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The Church Challenge: Helping Your Children Find Value in Church

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

For many parents, Sunday mornings are a time of great struggle. Younger children fight, adolescents cop an attitude, and older teens refuse to get out of bed for church. In short, Sunday mornings become less about godly inspiration and more about family meltdowns. As a parent, it can be tempting to avoid this challenge by determining that church attendance can slide and be replaced by a Sunday sleep-in or “Sunday Fun Day” experience. But there’s one little problem with this solution. While it may avoid tension and meltdowns, and provides expanded family time, it ultimately breaks the heart of God. The church is people, and Jesus died for all people, including our infants, children, adolescents, senior adult friends, and family. Jesus gave up His precious, sinless life so that the church could fully be the church and unite together in prayer and worship for purposes of spreading the salvation story. Ignoring or avoiding that place is equivalent to whispering in Jesus’ ear that His death was in vain and His pain lacked purpose. So if the church really matters to our God, then it has to matter to our families. But what’s a parent to do when every Sunday morning’s “get ready for church” episode turns into a toxic meltdown of epic proportions? The...

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Raising Compassionate Children

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

As introductions were made, I smiled and extended my hand. The preteen before me offered a limp grasp but his gaze never connected with mine. His cellphone buzzed and his indifference to meeting me was complete. The boy’s mother attempted to power through the awkward moment. Her cheeks pinked as she laughed. “Kids. What can you do?” Believe me, I didn’t stand in judgement. I’d stood in her sweaty shoes and watched one of my children exude rudeness like a cloud of smelly fumes. And like my friend, I was embarrassed and frustrated with my offspring. As parents who want to raise compassionate, caring children, is there anything we can do? (Short of threatening their precious little existence, of course.) How can we encourage our children to see others with the eyes and heart of Christ? Here are three ways to sow seeds of kindness and compassion in our children: Lay a biblical foundation for the value of every life. Genesis 1:27 begins with, So God created mankind in his own image. As a family, take time to ponder this incredible fact. We are created in the image of the Creator of the universe! Not only that, but God’s Word reveals that He has plans and purpose for each of us, and His love is deep,...

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Learning to Lose

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

I pulled my van up next to the curb and one little bedraggled, second grader drug her book bag and long-ago-cast-off jacket into the car. “Hey sweet girl! How was your day?” Every afternoon begins the same. I ask the same three questions: -Did anything exciting happen today? -Did anything frustrating happen today? -Did anything funny happen today? But on this day, I didn’t get past question one. Excited brown eyes found mine in the rearview mirror. “Mama! Something...

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The Very Odd Day

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

“I’m battling mom-guilt,” my daughter-in-law shared while cradling my two-month-old grandson. “Don’t!” I commanded. “You’ve got a lot of mom years ahead and lingering guilt only makes the job harder than it already is. Just thank God that you’ve recognized the problem and move on.” Then I reminded her of my recent debacle. Due to the effects of my neuromuscular disease, I knew my legs would become weak after having a nuclear stress, so my dad drove me across...

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My Child Is Not a Reflection of Me

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I’ll never forget the day my toddler daughter was having a temper tantrum on the grocery store floor. An older woman slowly walked by looking at my daughter and then me. I knew what she was thinking, “Bad child. Bad mom.” I felt horrified. I thought, “Why can’t I control this child? I’m a pitiful mom.” A few years later, I was in that same grocery store and my toddler son walked along, holding onto the side of the...

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Throwing Stones

Posted by on Jan 5, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

“I’m going to throw a stone at you,” he said, a mischievous grin spreading across his face. “Ok, show me whatcha got,” I replied, and watched as my two-year-old wound up all the strength in his little body and prepared to let his stone fly. Before you call child services, let me back up a bit. Reading a Bible story with our son has been a part of his bedtime routine pretty much since he was born. He’s always...

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Prayers for My Child’s Inheritance

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 2 comments

Many of us don’t give much thought to what our children will inherit from us or from others. I hadn’t really thought about it until I caught sight of my son’s school picture next to one taken at a similar time in his daddy’s life. Except for the difference in clothing, they could have been twins. That evening I watched my son and his father interacting and realized he had inherited more than just his father’s facial features. He...

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