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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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Teaching Our Kids to Honor God

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Mom Voice | 0 comments

My grandsons came for a sleepover recently. I served their favorite breakfast—chocolate chip pancakes. Before they dug into their food, I said, “Let’s pray, boys. Let’s thank Jesus for our food.” The threesome immediately quieted their voices, folded their hands, and closed their eyes. Their respect for the Lord and for spiritual matters warmed my heart. When their dad was the same age as they are now, I prayed that he and his two younger sisters would develop a healthy respect for God. I believed that everything of significance in their lives would fall into place if they honored Him above all else. I knew this heart attitude would influence every decision, every action, and every word spoken. Ultimately it would lay a strong foundation of wisdom—an all-important key to living well. And as their mom, I naturally wanted...

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Clog Up the Lines

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Mom Voice | 0 comments

On July 15, 1976 three men forced 26 children and one driver off a school bus into two vans. For 11 hours the kidnappers drove the frightened children around the county, then forced the children and driver into a moving van with a little food, water and a few mattresses. All the children could hear were the horrifying sounds of dirt dumping on top of them. They were being buried alive! Two of the older boys and the driver stacked the mattresses on top of one another to access an opening in the top of the truck. Over four horrifying hours they dug their way out with their bare hands. The children emerged one by one to find themselves in the center of a rock quarry. A worker quickly found them and the children and parents were soon reunited....

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How to Unlock Your Child’s Dream

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Mom Voice | 1 comment

“I better go to bed now.” said four-year-old Greta. “I have a dream in my heart that I need to let out.” So sweet. So profound. What’s your child’s dream—not the nighttime type, but the seed God’s planted in his heart that eventually helps shape who he becomes? As a little girl, I loved to read. In first grade, I won the award for reading more library books than my classmates. The same thing happened in second grade. An insightful teacher fueled my passion by giving me a year’s subscription to Highlights magazine. Today I’m an author. When our son was three years old, he chattered about someday being “a car carrier driver.” Three decades later, he’s a software developer. But he still loves cars and is currently developing an invention to do with vehicles. My youngest daughter was...

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7 Ways to Celebrate National Smile Month

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Mom Voice | 0 comments

June is national smile month. I know, I know—it refers to oral health, and that’s all good. But why not give this theme a fun twist for your family? Why not declare “Smiles” as the hot topic in your home this month? Here are seven suggestions: Discover fascinating facts about smiles. Older kids can have fun researching and sharing trivia such as…the average child smiles approximately 400 times per day, but grown-ups smile only about 20 times per day. Babies are born with the ability to smile. And there are 19 different types of smiles. Enjoy an art project. Have each child draw an animal, fish, or bug with a big, toothy grin. Or tell them to draw a picture of someone or something that makes them feel happy. Ask the kids to tell one joke per day. Be...

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