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Meeting Ms. Scarlett

Posted by on Nov 15, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I recently took my car in for a little tune up. While waiting, a mom sat down beside me, holding the cutest, chubbiest baby you’ve ever seen. Her name was Scarlet, and she had the personality to match the name. Only Ms. Scarlet could have rocked that pink polka-dotted onesie so well, chubby cheeks, chunky arms, and all. The wait for service was long, and the longer Scarlett’s mom rocked her, the sleepier she became. After fighting sleep for a while, her little eyelids finally surrendered, and Scarlett turned into a contented afternoon napper. As I watched sleepy little Scarlet, wrapped safely in her mom’s arms, I couldn’t help but wonder if I feel the same way in my father God’s arms. The Scriptures remind us that God holds, protects, and cares for us, even when we are most...

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Give Thanks and Make Memories to Last Forever

Posted by on Nov 13, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34 NIV The month of November sparks thoughts of thanksgiving and gratefulness. Thirty days of practicing the art of giving thanks, which hopefully then creates a heart and attitude of appreciation that spills over into the next month, and then the new year. Just knowing that God is indeed good and that his love never ends should be the impetus for thanksgiving in all circumstances. Encourage a spirit of thanksgiving with your family each day this month and make memories with the ones you love, memories that will remind you to be grateful for days and months to come. Add some of the silly celebrations below to the festivities this month and make every day a holiday! Aviation History Month – Look in the...

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The Praise of a Child

Posted by on Nov 12, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Choir members smiled in awe. The drummer couldn’t keep his eyes on the drums. Those blowing into brass instruments struggled to keep their lips pursed around the mouthpieces. The violinists peered over their music stands. I think I saw the glimmer of tears in the worship leader’s eyes. I know that mine were full! There she stood on the pew in the third row, one arm wrapped around her Mommy’s waist. Belting out “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” as the congregation sang. She was only three. She knew every word by heart. She sang with earnestness, total abandon, and worship to the King whose image shone brightly before her through the stained glass windows. It was her first time in “big church.” My daughter and her husband took her in just for the worship time because she loves...

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When My Children Shake Me

Posted by on Nov 8, 2019 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, That Mom Life | 2 comments

“Are you sorry for snapping at me?” I squeezed my eyes shut and took a deep breath. Shame washed over me as I replayed the outburst in my head. How was it possible that one three-year-old could make my blood boil so easily? I looked at my son, staring at me with his impossibly blue eyes. Waiting for an answer. Inner-Mary readied her list of reasons why her harsh reaction was justified: You’ve been pushing me all day. You’ve screamed and cried and made unreasonable demands. You’ve disobeyed me, ignored me, and taken me for granted. Can you really blame me for lashing out?? In that moment, a mental image of a water bottle rushed to mind. I once heard author and speaker Paul Tripp share the following example: If I take the top off my water bottle and...

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Mary Magdalene’s Giant Leap

Posted by on Nov 6, 2019 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

Hanging in the hallway leading down to our basement is the front page of a Chicago Tribune, dated July 21, 1969. The headline: “GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND.” This year, the United States celebrates 50 years since that incredible day when Neil Armstrong stepped on the lunar surface and announced, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Having majored in journalism, I collect famous front pages of newspapers. But if someone were to ask me what was the greatest news headline ever, I wouldn’t say the moon landing…or the victory over Germany in World War II…or the fall of the Berlin Wall. If someone asked me what the greatest headline of all time might be, I’d go with the news delivered by Mary Magdalene. Okay, so Mary Magdalene wasn’t a reporter in the traditional sense....

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Turn Out the Lights or Let Them Shine?

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

I vividly recall a conversation in the women’s restroom among Christian women one chilly October many years ago. I was a new Christian, easily impressed by so many new ideas. They shared that on Halloween they would proudly keep their porch lights off, not offering candy to neighborhood children. As I thought about this, I wondered what Christ would do. As a child, I was among those who donned costumes and knocked on doors for candy. In my early twenties, I continued to don a costume and party with my friends. When our first daughter was a child, Tim dressed as Count Dracula, I was a witch, and Kristina was our baby bat. But our lives were a nightmare, until I picked up a Bible and actually began to read it. I began to embrace what the Bible says...

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