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Encouraging Your Child’s Dreams

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

“I better go to bed now.” said four-year-old Greta. “I have a dream in my heart that I need to let out.” So sweet. So profound. What’s your child’s dream—not the nighttime type, but the seed God’s planted in his heart that eventually helps shape who he becomes? As a little girl, I loved to read. In first grade, I won the award for reading more library books than my classmates. The same thing happened in second grade. An insightful teacher fueled my passion by giving me a year’s subscription to Highlights magazine. Today I’m an author. When our son was three years old, he chattered about someday being “a car carrier driver.” Three decades later, he’s a software developer. But he still loves cars and is currently developing an invention to do with vehicles. My youngest daughter was ten years old when she urged me to sponsor a child through World Vision. “Why aren’t we doing this?” she asked. “We should be helping a child who needs food and clothes and who needs to go to school.” She was a poster child for compassion in action. Today, at age 29, she’s an occupational therapist. She chose that career after caring for adults with special needs for four years. God has hard-wired each of...

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Momma, Is Jesus Here?

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

“Momma,” he called from the dark bedroom. “Is Jesus here?” “Yes, Justin.” “Ok, don’t worry Mom, we just can’t see Him,” he shouted from his bed. I plopped down on the sofa, letting Justin’s words reverberate in the frayed edges of my mind. What he so blithely acknowledged and accepted I needed in every part of my being. I needed to know that yes, Jesus was here. In the midst of my mommy chaos, between the sandwiched moments of calm, and at the core of my purpose, I longed for His presence. Oh, to rest like my four-year-old-son in the uncomplicated knowledge that Jesus is here, I just can’t see Him right now. I gazed about at the stray toys scattered around the room, a laundry basket with half-folded little shirts and pants, bits of food drying on the high chair, and realized how often I segmented Jesus’ presence to pieces of life filled with calm and serenity. But Jesus walked on top of the water to Peter in the wind and waves. Surely, He can come to me before my dishes are washed, while I change the baby’s diaper, and as I pick up scattered books. He doesn’t wait for my perfect timing or until I have everything in order in my life....

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How to Guarantee Your Child’s Success

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

There’s hardly a better way to capture a mother’s heart than through her children—and God often graciously sends someone to get my attention when I need it most. “You’re doing a great job, Mom. Your boys are so good.” Instantly my heart is captured despite the fact that this stranger hadn’t heard me threatening them all moments earlier because they were acting like wild monkeys. Her comment stops me in my tracks and I see them clearly again and...

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My Favorite Pillow

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I have several pillows on my bed, but only one of them is my favorite. Why, you ask? Because it’s comfortable, supportive, and feels soft as my head hits the pillow each night. Children similarly have favorites; a favorite toy, favorite food, favorite movie, favorite dress, or a favorite friend. Our favorite things make us feel good, bring immense joy, and can lend comfort to a hurting heart. We just kind of feel better when we connect with our...

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Celebrate Creation

Posted by on Apr 13, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Continue to celebrate the resurrection. Jesus gave us eternal life and opened the gates of heaven. April is a time to celebrate the earth God made and all of creation. Look around for signs of new life as spring comes into bloom and rejoice with planting seeds. With each sign of spring chat about how God uses it to reveal His creation and power. Read Romans 1:20 that tells us nature is a witness to God’s existence. Look for...

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Love is in the Air

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

It’s that wonderful time of year when the birds start to sing, and the flowers begin to bloom. It’s also the beginning of wedding season. As parents, we think many times that those days are far off in the future, but many of us are facing the reality that it’s closer than we think. Still more of you already are walking this road with your daughters and even sons and wedding planning is firmly in your minds. During this...

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Project Humility

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I recently told the story of the Last Supper to my children and we had a long discussion about Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. I asked them if they would wash their friends’ feet and they were reluctant. I didn’t blame them. However, it was a powerful message about humility—sometimes we do things we don’t particularly want to do in an effort to put others first. Humility is something we all desire to teach our children yet it is...

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