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The Importance of Handwritten Notes

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Last weekend, I cleaned out our filing cabinets. For the first time in eighteen years of marriage, I thoroughly purged our many files. I spent about four hours going through loads of paper and ended up with more than a laundry basket full of paper to throw away. I found receipts from every pregnancy, doctor visits for babies, paperwork for every vehicle purchased, and invitations to our wedding. It’s fun to see it all, and it is fun to throw most of it away. But it was also a great reminder of a tradition we need to preserve our children. You see, tucked in between the items to discard were some treasures. No, they can’t be sold and won’t bring any money, but their worth is priceless. I found letter after letter written by family members, loved ones, and...

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God’s Love

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Jesus came to save us. Lent and Easter remind us that Jesus had a purpose when He came to earth. John 3:16 says that God loves the world so much that God the Father gave His only Son, Jesus, so that we could have life everlasting. That means God sent Jesus so we could live forever. God knows everything and he knew Jesus would die and also that he would rise and live again. A little after that verse, the Bible says that God knows men often choose darkness instead of light. That means that people choose to do bad things instead of good things. Sometimes kids make choices that break God’s rules. Sally chose to say unkind things and hurt a friend. Billy chose to ignore his mom and not clean his room. Those two kids chose darkness....

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Choosing a Guardian/Godparent

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

Recently we published “A Titanic Error: Do You have a Will?” to encourage parents to have a will and to name a guardian for their children in the unfortunate event of a tragedy turning their children into orphans. “People who do not acknowledge God tend to think in the here and now. The choice of guardians or godparents is critical. Christians need to think eternally. Who you choose to raise your children is eternally important” (J18S A Titanic Error). This time I want to follow-up with some advice about choosing a guardian (or godparent). Guardian is the legal term but I like “godparent” because the reference to God elevates the role. Your decision to lead your child in the ways of God sets a path that allows you to bestow the honor of naming godparents. The basic physical need...

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Another Sunday in the Nursery?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

To every thing there is a season.” That’s what it says in Ecclesiastes 3:1, and verses two through eight describe opposite pairs of seasons. Some seasons are easy to live; others are not. My daughter and I were talking recently about a season that I am calling the Season of the Church Nursery. It begins the moment your baby arrives, and it lasts at least until your child leaves the nursery and begins to sit in the service with you or goes to children’s church instead. Depending on how your nursery is organized, one or both parents will have a regularly scheduled time in the church nursery for months or years. (Let’s please don’t forget that some parents go through this season single-handedly.) I’m here to tell you that this can be a difficult season for the young mothers in...

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Beauty in the Unexpected

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

Kids. They will make you proud, and they will embarrass you. They will make you laugh until you cry, and they will flat out make you cry. My favorite for sure is when they make me laugh. And no one does that better than my Grace. She was four and needed to use the potty. (That’s mama-talk for the restroom.) It never fails the kids always need to go to the restroom as soon as food is delivered to the table when we are at a restaurant. Or they have a restroom emergency when my grocery cart is full to the top and we are on the opposite side of the store. Or, my favorite, they need to go when there is no clean bathroom to use. Needless to say, when the kids were little and announced they need...

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