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Praying for My Child’s Joy

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

Have you noticed how artificial life has become in the past years? It seems that more people than ever are searching for self-worth in their looks, validation in what they accomplish, and joy in what they possess. I find myself having to fight against this. Sometimes I get so weary of having to constantly battle the world’s definition of who I am and what’s important. This struggle has given me a new place to pray for my children. I know if I’m fighting this influence, so are they. So I’ve taken this battle to the Lord, asking Him to intervene and make sure my children are protected from all the false definitions the world is trying to apply to them. Dear Lord, I want my child to be happy and learn to be satisfied. Actually, I want even more...

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Family Travel

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

A person said to me, “Why would you want to travel with children? It’s a nightmare having to pack all the clothes, toiletries, medication, and snacks, planning children activities, and making sure the house is in order before you leave.” Whew! The reason we travel with our children is because it creates bonding time, makes memories, gives a sense of direction, and helps us with understanding other cultures and races. In addition, travel gives us a way to exhale and unwind from our everyday responsibilities. It’s a great time to nurture their creativity, direction and ministry. We teach about road signs, reading the GPS, helping us with navigation, and learning how to read maps. And they tell us how many miles it will be before our next exit or the next freeway/highway. Even at airports, we have them to...

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Everything is Awesome

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 2 comments

I like to think of my son’s brain as a rolodex. It’s constantly flip, flip, flipping through ideas, phrases, and impressions. His rolodex contains a plethora of obscure facts about cars, trucks, Teddy Grahams, and LEGOs. Especially LEGOs. He even dreams about LEGOs. In fact, when we tuck him in at night, he squeezes his eyes shut and tells us he’s going to dream about LEGOs. I lovingly refer to him as my little LEGO-maniac. Every day I hear lyrics about everything being “awesoooooome” belted at the top of his lungs. He learned the words from The LEGO Movie. Never seen it? Don’t tell my son. He’ll come find you and force you to watch it, leaving you with the song on constant repeat in your brain. He’ll also recite the entire movie to you in real time. The....

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Beware of Great Lies

Posted by on Feb 2, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

Beware of the great lies, “boys will be boys” and “girls will be girls.” Or “They’re teenagers (or adults) and so I no longer have influence in their lives.” Eli’s refusal to restrain his sons had a devastating impact on his family and the nation of Israel (1 Sam. 3). It helps to define parenting goals. Some parents live to launch their children from the family nest. Others want their children to be successful by the world’s standards in education and profession. But shouldn’t our ultimate goal be to strive for God’s approval for a job well done in raising His children to love, honor, and serve Him and others? How do we achieve this? The Holy Spirit must govern our lives and theirs. So let’s pray about it, Father, Please help us to pray life-defining prayers over the...

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Live Current: Creating a Home that Unveils the Best Version of YOU!

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

My creative daughter and I had a great conversation this week about how important it is to live current—to create an environment that reflects the BEST of who we are, even in our home-décor. So, I’m going to share a few things that will help you to achieve this goal: First: Walk through your home with pen and paper in hand. Access how long you’ve had the same style. Yes, admit how many years you’ve had the same piles. And, while you do that, also include a bullet-pointed-list that reads something like the one below: Window treatments: 20 years Wallpaper: 200 years Paint color: 5 years Furniture: 3 years Accessories: Have owned these too many years to count! The piles, boxes, and bags? How long have they been here? This exercise is not intended to create a spirit of...

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Does God Even Hear Me?

Posted by on Jan 30, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I darted toward the kitchen for a garbage bag after placing a cold rag on my husband’s forehead and that’s when I heard it. A nasty stomach bug made its way into our home and landed on him. My strong, broad shouldered former football player was reduced to a kneeling position in front of the toilet. I rushed back and forth to the sink to wet his washcloth trying my best not to join him. On my last trip, from the corner of my eye, I noticed my son in the hallway on his knees. Oh no, not him too. Not now. I quickly got my husband settled in bed and ran back to my son. “Are you okay, honey?” “I was praying so hard, Mom, but Dad still got sick. Does God even hear me?” “Oh baby,” I...

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