Category Archives: Parenting

Keeping Christmas: A Narrative from 1905*

Folks often reminisce of the "good old days"; the times in their life when things seemed a bit simpler, traffic speeds moved a bit slower, and conversations lingered longer. Read the tale below, written in 1905 by Henry Van Dyke, and perhaps you will get a sense that "keeping Christmas" can last far beyond the…
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Without Rival: A FirstCov’er Story

Being at the right place at the right time may happen on occasion for just about everyone. What about when the right place and time also reveals a message specifically meant for you to hear? Those rare God moments do happen and FirstCov'er Joy St. John shares her story about a recent experience where God…
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Faithful to His Promises: A FirstCov’er Story

FirstCov'er Nancy Nygaard is no stranger to physical suffering. She has weathered many storms in her life, and in continuing to seek God through it all, she has witnessed His blessings and faithfulness. Read her story below, as she gives us a glimpse into her journey. Pursue Him to Find your Purpose Seek God through…
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Focus on Life: Domestic Violence

In 1989, the US Congress designated the month of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Since then various national, state and local non-profit organizations sponsor activities to promote awareness and action. What is Domestic Violence?? The term “domestic violence” as defined by the Department of Justice includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed…
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Family Organic Outreach (ch. 11): Connecting in Organic Ways

This week is chapter 11 with "Connecting in Organic Ways".  FirstCov'ers Angie and Ben Branum dish out a hearty discussion of "cultural stew", open their front door to a sneak peek of their lives as parents to a pre-teen, and bring us out into the community with ideas of where to go to make connections for…
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Family Organic Outreach (ch. 10): The Spirit & Atmosphere of Your Home

This week is chapter 10 with "Lighthouse Homes".  FirstCover's Mark and Krista Majerus reflect and break down each of their barriers when it comes to inviting neighbors into their home, along with what it truly takes to overcome these obstacles, in this summer’s Book & Blog series in “Organic Outreach for Families: Turning Your Home into a Lighthouse.” Each…
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Family Organic Outreach (ch. 8): The Home as a Place of Prayer

This week is chapter eight with "The Home as a Place of Prayer". Mark Gabriel  brings us along for the journey as he shares his wife Brenda and his adventures of being purposeful in prayer, in this summer’s Book & Blog series in “Organic Outreach for Families: Turning Your Home into a Lighthouse.” Each week we read…
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