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Look What I Did

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

“Look what I did, Mommy,” my four-year-old said. “That’s nice sweetheart,” I mumbled, barely glancing up. He could’ve been strangling the cat, stuffing toys down the toilet, or pretending to be Picasso on the living room walls for all I knew. It was quiet time and I really needed to pray. I desperately needed to read the Bible. Surely, my son could wait a little while longer. I was spending time with Jesus after all. Setting a good example for my son, right? I just need a few more minutes. Not long after he left, he came right back asking me to look at something else. This time my tone wasn’t as tender. “Babe, Mommy is busy right now. I want to see it, but I need you to give me a few more minutes.” “Okay,” he said. His...

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Décor that Educates!

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

There’s nothing more American than baseball and apple pie. Summer’s long afternoons that stretch into late nights make it prime time for some celebrating. Whether you look forward to grilling out or making s’mores over an open fire, summertime’s fun gives us hope as winter wears on. There’s nothing more fun than celebrating baseball games with our boys or going to get popcorn and hotdogs at the baseball field hosting our favorite teams. This set of lamps brings the nostalgia and baseball memories front and center to their rooms! This particular time of summer, we also look forward to celebrating our yearly traditions. Some folks travel with family and friends to a particular vacation spot at their favorite beach, lake or amusement park. Others may look forward to relaxed mornings and extended evenings with late sunsets. Decorating our homes...

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Teach Your Kids by Cooking with Local Produce

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Summer is a great time to use local fruit and vegetables. You might even have your own garden where you can pick vegetables as they ripen. Or maybe there’s a local place to go and pick, or a great farmer’s market. Teach your children how to tell when a fruit or vegetable is ripe. Tomatoes continue to ripen after picked, but strawberries don’t. Farming is a very old occupation for people, and it started with Adam (Genesis 3:17-19). Jesus told parables about farmers (parable of the sower in Matthew 13:3-8 and the gardener and barren fig tree in Luke 13:6-9). Chat about parables and other references Jesus made to farming. Summer is also a good time to teach kids to cook and make some muffins or breads with that produce. Try the following non-dairy blueberry muffin cupcake recipe. I...

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Make a Note to be Thankful

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

This past Mother’s Day we as a family invited those around us whom might feel a disconnect to join us for our special meal. By “disconnect” I mean those who would be separated from children or parents on Mother’s Day. As it turned out, our choice was my new supervisor and his wife. They have recently moved from Indiana and were separated from family. We had a nice lunch together blessed with laughter and camaraderie. A week later our mail contained a nice handwritten note: a thank you card.  My wife opened the envelope and read the contents.  It was a simply stated but obviously heartfelt expression of thankfulness. One of my sons commented, “A thank you note for lunch?” “Sure,” I said and gave him the card to read.  Then I asked, “How does that make you feel?”...

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Finding Quiet Time in the Noise

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I closed the door behind me, relishing the now muffled sound of a two-year-old already lost in his make-believe world. The click of that door marked the beginning of “quiet time,” the name given to the imposed hour of exile for my precious son who wouldn’t take a nap for all the Hot Wheel cars in the world. My three-week-old daughter was snoozing in her room, so I walked the proud zombie-walk of a mom who actually had a few moments of quiet alone-ness stretching out before her. I sank down into a chair and picked up my Bible, looking forward to some much-needed time to pray and read uninterrupted. I opened my Bible and— The soft yet obnoxious creak of a door broke the silence. Followed by tiny footsteps. It was like one of those horror flicks where...

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A to Z Prayers for Our Children

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Everyone who is a parent knows how important it is for our kids to learn the alphabet. But those letters can be used for more than just constructing words. We can use them to pray for our kids. This is one of the tools I use to pray for my sons and I’d like to share it with you. I’ve taken the ABCs and designated each letter as something to pray for our children. Some letters stand for things we want for our kids, some stand for things we want God to keep away from our kids. No matter which, these are all basic building blocks on which to construct an unshakeable foundation of prayer. A to Z Prayers for Our Children A is for Attitude  Proverbs 17:2 B is for Blessings James 1:17 C is for Creator Colossians...

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