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Author: Ellen Martin

When Halloween is Scary

What can you do when Halloween is too scary for a child? Ellen Martin shares helpful tips on combating fear during the season of yard decorations, costumes, and all things creepy.

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4 Reasons You Need Boundaries in Your Friendships

In the day of social media, all it takes to make a “friend” is the click of a button. But, what does it mean to have a true friendship that is healthy, strong, and makes space for the other to walk through life with you? Boundaries can facilitate that kind of relationship. Ellen Martin shares four reasons why boundaries are vitally important to building and sustaining healthy friendships.

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Tips for Talking With Children about Death

How in the world can we talk with our children and help them understand death when we don’t understand it ourselves? The topic makes us uncomfortable and afraid. It touches pain inside our own hearts from the questions we have that remain unanswered. Ellen Martin offers helpful, solid advice for helping our children death with death and grief.

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How to Talk to Kids about Terrorism

There are so many graphic images in the media and frightening talk about things happening all around the world. How do we use this age of terrorism as an opportunity to disciple our children? Every family is different. There is no one-size-fits-all response. Your response must be fitting for your family. However, there are ways to talk about terrorism that shed the Light of Christ on the subject. Ellen Martin shares wisdom on how to talk about terrorism from a Christian framework.

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Anxious for Nothing, Part II: Anxiety and New Victory

I needed the one thing I did not have: space to respond to anxiety. Space to make order of the chaos. Space to rest in the midst of panic and fear. Space to see and hear what was pure and true about my life, about me. Space to know that the ground Jesus and I had walked once before was not lost. I was not anxious Ellen exposed for her true self. I was Ellen in a state of anxiety. My old victories were not undone. A new victory was mine just ahead.

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Practicing Boundaries with Children

“We can’t go there. We can play anywhere in our yard.” My oldest child explained the boundaries for outside play to visiting friends. “If you do that one more time, I am going home.” My

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