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Real-life Conversations

Posted by on Feb 17, 2021 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 0 comments

“How do we know God is real, Mama?” My seven-year-old’s question reined in the distracted thoughts running through my mind. Our nightly routine faded into the background as eternity stepped into that moment. I prayed for wisdom and considered how to answer. I know He’s real based on my years of history with Him. I’ve experienced His provision, witnessed His miracles, and felt His presence more times than I could count. Yet I’ve also asked that same question many times – even after years of knowing Him. Sometimes our hearts just need to be reminded. So we talked of how God has answered our prayers and recalled His faithfulness to our family. Then I suggested she ask God to show Himself to her because ultimately, that’s what her heart really needs. Not just mental facts that support the truth...

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Loving Family Bonds

Posted by on Feb 15, 2021 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

The one area where we should always be extravagant is in expressing and showing love to our family members. A month when we celebrate love is also a great time to strengthen our family relationships. Try these ideas: Involve everyone in some decision making. Hold a family pray-and-plan or bring up one decision at dinner every few weeks. This helps members feel accepted and valued. That gives them a sense of belonging. Plan some family theme nights such as a country of the world. Start with countries of your ancestry. Try different foods from that country, explore facts, customs, and traditions. Play a game related to the country. This helps your family accept and celebrate people around the world and to appreciate their heritage. Invest time with family by scheduling family nights or stay-cations. This shows you cherish members,...

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Real Praise for Your Children

Posted by on Feb 8, 2021 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

Have you had the challenge of working in an environment of negative motivation—a place where praise is rare, but complaints flourish? I had the fate of working in such a place. Sadly, I don’t believe the management even knew their folly, because they fell into the trap of thinking their comments were balanced. The supervisor would start by giving general, non-specific words of praise, “You’re doing well,” then with a “but” they would continue with a lengthy list of specific areas in which the employee needed to improve and instances when they had not met management expectations/ After all, “Nobody is perfect, there is always room for improvement.” Since the praise was far from specific, it had almost no value against the specific complaints and it was discouraging overall. The reality is, even if there are no negative comments,...

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Covid Fear is Also Affecting Our Children

Posted by on Feb 4, 2021 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 1 comment

We sat outside with our drive-through ice-creams and jabbered, like teen-agers out on a night away from the confines of mom, dad and home. Ten ladies, escaping pandemic restrictions for a few hours on an afternoon, properly distanced and cautious. We talked about work, people, general gab. I stepped away from the patio circle, left behind the voices and gaiety to answer my phone. It was a Facetime call. I held it up and saw some of the cutest little faces looking at me. “Grandma!” My five-year-old grandson and his three-year-old brother exclaimed. “Grandma, where are you?” A frown drew the older grandson’s brows together. He looked past my face to where my friends sat apart but together. For a moment I forgot how strange it was to socialize, to hear voices and laughter. I forgot how quickly children...

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Enjoy the Month of Love

Posted by on Feb 1, 2021 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

Enjoy the month of love with the loved ones God gave you Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:14 NLT Why is the shortest month of the year the one that celebrates everything love and hugs and kisses? Perhaps that just means we’ll need to work extra hard to squeeze in lots of adoring accolades, endearing embraces, and memory-making moments. Clothe yourselves with love as part of your daily ensemble during the month of February, and hopefully, the habit will spill over into the next month and the one after that, too. Celebrate the love of family by taking part in the holidays and silly festivities below, and perhaps create a few unique family ones, too. Sweater Day –  Have everyone dress in warm sweaters and go for a walk...

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