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The Gift of Time

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

Do you ever feel like you fall short in prioritizing time spent with the people you love most? I do. Time has a way of slipping through our fingers, no matter how hard we try to make every moment count. Clocks represent the many seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years we are privileged to breathe, create, love, influence, and celebrate the wonderful lives we’ve been given. But, sometimes, we fail to see time as a gift because our ‘to-do” lists demand so much of us. No wonder we fail to live life to the fullest or to be fully present in any one single moment. Today, let’s celebrate the gift of time: past, present, and future. And let’s think of new ways to appreciate the gift we’ve been given. Clocks hold a special place in my heart, whether they’re big, little, or various sizes in-between, whether they’re well-functioning or broken. When it comes to decorating, there’s something special about tucking a clock next to a beautiful array of flowers that makes me feel good inside. Maybe because the gift of time represents all beautiful living things. For me, time is always of essence. But, sometimes it’s good to slow down, let go of our stresses, pressures, and utter frustrations in the chaos of...

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When Children Worry

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

My five-year-old grandson headed straight for my husband’s new digital camera. I scrambled out of my chair and grabbed it before he managed to reach it. Holding it tight I turned to frown at my husband. “You need to put this where it’s not going to get broken.” I chided. Nonplused he took it from me. “Here, let me show you how to handle a camera,” he grinned at our grandson and invited him close with an outstretched arm. My husband slipped the strap over our grandson’s blonde head and showed him what to touch, where to hold, and how to respect a delicate camera. I come from a long line of worriers. Fear restricted my family. My husband’s family learned how to manage unknowns so that competence and confidence replaced anxiety. I am always amazed at how different his thinking is, and how it enables rather than disables. Anxiety is part of life. It is natural and can even be useful to keep us from harm and to help us  react to danger. It can be a motivator to get things done, do our best, learn and understand how things function. But when angst is out of control it is a cruel prison warden. What if I mess up? What if I get...

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Summer “Son” Sessions

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Several years ago the “WWJD” acronym (What would Jesus do?) took off like hot cakes, with everyone wearing bracelets and t-shirts. Although the movement has since declined in momentum, the core principle behind the WWJD phrase remains relevant to young children. If we want to raise godly young children who love the Lord and choose to be obedient to a Jesus-centric lifestyle, then it starts with understanding His character, thoughts, and promises. As parents, teachers, and mentors, it’s our...

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Raising Children to Have a Heart for God

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Research shows that one out of four children will not continue to attend church after leaving home. I have three sons, twins who are ten, and a 9-year-old, and I desire for them to have a heart for God. When I learned about this statistic, I was deeply saddened and asked God for wisdom on how I could raise children who would love Him, who wouldn’t just attend church as a social gathering. It came to me that a...

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“Daddy Get You”

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

I felt the rhythmic cadence of tiny footfalls, followed by much heavier rumblings vibrating the floor. I rolled over and tried to blink the weariness from my eyes. Light was streaming into the windows, and a quick glance at my phone told me it was almost eight o’clock. Eight o’clock? I must be dreaming. I couldn’t remember the last time I had still been lying in bed at such a late hour. “Daddy get you! Daddy get you!” I...

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Beware the Small Cracks

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

A few years ago we found ourselves in the middle of some minor household renovations. It didn’t start because we planned to update a room. It began because of a small problem. We had a small crack in one of the pipes in our bathroom. It was so small it seemed more of an irritation rather than an actual problem. By the time we got around to dealing with it, the damage was extensive. They had to cut out...

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Icy Fun Hot Summertime!

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

That’s how God’s Word vaults across the skies from sunrise to sunset, Melting ice, scorching deserts, warming hearts to faith. ~ Psalm 19:6 MSG Cold ice goes well on hot summer days, especially when incorporated in fun and games. It’s inexpensive fun that can be used to teach about science. Remember that ice can be as hard as a rock, so set some safety rules (like no throwing ice cubes at people). Ice Fun Build with ice cubes. If...

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