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Easy Lessons in Encouragement

Posted by on Feb 22, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

One of the hardest parts of parenting is dealing with discouragement. You grieve deeply when you know that your child hurts, especially when it feels like you can’t do anything to fix the situation. Children cease to be encouraged when they have arguments with friends, face bullying situations, or believe they failed at some task. While it is hard to know what to say or do in these situations, there is hope and direction found in the pages of Scripture. Consider 1 Thessalonians 5:11: “And so encourage one another and help one another, just as you are now doing.” This verse encourages us to invest in the lives of others, offering kind words and messages of hope and support. One of the fastest ways to get your eyes off of your own problems is to turn your attention to those around you. For the child who feels less than good enough, unpopular, or shunned by peers, consider building a sense of hope and encouragement by showing them how to invest in others. Perhaps your child didn’t do so well on the math test or failed to find friends in the lunchroom, but he/she can exercise competence and creativity by helping an elderly neighbor, by gathering food for the school peer whose daddy lost his...

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Mama, You Forgot

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 2 comments

“Mama, you forgot to sing to me,” my son called from his bedroom. Actually, I hadn’t forgotten. I was just tired and ready for the kids to be in bed, eager to go “off duty” for the night. So I had prayed for him, kissed him goodnight and shut the door. But he remembered. And inwardly, my heart rejoiced despite my weariness. I reentered his room, sang a verse of “The Old Rugged Cross” and kissed him goodnight one more time. We used to sing to our babies as part of their nighttime routine, but as they’ve grown older, the bedtime songs gradually fell by the wayside. Recently, however, a dear friend told me about an interview she’d read with singers/songwriters Keith and Kristyn Getty, in which they encouraged parents to sing songs of faith to their kids each night. What a simple, yet profound, way to pass on our faith and teach foundational truth to our children. I took up the challenge and picked “The Old Rugged Cross,” my favorite hymn, as our bedtime song for the month. After just a few nights of singing to my kids, they began to join in and sing along. One night, my four-year-old daughter asked, “What does ‘cherish’ mean?” With great joy, I explained the precious...

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The Vandal and the Master Artist

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

Hundreds of people were packed into a side chapel in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome when a bearded man with long, red hair suddenly scrambled over a marble railing and bolted up the stairs leading to one of the most famous works of art in the world—Michelangelo’s Pietà. “I’m Jesus Christ!” the man shouted as he yanked a hammer from under his coat and began raining blows on the statue. Pieces of marble flew in all directions as the...

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A Royal Opportunity for Your Family

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

Winter sure has settled in, hasn’t it? This week our county had five snow days. Have I mentioned I live in Mississippi? Unusually frigid temperatures and ice and snow have made this January especially difficult. I’m not sure yet how much more time is left in winter, but I am surely over it! How about you? Dreaming of warmer temps and planning 2018 goals always leads to home projects and this year is no different. The news of the...

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Through the Eyes of Love

Posted by on Feb 12, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 3 comments

“Mommy, I wish everyone in the whole world could be just like you.” My oldest son had no idea I would leave his room after hearing those words and weep. At first, his affectionate remark plastered a giant smile across my face. Before long though, as fast as my heart leapt, it fell. If you only knew, son. If you only knew. How long will he still see me through his kid lenses? They’ll be removed one day, and...

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Let Go of the Reins

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

Many years ago, my son, Mark, who was 14, planned to fly alone for the first time from California to Florida to attend a Christian golf camp. As I explained how he should find his connecting flight in Dallas, Mark exclaimed, “I know, Mom, I’ll be okay.” But I knew he didn’t know how to “read” the arrival/departure monitor. “He’ll never find the correct gate,” I moaned. Several hours later about the time Mark would arrive in Dallas, I...

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Praying for My Child’s Joy

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

Have you noticed how artificial life has become in the past years? It seems that more people than ever are searching for self-worth in their looks, validation in what they accomplish, and joy in what they possess. I find myself having to fight against this. Sometimes I get so weary of having to constantly battle the world’s definition of who I am and what’s important. This struggle has given me a new place to pray for my children. I...

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