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Baking with Kids

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Taking a warm tray of muffins out of the oven fills a room with a wonderful aroma. It’s fun and good training to bake with kids. They appreciate the food once they make it and it builds life skills. After baking, sit and share the fresh bread. Relax and enjoy the time together. Breaking bread together often opens up hearts and conversations. Try an evening with several types of bread and discuss all the many varieties. Add to the experience of baking by reading Scriptures about bread in the Bible: Feeding a crowd with bread (and fish) in John 6 Jesus announcement that He is The Bread of Life and the significance of that (John 6:35) A dream about bread (Judges 7:13) Working for bread/necessities (Genesis 3:19) Jesus and communion (Matthew 26) Prayer for daily bread (Matthew 6:9-13) The value of bread scraps (Matthew 15:27-28) Manna from heaven (Numbers 11:7-9) Waves of Grain Psalm 72:16  Non-dairy Blueberry Muffins (makes 12 large muffins) 1 1/2 cups flour 1 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon baking soda ½ cup oil 2 eggs, beaten 1 pint (1 ¼ cup) of berries (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, or a mix) Directions Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda....

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Little Dreams and Big Steps of Faith

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

Dirt, tiny digging tools, and a magnifying glass littered the table where my fourth-grade daughter hunched over her latest project. Her focus was intense, and even calls for lunch weren’t enough to pry her from the task at hand. “Mom, I think I found something!” Sure enough, I could see a dinosaur fossil clenched in her tweezers. I’m not sure which was more impressive—the fossil, or my daughter’s jubilant smile. Her sisters joined me in examining the find and my heart thrilled to watch the enthusiasm of my little explorer. For several years, my middle daughter was into all things dinosaur. She lived and breathed paleontology. She exhausted available library books, begged to visit museums, and requested science kits for birthdays and Christmas. Around that time, our family devotion time centered on the importance of a daily walk with God and learning to listen to His leading in all decisions, especially our life’s work. This gave my young scientist great pause. As she pondered the concepts of listening to God’s voice and living in obedience to Him, I could see the conflict in her eyes. “But mama, what if God doesn’t want me to be a paleontologist?” (Side note: Moms, don’t ever wonder where your mission field might be—you are living it every day.)...

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Raising the White Flag

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 0 comments

Lean in close, I have a secret to tell. “I am a recovering control freak.” Seriously. Life is good when things go according to plan, when nothing too crazy happens, and when people behave themselves. But if things start to veer too far off course, I get anxious. God has grown me a lot in this area over the last few years, though. I’m learning to raise the white flag, to trust Him and listen to His voice when...

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Don’t Be Afraid to Change

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

Do you have a room in your home that feels “off?” I’ve experienced the same frustration from time to time, and hope to help you resolve this decorating dilemma by offering a few simple tips. Stand in the doorway leading to the room you feel needs a face-lift and consider the layout. Take careful note of where the windows are located and how the light enters the room. This will help you decide where the television should be positioned...

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Daddy, Read Me a Story

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 1 comment

My mother tells me that when I was a child I could not get enough of the Dr. Seuss classic, The Cat in the Hat. I asked her to read it to me repeatedly. Eventually, as the years passed, she sat while I read it to her. Over and over we shared that book. Yet as a father, it was high on my list of least favorite books, and I would try and suggest other books to my sons...

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Celebrating the Rock!

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Smarts-n-Crafts | 0 comments

Welcome to Smarts-n-crafts, where you’ll find smart activities to do with your children—no matter what age—and fun craft projects for rainy days or just for giggles. You’ll be provided with step-by-step instructions, a variety of use ideas, approximate time of activity, and an age-tested skill level. Let’s get started! We’ve got just 18 summers to create lots of memories with our loved ones. Did you know that September 16th is Collect Rocks Day? (We’re posting this a couple of...

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Mommy It Hurts

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

As a parent, there are many different words our children say that affect us deeply. Just a few letters strategically strung together have the power to devastate or melt our hearts. Words like: “I love you.” “I hate you.” “Will you cuddle with me?” “Don’t touch me.” “Thank you for everything you do for me.” “You never help me.” “I’m going to marry Mommy when I grow up.” “I’m engaged!” There is another grouping that has recently caused my...

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