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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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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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Nurturing Faith Through Nature

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

Most people know that Genesis details the story of God’s creation, including the setting of the sun, moon, and stars, but I think we sometimes miss the Bible’s continuous emphasis on God’s creation. The Bible offers multiple verses about nature and how God purposefully interacts with creatures and cosmos to accomplish his plans. Sadly, if we skip over those verses, we miss an amazing opportunity to help our children understand the creative hand of God. Psalm 95:4 reminds us that “…the mountain peaks belong to him,” while Jeremiah 5:22 explains that God calms and subdues the rocky seas that threaten to destroy our perfect peace. Although these verses inspire hope for adults, the metaphorical Biblical language might prove challenging to young children. While a child may understand the difference between a mountain and an ocean, he/she may not grasp...

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Little Sins

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 2 comments

She avoided eye contact and burst into tears at the slightest reprimand. Eleven years young and navigating the middle-school minefield, her emotions were on edge—but the recent behavior was unusual for my easy-going daughter. Attempts to question or console were rebuffed. So I waited. And prayed. Several evenings later she approached, fingers clenched and tears pooling. “Mama?” In minutes, my daughter spilled her heart and confessed something she had done wrong months ago. Surprised, I asked her to repeat the confession. Sure enough, she was distraught over a misdeed from the previous school semester. I must be honest. In my heart, I smiled a little. How precious is this? She’s so sensitive, she feels bad about this little bitty… Wait. And that’s when mama came under conviction. Was I thinking my daughter’s sin was “little bitty?” Was I prepared...

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Happy 4th of July!

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

The 4th of July is a great day to spend time with family and friends. Have a picnic. Grill some hot dogs and hamburgers. Slice up some watermelon. Enjoy some fireworks. Make some memories–and don’t forget to take lots of photos. And take some time to explain to your children what the 4th of July is all about. God has blessed America and it’s important to remember that. Happy 4th of July to all of you from all of us at Just 18...

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