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Painting the Lines

Posted by on Oct 26, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

Did you know that parenting sometimes resembles road work? Our town recently went to the expense of widening one of our primary roads. Previously it had been a frustrating and unsafe road. The shoulders were a thin ribbon that fell off into a ditch. The lanes were narrow and hard to maneuver due to large vehicles using the route. The new paving project converted two lanes into three. The wide road was nice, but the designers made a major mistake: they didn’t paint new lines. Because of this oversight, the wider road was even more dangerous. Which direction gets two lanes? Does each side get an extra-wide lane? Where is the center? All the drivers made their own assumptions and their own rules. The two buildings the road services added to the confusion. The road passes a high school...

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I’m Proud of You Son

Posted by on Oct 22, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

“You’re never too old to want your dad to be proud of you,” my husband stated the other night as we both collapsed into bed, tired from a day of hard work. Those poignant words took me immediately to the memory of my dad. His praise had such a huge impact on me then that to this day I think of my actions and how he would respond. What he accepted then still matters to me now. His affirmation steered desires and emotions, they brought me joy and sorrow. Both my husband’s father and mine are gone, but the ghost of their approval and disapproval is a legacy we both cherish. What a picture of the Christian’s relationship with the Father. “Well done, good and faithful servant,” Jesus’ parable in Matthew 25 reflects a desire to bring satisfaction for...

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Celebrate All Babies on National Pro-life Cupcake Day

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Pink and blue frosting atop a lovely cupcake with heart sprinkles or other decorations reflect joy and party time. Alas, many babies never have a single birthday. Some pass on to heaven before birth in a miscarriage while others die in an abortion. Watch this prolife cupcake day video about the day and importance of life. For every three children who have a first birthday, one child did not. It’s a big number. Fifty million babies who never came into the world to receive a kiss or have a cupcake. Blow kisses to heaven as you pray that the lives of other babies will be spared. A cupcake, like a baby, is small and sweet. Look at baby pictures of family members and talk about how we change as we grow. The best change is to open our hearts...

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Pumpkin Patch Perspectives

Posted by on Oct 6, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Yes, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. Psalm 85:12 ESV. God is good, all the time, but the crispness in the air that signifies autumn brings to mind a season of gratefulness. Fresh-turned farmers’ fields and orange pumpkins and bright red, ripened apples tickle the senses and remind us to be thankful for the yield God provides. Help your family get in a pumpkin patch perspective kind of mood by celebrating God’s goodness and the beauty of a new season. Use some of the silly but actual holidays below to create a festive mood in your household and thank God daily for God’s harvest and provisions. Apple Month – Create this fun apple craft with some paint and a few supplies. Carefully paint your child’s hand, palm side and arm, about...

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Sensing God

Posted by on Aug 28, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 5 comments

Well, friends, the COVID days are dragging on. Our prayer is that the spread will cease, we can wave good-bye to fear and once again gather freely with family, friends, and in our churches. While we wait, let’s continue to seek the Lord and intentionally dwell in His presence…and encourage our children to do the same. One of the blessings in the midst of this pandemic has been the numbers of families outdoors spending quality time together, exercising—running, walking, and biking. What if, as we spend time in God’s creation, we determine to be purposeful in sensing God’s presence, His love, and His provision? What if we actually use our senses to be the springboard to conversations with our children? And what if those conversations lead us to join together as a family in thankfulness and praise? Consider the...

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When the Plan Changes

Posted by on Aug 26, 2020 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 1 comment

Lean in close, I have a secret to tell. “I am a recovering control freak.” Seriously. Life is good when things go according to plan, when nothing too crazy happens, and when people behave themselves. But if things start to veer too far off course, I get anxious. God has grown me a lot in this area over the last few years, though. I’m learning to raise the white flag, to trust Him and listen to His voice when things seem out of control. I had an opportunity to practice this recently. My child was very loudly and quite passionately objecting to the word no. I knew I couldn’t give in to the tantrum. Such behavior was unacceptable. I needed to make the child stop. But all my efforts were in vain. Every discipline or redirection seemed to make things...

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