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Math and the Bible

Posted by on Mar 23, 2021 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Pi day isn’t about eating pies although you might have wanted to have one to celebrate on March 14th. It’s a day to celebrate math and numbers. Pi is a ratio between a circle’s circumference (distance around the edge) and its diameter (distance across the middle). Circles and numbers are all around you. Numbers are also in the Bible. Jesus had twelve disciples, fasted for forty days (that’s why we have forty days of Lent), named the two greatest commandments, and is part of the triune God (3 persons in one God). Look at a few number facts that make life great:   God subtracts all your sins (down to zero) when you confess and ask for forgiveness.   He multiplied bread to feed many (John 6) and can still perform miracles.   He measures according to your giving...

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Who Will Be the Greatest?

Posted by on Mar 8, 2021 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

Helmets on. Shields down. Laser swords up. Sabers held high throb with light while Darth Vader breathes his insanely evil inhale and exhale. The battle begins. My six-year-old and three-year-old grandsons have never even seen Star Wars, but the way they go at it, you’d never know. They grunt and shout in victory and defeat. It is a run-for-your-life war to the finish. Apparently, it only takes a few years of life to figure out someone gets to be the greatest. One of them will reign king of his little mountain. “Who will be the greatest?” It was a contentious question between Jesus’ disciples in the Gospel of Mark: 9:33-36. The immaturity of Christ’s followers was revealed in an embarrassing argument while they walked toward home. Can you picture it? They walked together through Galilee as Jesus explained clearly...

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Making Memories with the Family is a Breeze in the Month of March

Posted by on Mar 1, 2021 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

…He brings forth the wind from His treasuries. Psalm 135:7 (NASB)  Another month just blew onto the calendar. March sometimes enters the scene as a lion, roaring with wind from God’s treasuries. And the saying goes, it will leave as a lamb. The reverse is also true, according to many farmers’ almanacs. If March begins with gentle breezes, then the month will end with ferocious ones. Celebrate windy days and calm ones, too, with the family throughout the month of March. To add other festivities to the calendar, plan to celebrate the silly holidays below and create a few unique family ones, also. Crochet Week – What hobbies do you practice in your family? Does someone crochet or knit? Do you have a stamp collector? Coin collector? Encourage each family member’s hobbies and take an active interest is what...

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Indiana Jones and the Lost Scrolls

Posted by on Feb 19, 2021 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

It all began with a goat and a stone. It was early 1947 (or possibly late 1946) when a Bedouin shepherd boy named Muhammed the Wolf went out searching for his lost goat among the limestone hills in Qumran, not far from the Dead Sea in what is Israel today. As he hunted among the cliffs, the boy stopped to hurl a rock into the open mouth of a cave. He heard the crack of breaking pottery. That’s strange, he thought. The shepherd boy was too afraid to lower himself into the cave, so he returned later with a couple of relatives, hoping to discover treasure. Instead, when they entered the cave, they found clay jars with lids that looked like bowls. Lifting one of the lids, they were hit by a foul odor. The Bedouins didn’t know that...

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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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