himself, “Think, think, think.”  For more years than I would like to remember, I…

  • Tips for the Journey of Motherhood

    Karly Wagler April 17, 2024 Moving to a new home or welcoming a new baby are both monumental moments in life, each with its unique joys and challenges. As parents, navigating these changes while raising children requires patience, flexibility, adaptability, and a supportive environment.  Whether it’s packing boxes or preparing a nursery, involving the kids…