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Christmas Trees – Decorating to Praise God

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

…..  “I am the one who answers your prayers and watches over you. I am like a fir tree that is always green. Your fruit comes from me.” Hoseas 14:8b-c We decorate trees and the tradition dates back hundreds of years to Germany. To continue using a tree we should consider ways that it can glorify God and help us draw closer to Him. God created trees and even compared himself to the evergreen tree. Make tree decorating a family time to celebrate the reason for the season. Put up the tree and read Hosea 14:8. Then add the lights and talk about how Jesus is the Light of the World described in the first chapter of the gospel of John. Talk about how Jesus wants us to be lights too. As you add ornaments look up verses from...

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According to Plan

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Cute outfit? Check. Packed diaper bags? Check. Adorable baby dress and matching hairbow, baby included? Check, check. Cooperative and obedient toddler? Check…ish. The Sunday morning dawned beautiful and crisp, just like a Sunday morning should. It was the day of my daughter’s baby dedication and I was excited. Family was driving in for the special service and a lunch was prepared at our church afterwards. Everything was going exactly according to plan…ish. Evidently, my son forgot to read the memo I’d sent out earlier in the week. The one outlining how everyone should behave and wear their nice outfits and smile and look like a stinkin’ cute Christian family, because doggone it, that’s what we are. My son was being way more resistant than normal. I don’t want this toast. I want water, not milk. I don’t want to...

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Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

The weather was perfect—just crisp enough for a light jacket, but enough sun to feel warmth on my face. I called my then four-year-old daughter, Grace, to see if she wanted to play outside. When she came running, I opened the garage and pulled out a lawn chair. Grace went to the back of the garage where all the riding toys were stored to locate her princess bicycle with training wheels and streamers on the handle bars. She pulled it out to the driveway and went back for a bike helmet. She plopped it on her head and went to sit on the bicycle, all the while working to buckle the strap under her chin. I walked to where she sat and leaned down to help straighten the twisted straps. As I leaned over, Grace had full view down...

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Share the Warmth of Jesus

Posted by on Dec 6, 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. With gift giving in full swing this month, let’s take the opportunity to share the most important gift of all—Jesus! What you’ll need: Hot Cocoa mix Miniature marshmallows Mini chocolate chips Small glass jars (I used Ball half-pint jars) Twine or Christmas ribbon “Jesus Warms the Heart & Soul” tags (downloadable) Skill level: Little Helping Hands, ages 2-5: Smaller hands will enjoy scooping the hot cocoa mix into the jars, along with the chocolate chips and...

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Good Choices

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

Sunday morning my husband received a text from our son. Dad, can you come get Lisabeth? She doesn’t want to go into her Sunday School class. Because our Sunday schedules are different, we occasionally leave church just as our son’s family is coming in. Once or twice we have taken Lisabeth home with us. However, this particular day, we were staying for our Sunday School class. Sure, I’ll be glad to come get her. She can stay in our class with us, my husband texted. My husband left and went down to the children’s area of the church to pick up Lisabeth. When he got there, Lisabeth was in her class playing happily with her friends. “What happened?” my husband asked. “I thought she didn’t want to go into her class.” “She didn’t,” my son said with a grin....

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