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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 Gospels fit together. The first Easter morning was a crazy and confusing climax to the most incredible week in the history of the world. But if you read the accounts in the Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, it’s easy to get confused about how all of the stories fit together. There are a lot of names to keep...

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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 paper, and a pen. You can use your favorite Scriptures or download the document on my website. Instead of traditional Easter references, I’m using personal application verses that will help them focus on how they can live for Christ and influence others. For younger children, print or write out a complete verse. For older children, write the reference and have...

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Death, Where is Your Sting?

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 2 comments

We had reached the Bible story portion of my two-year-old’s bedtime routine. An evening of freedom for me was mere minutes away, yet I sat next to Benjamin frozen, unable to put two words together, trying to will away the painful and inevitable knot that always grows in my throat whenever I attempt to hold back tears. Less than 24 hours earlier, my granddaddy had passed away. As I sat next to my son in silence, I felt overwhelmed by the unnaturalness of death. I knew, deep in my heart, that this was not how things should be. Surely death was not normal, not in the original plan or design for human life. The finality and the very real sting of it created such sorrow in my heart that I could almost taste it. And the pain it brought...

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Crispy Rice Easter Treats

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Celebrate the Family Table | 0 comments

Spring is here and all the changes that come with it. We see all the bright, new colors, hear the sounds of birds singing, and feel the warmth of the sun. After the winter, it is such a welcomed change! With the arrival of spring, comes Easter and the celebration of our risen Lord. Easter brings special activities and services in our churches. We also have Easter Egg Hunts for the children in our communities and usually following the Easter Sunday meal. I have a treat to add to your Easter table. It’s a great snack to involve your children in preparing. So simple and so cute! The recipe starts with an all time favorite and then adds a few decorations to complete these festive treats. Memories and traditions are such a big part of holidays. Keeping them simple...

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Keeping the Easter Story Easy

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

Easter is an exciting holiday for young children, with activities that include dyeing eggs, filling baskets, munching on chocolate bunnies, and new outfits. These activities are fun, high-energy, and childlike by nature. But for the believer, Easter is about more than bunnies and baskets. It’s the celebration of the resurrection of the Savior, Jesus Christ—the pinnacle of the faith. Naturally, many families preface Easter Sunday with the reading of the biblical Easter story, which frankly isn’t a lot of fun. It’s a rather ugly story of the crucifixion of Jesus, with a painful crown of thorns and physical torture. In short, the story of the cross only gets fun and exciting once we get to the resurrection and celebrate wholeness and salvation. The events leading up to that moment are hard to fathom. So what’s a parent to do...

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