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Personal Responsibility & Self-Mastery

Our growth starts with our acceptance of divine responsibility to pursue truth, righteousness and goodness, and develop our individual potential accordingly.

Being Thankful as a 5-year-old

Being Thankful as a 5-year-old

By Joy Miyake My son just turned five. Every time my husband and I look at him, we muse to ourselves, “When did this happen?” We know that the journey of parenthood has only begun, but these beginning milestones still manage to be tear-jerkers. Just the other day, my...

The Power of Verbally Expressing Gratitude

The Power of Verbally Expressing Gratitude

One morning, as I was moving clean plates and utensils back to their respective places in the cabinet, I found myself saying, “Thank you!” to each item. This made me think, “Oh, if I am showing my gratitude to them, then I should really take care of them!” I then...

Trail Prepared by God

Trail Prepared by God

By Mark Sano In November, my family went hiking with 3 other families in western WA area. The hike took place during a rainy season when it rained so much that there were flood warnings for many areas near rivers. The night before the hike, I learned that a bridge in...

Growing as a Family

Family is the school of love where our sense of identity and social responsibility strengthens, and we learn about the vastness of God’s nature and love through each unique relationship.

Love One Another: A Guide for the Newly Married

Love One Another: A Guide for the Newly Married

By Mike Yakawich What is love? When you pour yourself a glass of water, offer one to your partner. That is living for the sake of another. Love is simple. What is love? Love is sometimes complex. If the other person is too much, love is the answer. If they are too...

Pedaling and Learning Together

Pedaling and Learning Together

By T.I. This summer, our family started going out riding on bikes together. Our daughters, including my youngest who is only two years old, enjoy riding very much. One thing that I learned from riding bicycles together is that we need to keep moving forward to our...

Teaching Boys: Emotions vs Right & Wrong

Teaching Boys: Emotions vs Right & Wrong

By Joy Miyake When my son was 3, he had a phase when he would throw his toys (usually the hard plastic ones) at his parents when he was angry or unhappy about something. The smallest thing could trigger it and his tantrum would ensue. Of course, as a mom, I understood...

Learning from Nature and Stewardship

God’s loving hand and amazing purpose of Creation can be found by observing the design and order found in the natural world. We can also unlock deep discoveries of our own potential when we unplug and spend time surrounded by His Creation.

Days That Creation Slowed Me Down!

Days That Creation Slowed Me Down!

By Mike Yakawich These incidents really happened. How I interpret them are mine. Wham! A Golden Eagle slammed suddenly into my front van window while driving down I90. I was traveling to pick up my wife who was visiting someone in another city. This bold and majestic...

Breaking New Ground

Breaking New Ground

This story is a repost. You can find the original post on Growing Good Families. One of my favorite things about spring is that it is the planting season. It is such a powerful reminder of our life, our character, our children. We start small – but with constant care,...

Learning to Take the Harder Path

Learning to Take the Harder Path

By Keoni Takarada This inspirational story comes from a 12-year-old boy who had a memorable experience after going camping for the first time. I tended to give up easily when confronted with challenges. But it was my experience camping in the great outdoors where I...

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