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Transformed – Or Not

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

The ride home from school is one of my favorite times of the day. It’s often when my kids will share with me the stories that have taken place at school or perhaps what they’ve learned. Grace is definitely the biggest talker/sharer of my three. When she was four, she attended pre-school at a church around the corner from our house. She loved her teachers there and always hit the car with a story or song she had learned earlier in the day. One day before I could even pull out of the church parking lot, Grace told me, “Today we learned about transformation!” I smiled, knowing she was at a Christian school but was impressed they had taught such a big word and concept. I envisioned them using caterpillars, cocoons and butterflies to discuss transformation, and then perhaps...

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Family Devotions Run Amuck

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

My husband and I gathered our brood—ages 2, 7, and 12—and did our best to focus their energies on our family devotion time. The youngest monkey refused to be still, preferring to climb on my back and stick her precious little finger in my ear. Our middle cherub took the opportunity to practice her “forward roll” while our preteen studied her fingernails. As I wrestled the youngest two into submission, my man-of-amazing-patience locked his gaze on Ms. Study-My-Nails then read the Scripture and attempted to apply it to our children’s lives. After a good 10-minute struggle, my husband and I closed with a quick prayer, sent the troops to prepare for bed, and fell against each other in exhaustion. As we listened to the girls fighting for position at the bathroom counter, we wondered, Lord, what in the world...

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Leaving Social Media

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 1 comment

I am proud of my son Ben who has decided to take a break from social media. His reasoning showed real maturity. Ben has always had a high level of empathy. He realized Facebook had become a constant source of negativity in his life. As well, he has said he is, “Losing respect for some because they are placing their hate for some leaders above their dedication to truthful statements.” He followed this by saying, “Dad, you and I have talked about some of the bad things about social media. I realize I agree with you so I have decided I need to step away for a while.” That was over three months ago and he still remains social media celibate. Ben made his own decision but you may be interested in exactly what we had talked about. My...

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Game Time

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

Working at my desk, I have a good view of the pecan trees in the front yard. This morning four cardinals played together. They went from tree to tree chasing each other. Occasionally one pecked at the one closest to it. Another time, one flew to a different tree as if hiding and taunting the others to come find it. However, it wasn’t long before it rejoined the others. I watched their little game and smiled. This could have easily been four children playing together. And, I think there were lessons for all of us in watching not only what they were doing but also how they played. Doing things with others is always fun. One bird could have just sat in a tree and then flown from one to the other. But adding friends made it more fun...

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Mother Bear-ness

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

The sun was shining. Blue sky filled the kitchen window. My eight-year-old daughter played in front of our house with friends. I could hear voices, a mixture of laughter and children’s bossiness. Busy with laundry and cleanliness I scrubbed inside while outside wars were fought, princes and princesses declared, and games were invented. Peace reigned in the kingdom, or so I thought. The front door banged open with such angry vengeance I dropped my sponge. “MOOOOOOM!” I turned from where I knelt in a mess of sudsy water, to find Charity, hands on hips, with a mixture of fear and outrage darkening her eyes like thunderclouds. “They said they didn’t want me here. They said no one likes me. They said we should go back to where we came from,” the words rushed out like a dam had broken....

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Hooray for God’s Brown Earth!

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

It’s spring and the time of year when seeds are planted, grass turns green, and plants sprout and bloom. God created the earth and made it a place where plants grow to supply food for us. So much grows up from the soil. Take a closer look at dirt and you’ll make lots of discoveries. In Numbers 13:20, God told Moses to check the land and discover if the soil is good or poor. Why do farmers need good soil? How does fertilizer make soil richer? See what’s in your soil. Dump dirt into a jar about 1/3 full. Add water to fill 2/3 of jar. Stir well. Let it sit one hour. Study the layers formed. Stones fall to the bottom. Sand also goes to the bottom. Silt is next with clay on top of the silt. Then...

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