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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,...

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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...

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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 role to foster this understanding. But how do we do that well? Answer: We make a purposeful commitment to something I like to call “Summer Son Sessions.” Summer is a great time to engage the hearts, minds, and activity of children who are out of school and frequently bored. Summer Son Sessions are nothing more than short, 5-minute chats about...

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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 relationship with God must be developed. Here are some principles that are helping me cultivate my children’s heart for God: Pray with Them Daily When they wake up in the morning, say a blessing over their lives.When they go to bed, pray over them. Speak life into those precious gems. Teach them the Lord’s Prayer and have them say it...

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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 heard the words being yelled from tiny little lungs and followed by an excited shriek—a shriek that could only mean that Daddy did, in fact, “get you.” Memories of the early Saturday morning hours rushed back to me. Benjamin, our two year old, decided his day needed to start at 5:30 AM. He then decided that Mommy needed to start...

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