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A Modern “Loaves and Fish”

Posted by on Dec 31, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 1 comment

I have always been an advocate of setting aside a portion of my earnings to support the church and other charities. It’s a practice I learned from my parents. My wife was not raised in a Christian home, but she quickly was assimilated into my dedication to this practice. We in turn wanted to ensure our children had the same values. When opportunities arose, we would talk them through the concept of giving the first portion to help others. They easily got into the habit of charitably giving at least ten percent of any income they received. This is what many call a tithe and our family considered it a standard practice. But I also wanted to teach them about the concept of offerings—a voluntary giving beyond the ten percent. We had an opportunity to teach this lesson after...

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Who is that Baby in a Manger?

Posted by on Dec 25, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

Every year, of my childhood, the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, Christmas pageant practice began. The characters were the same every year, the players different. We sat in wooden pews, lines of grade-schoolers, and waited for the announcement of who would play Mary and Joseph. The revelation always sparked envy, admiration, or vanity. The angels came next, then the shepherds and wise men were named. Sometimes even animals had parts with costumes of sheep, cows or camels. A living star shone above a wooden shed built and carried into the sanctuary each year. Herod, the bad dude and his evil cohorts had parts too around a throne big enough for ten kids. The leftovers made up a choir of children who jostled and joked throughout every practice. There were robes for the shepherds, crowns for the wise men, wings and...

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The Five Magic Words

Posted by on Nov 23, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

I have no idea how many times I heard this question growing up; “What’s the magic word?” Even as I write this I hear my mother’s voice. Those who teach manners call them the “five magic words,” although some of them are more than one word. What are they? Excuse me. Thank you. You’re welcome. Please. Sorry. Why are they called magic? Because of their potential power. The magic words are an easy way to create positive communication and goodwill—and it’s important for us to instill this in our children. “Excuse me” or “pardon me” are polite ways to smooth over the intrusion of your life into another’s. Sometimes, there is a need to interrupt a conversation. Sometimes we need to make our way through a blocked area. Sometimes we accidentally interrupt or inadvertently step into someone’s way. All...

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Living Water

Posted by on Nov 15, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

For years, I sat at the kitchen table to have my morning quiet time with the Lord. I would sit down and read my Bible after I fed my kids breakfast and got them playing or took them to school. One day as I read at the table, Grace, who was three at the time, came dancing around the table and behind me. I possess the special mom skill where I can listen for signs of distress but tune out the sound of chatter and singing. Grace danced and sang as she meandered all around the kitchen. She stopped at the fridge and played with the magnet letters for a minute before dancing on towards me again. Her songs were a pleasant background music for my reading. My little girl disappeared behind my chair standing between me and the...

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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...

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Just Be Little

Posted by on Oct 18, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 1 comment

I have two daughters and a son. All three of my kids have always loved dressing up in costumes. My son, who is now seventeen, spent many an afternoon as a little boy in full Peter Pan costume climbing trees in our yard. He has been an army man in head-to-toe camouflage, a pirate, Robinhood, a cowboy and a knight. The girls, on the other hand, have always loved to be some sort of princess. While Faith preferred Snow White or Jasmine, Grace always loved Cinderella. One afternoon when Grace got out of the bathtub, she begged for me to make her Cinderella. We dug through the toy box to find her blue princess dress. After a thorough search, we located both of Cinderella’s light-up slippers, her crown, her wand, white gloves and even a black ribbon choker necklace...

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