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God’s Word & Music

I’ve always been amazed by music. Even the most educated, trained, and experienced musicians struggle when tasked with pinning down what music actually is! I view it as a creation and gift from God to be used for His glory. Not only is it a gift from God, it [...]

God’s Word & Music2020-08-31T14:55:48-06:00

Stories and Adventures

 People love stories. They love telling them, hearing them, watching them and living them. Part of thereason children love to dress up is to pretend to be in a different story. My little ones loved dressing uplike firemen, doctors, and superheros. They wanted to be heroes who helped other people. [...]

Stories and Adventures2020-09-01T14:56:46-06:00

Un-disposable People

When we lost our fourth baby to miscarriage a few years ago, I realized that our culture doesn’t know how to deal with miscarriage. Every other woman I talked to for the first two weeks after losing the baby said they had experienced the same thing. As we talked [...]

Un-disposable People2020-09-01T15:10:50-06:00

Un-disposable Marriage

We live in a Disposable Culture where people all around us see people and relationships as disposable. I met a woman whose husband left her and their three children to live a life addicted to gambling. He legally divorced her, but there was no infidelity or reason to leave [...]

Un-disposable Marriage2020-09-01T15:09:46-06:00

Affirming Spiritual and Character Growth

Affirming Spiritual and Character Growth This month we’ve been focusing on affirmation and have learned that the definition of affirm” is “to state as fact; assert strongly and publicly; to declare one’s support for; uphold; defend.” We discussed the importance of affirming your children, your spouse, the other authorities [...]

Affirming Spiritual and Character Growth2020-08-26T13:14:03-06:00

Affirming Hard Workers

As we have been covering this month, the definition of the word “affirm” is “to state as fact; assert strongly and publicly; to declare one’s support for; uphold; defend.” We talked about the importance of affirming your children in order for them to feel known and supported and of [...]

Affirming Hard Workers2020-08-26T12:43:26-06:00

Affirming Your Spouse

As we discussed last week, the definition of the word “affirm” is “to state as fact; assert strongly and publicly; to declare one’s support for; uphold; defend.” We talked about the importance of affirming your children in order for them to feel known and supported. This truth is the [...]

Affirming Your Spouse2020-08-26T13:21:53-06:00

Affirming Your Children

The definition of the word “affirm” is “to state as fact; assert strongly and publicly; to declare one’s support for; uphold; defend.” What a beautiful word.  When I feel affirmed, I do feel supported and I feel known.  When was the last time someone you respect affirmed you in [...]

Affirming Your Children2020-08-26T13:18:08-06:00

Career Planning Perspective

Your four-year-old looks up at you in his oversized rain boots and fireman costume and says, “Mama, I want to be a fireman when I grow up… and build buildings… and be a superhero… and…” Our children are taught that they can be anything they want to be when [...]

Career Planning Perspective2020-09-01T15:21:00-06:00

Identifying

  One new parenting dilemma that our parents did not deal with is the new definition of “identifying” our middle and high schoolers are being faced with. When we used to identify with a group of people in was because of classes or extra-curricular activities we were in together, [...]

Identifying2020-08-31T15:09:32-06:00

FTT Routine

 dBack to school is a perfect time to get into (or back into) a Family Time Training routine with your family.  It’s a great time to determine which activities you’ll do together for the fall or even through Christmastime.  You can pick a date, time, and even do pre-meal planning [...]

FTT Routine2020-08-31T14:44:11-06:00

Taste and See

Spend some time in the kitchen tasting summer foods together and being grateful for all the ways God provides for your family.  Here are a few fun taste testing ideas to try with your family: Act of Food Service Have each person write down a meal that they would [...]

Taste and See2020-09-01T15:01:01-06:00

Water Balloons and Spiritual Battles

 When we spend a lot of time together, we can start to become impatient and easily irritated with each other.  Here is a fun Family Activity that will help us remember the battle is a spiritual one not one fought against each other!Water Balloon BattleThe object of this activity is [...]

Water Balloons and Spiritual Battles2020-09-01T15:14:21-06:00

Finding God on a Hike

Having intentional spiritual conversations when we are with our children in non-formal settings is key to helping them understand that our relationship with God affects every aspect of our lives. Deuteronomy 6:7 is a command to talk about the commandments of God as you walk along the road. So, [...]

Finding God on a Hike2020-08-31T14:39:25-06:00

Avoid These Mistakes When Helping Your Family Grow Spiritually

In 2 Peter 3:18 we are reminded, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Unfortunately, some people make spiritual growth errors and then don’t experience the most benefit from what God has to offer. Here are common mistakes that often cause families [...]

Avoid These Mistakes When Helping Your Family Grow Spiritually2020-08-26T14:34:13-06:00

The Power of a Sin-Confessing dad

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” -James 5:16 What a precious thing it is for a husband and dad to lead his wife and kids in [...]

The Power of a Sin-Confessing dad2020-09-01T15:07:37-06:00

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 month a mom approached [...]

But God Has Been Making it Grow2020-08-26T14:41:04-06:00

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 given us a great [...]

Something to Say2020-09-01T14:50:13-06:00

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 their behalf! We like [...]

Paving the Way for Freedom2020-09-01T13:21:26-06:00

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 shower of white. Simultaneously [...]

How Spills can Strengthen Family Ties2020-08-31T15:05:33-06:00

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 adults not 6, 10, [...]

Mother May I2020-09-01T13:11:55-06:00

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 vase at their bedside. [...]

Thankful Mama2020-09-01T15:03:13-06:00

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 of my roles in [...]

Spring Cleaning2020-09-01T14:51:49-06:00

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. There is no sin [...]

He is Risen2020-08-31T14:59:23-06:00

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 throw on the ground [...]

Still Praising2020-09-01T14:53:44-06:00

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 influences are huge in [...]

Wise not Foolish2020-09-01T15:18:08-06:00

Rest

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 for the next season [...]

Rest2020-09-01T14:41:33-06:00

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.  This is a great [...]

Lucky Charms2020-08-31T16:24:05-06:00

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 police officers. I remember [...]

Respecting Law Keepers2020-09-01T13:56:23-06:00

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 looking out for them. [...]

Favor with Authorities2020-08-31T14:36:58-06:00

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 did regularly is pray [...]

Love Your Neighbor Challenge Neighborhood Prayer2020-08-31T16:45:19-06:00

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 your family as well [...]

Love Your Neighbor Challenge Compassion2020-08-31T16:33:53-06:00

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 piece. When we rush [...]

Christmas Pieces2020-08-31T14:31:47-06:00

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 my Father; take your [...]

Love Your Neighbor Serving2020-08-31T16:55:38-06:00

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 things from their teacher’s [...]

LYNC Teacher Encouragement2020-08-31T16:57:50-06:00

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 for me. This is [...]

Little Missionary Support2020-08-31T15:20:25-06:00

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 together and weren’t bothered [...]

Showing Respect to Adults2020-09-01T14:44:35-06:00

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. When I went to [...]

How we Started a Family Time2020-08-31T15:07:45-06:00

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 were in the darkness. [...]

The Light of the World2020-09-01T15:06:19-06:00

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 she is convinced it [...]

Attentive Giving2020-08-26T14:26:25-06:00

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 want to buy more [...]

Processing the Commercial Racket2020-09-01T13:52:21-06:00

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 the Day of Thanks [...]

Preparing, Enjoying, and Continuing the Day of Thanks2020-09-01T13:50:36-06:00
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