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Posted by on Sep 18, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

Teenagers waiting on the school bus shouldn’t cause you to shake in your boots…or well, walking shoes in my case. And I didn’t really shake. But I did have an argument with God. I risked disobedience. I was soaking up the sunshine and being refreshed by the cool breezes as I took my morning walk. It’s the norm to pray for neighbors as I pass their homes, or strangers that I observe along the way. Sometimes I even tell them I’m praying for them. But today was different. There they stood in their awkward cluster. Must have been middle-schoolers, with interesting assortment of styles and levels of coolness. I smiled and prayed for them as I passed. And God said, “Go pray over them.” What???? I said, “Lord, I prayed for them. I’ll pray more now. Please protect them....

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Praying for My Child’s School

Posted by on Sep 17, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

Children and school just seem to go together. Although, school looks very different today than when I was a child. Sometimes it’s held online, or at home, or through a co-op. But however it takes place, it’s an integral part of being a kid. And it’s something we need to bathe in prayer. Many of our ideas about ourselves and others grow out of the experiences we have in school. Sometimes these are positive and affirming, other times . . . well . . . not so much. As parents, those are scary thoughts. But there is one thing we must remember and hang onto. God uses both the good and the bad to bless our children and grow them into the men and women He has designed them to be. While this fall is still young, this is...

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Study in Style

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

  God made you special, including the way you learn best. Read Psalm 139 about how he created you in your mother’s womb. Part of you being special is the way you learn. You are wired to learn best in one of six ways, called learning styles. You can even consider these learning styles as you choose a Bible.  Check them out to find your style and try the ideas that will help you learn best. Auditory (learns by hearing or while listening to music) Read aloud. Listen to a classmate talk about the lesson. Listen to music that matches mood of the passage. Visual (learns by sight and reading or studying charts) Read and then doodle as you reflect or draw the lesson. Close your eyes and picture the passage. Use maps and charts to check out locations...

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Cutting Your Husband’s Food and Other Friendly Tasks

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 2 comments

So, I cut his roast chicken. Into little square edibles. When I looked up, he wore a puzzled expression, a little worried but seriously amused. I drew my eyes back down to where mangled bits of poultry lay in a pile on my husband’s plate. “Hmmm,” he commented. “Maybe you need a day off.” It’s crazy the things you don’t anticipate when you begin a family. All the forewarned preparation in the world can’t compensate for being a 24/7 life support system, nor turn a body into an angel after three tortuous days without sleep. New baby transition isn’t always a stroller in the park. Husband and wife relationships stretch like rubber bands, thin and far apart, then snap together again. In the foggy mist of baby-lag, the next thing you know, you’ve cut your husband’s chicken for him....

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Parenting the Virtuous Instead of the Viral

Posted by on Sep 10, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I recently took a walk in a local park that hosts various sporting events. As I came across the outdoor space designed for inline skates, I saw a huge sign and large crowd. The sign announced a meeting for families interested in signing up their children for an inline hockey league. The crowd of parents and children that swelled around the sign was large and deeply engaged in the organizer’s presentation. The faces in the crowd displayed eagerness, excitement, and joy at the prospect of engaging children with a sport they loved. As I reflected on these emotions, I couldn’t help but think about other things we want our children to love. Perhaps we also want them to love their grandma, friends, and local church, but such passion could be lacking in the face of a hectic sports agenda....

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Your Foot’s in My Space!

Posted by on Sep 6, 2019 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 0 comments

“Your foot’s in my space!” “Your booster seat keeps leaning on me!” “Where is that travel pillow I need to fall asleep?” Words of frustration echoed from the backseat of our five-passenger rental car. We’d barely begun our 7500-mile, cross-country road trip. Already, the troops were getting restless. My own anger began to build as I listened to their complaints. How would we survive the four-week adventure which yesterday we’d been so excited to begin? Would our trip of a lifetime turn into the worst vacation ever? My husband’s words cut through the tension. “We need to talk about our frustrations if we’re going to enjoy this trip. When one of us starts feeling upset, let’s discuss it.” So, we did. My husband invited each child to express what was making him or her angry. He phrased probing questions to...

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