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Family Devotions Run Amuck

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

My husband and I gathered our brood—ages 2, 7, and 12—and did our best to focus their energies on our family devotion time. The youngest monkey refused to be still, preferring to climb on my back and stick her precious little finger in my ear. Our middle cherub took the opportunity to practice her “forward roll” while our preteen studied her fingernails. As I wrestled the youngest two into submission, my man-of-amazing-patience locked his gaze on Ms. Study-My-Nails then read the Scripture and attempted to apply it to our children’s lives. After a good 10-minute struggle, my husband and I closed with a quick prayer, sent the troops to prepare for bed, and fell against each other in exhaustion. As we listened to the girls fighting for position at the bathroom counter, we wondered, Lord, what in the world are we doing? Are any of our efforts making a difference? In the midst of raising a family, it’s easy to become discouraged and to doubt that our hard work is having an impact. We know what Scripture requires of us—to teach our children of God’s love, laws, and plans for them. To bring them up to seek the heart of their Creator and to live lives that glorify Him. But who knew that it...

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Leaving Social Media

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

I am proud of my son Ben who has decided to take a break from social media. His reasoning showed real maturity. Ben has always had a high level of empathy. He realized Facebook had become a constant source of negativity in his life. As well, he has said he is, “Losing respect for some because they are placing their hate for some leaders above their dedication to truthful statements.” He followed this by saying, “Dad, you and I have talked about some of the bad things about social media. I realize I agree with you so I have decided I need to step away for a while.” That was over three months ago and he still remains social media celibate. Ben made his own decision but you may be interested in exactly what we had talked about. My observations come from watching my children, their peers, and the students at the university where I am on faculty. Social networks are a tremendous time waster. Studies show the average person spends a minimum of forty-five minutes a day on social networks. Some studies raise that estimate to hours. And, since social networks entice you to click on other sites, the wasted time quotient continues to climb. Social networks can become your life. Network friends...

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Game Time

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

Working at my desk, I have a good view of the pecan trees in the front yard. This morning four cardinals played together. They went from tree to tree chasing each other. Occasionally one pecked at the one closest to it. Another time, one flew to a different tree as if hiding and taunting the others to come find it. However, it wasn’t long before it rejoined the others. I watched their little game and smiled. This could have...

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Mother Bear-ness

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

The sun was shining. Blue sky filled the kitchen window. My eight-year-old daughter played in front of our house with friends. I could hear voices, a mixture of laughter and children’s bossiness. Busy with laundry and cleanliness I scrubbed inside while outside wars were fought, princes and princesses declared, and games were invented. Peace reigned in the kingdom, or so I thought. The front door banged open with such angry vengeance I dropped my sponge. “MOOOOOOM!” I turned from...

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Hooray for God’s Brown Earth!

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

It’s spring and the time of year when seeds are planted, grass turns green, and plants sprout and bloom. God created the earth and made it a place where plants grow to supply food for us. So much grows up from the soil. Take a closer look at dirt and you’ll make lots of discoveries. In Numbers 13:20, God told Moses to check the land and discover if the soil is good or poor. Why do farmers need good...

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10 Steps to Reflect On for the Morning After Easter

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

I have tackled my share of jigsaw puzzles over the years, and the most satisfying part is when you’re into the home stretch and all of the pieces are coming together fast and furious. There is a particularly special feeling of completion when that one last piece clicks into place. I had that feeling recently when a Bible class took me through the events of Easter morning and showed me how all of the puzzle pieces from the four...

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Power in a Plastic Egg

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

Break open your words, let light shine out… Psalm 119:130 MSG Just as many will hide Easter eggs for children this year, the Bible speaks of hiding God’s Word in our hearts (Ps. 119:11). So this year I’m sending my children and spiritual children on a treasure hunt—treasure that will change their lives, and as it is properly applied, will change the lives of countless others. Want to join me? You’ll need a Bible, plastic eggs, small candies, colorful...

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