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A Craving for Less

Posted by on Mar 26, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

As my children’s complaints increased in volume and intensity, my gaze darted around the grocery store and I inwardly cringed. If someone didn’t know my sweet and well-cared-for darlings, they might suspect my offspring were deprived and malnourished. “Can’t we go out to eat? We never eat out.” “I need new jeans. I have nothing to wear.” “Why can’t I go to so-and-so’s house? Everyone is going.” Oh, the angst my poor sorrowful babies had to endure. If only they could have more of whatever they deemed necessary at the time. But could our children be taking their cues from us? Do parents fall into the same need-more traps? How often do we verbalize our dreams for a bigger house, a better salary, additional time, increased status, the best-behaved children, or a better whatever? When the need-more bug permeates...

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Equipping Our Children to Face Difficult Times

Posted by on Feb 26, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

We all have them—times that our feet get knocked out from under us. Hardships are inevitable and we can feel blind-sided by disappointment, pain, or sorrow. When a family experiences difficulty, parents can forget that young ones are walking a similar path. Children may not be aware of every detail of a situation, but they are sensitive to tension and mood changes in a home. As adults, when we hold to God’s promises—when we cling with a desperate faith, throwing ourselves at the foot of the cross—we show our offspring how to stand strong in life’s storms. And as we seek God’s Word and pray together, each family member will benefit from the peace that infuses our homes. In times of distress, the following verses can be a great source of family comfort. You will keep in perfect peace...

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An Intentional Christmas

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

The season of magic and joy is upon us. Lights twinkle, focus on giving, Christmas tunes blare, and our day-planners fill. Advertisers pull and coax, with promises of the best deals ever. Our lives become a blur of parties, programs, and angel-clad performances. What’s not to love? If we’re not careful, Christmas—true Christmas—can become lost in a swirl of chaos. Worship and wonder over the Greatest Gift can take a backseat to endless activity. So, here’s a challenge to keep it simple, with a few ideas to create family memories our precious ones will remember far longer than that got-to-have-it-now coolest-toy-in-the-world. Make your family Christmas story about The Story.  My favorite memories are of our little ones acting out Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. Our family productions were the epitome of simplicity, but oh, the sweetness of toddler...

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Prayer, Peace, and Power

Posted by on Nov 27, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Moms pray. A lot. We bathe our children in prayer from the time we get the blessed news we’re expecting, to the time our children leave home. Actually, we never stop praying. Ever. From nurturing toddlers to teens, to encouraging young adults with families of their own, God leads parents to approach Heaven on behalf of their offspring. But how do we know God hears us? Does our heart-pouring really make a difference in our lives, and in the lives of our children? Just in case the doubts try to disturb our prayerful peace, here are three reminders that our Creator and Sustainer hears our petitions: The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5:16NIV). To be honest, this verse used to bother me. I would inwardly lament, but I’m not righteous. So true! But God...

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A Hunger for More

Posted by on Oct 4, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 2 comments

The girls were restless. After multiple rainy days and a few hours of watching videos, they were physically and mentally lethargic. Ideas for non-screen activity were met with a groan and the whine of boredom. I had to admit that most of the fault lay at my feet. Busy with various projects, I needed time to myself and the DVD player had come to the rescue. Now I was paying the price. Before my tired-mama eyes, my girls had morphed into discontented couch potatoes. An occasional video or movie can be a fun family activity, but endless days of mind-numbing screen time can dull our children’s senses. A desire to think, explore, and learn can be subdued under the glitter of instant gratification. As Christians, we want more for our offspring. We long for each unique soul to nurture...

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