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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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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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Ponder Your Path this Summer

Posted by on Aug 1, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Proverbs 4:26 NIV Where has your summer path taken you recently? Has your family taken a unique vacation? Visited extended family? Traveled to the library frequently? Explored a new park? Hiked a new trail? For some families, a new school year is about to begin sometime this month, but the calendar still boasts of summer for several weeks. Take the opportunity to wiggle your toes on new paths and favorite familiar ones before summer is officially over and make lots of family memories to treasure. Try out some of the zany holidays below and celebrate family all month long! Catfish Month – If you’ve ever taken a close look at a catfish, you’ll know how the swimmer got its name. Both freshwater and...

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Happy 4th of July!

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

Happy 4th of July from all of us at Just 18 Summers. Enjoy some fun family time. Celebrate our country. Take some photos. Make some memories. And thank God for the blessing of being an...

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God’s Not Done with You Yet

Posted by on Jul 2, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I recently spent the weekend at a women’s retreat and the theme was “Under Construction.” It was a powerful message reminding us of God’s work in us and in our lives. He never stops working. We’re never too far gone that He sees fit to simply discard us. God’s not done with us yet.God will never be done with us. This message resonated in the deepest part of my being and I felt an overwhelming peace with it. What a beautiful realization that my troubles of today don’t have to be troubles of tomorrow because God’s still working. What I am today doesn’t have to be what I am tomorrow because God’s still working. I want nothing more than for my children to embrace this same message. I want them to understand without a doubt that God stands solidly...

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Life’s a Picnic in July

Posted by on Jul 1, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. Song of Solomon 2:4 KJV July 2nd marks the halfway point of the year, and July 15th is the halfway point of the summer. How are those days shaping up for your family? Have you enjoyed half of the summertime fun you’d planned? Never fear – you still have plenty of time to enjoy fun in the sun for summer 2019. Be intentional to squeeze in lots of family activities. Try out some of the zany, but actual, holidays listed below or create unique family ones. National Picnic Month – How many picnics can you fit into the month of July? Picnic in the front yard one day and in the back yard another day. Sit on the porch floor for another picnic and at...

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