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But God Has Been Making it Grow

At our church we have replaced baby dedication with something called a commissioning ceremony. The focus is on parents who both realize and embrace their commission from God to pass their faith to their children. These are some sweet times in our church community. Last [...]

But God Has Been Making it Grow2021-08-13T09:49:30-06:00

Something to Say

“Children don’t come with a manual.” I’ve heard this countless times and I’ve even said it myself. True, when they are born, the hospital doesn’t hand us an instruction book. However, the more I read the Bible the more I’ve become aware that God has [...]

Something to Say2021-08-13T09:49:30-06:00

Paving the Way for Freedom

Memorial Day is the time our country has set aside to honor those fallen heroes who gave their lives for our personal freedoms and our nation’s continued political and religious freedom. Please take the time to talk to your children about what was sacrificed on [...]

Paving the Way for Freedom2021-08-13T09:49:30-06:00

How Spills can Strengthen Family Ties

In remarkable and unbelievable kid timing, while one child clandestinely fed Murphy, the family dog, bacon under the table, the spiller knocked his cup. This action precipitated a series of unfortunate events.  Our labradoodle freaked and blasted out from under the table and ran beneath the [...]

How Spills can Strengthen Family Ties2021-08-13T09:49:30-06:00

Mother May I

Today I want to look at Mother’s Day a new and fresh way.  Instead of playing “Mother May I,” let’s change the words (and focus) to say, today May I Mother like this… Moment by moment keeping the end goal in mind.  I am raising [...]

Mother May I2021-08-13T09:49:30-06:00

Thankful Mama

On Mother’s Day we spend the day being thankful for our mamas. We try to spoil them to show our gratitude for all their hard work. Mamas come to church with bellies full of slightly burnt toast and runny eggs that accompanied flowers in a [...]

Thankful Mama2021-08-13T09:49:30-06:00

Spring Cleaning

 There is a LOT of work that needs to be done to prepare my home for summer with my kiddos home! I can’t wait to have them home and am so excited for the big chunk of time together. Cleaning and organizing our home is one [...]

Spring Cleaning2021-08-13T09:49:30-06:00

He is Risen

He is Risen!He is Risen Indeed!!!What does that mean to your child when she hears you say it aloud at church? Today we celebrate the greatest victory of our Savior on this earth. When we celebrate Easter, we celebrate Jesus’ victory over death, over all sin. [...]

He is Risen2021-08-13T09:49:30-06:00

Still Praising

In thinking about Palm Sunday, I went back and read through Matthew 21:1-11. Here we read about Jesus telling His disciples to get the donkey colt for Him. Then, fulfilling prophecy, He rode on the colt through the streets and people cut palm branches to [...]

Still Praising2021-08-13T09:49:30-06:00

Wise not Foolish

 What is a fool? Google dictionary says it is “A person who acts unwisely, unprudently; a silly person”To fool someone is “to trick or deceive (someone); dupe”Parents, I want all of us to be wise not fools this April 1st. Let us not be deceived. Our [...]

Wise not Foolish2021-08-13T09:49:30-06:00


In December, our family had a RESET Sunday at church. It’s a day we’ve set aside to give our church leadership a much-needed break on a day when most people don’t go to church anyway. It gives us a chance to recharge and be ready [...]


Lucky Charms

As an American culture, we’ve gotten mixed-up about why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  Most of us think that it’s just a day to wear green, talk like we’re Irish and eat Corned Beef and Cabbage.  We have lost sight of the patron of our holiday.  [...]

Lucky Charms2021-08-13T09:49:30-06:00

Respecting Law Keepers

When our little ones are in preschool they begin to be aware of civil authorities and to see them as the heroes that they truly are. I am thinking specifically of when my sons wanted to play Cops and Robbers and to dress up like [...]

Respecting Law Keepers2021-08-13T09:49:31-06:00

Favor with Authorities

Part of supporting my children in their mission field of school is praying for the authorities in their lives to find favor with them. I am not talking about favoritism. I’m talking about the people who watch over your children at school knowing their names and [...]

Favor with Authorities2021-08-13T09:49:31-06:00

Love Your Neighbor Challenge Neighborhood Prayer

When my children were younger, we took many walks through our neighborhood. We would count all the animals we saw, stop and try to identify all the sounds we could hear, and mainly take any chance we had to greet our neighbors! One thing we [...]

Love Your Neighbor Challenge Neighborhood Prayer2021-08-13T09:49:31-06:00

Love Your Neighbor Challenge Compassion

Another Love Your Neighbor challenge is to check out Compassion.com and become more aware of their amazing ministry! There are lots of ways to support Compassion’s ministry to children all over the world but choosing to financially support a child will have an impact on [...]

Love Your Neighbor Challenge Compassion2021-08-13T09:49:31-06:00

Christmas Pieces

Christmas can become a whirlwind of concerts, big family gatherings, and last-minute gift preparations. We can let all the different moments and pieces of Christmas turn into chaos like a sticky, messy Gingerbread house that is mushed together instead of carefully crafted and built piece by [...]

Christmas Pieces2021-08-13T09:49:31-06:00

Love Your Neighbor Serving

 The Love Your Neighbor Challenge #10 is to read Matthew 25:31-46 about serving others.  Jesus says what it will be like with Him in glory when He is on His throne,34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by [...]

Love Your Neighbor Serving2021-08-13T09:49:31-06:00

LYNC Teacher Encouragement

Being raised by two teachers, I have a unique sensitivity to my children’s teachers. I know they have lives beyond the classroom and are just normal people. Whenever our children are having a miscommunication or frustration with a teacher, we try to help them see [...]

LYNC Teacher Encouragement2021-08-13T09:49:31-06:00

Little Missionary Support

  At the beginning of the school year, people regularly ask me if I am relieved my children are back in school and if I am excited for time to myself. Honestly, I hate it. Their first day back is a sad and hard day [...]

Little Missionary Support2021-08-13T09:49:31-06:00

Showing Respect to Adults

Our family was blessed with some empty nester friends inviting our family over for a nice dinner. They had puzzles and toys. The husband knelt and played with our boys awhile as the wife chatted with our daughter. They integrated our children into our evening [...]

Showing Respect to Adults2021-08-13T09:49:31-06:00

How we Started a Family Time

A fabulous way to understand how to do a Family Time with your family is to go to a training time. If you haven’t been able to experience one, you can host one at your church or try to catch one of the upcoming trainings. [...]

How we Started a Family Time2021-08-13T09:49:31-06:00

The Light of the World

One of my favorite things to do as a child with my mom was to sit in the dark living room and look at the Christmas tree with our glasses off! We would talk about all the colors blending together and how pretty the lights [...]

The Light of the World2021-08-13T09:49:31-06:00

Attentive Giving

Why do we give gifts to others that we honestly want for ourselves? We have to be taught to think of others first and to be attentive. Think of the precious four-year-old princess who draws her daddy a purple unicorn on his birthday card because [...]

Attentive Giving2021-08-13T09:49:31-06:00

Processing the Commercial Racket

Soon you will watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and hear Lucy say, “We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket.”  Christmas decorations have been intertwined with Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations for months.  I like the decorations, but it does make my whole family [...]

Processing the Commercial Racket2021-08-13T09:49:31-06:00

Preparing, Enjoying, and Continuing the Day of Thanks

This is the perfect time of year to count our blessings and have a dedicated time of thanks for those blessings. We can be intentional about conversations that spur on grateful hearts and do practical acts that say thanks in a special way. Preparing for [...]

Preparing, Enjoying, and Continuing the Day of Thanks2021-08-13T09:49:31-06:00

Our Jesus Basket

Lent/Easter Season Teaching Goal:  Follow Jesus in every part of your life. Scriptures: Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. 1 Peter [...]

Our Jesus Basket2021-04-28T15:47:51-06:00

Cannonball Love

Idea From Mandy Arioto Devotional Teaching Goal:  Live so that the love of Christ in you is transferred to others. Scriptures: Ephesians 3:17-18 I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide [...]

Cannonball Love2023-06-08T16:30:55-06:00

Knock Sin Out of Our Lives

Teaching Goal:  We need Jesus to take our sin away so we can be back together with God. Scriptures: Romans 3:23  For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Hebrews 4:15  …but we have one {Jesus} who has been tempted in [...]

Knock Sin Out of Our Lives2021-04-27T15:50:51-06:00

Firm In The Faith

By Karen Noal Teaching Goal:  Our surroundings can strengthen or weaken our faith. Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character. Romans 12:2  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your [...]

Firm In The Faith2021-04-26T18:19:41-06:00

Eye of the Needle

Teaching Goal:  You cannot take material possessions to heaven. Scripture: Matthew 19:23-24  Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.  Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel [...]

Eye of the Needle2021-04-26T16:28:49-06:00


Teaching Goal:  Jesus teaches us to share. Scripture:  John 6: Jesus feeds 5,000 - the boy with five loaves and two fish. Materials: Candy corn One picture of candy corn for each child Kitchen knife In Advance: Draw or find a picture of candy corn. [...]


Thankful Always

Idea from book by Elisa Morgan, “The Beauty of Broken” www.thebeautyofbroken.com Teaching Goal:  Focus on being thankful in both good and challenging times. Scripture:  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. [...]

Thankful Always2021-04-30T16:06:33-06:00

Christmas Quiz

Teaching Goal:  What does the Bible really say about the birth of Jesus? Scripture: See Answer Sheet Materials: Copy of the quiz for each participant. (**Found in downloadable PDF version of this activity.) Copy of the answer sheet for the leader (**Found in downloadable PDF version [...]

Christmas Quiz2020-08-31T14:30:55-06:00

Christ the Ruler

Teaching Goal:  Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the truth and the way to God the Father. Scripture: John 14:6  Jesus answered:  “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 8:31-32  Jesus [...]

Christ the Ruler2023-05-04T18:46:34-06:00

Angels Are Powerful

Teaching Goal:  God’s powerful angels command respect and fear. Scripture: Joshua 5:14  Joshua has crossed the Jordan river and entered the promised land.  He meets an angel of the Lord.  “Joshua  fell face down to the ground in reverence.” Luke 2:9  An angel of the [...]

Angels Are Powerful2021-04-21T16:57:23-06:00

Bent and Torn

Teaching Goal: God is still with us and loves us when bad things happen Scripture: Acts 9:8-9 Saul {Paul} got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing…For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink [...]

Bent and Torn2021-04-21T17:40:17-06:00


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