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Why Teaching Your Children to Mind is Vital

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Mom Voice | 0 comments

There were days that Alison wondered if her kids would ever learn to mind her when she told them to do something. I think all of us parents can understand that. We tell our teens to clean their rooms, and an hour later, we walk by and it’s the same mess it was before . . . or an even bigger disaster. We instruct our younger kids, “Don’t leave the yard.” And then we see them down the street where they aren’t supposed to be. Or we say, “You can’t have any chocolate tonight because you didn’t eat your dinner.” And then a while later, we see melted chocolate on their faces and clothes. It can be pull-your-hair-out frustrating. But here’s the thing—we can’t give up. We must keep working with our children until they follow our instructions. Why...

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A Royal Calling

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Mom Voice | 0 comments

I turned and saw her in a cloud of white lace and my heart stumbled. Smiling, confidant, and clutching her daddy’s arm. Playing dress-up. But, no, this wasn’t my four-year-old pretending to be a princess, or cowgirl, or race-car driver—this was the grown-up version of my daughter—ready to pledge her life and love to her beloved. I blinked. And in that moment I realized: It mattered—all of it. The folding of little hands, the wiping of messy chins. Steadiness during a toddler tantrum and patience in a tween-age meltdown. A firm anchor of love for the pushing-for-independence teenager. The sharing of tears over a broken heart. The giggles and out-of-control laughter. The endless turning to God’s Word for comfort and guidance. The questions, the doubts, the heart-pouring before God—Oh, Father, am I doing this right? Will my heart survive...

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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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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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Pay it Forward

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

Have you ever thought about ways that you can be a blessing to other parents? Way back in 317 BC a poet named Menander wrote a comedy called “The Grouch” (translated from the Greek). A major element of the plot was the concept of “pay it forward.”  It was an idea Benjamin Franklin promoted as well (as per a letter discovered from 1784): “I do not pretend to give such a deed; I only lend it to you. When you […] meet with another honest Man in similar distress, you must pay me by lending this sum to him; enjoining him to discharge the debt by a like operation, when he shall be able, and shall meet with another opportunity. I hope it may thus go thro’ many hands, before it meets with a knave that will stop its...

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Heart Check

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

One of my favorite things with my three kids is listening to them play. They invent elaborate characters and conversations as they imagine castles and princesses and ninjas and anything else their minds can create. Sometimes they will even include me in the fun. I’ve played both the good guy and the bad buy many a time. But one of their favorite games is “doctor.” Over the years, we’ve had several play doctor kits with all the medical instruments. Nothing makes them giggle more than listening to mama cry after getting a play shot. When my twelve-year-old daughter, Faith, was around the age of four, she would listen to my heart, take my blood pressure, check my temperature, give me shots and cover my boo-boos with Band-aids. But usually she would end by giving me a sticker, just like...

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