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Is Your Home the Hang-Out Spot?

Posted by on Apr 5, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

You’ve already got a home filled with children. You love your kids but there’s already lots of noise and more than enough people making messes, so why in the world would you want more kids hanging out at your house?   There are a variety of reasons. So why should you make your home the hang-out house? You’ll know where your kids are. You won’t have to worry that they’re at places you don’t want them to be—because they’re sitting in your kitchen eating potato chips or playing ball in your backyard. You’ll know who their friends are. For some of those kids who don’t come from nurturing loving families, your house might be the only taste of home that they will ever know. You’ll know they’re safe. You can pray for your children and their friends. Who knows,...

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I’m Sorry

Posted by on Apr 3, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

The sharp sound reverberated through my aching head—a dropped toy, dropped repeatedly on bare floors. I turned, and in one unthinking moment, brought tears to tiny blue-green eyes. A soft voice and trembling lips attempted to penetrate my heart. “I’m sorry, Mama.” More angry words rose inside me. I was tired. I’d had a long day. The aspirin I had taken earlier wasn’t working. I was overworked and underappreciated. How much was one beleaguered mom supposed to take? But as my frustrated gaze met hers, any defense of my thoughtlessness died on my lips. The Lord revealed to my heart that I could not excuse my cutting words to this little one He had entrusted to me. I pulled her into my arms—this beautiful, trusting, fragile gift from God. “No, honey, I’m sorry. Will you forgive me?” She snuggled...

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Learning the Art of Not Doing It All

Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

My morning begins around 5:30 AM with either a blurry-eyed child in my face or a blaring alarm clock. I jump out of bed (or feebly climb depending on how old my body is feeling that day) and hit the ground running. Not usually literally running, but most certainly at a fast pace with few breaks. I’m not complaining, and I’m sure you don’t very often either. It’s just the reality of our lives as parents, working or stay-at-home, and as people in this must-do-it-all society. But, I have breaking news for you: You don’t have to do it all. I know this sounds like a foreign concept, and I admit it won’t be easy. I propose you learn the art of not doing it all. What does “not doing it all” even mean though? Sure, there are some...

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Grandma’s Bible

Posted by on Mar 12, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Each Wednesday night I have the honor of helping young girls at my local church memorize Scripture. One young lady who struggles to read has become my best friend. She’ll often curl up beside me to work on a new verse. But, in recent weeks she has been using a King James version for memorization, and it’s not gone so well. The bigger words and older language structures were proving difficult for her limited skills. When I suggested that another version that might be a little more kid friendly, she looked at me with big eyes and said, “Well, this Bible is special because my grandma gave it to me, but I would be willing to try an easier version.” Long story short, we still use Grandma’s Bible every week, but partner it with a simpler version of Scripture...

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Freed from Being a Child Abuser

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I was at the end of my rope.  My anger toward my two-year-old daughter, Darcy, was getting worse. “Oh, God,” I prayed again and again, “deliver me from this anger right now! I’m afraid I’m going to kill Darcy in one of my rages.” But each prayer seemed like it bounced off the ceiling because nothing ever changed. Whenever I tried to figure out what caused my anger, I concluded, “It’s Larry’s fault!” My husband, Larry, worked as a policeman and real estate agent, had a flying hobby, and he was never home. I hated him. “If he would just stay home and help me, I wouldn’t be acting like this.” It was easy to blame him. During one particularly angry day when I’d hurt Darcy again by kicking her, I remembered Larry had left his off-duty service revolver...

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Thank God I Didn’t Miss This

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

I wrote this for myself last night. Maybe someone else needs to hear it, too. We will have a house full of company tomorrow, and so my to-do list is about a mile long. It’s ten o’clock at night already and I’m kicking myself for not finishing my tasks earlier, but they didn’t get done earlier because … well, because I have children. There were tears and conflicts and messes and spills … and it just didn’t get done. So here I am, broom in hand, whipping this place into shape. And then I hear it. “Mama?” So much meaning in that little voice. In that little word. I need you. Only you. Do you have time for me? It came from one who is, arguably, my easiest, most low-maintenance child, and he was up, out of bed, staring at me with those...

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