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Family Communication

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

Some people are natural talkers and others take a bit more time to express what is inside of them. We have three children – all very different. And in today’s heavy technology world, we find we have to put a premium on talking to each other, face to face. We discuss this topic regularly. Why? Because most of the time, lack of communication – talking – is the key problem families and marriages face. “You have my full attention.” Don’t try to multi-task while you’re talking. Be engaged with the other person. Look at them. There is so much to learn from body language and facial expressions and you miss out on those things if you’re staring at your phone half-listening. You also communicate to the other person that they are not more important than whatever you’re looking at....

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Missing the Moments

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon, and my husband and I had decided to spend it at the annual local airshow. Performers included the incredible USAF F-22 Raptor, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, and the Breitling Jet Team. Their aerial feats left me, and thousands of other landlubbers, astounded. Too bad the kids in the van parked beside us missed all the fun. While everyone around them watched airplane acrobatics, these kids—a boy and girl guesstimated to be about 10 years old—glued their gazes on their cell phone screens. “Get out of the car,” urged their mom. “You can’t see anything from where you’re sitting.” Her words fell on deaf ears. What a shame, I thought as I watched the scene unfold. These kids have the opportunity to see some pretty impressive flying, but they’re missing it. If only they...

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Ask, Unless You Never Want to Know

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

Rubbing the sleep from his eyes, my son asked, “Mom, did you draw this card?” “No,” I replied, setting down the syrup next to his stack of fourteen pancakes. Examining the card, Andrew asked, “So you stamped and colored this card?” “Yes.” “How did you know I’d want a blue truck,” asked the birthday boy. Smiling, I said, “Because I’m your mom and I know what your favorite color is.” The stack of fourteen silver dollar pancakes (one cake per year of birth) disappear and the birthday boy exhales, “Mom and Dad, thank you for the best birthday ever. Thank you for letting me invite a few friends to the trampoline park and to spend the night. Mom, I can’t believe you bought all the junk food I wrote on the list!” Chuckling, I answered, “Well, you asked.” Hours...

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Savoring Simplicity

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

Sounds of laughter fill the dining room. Around the table, every face beams with happiness. The occasion? Nothing out of the ordinary—just a family dinner shared with the grandparents. Yet the beauty of the moment captures my attention. Pleasant smells, delicious food, happy hearts. This is my life. How beautiful it is. Why do I so rarely notice? I live distracted. Distracted by good things—taking care of little people, playing “referee,” filling everyone’s bellies, keeping up with the house (trying, at least!), investing in my marriage… I live busy. The pressure of a hundred “to do” items weighs on me all the time. I live stressed. Messes bring stress. Meal times bring stress. Bed times bring stress. Daily life brings stress. In this distracted, busy, high-stress life, I sometimes forget how good God has been and I forget to...

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Communicating Communion

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

She sits on my lap. Church music plays in the background. Her soft blonde hair is pressed against my cheek while my lips move at the tip of her velvet ear. “This helps us remember that God loved us so much He gave His Only Son for you and me,” I say, turning my head so the words whisper to her ears alone. “The bread,” and I open my palm where a little piece is cradled, “reminds us that nails went here,” I show my wrists and reach one arm down to my feet, “and here. His body was nailed to a cross.” I close my eyes, put the soft square of bread into my mouth and chew, trying to concentrate on the act of remembrance while knowing just inches away big blue eyes framed with black thick lashes...

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Protecting Your Kids from Pornography

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Parents, did you know that the average age for children to access pornography is age 8? The Internet has made access far easier than before. Focus on the Family previously reported that almost half of all school age children with active email addresses receive pornographic spam on a daily basis, and 20% of those children actually open the spam (as discovered in a 2003 research study). I don’t know about you, but these findings make me want to gather up all young children and lock them into a room until they are 55 years old. The fact that the simple innocence of a child can be shattered by one email, one web-based glance, or one bad connection grieves my heart. Children are the future of both society and the church, and if their innocence is destroyed before they even...

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