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Talking to Your Kids About All Things Love

Talking to Your Kids About All Things Love

Ah, February — it’s the season of love, and we here at Mama Bear know that you’re probably busy with class parties, heart-shaped everything (even pizza!), and probably glitter…because really, what says love best than something that sticks around forever? We recently...
Discipling your kids through the Armor of God

Discipling your kids through the Armor of God

Ephesians 6:12 “Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”  If you’ve been feeling like something is...
Humbly He Came

Humbly He Came

There are a lot of things that are true but are hard to believe, but the fact that the Creator of our universe has pooped in a diaper is a big one. I mean, really think about that. And if your first reaction is to think that the opening line of this post sounds crass...
What Biblical Gratitude Is (and Isn’t)

What Biblical Gratitude Is (and Isn’t)

It’s that time of year again. The family is gathered around the table. Grandma asks each person to say what they’re thankful for – “And you’re not allowed to simply say ‘God’ or ‘Family’ or ‘This food’!” The kids (and some of the adults) roll their eyes while racking...
Is AI Dangerous? (Part 2)

Is AI Dangerous? (Part 2)

In Part 1, we may have virtually scared the pants off our readers with our semi-dystopian view of the future. But everything’s going to be okay, mama. You’re fine. I’m fine. Everything’s FINE!  No, really, we’re all fine.  Let me ask you something: can you give me an...
What to look for in a Women’s Conference

What to look for in a Women’s Conference

“But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:14  I was invited to attend a women’s conference with some ladies I’ve met through Mama Bear. They’ve...
IF:GATHERING part 2: What to know before you go

IF:GATHERING part 2: What to know before you go

[This is part 2 of our coverage of the IF: Gathering. You can read the first blog here.]  Being in ministry is amazingly challenging in the social media age. People often have keyboard courage to say whatever is on their minds. They take statements out of context or...
The IF:Gathering: What the heck is it? (Part 1)

The IF:Gathering: What the heck is it? (Part 1)

I had never been to a Christian women’s conference before I attended my first IF: Gathering live stream at my church in 2018, so I really didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t familiar with any of the speakers. I took some notes from the videos, and enjoyed the table...
The Enneagram Part 3: Let’s ROAR, Mama Bears!

The Enneagram Part 3: Let’s ROAR, Mama Bears!

(Welcome to Part 3 of our Enneagram series! If you haven’t done so, check out Part 1 where we give a “Crash Course in the Enneagram” and Part 2 where we ask “Is The Enneagram Even Accurate?”) Let’s face it. Personality tests are fun. Even the cheesy Buzzfeed quizzes...
The Enneagram Part 2: Is It Even Accurate?

The Enneagram Part 2: Is It Even Accurate?

In the first part of this series, we looked at the history of the Enneagram. Many people are unaware of how the Enneagram was developed and how it made its way into Christian circles. We encourage you to check out “A Crash Course in the Enneagram” if you haven’t...
Enneagram Shaming is Not the Way Forward

Enneagram Shaming is Not the Way Forward

We interrupt our regularly scheduled 3-part series on the Enneagram to address some hurts that may be caused by the timing of this series. We had no idea it would turn into such a cultural moment — thanks in no small part to Jackie Hill Perry publicly announcement...
The Enneagram Part 1: A Crash Course

The Enneagram Part 1: A Crash Course

Personality assessments are often used for career advice, relationship advice, to help work environments, and for self-improvement. In recent years, the Enneagram has sky-rocketed in popularity, especially, it seems, in the evangelical church. Even prominent Christian...
Thoughts from an American Girl about American Girl®

Thoughts from an American Girl about American Girl®

I’ll never forget the Christmas I turned 9. That spring, an American Girl® catalog made its way into our mailbox. When I spied Molly with her glasses and brown fringe bangs, a staple of my 90’s girlhood, I knew I had to have her. So, my mom and I made a pact. If I...
Celebrating 12 Days of Christmas

Celebrating 12 Days of Christmas

Mamas, can you believe that we’re in the Christmas season already?! If your kiddos are like mine, they are counting down the minutes ‘til Christmas break allows them to sleep in and shlump around all day in pajama pants.  As much as I love the baking and the bustle of...
Does Jesus Ever Talk About Homosexuality?

Does Jesus Ever Talk About Homosexuality?

I was in my mid-20s living in San Diego. I joined some people from a nearby church and went to a Pride parade to pass out water, give hugs, and hold signs saying “We are sorry the church hasn’t loved you the way Jesus would” (or something along those lines). All of a...
ROARing Through Disney’s Zombies Trilogy

ROARing Through Disney’s Zombies Trilogy

by Alexa Cramer SPOILER ALERT! This article contains aspects of the plots from each of the three Zombies movies, including several spoilers. If you don’t want the ending of each movie revealed, we suggest you watch them before reading on.  Synopsis: Growing up in the...