Being a Mom is Hard

by Mari cross posted from her blog Mari's MusesEditor's note: Posting this because it points out something obvious that the Quiverfull world loves to downplay. Not everyone is ready, equipped, suited, or should be a mother. It's hard work and it's not for everyone. True wisdom is knowing your own capabilities.Being a mom is hard.I know this because, from time to time, my friends ask me to care for their children while they’re away, and I know, from experience, that I don’t have what it takes. … [Read more...]

Part 2 – The Paradox of Freedom

by Living Liminal cross posted from her blog Living LiminalPart one can be found here - Part 1 - The Paradox of FreedomI shared in my last post about the revolutionary discovery I made after my husband left me - that I actually had the freedom to choose whether or not to forgive him! And that it was only when I found out I was free to choose, that I was truly able to forgive. This is what I call the paradox of freedom.Now it's been many years since that momentous realisation. Since then I've seen a precious friendship turn into marriage, been blessed with two more amazing sons, suffered spiritual abuse, lost my 'religion', and embarked on a faith journey with a freshly-revealed … [Read more...]

Guilt, the Essence of Evangelical Christianity

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserWhat would the Evangelical Christianity be without guilt?Guilt, despite what preachers say, is the engine that powers the Evangelicalism.Often preachers will try to hide guilt by giving it other names like conviction. But no matter how they try to hide it, guilt plays a prominent part in the day-to-day lives of those who profess to be followers of Jesus Christ.Think about it for a moment. The Bible presents God as a righteous, holy, judging, wrathful, deity. In the Old Testament this God was unapproachable except by a  few chosen people. People who got too close wound up dead. … [Read more...]

It’s a New Year, and it’s Going to be Perfect (Because I Said So)

by Nora Woodhouse cross posted from her blog A Heart Like Mine originally posted on 12-27-13 It's a couple days after Christmas and we are about to come into the New Year. I don't know about you but it's about this time of year where I start to feel an urge to plan for next year, and all the awesome things I am going to do, how much self change I want to set out to attain and how this New Year will be perfect. Cue the obsessive scrolling of Pinterest and creating boards and New Years resolutions left and right. I think "oh won't this be wonderful" and get a sort of New Years resolution happiness spike that will eventually result in a crash, burn and lots of tears. Perhaps even a wallop o … [Read more...]

Part One – The Paradox of Freedom

by Living Liminal cross posted from her blog Living LiminalMany years ago I found myself, completely against my will, dealing with the loss of my marriage. I'd spent 7 years married to a man who lied and deceived seemingly without conscience, who was a master of emotional manipulation, and who acted as if the world revolved around him alone. While his regular outbursts of anger only occasionally resulted in physical abuse, it almost always ended with him breaking things - usually my things! … [Read more...]

Affects of Stress on the Body and “Multi-Generational Faithfulness” in Quiverfull Families

by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her blog Under Much GraceDuring the interim while waiting on the continued discussion of Cynthia Jeub'sblog posts about the inconsistencies she experienced in her TLC celebrity family, enjoy a graphic about how stress affects the body. (Editor's note: Graphic by Healthline can be seen at Under Much Grace)  Let it be another good motivator to work through the negative and costly aspects of true "multigenerational faithfulness."  It might be better termed "parental convenience" for which adult children raised in the high demand system pay a terribly high price. … [Read more...]

Sci Fi, Fantasy and Religion

 by Kaleesha Williams cross posted from her blog The Lost (And Found) Mind of Kaleesha WilliamsA bit of rambling backstory first. With a houseful of rapidly growing children who are receiving their education at home, we are keen on opportunities to get the family out of the house for worthwhile activities and socialization.  Trips to the feed store, library and dentist are great, but they don’t quite cut it.  There are doubts that the weekly homeschool playgroup we’ve attended the last two years will come back together this fall, so we have been discussing our options. … [Read more...]

Day 19 of 21 Days of Healing: Self-Care

by Ellen cross posted from her blog When Church Hurts“His love endures forever.” (Thought suggestion for today.)As I am writing this, it is the day after Thanksgiving, 2014. Black Friday. My husband left shortly after 4 AM to pick up my son and go shopping. (For shop vacs, ladders, scaffolding, and an iPhone.) Me? I stayed home. … [Read more...]

Not Quoting Quiverfull: Forgiving Doesn’t Mean Forgetting

by Linda Vernick from the Association of Biblical Counselors - Why We Must Never Forget Even When We Do ForgiveEditor's note: This may be coming from a Christian counselor publication, but it's a step in the right direction in the way forgiveness and self-protection should work together. … [Read more...]

I’m Not Asking For Perfection

by Living Liminal cross posted from her blog Living LiminalI've had many conversations over the last 2 or 3 years that revolved around my experience of abuse in the church and my subsequent disillusionment with that institution.There have been people who disapproved of me being upset and who therefore assumed that somehow I was the one at fault. Others were distressed that I would even suggest that there was anything wrong in 'their church'. Then there were those who recognised there was something amiss, but didn't want to get involved.But, interestingly enough, there was one line almost every person produced. "You can't expect the church to be perfect - it's made up of imperfect … [Read more...]


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