The way to happiness is when we exchange our sin and selfishness and small dreams for something harder and better and God-honoring.
Destructive relationship patterns can get passed down from one generation to the next. Here's how you can set a new precedent for your future family.
Motherhood is a high calling for all women — whether single, married, fertile or infertile
What does it mean to be siblings in Christ?
You may think your reasons for having babies are biblical, but if you're like me, you've absorbed a lot more culture and a lot less Bible than you realize.
The key to loving your siblings well is grace and intentionality.
If getting married is something you hope to do, your parents (or other parental surrogates) are likely among your best advocates.
The book of Ruth has much to say about getting to marriage in difficult circumstances, under the watchful, purposeful sovereignty of God.
It's easy to feel justified in resenting a fallen father.
Validation comes at a high price – but who cares, as long as your parent is footing the bill?
If you're a woman who appears to be within childbearing age, people make assumptions. Learn how to handle their expectations with grace and femininity.
Many say abortion is the closest thing to a solution in cases of rape. Here's research that shows it isn't in the best interest of either mother or child.
If you grew up in a home that withheld the blessing, take heart.
If only I had known how my choices would affect my life and my relationships
Dying to self doesn't happen in an evening.
I used to think I could fit kids into my life. Now I'm not so sure.
When something everyone thinks is normal is not an option for you, you live differently.
How does a person navigate him or herself into adulthood and maintain a healthy respect for their parents?
How could I go on without her?
Step back and observe what your parents did and taught to see how it lines up with God’s perspective.
Too many 20-somethings are delaying some of the most personally satisfying pursuits. It doesn't have to be that way.
Fear could jump-start your parental preparation. And parental frustrations could lead to personal reformation.
Instead of simply handing Dad another tie this Father's Day, thank him for making a difference in your life.
Society makes it sound like having a child is the end of the good life. Actually, it’s the beginning of a better life.
It's no easier if the split comes after you've left home. So what can you do to get through the tough times?
Celebrating the season is about more than just adding activities to an already packed schedule.
The consequences for the Christian who's been adopted by a heavenly Father are considerable.
No one told me the dirty little secret about becoming a mother ... that I would never feel the same about work.
Witnessing to total strangers on the street is one thing. But sharing the gospel with family brings things to an entirely new level.
When your parents treat you like a child, what should you do? Read these stories from young adults who can relate, and pick up some ideas of how to respond.
With female students now outnumbering males on most college campuses, many guys don't lead simply because they don't have to.
I was seven weeks and six days pregnant. And something didn't feel quite right.
Some of my greatest teachers have been under the age of 10.
I was overwhelmingly frustrated: Why in the world can't I handle one tiny baby and a 1,200 square foot house?
Kimberly's search silenced the questions that had swirled in her mind for most of her life.
Numbers don't automatically create a loving community, but ...
In the mommy wars, every believing woman needs to enlist.
Maybe you're done with people. Maybe you've decided real relationships are a nice accessory to life, but ultimately not worth the pain.
Would you rather be "happy" or "blessed"?
I saw in Dad's hands an ideal, and to me they represented a hard-working man who labored diligently to support his family.
Family life offers many blessings for the stay-at-home single adult, provided that we use this stage to actively and responsibly build a future.
Most women want to be stay-at-home moms. Heather decided to make that happen.
To stay at home with your kids, it's best to start planning now. But what happens when it's too late to plan? Or your plans just didn't work?
Think you want to stay home to raise your future children? Think you don't? Either way, you should read this.
Tell your loved ones how you feel. Now.
The death of a loved one is devastating, even if that loved one has never been born.
It's far too risky to wait until your loved one is on their deathbed.
Though not obvious, there's a meaningful link between the increase in childless couples and the weakening of marriage among the non-college educated.
All his father left him was his razor and shaving brush. And an emptiness that endures decades later.
Most well-educated women have chosen to stay at home with their babies rather than work in the market economy. Now why would some people find that shameful?
A pervasive myth in our culture is that commitment and sacrifice are barriers to our fulfillment - but family is really the path to fulfillment.
Single men have asked "Who should I marry?" and "When should I marry?" But now they're finding themselves asking a more fundamental question: "Why marry?"
Children are no longer viewed as an essential part of what it means to live the "good life." But they are. And parents are better people for them.
A loved one dies. What can we do with our regrets? What can we do with the questions that seem to have no answers?
The myth of "balance" is one of our culture's most pervasive and destructive myths. And Perpetua did not fall for it.
I wanted to take care of my baby full time. But doing so seemed financial risky. I found myself hesitant to do the right thing because of fear.
Gender roles are attacked — and defended — regularly on college campuses. For Dyck, settling the issue and moving on is part of growing up.
Judith Warner's book, "Perfect Madness" is getting a lot of press, as is the broader topic of mommy anxiety. It's high time to expose Warner's whining.
Becoming a dad is relatively easy, biologically speaking. Becoming a good dad, now that's a whole different story.
Oh the heels of big name books that slam motherhood, one author's writing about some surprising benefits to having babies.
For a generation of singles, living life to the fullest could spell the end of life.
Finding a place to live is about more than lot size, square footage and resale. It's about finding your way home.
Motherhood is a blessing, but sometimes even strong pro-lifers subconsciously think otherwise. Megan shows us why.
Discovering the wealth of the king.
The difference between trying to get people to like you and learning to love like God does.
How a visit with Elvis changed my dad’s view of talent.
Even after a rape, abortion is never the answer: Choosing life is best for both mother and child.
What should you do when your family takes the focus of Christmas off Christ?
The frustrations of pesky parents and the imperfections of those they’d like us to date.
Last time Eddie tried to explain away his drinking. This time Theo's getting to the real reasons.
He never drinks too much except on weekends. Or when he’s celebrating. Or he needs cheering up. Or ... excuses, excuses.
You've met Richard, whose girlfriend had an abortion. Now meet his girlfriend and his brother; one's grateful to Theo, the other's boiling mad.
Many men don't want their children to be aborted. What do they do when they can't stop it?
Her dad took off a long time ago. She still has days when she cries about it. But she also has something — Some One — else.
Not without controversy, Buchanan's new book raises some good points about Americans' failure to have children. And looking at my graduating class, I'd have to say he's not far off the mark.
Too often, we don't realize a good thing till it's gone. That's saddest when the good thing is a grandparent.
After a long wait, the conclusion to Richard's conversation with Theophilus about his girlfriend's abortion is here.
You, or your future wife, are not doomed to a nine-to-five job like some would have you believe.
When someone says they're gay, they get all the attention. But what about those they leave behind?
It’s tempting to go for the glamour when choosing a major. But as this quirky film reminds us, choosing a path that pays the bills is a noble task.
Can abortion make you suicidal? What if you're a man?
Sometimes, a trip home for the holidays can be a painful experience. Especially when you've changed.
He isn't like other boys his age. But to me, he is perfect.
Morse reviews Danielle Crittenden's book, What Our Mothers Didn't Tell Us: Why Happiness Eludes the Modern Woman
You say you want a career and someday, children. How will you balance them? Today’s mommies and daddies are blazing the trail.
Wiegand’s decision to be a full-time mom made sense to her, but to her Harvard colleagues, it was a break in her all-important career stream.
Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter and see all our latest content every Thursday.
Helping young adults mature in Christ and prepare for marriage and family. Learn more
© Focus on the Family 1998-2014