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Meeting Ms. Scarlett

Posted by on Nov 15, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I recently took my car in for a little tune up. While waiting, a mom sat down beside me, holding the cutest, chubbiest baby you’ve ever seen. Her name was Scarlet, and she had the personality to match the name. Only Ms. Scarlet could have rocked that pink polka-dotted onesie so well, chubby cheeks, chunky arms, and all. The wait for service was long, and the longer Scarlett’s mom rocked her, the sleepier she became. After fighting sleep for a while, her little eyelids finally surrendered, and Scarlett turned into a contented afternoon napper. As I watched sleepy little Scarlet, wrapped safely in her mom’s arms, I couldn’t help but wonder if I feel the same way in my father God’s arms. The Scriptures remind us that God holds, protects, and cares for us, even when we are most...

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Give Thanks and Make Memories to Last Forever

Posted by on Nov 13, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34 NIV The month of November sparks thoughts of thanksgiving and gratefulness. Thirty days of practicing the art of giving thanks, which hopefully then creates a heart and attitude of appreciation that spills over into the next month, and then the new year. Just knowing that God is indeed good and that his love never ends should be the impetus for thanksgiving in all circumstances. Encourage a spirit of thanksgiving with your family each day this month and make memories with the ones you love, memories that will remind you to be grateful for days and months to come. Add some of the silly celebrations below to the festivities this month and make every day a holiday! Aviation History Month – Look in the...

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The Praise of a Child

Posted by on Nov 12, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Choir members smiled in awe. The drummer couldn’t keep his eyes on the drums. Those blowing into brass instruments struggled to keep their lips pursed around the mouthpieces. The violinists peered over their music stands. I think I saw the glimmer of tears in the worship leader’s eyes. I know that mine were full! There she stood on the pew in the third row, one arm wrapped around her Mommy’s waist. Belting out “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” as the congregation sang. She was only three. She knew every word by heart. She sang with earnestness, total abandon, and worship to the King whose image shone brightly before her through the stained glass windows. It was her first time in “big church.” My daughter and her husband took her in just for the worship time because she loves...

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Take the Chill Off with Warm Family Fun

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

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 ESV The calendar ushered October in with slightly cooler temperatures, and hints of autumn surround us. Celebrate a new season with warm, family activities all month long. Take in a high school football game, collect fallen leaves on a family walk, visit a church’s fall festival, and take frequent drives in the country to watch the changes in local farmers’ fields in October. Be intentional with family fun this month and try out some of the wacky, but actual, holidays below. Chili Month – Celebrate this holiday with a chili buffet bar one cool evening. Work in the kitchen as a family to prepare a favorite chili recipe. While the chili is simmering, prepare and...

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Walking Through Grief with Children

Posted by on Sep 20, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

As much as we want to wrap our children in a bubble of only flowers and rainbows, it’s simply not possible. Much to our dismay, they will experience hardships and heartache. They will experience grief. It is our responsibility as parents to walk with them through their grief, teaching them strategies to cope. If we don’t have strong strategies in place ourselves for coping with grief and loss, it’s going to be even more difficult to pass those on to our little ones. My children have experienced death close to them, but they were at ages where it didn’t really register. It wasn’t until recently that I was tasked with walking through grief with my children—ages ten, nine, eight and eight. We are a foster family and welcomed a beautiful baby girl into our home last October. After seven...

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Need Courage Today?

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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