About Cord of 6

Cord of 6 exists to help families grow closer to God and each other. Every day our families are faced with conflicts that threaten to unravel the family cord. Marriages are struggling to survive. Parents are stressed and overwhelmed. People are hurting. 

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 When we look to God for strength, He gives us comfort and peace in our trials. As we grow closer to God we also grow closer to each other. He teaches us how to trust Him and love others the way He loves us.

I’m Valerie, a busy Christian mother of four energetic children ages 13, 10, 8 and 6. I’ve been married to my husband Tim for 20 years. We are a family of 6 that loves deeply and strives to stick together. We are frayed but forgiven, and held together by our Savior.

I pray as you visit here you will find hope and comfort in whatever trial you are facing. 

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17

How to be Spiritually Fit

Every Friday, I drag myself to the gym and stand in line for the most intense workout of my week—cycle class. It’s here that I know I’ll be pushed to my limits. I feel like I’m literally going to die or fall off my bike because my heart is going to explode from...

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How to Love Your Spouse Through the Busy Parenting Years

As time goes on, the beauty of loving our spouse looks different with the changing seasons in life. As my marriage has progressed over the past 20 years, each season has brought its own joys and struggles. If I could describe our life with four young kids in the house...

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5 Ways to Remember to Pray for Someone

“I’ll pray for you.” How often have you told someone these 4 powerful words and then forgotten to actually pray? I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve let these words slip off my tongue without the discipline of follow through. So I’ve been trying to only speak...

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8 Life-Changing Prayers To Deepen Your Faith

I was reading Paul’s letter to the Colossians and realized how deeply he prayed for others. When I pray for others my heart is usually burdened for their trial.  My prayers usually consist of my pleas for God to take away their pain. Sometimes I even get lost in their...

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For Better or For Kids: Book Review

20 years ago my husband and I said our vows in a chapel next to a beautiful stained glass wall of Jesus praying in the garden.  We vowed to love each other… For better or worse Richer or poorer In sickness and in health As long as we both shall live  I’m pretty...

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Stepping Into A Dream

Friends, I can’t believe I’m celebrating my 1 year blogoversary! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to have the honor of guest posting on God-Sized Dreams today. I would love for you to read about what God has taught me about pursuing my...

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How to Pray the Promises of Scripture

My 5-year-old loves me to pray for her every night.  “Mom, are you going to pray for me?” I’ll be honest. Sometimes she’s gotten into so much mischief during the day that by the time bedtime rolls around I don’t always feel like praying. So one night I asked her if...

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My Favorite Blogging Tools!

(If you’re here for 100 Happy Days we’re hosting every other week for the summer months! We can’t wait to see you next week!) I usually don’t post about the specifics of keeping up my blog. But since I’m celebrating one year of blogging,...

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Dear Mad Mom, You Have the Tools to Change!

*This post contains an affiliate link. See my disclosure page here. I felt defeated. I just finished my devotions and spent time in God’s Word. Praying for patience. Praying for the ability to control my temper and not yell at my kids. Less than 30 minutes later,...

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How To Curb Anger in A Waiting Period of Life

I’m so excited for Ruthie Gray to be guest posting today! I’ve gotten to know Ruthie and absolutely love the humor she infuses into her writing while building up moms to be the best they can be! I adore her. She’s a mom of four (just like me) and...

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How I Fight to Keep My Marriage Strong

I’ve been married to my best friend for 20 years! And friends, let me tell you, our marriage hasn’t been easy! It’s been hard work. There have been times when I honestly didn’t know if we would last. Times when I just wanted to give up because it was hard and painful....

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Five Reasons I Failed to Know My Worth

Do you lack confidence? When you think about yourself, are your thoughts positive or negative? Do you have head knowledge that God loves you but have a hard time believing it in your heart? Sometimes I can’t believe I’m still battling feelings of insecurity. Over the...

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How to Find a Bed and Breakfast You’ll Love

For the last 20 years, my husband and I have celebrated our anniversary by going to a different Bed and Breakfast in California. Since our trip involves a lot of planning ahead with differing schedules and childcare to align, we want to make sure our money is well...

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How to Grow in Serving Your Spouse

Do you struggle with serving your spouse? After 20 years of marriage, I wish I could say I have this down pat, but honestly, I’m still a work in progress. I know God is chiseling away at my character to give me more of a servant’s heart. Galatians 5:13 says we should...

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When You Feel Anxious and Empty

Do you ever wake up feeling empty? Like there’s this void in your soul? Your life is full. You’re blessed, yet still constantly trying to get that feeling–that gnawing ache to disappear? I recently took a survey of my email subscribers (thank you to...

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Hope Heals: Book Review

    Some nonfiction will capture your attention and heart from the very first word until the very last. Hope Heals: A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and Overcoming Love by Katherine and Jay Wolf is definitely one you will not want to put down.  While her...

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