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Through Little Eyes

Posted by on Jun 18, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

Before our children entered the scoot-around, get-into-everything stage, I would crawl around on all fours in order to childproof our home. It was a great way to gain perspective into their little worlds and to see things on their level. But as the girls grew, I realized that babyhood isn’t the only time to look through a child’s eyes. Sometimes, moms are so busy training, instructing, and sharing our bits of wisdom, we forget that our children have a lot to teach us—if we’ll take the time to learn. Their fresh, innocent way of viewing the world reminds us to enjoy the little moments. And what seems ordinary to us becomes spectacular from a child’s perspective. On a family trip to the county fair, my husband and I pointed to the flashy sights around us, but our almost two-year-old...

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A Daily Dose of Grace

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 2 comments

The day began as usual. Scrambled eggs waited egg-spectantly to be swept from under the high chair and I’d successfully refereed two or three sibling skirmishes. I pulled one child from the window sill—no big deal. I was beginning to think she was equal parts feline and monkey, the way she could balance on a two-inch ledge like that. Quite impressive. As I was enjoying thirty seconds of peaceful bliss, a scream shot through the house followed by shrill cries for help. As I raced in slow-motion toward the girls’ rooms, I knew I would round the corner and face blood and broken bones. I didn’t doubt for a moment that my children could pull off a broken bone in their own rooms. Entering a bedroom, an alarming but somewhat comical sight greeted me. My toddler had crawled on...

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I’m Sorry

Posted by on Apr 3, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

The sharp sound reverberated through my aching head—a dropped toy, dropped repeatedly on bare floors. I turned, and in one unthinking moment, brought tears to tiny blue-green eyes. A soft voice and trembling lips attempted to penetrate my heart. “I’m sorry, Mama.” More angry words rose inside me. I was tired. I’d had a long day. The aspirin I had taken earlier wasn’t working. I was overworked and underappreciated. How much was one beleaguered mom supposed to take? But as my frustrated gaze met hers, any defense of my thoughtlessness died on my lips. The Lord revealed to my heart that I could not excuse my cutting words to this little one He had entrusted to me. I pulled her into my arms—this beautiful, trusting, fragile gift from God. “No, honey, I’m sorry. Will you forgive me?” She snuggled...

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Gentle Rain or a Hailstorm?

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 3 comments

I gave the last of three kisses goodnight to the sweet objects of my exhaustion and shuffled down the hallway toward freedom. My evening plans centered on a bowl of popcorn and a few hours of mindless television. The day had been a whirlwind of errands, mounds of laundry, sibling squabbles, and endless cleaning. This mama was clocking out. As I slipped into my end-of-day sweatpants and t-shirt, my gaze fell on my Bible and devotional journal. With a groan, I surrendered to the stab of guilt and settled in for a few minutes of “quality” quiet time. My daily reading included the song of Moses in Deuteronomy 32 and focused on verse two. Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants. Thoughts of...

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Raising Compassionate Children

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

As introductions were made, I smiled and extended my hand. The preteen before me offered a limp grasp but his gaze never connected with mine. His cellphone buzzed and his indifference to meeting me was complete. The boy’s mother attempted to power through the awkward moment. Her cheeks pinked as she laughed. “Kids. What can you do?” Believe me, I didn’t stand in judgement. I’d stood in her sweaty shoes and watched one of my children exude rudeness like a cloud of smelly fumes. And like my friend, I was embarrassed and frustrated with my offspring. As parents who want to raise compassionate, caring children, is there anything we can do? (Short of threatening their precious little existence, of course.) How can we encourage our children to see others with the eyes and heart of Christ? Here are three...

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