The Smile Business at Christmastime

The Smile Business at ChristmastimeChristmas Eve was not a typical day at my house as a child. Festive? Yes. Busy?  Definitely. Purposeful? Absolutely.

The day began early with preparations for the annual Christmas Eve deliveries. Sturdy paper plates were piled high with delicious cookies. Jars of homemade pickled herring were decorated with bows. My dad’s smoked chickens were labeled with heating instructions. My mom’s freshly baked Swedish coffeecake was wrapped tightly. All of the gifts were loaded into the back of my family’s red Suburban, appropriately nicknamed, Rudolph. We would be off, singing “Jingle Bells” and laughing all the way.

Mom was the navigator with “The List” in hand, directing Dad to the next drop-off location. Through his family dental practice, my dad knew of many older patients without children and shut-ins that would be celebrating alone. We would make 25-30 stops on Christmas Eve to brighten the spirits of these lonely, lovely people. Dad would often dress as Santa Claus with the three of us kids as his elves. The recipients of our Christmas treats were never fooled by his costume. They’d come to the door with smiles and hugs for each of us. Many times the visits were punctuated with tears, joyful tears, because they were not forgotten.

I remember the year I realized the impact of my parent’s choice to serve others on Christmas Eve. Rather than hanging our stockings with care knowing they would be filled with trinkets and treasures, we served others quietly sharing the real Reason for the Season. We were the hands and feet of Jesus, purposely giving rather than focusing on what we’d be receiving. 

And we were blessed! Around my grandparent’s dinner table, we’d enjoy a delicious meal and tell about our day. The man with the cute dog who was so glad to see us, the woman who was waiting, watching out her front window hoping we’d remember her as in years past. The couple whose children lived far away couldn’t be with them, standing on their front steps in the cold and crying, hugging, and thanking my parents for the holiday treats.

As an adult, I’m so grateful my parents took the time to make Christmas about giving, not receiving. I have such fond memories of our family Christmas Eve “sleigh ride” to deliver smiles to those who were lonely. My whole family was in the smile business on Christmas Eve!

Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart…
Proverbs 15:30a

How do you reach out to those who are lonely at Christmastime, sharing the Light? 

Parenting Unchained

10264495_821695001226037_8549450350683278683_nWhen I find a book that really speaks to me, I share it with you. Lori Wildenberg, my ministry partner, and I have had the honor of working with Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, founders of the National Center for Biblical Parenting. Lori and I were on the NCBP team at an Association of Marriage and Family Ministries conference. I highly recommend the NCBP resources, including the newly released Parenting Unchained: Overcoming the Ten Deceptions that Shackle Christian Parents by Dr. James D. Dempsey.

Parenting Unchained takes a close look at ten lies parents fall for when raising children. Jim writes from his own experience as a parent with honesty. His transparency in sharing his personal journey of faith and parenting gives moms and dads true-to-life examples of how misconceptions and straight out lies can cloud the way one sees the world.

The chapters in Parenting Unchained address the ten deceptions, drawing on scripture. Each deception is followed by powerful parenting truths, taken from the Word of God, the best parenting book. This makes not only for an educational read but one filled with hope. We don’t have to believe the lies and we don’t have to parent alone.

The concepts laid out in Parenting Unchained are easy to understand and thought-provoking. The Home Activities are practical options for families to put the concepts into play. Parenting Unchained can be used as an individual, couple or small group study.

Really, every parent desires to raise good kids. This book will help guide parents raise great kids, with a heart for the Lord while building strong relationships within the family.

Jim10801562_820555544673316_3857179896950506741_nJoin Dr. James D. Dempsey and the Center for Biblical Parenting Team on Thursday, December 11 for the Facebook Release Party!

Find the book on Amazon or at the National Center for Biblical Parenting


Tissue & Bubble-Wrapped Memories

Tissue & Bubble-Wrapped MemoriesAs soon as the remnants of Thanksgiving dinner are packed away in Tupperware containers, my mind turns to Christmas. Traditionally on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Scott, our two boys, and I visit the local tree lot to choose the perfect Christmas tree. Scott trims the lower branches, fits the trunk into the stand, and with a little help hauls the tree into the house.

Then the fun begins. After twenty-five years of marriage, there are a lot of ornaments. Each speaks of a bygone time, when Scott and I were first married, when each child joined our family, memories of happy and difficult times. Like the tiny, red apple with “Scott loves Becky” printed across it. A fond memory of when my dear husband helped me write the names of all my students, two kindergarten classes, on apples as gifts. Then he made a special one for me. Others are of sad times. The heart inscribed with “Love” and the star, “Faith”. Each was chosen to describe Grandpa Doc by the boys the first Christmas without him after a long struggle with cancer.

The homemade decorations from Advent celebrations at church and Sunday school are always added to the tree. Popsicle stick stars dipped in glue and glitter, painted dough handprints, twisted red and white pipe cleaner candy canes, and paper plate angels. Each one is a memory, complete with the artist’s name scrawled in crayon.

The tree decorating can get silly with peals of laughter as the phases of the boys’ interests through the years are depicted in their choice of ornaments. There was the year of the “diggers and dump trucks” with a bulldozer to hang on the tree. They chose tiny Matchbox cars to clip to the branches during the racecar phase. The Hallmark speedboat my youngest had to have because it was his favorite color is always prominently displayed. And then there was the Star Wars year. Yoda always seems to always find a place on the tree.

The nativity ornaments are the most precious to me. One by Tomie dePaola a student gave me when I was expecting my first child. The highly polished wooden manger scene a friend gave me from the Holy Land. The darling miniature bunny hangs with wings and a halo peering into the manger to see the Holy Child. The most special is an intricately carved Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus found in a tiny woodcarver’s shop next to the Silent Night Chapel in Oberndorf, Austria. Two similar ornaments are carefully stored with the Christmas decorations for the boys to one day have for their own trees to remember our special family trip. 

As each memory is unwrapped, my family revisits Christmas past. With steaming mugs of cocoa and a roaring fire, the four of us tell stories, laugh, and sing Christmas carols. Traditions bind families together. Sometime in the not too distant future each one of my sons will be starting traditions of his own, maybe with his own family. And just maybe, memories around a box of tissue and bubble-wrapped ornaments

They celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
Psalm 145:7

What Christmas tradition do you and your family hold dear?

The Thanksgiving Proclamation

On October 3, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln issued the Thanksgiving Proclamation. The third Thursday in November was set aside as a national holiday of thanksgiving and praise. To celebrate our national heritage and to draw upon the words of this great president, here is the first page Lincoln’s address.

Thanksgiving-Proclamation-300x300By the President of the United States of America.
A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward, Secretary of State


May your Thanksgiving be filled with gratitude and love!
xo Becky

Originally posted on 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting on November 28, 2013
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Fostering Thankfulness

Fostering ThankfulnessThanksgiving is a time for families to gather, celebrating with thankful hearts. To grow an attitude of gratitude in your family, recognize both the large and small gifts in life. Set the stage for thankfulness by noticing the blessings.

Be intentional about how you’ll portray gratitude at the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day. Start your meal off by saying grace, thanking God for the food as well as the family members and friends gathered around. The Bible provides wonderful examples of why we say a blessing before we eat. In Matthew 14:19, Jesus fed a large crowd of hungry people. Before the meal was served, he gave thanks to God. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.

Here are a few suggestions to make the Thanksgiving blessing special at your house.

• Hold hands at the table during grace.
• Start a dinner conversation around thankfulness by asking each guest what he/she is thankful for this past year.
• Say a traditional prayer in unison.
• Ask a child to say the blessing.
• Mix up the generations at the table; kids next to the grandparents, tweens and teens with the adults.

Here are a few former posts to help you and your family set the stage for gratefulness this Thanksgiving.

• Thankful Hearts Prepare What are the members of your family most grateful for? Use the download to record the blessings.
• Thankful Hearts Care Show your thankfulness by sharing with others. Operation Christmas Child is a great way for children to help less fortunate kids have a Christmas gift.
• Thankful Hearts Share Download scripture to share with your guests as napkin rings. Click here for Thanksgiving place cards your children can use to color and decorate the table.
• Thankful Hearts with Thanksgiving Fare The post includes a yummy and easy recipe for Orange Cranberry Sauce. I’m grateful each year because my kids make the cranberry sauce!

What are ways you foster grateful hearts in your children? 

Stress Reducers for Mom

Stress Reducers for MomLast week was all about creating margin during these busy holiday months. And in creating these margins we are actually giving ourselves the gift of time.

Stop and enjoy beauty: a bouquet of flowers, a fresh dusting of snow, a conversation with your little one. But when we’re in the midst of this busy season, here are a few tips to keep the peace…within yourself.

This is a repost of a popular top ten list for moms I wrote in 2013. I hope you find the suggestions helpful!

Top Ten Tips for Stressed Out Moms

1. Take a deep breath. Realize this too shall pass. The stress of today will be gone and replaced by another pressing issue tomorrow. You’ll soon forget what was causing angst today.

2. Give yourself permission to say no to volunteer requests. Saying no allows someone else an opportunity to serve and creates margin for you.

3. Be selective in activities for your child. Children do not have to experience every extra curricular activity before kindergarten. Hectic schedules can be the result of peer pressure to enroll kids in too many activities.

4. Rest. Get enough sleep to feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the day.

5. Eat well. Skip the quick pick-me-ups like caffeine and sugar. Opt for whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

6. Stay hydrated to avoid a whole host of health problems including headaches. Nothing is worse than a stress and dehydration headache.

7. Take time to be with your spouse, alone. Time without kids to focus on the two of you builds a strong relationship. Keep in mind the kids joined your marriage.

8. Keep up with your own interests. Having a hobby helps to relieve stress and gives you personal time to enjoy your own interests.

9. Join forces with other parents. Organize carpools, homework helps, and babysitting. Find a friend, preferably one who is a good cook, and offer to share meals once a week, each making double to provide dinner for one another.

10. Pray! Reliance on God will take the pressure off you. As the old adage goes, “Give it to God, He’s going to be up all night anyway.” Quiet time to discuss the problems of the day is balm for the soul.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Isaiah 40:29

What would you add to this list of stress reducers?

More Margin, Less Stress

More Margin, Less StressIn parenting classes I sometimes begin with an ice breaker. A favorite is, “If you had a day to yourself to do anything you’d like without any regard to time, money or distance, what would you do, where would you go, and with whom?”

Moms with younger children get animated with the thought of a day to whatever, wherever, with whomever. The answers have ranged from an exotic day at the beach or a trip to Paris to a day in a hammock with a good book or a romantic date for two. There’s always laughter, encouragement, and a few “Oh, that’s a great idea!”

What if we could carve out a small version of just that, time for each one of us to do some of the things we’d like to do and less stress about the things we think we have to do. What if in the busyness of the approaching holidays we set aside time to enjoy lunch with friends, a mini spa day at home (or at the spa), an evening curled up by the fire with a good Christmas novel? Better yet, what if we  gave ourselves the gift of time; quiet time for prayer or study time to read God’s Word, time to spend with the people we love? 

Last weekend I had a special activity planned with my nieces. The girls had chosen a recipe for cupcakes in a cook book I had given one of them for a birthday gift. I prepared the batter, baked the cakes, and had them cooling when the girls arrived. The house smelled chocolaty. The frostings were mixed. The sprinkles were ready. The Disney Princess Glitter Gels were open. The girls and I got creative, after we tasted the frosting and mini candies of course.

This was a perfect afternoon activity, especially after the HeartCORe Parenting Conference last Saturday. I’m not sure who had more fun, the little girls or me! Partway through a conversation regarding the shade of yellow in Belle’s ball gown I vowed I’d find more margin the next eight weeks.

Where to begin? The calendar and the to-do list.

What commitments are mandatory? What activities are negotiable?
How can the preparations for Thanksgiving and Christmas be streamlined?
What gifts will be meaningful, not just collect dust or need to be exchanged?
Who can I serve this holiday season?
How can I model peace and calm to my own family in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holidays?
Most importantly, how can I draw closer to the One who is the reason for the season?

My desire is to be more like Mary, while my personality is to be more like Martha…too busy with the details that probably really don’t matter to anyone but me.

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42 

This holiday season, I’m going to carve more time for God, family, and friends. Time to be with the ones I love, time to reflect, and time to enjoy the most beautiful time of the year.

What are you going to do now to reduce the busyness of the holidays?

Who’s Speaking at HeartCORe?

This weekend marks the first of the 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Conferences. I thought I’d take an opportunity to introduce you to the fabulous team members speaking at the event. Each has a unique story and is an expert in his/her field. I hope you’ll make time to join us!

 The HeartCORe Parenting Conference Speaking Team
November 1, 2014

Matt-BLOG Matt Haviland is a single father of a beautiful little girl and the founder of a single dads ministry, A Father’s Walk. Matt has a passion to lead and grow others in theri walk with Christ and help turn generational curses into blessings by equipping single dads in their walk with the Lord. Matt is the author of A Father’s Walk, co-author of The Daddy Gap, and co-founder of Grand Rapids Single Parent Expo. Matt was born and raised in Grand Rapids Michigan where he currently resides.

Misty-blogMisty Honnold is the Founder and Executive Director of The Single Mom KC. She has been featured in Overwhelmed magazine, a guest writer for Frontline Moms, and she hosts the podcast Mocha Moments for the Single Mom. Misty is a single mom of four. Her greatest life work has been loving and leading her family well. Misty’s own challenges a single mom have equipped her to offer encouragement, hope, and resources to other single mothers. She travels to train, teach, and equip churches and communities to love and aide single mothers. She resides in Kansas City.

Pete-blogPete Larson, husband and dad of two sons, is the Executive Director of Family Fest Ministries in Bloomington, Minnesota. Family Fest seeks to strengthen families and marriages in their Christian Faith through week-long and weekend retreats. Many of you have participated in his awesome family events and Marriage Booster Retreats. Pete often speaks on the topics of marriage and parenting. He and his wife, Lynn, have two sons.



Megan Stone author of The Ownership Series and Own Your Own Education: a Student’s Guide to Greater Success in School (and Life) is the founder and president of Stone Foundations of Learning, Inc. Megan has her Master’s Degree in Science Education and has taught in Minnesota. Megan leads parent and teacher seminars and offers one on on coaching for students. Megan and her husband and two children live in the Twin Cities.

Lori-BLOGLori Wildenberg, wife and mom of four, easily relates to a parent’s joys and struggles. Lori, licensed parent and family educator and  co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting, is passionate about coming alongside parents to encourage, equip, and support them. Her warm, straightforward, and transparent approach meets parents where they are and helps get them to where they want to go. Lori is co-author of three parenting books, including Raising Little Kids with Big Love and Raising Big Kids with Supernatural Love. She is also a team member and mentor mom with The MOM Initiative and Moms Together. The Wildenbergs home is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

And I’ll be there too! Join us! There’s still time to register.  

With faith, hope & love,

To Busy? Make Time to be Refreshed

Make Time to be RefreshedNot long ago, a good friend used a hamster wheel analogy to describe how she felt as a wife and mom. Her days were packed with commitments, her own and her family’s. She was hurrying to get everything done, just to find herself further behind at the end of the day. When her head would finally hit the pillow, she’d pass out in exhaustion only to wake in the middle of the night remembering all she had to do the next day. Sound familiar?

If you feel like you’re on the hamster wheel, come, take a day for yourself. Better yet, take a day for you and your spouse. Get refreshed and renewed in your faith and enriched in your parenting. If you haven’t registered already, do so today for the HeartCORe Parenting Conference on Saturday, November 1. Click for a direct link to the online registration at Christ Presbyterian Church. 

After the conference, you’ll have a copy of Raising Little Kids with Big Love or Raising Big Kids with Supernatural Love, both with a study guide. Get a group of friends together for a weekly study to delve deeper into what it means to parent with faith, hope, love, and other attributes from the Love Chapter of the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13. Paul ends chapter 12 with these words, “And now I will show you the most excellent way.” He then launches into the characteristics of love found in chapter 13.

I’d love to dig deeper with you! Let me know how I can be a resource to you, your family, small group or church. Contact me here.

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels,
but do not have love,
I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge,
and if I have a faith that can move mountains,
but do not have love,
I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and
give over my body to hardship that I may boast,
but do not have love,
I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 

1 Corinthians 13:1-7

What’s your greatest challenge as a parent?

Faith, Hope, and Love…HeartCORe

HeartCORe 7What are the greatest gifts a parent can give a child? Faith, hope, and love.

Join members of the 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting team to be encouraged, equipped, and refreshed in your parenting walk at the 2014 Minneapolis HeartCORe Parenting Conference. Mark your calendar and register today for Saturday, November 1, 8:30 AM-2:30 PM at Christ Presbyterian Church.

Here’s a run down of the 12 power-packed workshops the team has planned for the HeartCORe Parenting Conference. We’ve covered all the bases to make it a day of enrichment, just for you!.

HeartCORe Parenting Conference Breakout Workshops

 Session I
1. 24/7 Kids: A Parent’s Guide to a Kid’s Tech World   Becky Danielson
Technology has changed our world and the way we raise our kids. How do we as parents keep up with the changes? In this workshop, we will discuss setting limits and creating boundaries for technology, including cell phones, the Internet, and social media. We will explore media tools, the effects of screen time on children, and how to intentionally unplug as a family. Led by Becky Danielson, M.Ed., cofounder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting.(Parents of elementary to high school)

2. Father’s Love   Matt Haviland
Based off of Matt’s experience of growing up without a strong male role model in his own life, we will talk about the love only a father can have for his own children─ and why that is so important to be nurtured by single moms. We will also cover how our kids thrive when we are advocates for the other parent─ instead of adversaries; and how other strong Christian men can stand in the gap if Dad is not available. Most of all, we will discuss how God steps in as the perfect Father and even when it feels like we are out in the middle of an ocean of worry and despair─ He is right there all along to guide and protect. Led by Matt Haviland, founder of A Father’s Walk. (single mothers, church/ministry leaders)

3. Got Your Back   Pete Larson
In the beginning, God created marriage. Well, it wasn’t the very first thing, but since it was the first human relationship to appear in scripture, God obviously considers it important. Using scripture, stories, and humor, Pete Larson of Family Fest Ministries will help us discover how we can love deeper, communicate clearer, support each other, and have more fun with the most intimate person in our lives. (All ages, married)

4. Own Your Education   Megan Stone
God has given us the privilege of being a parent and raising our children. Many times we feel lost as to what is the best way to equip our children to do their best in school. When thinking about the idea of ownership, pride, and hard work we need to look no further than to our Heavenly Father for an example. He allows us to make decisions in our lives, to learn from our mistakes, take pride in our successes, and is always there to intervene when necessary. This is what we need to do with our own children. Megan Stone, M.Ed., Stone Foundations of Learning, Inc., will discuss why students lack ownership, what has been done to take ownership away, and how to begin to help children to regain ownership of their lives. (Parents of elementary-age to college age children)

Session II
1. A Father’s Walk   Matt Haviland
According to recent statistics, single parents are one of the fastest growing demographics in America. Still, they are also one of the most under-served. Working off of the book A Father’s Walk: A Christian-Based Resource for Single Fathers, we will cover some powerful areas of discussion that we single fathers face regularly, including: Loving our children’s mother in a Christ-like way, what happens when another man comes into the picture, a “spiritual workout”, discipleship, and leaving a godly legacy through it all. This is a must for any single father to attend and will make a solid impact in helping a generation of children to grow up with their fathers by equipping and serving all single dads in Christ. Led by Matt Haviland, founder of A Father’s Walk. (Single fathers, church/ministry leaders)

2. Equipping the Body of Christ to Minister to Single Moms   Misty Honnold
The Word of God makes it clear that we are to ‘visit’ the widow and fatherless. However, single mothers are often considered a ‘black hole’ of ministry. Over 80% of women who become single mothers actually leave the church. Join Misty Honnold, the Single Mom Ministry, as she unpacks the Lord’s heart to reach out, surround, and cover these women and children. She will offer practical steps to take to strengthen families so they will live out their God-given destinies. (Single mothers, those in relationship w/ single mothers, ministry leaders)

3. Tools for School   Megan Stone
Many parents ask their children, “Why can’t you just do this?” The better question is “Do you have the tools to complete this job?” As adults we need to remember that we are not reliving our school experience through our children. Students of today need different tools. Helping your children own their education and life allows children to gain control, making a difference in their future. Through ownership of choices, they will be able to learn from both success and failure. But how and where do you start? Megan Stone, M.Ed., Stone Foundations of Learning, Inc., will discuss ways to equip children with tools to take ownership of their lives in order to be successful in both school and in life. (Parents of elementary-age to college age children)

4. Who’s the Boss?   Lori Wildenberg
Do you want to know how to deal with and extinguish temper tantrums, power struggles, and whining? Do you want to make time-outs effective? And in the midst of these difficulties have you discovered your fuse can be a little…short? If so, come to Who’s the Boss and learn how to effectively deal with these frustrating challenges so you can be the parent you want to be. Presented by Lori Wildenberg, co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting. (Parents of toddlers to eight-year-olds)

Session III
1. Same Page Parenting   Becky Danielson
Do your children ever say, “Well, Dad told me I could” or “Mom said yes”? Get on the same page as your spouse and bring unity to your family, security to your children, and reduce the stress in your marriage or relationship with your child’s parent. Becky Danielson, M.Ed. cofounder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting, will assist you in improving communication skills, implementing discipline strategies, and encourage harmony in family life. (Parents of toddlers to teenagers)       

2. Bride & Bridegroom   Misty Honnold
Revelation 19 tells us the “Spirit and the Bride say come”. Jesus is returning for His bride who has made herself ready. Misty Honnold, the Single Mom Ministry, will help define challenging scripture and explain why it is vital for parents to understand the love of the Bridegroom and pursue an intimate relationship with Jesus that is defined as Bride and Bridegroom. She is passionate about seeing a generation come forth that walks in the understanding of true partnership with the King of Glory. (All)

3. Born To Run   Pete Larson
In the busyness of life, do you ever wonder if you are living the life that God has called you to? Between all of the demands on your time with family, friends, church, sports, and activities are you really living fully alive? Using stories, scripture, and humor, Pete Larson of Family Fest Ministries will share some ideas about letting go of the things that get in the way of our walk with God and what we can do to better live out God’s plan for our lives. (Parents of toddlers to teenagers)

4. Hard Places   Lori Wildenberg
Have you trained up your tween, teen, or young person in the way he should go and he has veered off the path? Are you experiencing big sighs and rolling eyes… and maybe more? Come to Hard Places and learn how to put respect back into the family, recognize signs of potential trouble, what to do about it, and discover how to pray powerful prayers for your child. Led by Lori Wildenberg, mom of 4 former teens and cofounder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting. (Parents of tweens, teens, and young adults)


You can read more about the speakers and the other members of the 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team. Click HERE for the 1C13P Team Member page.

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at the conference! Click HERE to register today as the price increases on October 28.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13