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Putting Out the Fire of Anger

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

Jenny watched in shock as her son slammed the book shut and flung his pencil across the desk. “I can’t do this stupid stuff and I’m not going to try,” he muttered. Anger was evident in every word. What had happened to make her normally mild-mannered son so angry? “What’s the matter with you, Son? I’ve never seen you act like this before.” He began crying. Once he calmed down, Jenny was relieved to discover that she hadn’t suddenly developed a horrible child. Instead, his anger was fueled by his fear of attending a new school. A bully at school who was making her son’s life miserable had further compounded the situation. A wise parent will realize that anger is often an indicator of a deeper problem. Sometimes children are upset and anger is the only way they can...

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The Importance of Handwritten Notes

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Last weekend, I cleaned out our filing cabinets. For the first time in eighteen years of marriage, I thoroughly purged our many files. I spent about four hours going through loads of paper and ended up with more than a laundry basket full of paper to throw away. I found receipts from every pregnancy, doctor visits for babies, paperwork for every vehicle purchased, and invitations to our wedding. It’s fun to see it all, and it is fun to throw most of it away. But it was also a great reminder of a tradition we need to preserve our children. You see, tucked in between the items to discard were some treasures. No, they can’t be sold and won’t bring any money, but their worth is priceless. I found letter after letter written by family members, loved ones, and...

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Another Sunday in the Nursery?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

To every thing there is a season.” That’s what it says in Ecclesiastes 3:1, and verses two through eight describe opposite pairs of seasons. Some seasons are easy to live; others are not. My daughter and I were talking recently about a season that I am calling the Season of the Church Nursery. It begins the moment your baby arrives, and it lasts at least until your child leaves the nursery and begins to sit in the service with you or goes to children’s church instead. Depending on how your nursery is organized, one or both parents will have a regularly scheduled time in the church nursery for months or years. (Let’s please don’t forget that some parents go through this season single-handedly.) I’m here to tell you that this can be a difficult season for the young mothers in...

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Budget-Friendly Spring Trends for Your Home

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I wasn’t too happy when Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and predicted another six weeks of winter. Collectively all the parents sighed. I personally preferred a different groundhog’s point of view. General Beauregard Lee’s prediction in Georgia is for an early spring. I know. Groundhogs don’t really predict the weather—it’s just a fun and silly tradition we Americans and Canadians have been playfully observing since 1887. But just the idea of six more weeks of winter can be depressing, especially if you are a parent and feel like the kids are cooped up and need to be outdoors. The thought of spending more time indoors because of additional weeks of winter, prompts many of us to think about making our homes more inviting. One option is to think of a new coat of paint. Each year in December, Pantone...

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The Power Behind Praying for Our Kids

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

In spite of the fact that I now write books of prayers, praying didn’t always come easy to me. Early on my lack of prayer power didn’t bother me. It wasn’t until I began having children that the urgency hit. Then my prayer life became vitally important. I wanted to be the type of mom who prayed powerful prayers that protected her children no matter what happened. I worried that my prayers weren’t good enough. Maybe I hadn’t spent enough time on thanksgiving or confession. Or perhaps I was saying things in the wrong order. Truthfully I was looking for a formula that would infuse my prayers with power enough to get God’s undivided attention on my child’s behalf. Turns out that what I believed about my role in prayer was all backwards. I was looking for power in...

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I’m Your Follower!

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

“I’m your follower!” said my preschooler in a sing-song voice as she tagged along at my heels. I smiled at her candor, enjoying her company. Then the profound truth of those words began to settle into my soul. My follower. My shadow. A nearly inseparable part of my being during this life season. She watches me and is continually learning from me (as are her older siblings). Our children are, quite literally, our followers. Like little disciples, they instinctively look to us to be examples, teachers and leaders. What a privilege! We have the opportunity of introducing them to Jesus, of living out the gospel and modeling faith in daily life. And yet, what a sobering responsibility. I don’t know about you, but sometimes it strikes fear in my heart. What if I get it wrong? What about all...

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