‘What is Lent?’ Lent for Kids, Made Easy
Kids asking, “What is Lent?” We’ve got a rundown of Lent for kids to help you explain, plus activities to help bring it home.
15 Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Black Histor...
In February, we have the opportunity to learn more about the strength and history of Black individuals. Check out these ideas for celebrating Black History Month with your family.
Reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr.’s Leg...
As we celebrate MLK Day as a family, we’ll take time to talk about the sacrifice Dr. King and so many others made on behalf of our family . . . and yours.
10 Things To Give Thanks for This Year
We’re called to “give thanks in all circumstances…” But with its challenges, it can be hard to name things to give thanks for this year.
10 Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve With K...
Looking for ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids? We’ve got you covered with the #UltimateFamilyNight.
Waiting for God This Christmas
Roughly 2,000 years ago, Israel awaited their promised king. As Christmas approaches, we continue waiting for God to accomplish His plans.
Stuck at Home for Christmas? 15 Ideas To Mak...
Do canceled plans have you home for Christmas? Grab a few energizing, low-prep ideas to create some unforgettable moments.
Christmas Do’s and Don’ts for Mothers- a...
Does "peace on earth" describe your relationship with your mother- or daughter-in-law? Here are some tips to keep the peace this Christmas.
25 Ways for Leaders To Decorate ‘Insid...
Do the holidays leave you feeling empty after ministering to everyone else? Here are 25 ways to bring rest and peace this Christmas season.
Grief at Christmas: Where God Meets Us
Grief at Christmas can bring fresh ache and pain, but the hole grief creates can become a sacred space for the comfort Christmas brings.
6 Ways to Make Memories with Your Teen This...
If you find yourself struggling to engage your teen this Christmas, here are a few ways to make memories this season.
How Can I Be Thankful When My World’s a Wr...
So many of us are struggling to catch our breath this year. Gratitude might even feel wrong. So how can we be thankful?
4 Ways to Stop Toxic Thoughts During the Hol...
There are plenty of things vying for our attention during the holidays. Toxic thoughts don’t need to be one of them.
How to Celebrate Easter At Home in 7 Easy St...
We know. The idea of your family having a service for Easter can feel weird and even sad. But this Easter at home can still be meaningful, memorable.
What about Valentine’s Day when marria...
Romance is all around. But that only accentuates how hard your marriage feels right now. How do you do Valentine’s Day when marriage is hard?
Wondering What is Just Around the Corner in...
A new job. Losing a baby. A new house. Or a spouse's confession. We can’t see what the new year may bring, but we can trust God to write our story.
4 Prayers for the New Year
We're in the practice of resolutions. These prayers for the New Year will move us toward spiritual renewal too.
5 Common Christmastime Temptations
As much as we hope we’ll become idyllic people during this idyllic season, our struggles refuse to take a holiday.
If Your Prodigal Won’t Come Home for Chris...
The Christmas season didn’t kick off quite how we had planned after receiving the text from our son … “I’m not coming.”
12 Ways to Sneak in Sex Over the Holidays
It’s hard to get romantic in your mother-in-law's living room, kids snoring around you on sleeping bags. Still, sneaking in sex over the holidays is doable.
2 Ideas to Focus on Christmas Gifts That Rea...
God gives us eternal treasures, so let’s take time to notice during the season of stuff.
Christmas Shopping For Your Wife (She Really...
I have a hard time Christmas shopping for my wife. It's not because I don't enjoy giving her gifts. I do. It's just that I don't want to mess it up.
7 Ideas to Make “Thanks” Last Longer Tha...
What if we stopped treating gratitude like green bean casserole—something to dish out once a year?
Celebrating Father’s Day as a Single Mom
Facing Father's Day as a single mom brings difficult questions.How can I help my kids on this day? What is expected of me? Am I required to honor him too?
Kids Say the Darndest Things About Dad
We asked kids what they think about their dads. Turns out, they think they’re pretty darn special.
Pop-Pop, Henry, and My Reasons to Remember
My Pop-pop told stories. About how my Mom-mom fell in love with him. About the Marines. Later I found out there were some secrets he didn't recite.
Affirmation: the Perfect Graduation Gift
We give words of affirmation to someone shortly before or after their death. But why wait? Learn to speak life giving affirmations today.
To My Wife on Mother’s Day
Every day is Mother’s Day in our little household. Because you do so much. But I want this day to be a reminder of my commitment to you.
Host a Meaningful Easter Party with Your Mom...
I’m hosting an Easter party. You should too. Use these menu ideas and activities for a fun, easy way to share the Easter season together.
Countdown to Easter
This guide will help you reflect on the days leading up to the Cross, Jesus' death, His burial, and the empty tomb. One Scripture. One brief reflection. Once a day, for 12 days.
How About Giving up ‘Contempt’ f...
Togetherness is virtually impossible if one or both spouses feel disgust toward each other.
I Used to Fail at Valentine’s Day
I always seemed to fail at this holiday until a game-changer idea took me from zero to hero.
What Your Wife Really Wants for Christmas
Forget perfume and diamonds … give your wife something that speaks to her heart.
The Unexpected Christmas Gift
The real unexpected gift wasn’t the money or groceries, but an increase in our faith.
Is Santa Claus Stopping at Your House?
What’s a family—one that desires to teach their kids the REAL meaning of Christmas—to do about St. Nick?
Work Smarter, Not Harder This Christmas
A mom’s guide to managing all that the holiday season throws her way.
Teaching My Children to Be Thankful for Each...
Long after my husband and I are gone, I want our kids to still have each other.
Women, Body Image and the Holidays
How do we find the holy balance of treating our bodies like temples, but not to the extent that we become health-obsessed this holiday season?
Help Grandma Calm Down on Christmas Gift-Giv...
Sometimes, Grandpa and Grandma Warbucks create unintended challenges by “blessing the grandkids” with so many gifts.
7 Reasons I’m Thankful for My Husband This...
Our kids would only be half as awesome, half as cool, and half as strong without you. And quite frankly, so would I.
10 Ways to Help Your Kids Honor Their Dad
Use your position as a mother to inspire your children to honor their father this Father’s Day and over the years.
Loving Your Mom the Way She Needs It
It’s not about how you feel most equipped to love her, but how she will feel the most loved.
4 Reminders for the Weary Mom on Mother’s...
This day was made for you—the tired and weary warrior mom who faithfully trudges on even when no one seems to notice.
7 Things the Easter Story Teaches Us About M...
The purpose of your marriage is to reflect the fullness of God in an increasingly empty world.
10 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day o...
Sometimes a little creativity, maybe a few dollars, and a little foresight are all that's needed to make an unforgettable to say “Be mine, Valentine.”
Ideas for Observing Halloween Without Compro...
Two moms discuss ways they have allowed their children to participate in the holiday without undermining their values.
Easter: What’s Your Story?
The day we celebrate Christ’s resurrection is the day we celebrate our own.
10 Ideas: Valentine’s Ideas for Your F...
Start some new traditions with your children during the holiday of love.
Let God Use Your Scars
After His resurrection, Jesus displayed his scars with confidence, not disgrace. He understood that God often leaves the scars of our past wounds as evidence of His power.
Why I Like Easter Better Than Christmas
I’m thankful for the incarnation. But without Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension, Christmas would mean nothing.
5 Radical Ways to Purge Commercialism From C...
If you find yourself longing for a purer, less commercialized version of Christmas, then you might want to try our experiment yourself.
7 Lessons I’ve Learned Through Waiting
During this season of Advent, I’m reflecting on how our hope must rest in the fact that God is with us in the waiting.
10 Ways to Prepare Your Heart for Christmas
Slow down and truly experience this special season centered around family, joy, giving, and most importantly—Jesus.
Using Christmas Music to Help Your Family Fo...
Listening to traditional Christmas hymns is one way to remind your children of the beautiful, gospel-centered purpose of Christmas.
What Your Husband Really Wants for Christmas
Forget the ties and BBQ apron, your man would much rather see these gifts wrapped up on Christmas Day.
When Christmas Isn’t Merry
When my aunt and uncle divorced, I had a difficult time adjusting to new holiday celebrations.
5 Ways Your Blended Family Can Find Peace Ov...
This time of year, it’s easy to get caught up in the emotions of “how we used to do it.”
6 Ideas for Decorating Your Home for the Hol...
The Ever Thine Home collection, created by Barbara Rainey, helps make Thanksgiving and Christmas meaningful as well as lovely.
10 Ways to Talk About Christ This Christmas
Is this your year to make a change and replace some time-stealing activities with something more meaningful?
Applauding Dads for What They Do Well
We asked our readers to tell us about the fathers in their lives.
How My Husband’s Death Changed the Way...
My first spring after instant widowhood altered my perspective on resurrection.
The Murdered, Risen, Living Messiah
This Easter, place your hope in the One who paid your debt, bore your sins, and gave you peace with God.
12 Ways to Use Resurrection Eggs to Tell the...
Communicating the most life-changing story ever told in a way children can understand.
Immanuel: God With Us!
The wonder of Christmas is that Jesus became a baby and lived on earth. To understand and know Jesus is to understand and know God.
4 Simple Ways to Add Significance to Your Th...
As family and friends gather, here are some ideas to create a holiday that is memorable and feasible.
What to Do After Valentine’s Day
The little things you do the other 364 days of the calendar have a whole lot more to do with keeping romance alive in your relationship.
4 Ideas for Celebrating Pentecost
Learn to appreciate the wonder of God actually residing within each of us who believe in Him.
The Forgotten Holiday: What Happened to Pent...
Five reasons why your family should celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit.
Easter should be much more joyous than Christmas because of what Christ did for us on the cross.
15 Digital Valentine’s Day Ideas
If you're looking for ideas to show your love this Valentine's Day, consider going digital.
Easter Decorations: Transcendent or Trivial?
It's easy to miss what's most important in our Easter celebration.
For most of my life I ignored the Lenten season … until I realized how little time I spent preparing my heart for Easter.
The Rebirth of Lent
Lent excites me because of its intense Christ-focus and, even more, its focus on the cross.
10 Great Ideas for a Meaningful Thanksgiving
With a little investment of time, these ideas can help give your children an "ultimate gift."
Honoring the Legacy of Martin Luther King, J...
A reminder of our need to love others, including our enemies.
7 Ideas for Making Your Holidays ‘Holy...
Here are seven ideas for traditions you can begin to draw your family closer to God.
Our Most Meaningful Christmas Gift
In our first Christmas together, we gave the most valued gift we possessed.
My Cure for Easter Apathy
Remembering what God has done in my life helped me to recapture my awe of the meaning of Easter.
Reaching Out Through a Dozen Plastic Eggs
Resurrection Eggs helped families in our inner-city ministry really understand what Jesus had done.
The Wonderful Names of Christ
Focusing on the names of Christ during the Christmas season can provide many opportunities for you and your children to learn more about Him.
Nothing Is Impossible with God
The Christmas season reminds us that the God who made it possible for a virgin to conceive can heal any marriage and any family problem.
10 Ideas to Focus on What Really Matters at...
Here are some ways you and your family can put the spotlight on Christ.
25 Valentine’s Day Ideas for Couples
When you get stuck thinking romance is all roses and bubble baths, it starts feeling like something you'll never achieve.
Don’t Give Them Everything They Ask Fo...
We don't do our kids any favors by encouraging entitlement.
8 Things Your Kids Need to Know About Christ...
Before unwrapping gifts this year, take time to ponder the eternal truths found in Scripture about Jesus' birth.
God eagerly waits to meet us when we come with our losses and broken hearts to His welcoming embrace.
10 Great Ideas for Christmas Traditions
Traditions remind us to stop the busy cycle of life long enough to reconnect and build bonds.
Bob Lepine’s Favorite Christmas Movies
FamilyLife Today co-host lists seven great movies to view with your family during the holidays.
10 Ways to Build Gratitude Into Our Children...
Character building is hard work, but it pays off big time in the lives of our children.
How to Have the ‘Perfect ChristmasR...
I decided to put away my expectations for the “perfect” Christmas—no more hope placed in conditions or gifts or decorations.
15 Favorite Ideas to Create a Meaningful Tha...
Here are some of our best ideas, plus a few new ones, to help you make this Thanksgiving a holiday to remember.
5 Faith Lessons From the First Thanksgiving
God’s story for His children isn’t one of loss and despair but one of restoration and hope.
7 Ways to Save Thanksgiving
Are you happy with the way your family celebrates the holiday? Here are some ideas to keep it from becoming just another day.
Grumbling or Gratitude?
Our problem in America is not that we don't know we are to be thankful, but often we choose to complain instead.
Why Are You Grateful for Your Spouse?
What husbands and wives are saying about each other this Thanksgiving.
Looking Forward to the Real Mother’s D...
Mothering is a ministry to the future. It's a ministry that, in the end, only God fully sees.
15 Christmas Presents From the Heart
Give meaningful gifts this Christmas — Christmas gifts to pass on to future generations
My Favorite Religious Christmas Music
Here’s a list of holiday CDs with songs that focus on Christ’s birth.
Teaching the Meaning of Christmas to Young C...
Four ideas for telling very young children the truth in a way they will understand.
4 Tips for Enjoying Christmas with Parents a...
Formulating a strategy for dealing with the stress of that accompanies holidays with loved ones.
Rainey Thanksgiving Day French Toast Recipe
This recipe became a family tradition for Thanksgiving brunch.
20 Ideas For Serving Others as a Family This...
Teaching children how to focus their hearts and minds outward on others during the holiday season.
My Favorite Time of Year
We need to guide our children and grandchildren into the habit of giving thanks in all things.
Resurrected Lives and Resurrected Marriages
The same power that raised Christ from the dead is available to us. It can make us new, and it can resurrect any relationship that seems hopeless.
10 Ways to Honor Mom on Mother’s Day
Friends share special ways they have been remembered as mothers and ways they've honored their own moms.
8 Ideas and 8 Gifts to Celebrate Motherhood
Here are some ways you can thank moms on Mother's Day and beyond.
The Bells of Hope
A beloved Christmas carol, written by a man lost in despair, directs us to remember the living God who sent His Son.
Real Stories of Meaningful Christmas Gifts
In the November 2004 issue of The Family Room, we asked our readers to send us stories of their most meaningful Christmas gifts.
Let’s Take Christ Out of the Manger
Use the names of Christ to teach your kids who He is and how to relate to Him.
Hosting Evangelistic Christmas Gatherings
Our homes can be a tool to introduce Christ to those around us, especially during Christmas.
Experiencing Christmas with the Five Senses
If ever there were a truth that needed to be internalized, it is the amazing story of a God who came as a helpless baby to touch us at our point of need.
Enjoying the Trappings of Christmas Without...
After several less than "merry" Christmas celebrations, I decided my future Christmases were going to be different.
10 Ideas for Christmas Legacies That Knit th...
These activities can become treasured long-standing traditions for your family.
How a Christmas Ornament Helped Our Son Come...
When we came to the Savior ornament, God’s Spirit did something wonderful and miraculous.
Avoiding That Holiday Burnout
So you're planning your Christmas schedule? Perhaps it looks something like this...
O Come, O Come Immanuel
When was the last time you really listened to the joyful and hope-filled words of this song?
Establishing Your Family’s Own Christm...
At some point most married couples need to create their own holiday plans while also honoring their parents and extended families.
10 Ideas: Esteeming Dad on Father’s Da...
Creative ways to express love and appreciation to the special dads in your life.
Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember
As my children grew up, I was determined to make this holiday a time for celebrating faith, family, and freedom.
Do Your Kids Know Why We Celebrate Easter?
The Easter holiday may be the best time to tell your children of their need for Christ.
The Easter Story: Explaining the Gospel Thro...
The story of Easter can be vividly explained through Resurrection Eggs from FamilyLife