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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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Sunday Wiggles

Posted by on Aug 16, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

In retrospect, we shouldn’t have been running late to the evening service. And we probably shouldn’t have squeezed a family of five onto an already tight pew near the back of the church. But the early summer day had been pure magic—mild, sunny, and a glorious playground for the afternoon. The girls had expressed reluctance to end their time of play and to prepare for the late worship hour. But mom and dad had insisted, and here we were. Mid-way through the sermon, I’d had enough. With an official mom-look, I dared them to fidget in their seats—again. More than once, I placed a hand on a shoulder or touched my foot to theirs. Lord, if they would just be still and quiet. A few minutes later, one daughter did get still and quiet—and nodded off, hitting her head on...

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Date Night—Celebrating Love and Marriage

Posted by on Jul 17, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

“I want to go with you!” Our three-year-old latched on to my husband’s leg and turned her pretty blue-green gaze his way. My sweetheart lifted our daughter to his eye level and gave her a kiss. He spoke with a blend of love and firmness, “Tomorrow is Saturday and we’ll have plenty of time to play. But tonight, I have a date with my bride.” After multiple hugs all around, our youngest joined her siblings and the sitter while my husband and I slipped out for the much-anticipated evening. Time alone as a married couple has myriad benefits. We are able to focus on each other without constant interruptions, we grow closer as we enjoy shared interests, and we are prioritizing our relationship and investing in our marriage. But date night perks don’t stop there. The example we provide...

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Through Little Eyes

Posted by on Jun 18, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 2 comments

Before our children entered the scoot-around, get-into-everything stage, I would crawl around on all fours in order to childproof our home. It was a great way to gain perspective into their little worlds and to see things on their level. But as the girls grew, I realized that babyhood isn’t the only time to look through a child’s eyes. Sometimes, moms are so busy training, instructing, and sharing our bits of wisdom, we forget that our children have a lot to teach us—if we’ll take the time to learn. Their fresh, innocent way of viewing the world reminds us to enjoy the little moments. And what seems ordinary to us becomes spectacular from a child’s perspective. On a family trip to the county fair, my husband and I pointed to the flashy sights around us, but our almost two-year-old...

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