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Train Up a Child

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

In the small town where I grew up, “turning out” was a big deal. A person turned out right when they got a steady job, got married, had a family, and stayed in the same church in which they were raised. It was the formula hovering over each parent, judging their success or failure. Nothing fueled gossip or categorized social strata as much as how offspring turned out. “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it,” (Proverbs 22:6; NASB). On four Sundays, my husband and I dedicated four different children. I remember each occasion. I also remember feeling uncomfortable with my parenthood visible for all to see and sensing that I was inept at the task. Our first child, a baby girl, cried (aka screamed) all the time, every day. Not knowing how to calm her was all too obvious from the podium. The second slept through it all like an angel, but our two-year-old with us on stage was, well… two. The third struggled in my arms and pulled at my hair while the other two danced around us. The fourth, let’s say we invented a new type of dedication. I watched while my husband showed off our son like the...

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A Passion for God

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

It’s something I pray for every day, and it’s highly effective. Father, please give my family a passion for You, Your Word, Your wisdom, Your will, the people of Your world, for prayer, and for holiness. We can find inspirational reminders all around us. Let’s get started. HEARTS I have a few decorative hearts in our home. Seeing them reminds me to ask God to give us a love for Him that consumes all other passions, attaining the highest treasure of life, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. Matthew 22:37 NKJV BIBLES While opening our Bibles each morning, let this activity remind us to pray that our loved ones are drawn into God’s Words as they awaken. Let’s ask God to speak to them specifically in their circumstances, things we may be unaware of that help them comprehend that He is there with them and for them. And let’s ask Him to give them a profound wisdom and understanding of the Bible that drives them to deeper study and greater influence—with a confidence to boldly and effectively communicate His truth in this present darkness. He loves this prayer and longs to fulfill such a request.   GROOMING When washing or brushing hair,...

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Turkey Tales

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

The temperatures have dipped, and the nights are getting darker, which can only mean one thing – we’re inching closer to Thanksgiving and to the end of fall. November is recognized as the month of thanks, largely because of that 4th Thursday of the month turkey focused celebration. As you go about your preparations, inviting relatives to dinner, purchasing cranberries and turkeys, and placing the required cornucopia in the middle of the kitchen table, I want you to think...

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Thank You, God, for Everything

Posted by on Nov 7, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 0 comments

“Thank You, God, that we got to have waffles for breakfast. Thank You that we played Uno today. Thank You that we went to Pop and Tutu’s for dinner. Thank You for my jammies and my stuffed monkey and my pillow and…” I stifled an impatient sigh as my five-year old prayed back through her day, giving thanks for both big and little blessings. Her prayer must have delighted God’s heart, but for this weary mom, it prolonged what...

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A Mother’s Legacy

Posted by on Nov 6, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 2 comments

Ding! A new text message lit up the screen of my iPhone. I opened it to find a long note from my mom containing a list she’s compiled of over 350 names and attributes of God. The day before she and I had chatted about my fascination with learning God’s names as a means to knowing Him better. She mentioned that she thinks through the alphabet and corresponding names of God as she falls asleep at night. I had...

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In Everything, Give Thanks

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

The month of gratitude is upon us. Treat each day as a gift and give thanks to God accordingly. Practice an attitude of thanksgiving every day throughout the month of November with the family. Give thanks for little blessings, huge miracles, and everything in-between. Encourage a grateful heart for the next thirty days, until it becomes such a habit that you can’t help but express thanksgiving on a daily basis. Make every day a holiday and enjoy November with...

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Be a Yes Mom

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

My birthday was hijacked nine years ago when my son was born. I joke about it to this day, but am only partially kidding as I now spend the majority of my birthday doing what he wants to do. It’s not that I actually mind, but I do have to put my foot down at times like when he wants McDonald’s for every meal. This year, however, I decided to be a yes mom. I wanted to say yes...

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