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Taming the Tongue

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 0 comments

Sometimes I just can’t control my tongue. It was not a good day. For whatever reason, we were just off. I was irritable and impatient. I found myself correcting every little infraction, every childish noise. The more I corrected, the more frustrated I became. And the more my kids acted up. After snapping at one of my children, I realized I needed help. This downward spiral was not going to improve without divine intervention. “Lord, please help me control my tongue!” As I whispered the prayer, the following verse came to mind: “…What you say flows from what is in your heart” (Luke 6:45b, NLT). My shoulders slumped. If restraining my tongue is a difficult job, changing my heart is impossible. I’ve tried unsuccessfully to do it for many years. Discouragement gave way to hope, however, as I remembered...

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Follow the Light

Posted by on Feb 5, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

Our chickens love to run free in the yard. Occasionally one decides to rebel and not join the others when they go back into the chicken yard at dark. Such was the case with Jewel. Jewel sat on the top fence rail seemingly confused about which way to go. From the outside looking in, it seemed that all she had to do was leap off and fly right back into the chicken coop. But it seemed the thought of going either way had paralyzed her. My husband went out to close the coop doors and Jewel still sat on the fence. She looked behind her and in front of her trying to decide what to do. Her body language shouted fear and indecision. Hubby gently lifted her from the fence and put her inside the chicken yard and Jewel...

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“And the Greatest of These ….”

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Share lots of love and great times with family throughout February! “And the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). The month containing a holiday dedicated to expressing our deepest feelings is upon us. We tend to think of February as “the month of love,” but surprisingly, February is the shortest month of the year. Shouldn’t we have chosen a month with thirty-one days to draw hearts and pen love notes and exchange gifts of chocolate and trinkets? Better yet, Jesus would have us sharing love every day of the year. He spoke that very command in John 13:34: “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Practice loving one another each day of February, through words and thoughts and actions, so that it becomes a habit.  And then let it carry...

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

Life has gripped many with fear—often even our children—causing people to act insane, and to exhibit characteristics such as being angry, rude, bitter or even violent. Sin is having a cancerous effect on our society, destroying everything in its path, leaving many families with no confidence or hope for tomorrow. That makes it extra special when we have people in our lives who are loving and kind, who put others before themselves. We should encourage them and go out of our way to show them appreciation and validation—and this is a wonderful opportunity to talk with our children about good and bad character traits and how they affect our homes and our world. I was reminiscing recently about people who have impacted my life. Many shared a smiling face or had a positive word to share for me or...

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Writing About Our Wiggles

Posted by on Jan 30, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

If you’re a parent, you’ve likely heard that reading and writing are critical to your child’s overall academic and personal development. Most schools, teachers, principals, and pediatricians know that strong literacy leads to greater life success. Consequently, you’ve been encouraged across the years to read, read, and read some more with your child, starting with in-home read alouds. But reading alone isn’t enough to grow highly competent, literate children. Instead, we need to partner reading with writing and grow our children’s ability to see themselves as good, creative producers of text. Think of “reading” and “writing” like an interstate—lanes go both ways, but both are necessary to get you to and from a destination safely. Similarly, reading and writing may highlight different skills or abilities, but they work together to build a stronger thinker and learner. So, how do...

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Traditions Matter

Posted by on Jan 29, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

Okay, I realize that Christmas has come and gone—but there are some important lessons we can learn from that season that we can carry throughout the next year. Every year when we strip down our Christmas tree, there are two ornaments that come and will not be placed back on the tree the following year. Their time on the tree was short because it was only placed there a few days earlier—on Christmas Day. It may seem a short life, but the ornaments will live again—because they are part of a Christmas tradition in our family. For much of our married life my wife and I have lived far from the rest of our family, and initially, as a couple, we had few traditions. My family always had Christmas stockings so we did the same.  We always attended a...

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