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Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 26, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Wishing you and your family a blessed and healthy Thanksgiving. Take lots of photos and make some memories! From all of us at Just 18...

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A Thanksgiving “What If…”

Posted by on Nov 24, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 2 comments

What if God limited Himself to pouring out His blessings upon us according to the thankfulness in our hearts and flowing from our lips? What if the prayers He answered were based on our gratitude from past responses to our requests? Thank you notes seem to have blown away with the winds of the years that fly by. I sometimes fear that to be the case spiritually for me—that I haven’t thanked God often enough for what He’s done for me. Can you relate?  We get so caught up in the whirlwind of life, even in the midst of a pandemic that has pulled out all the stops in trying to get us to slow the pace. To hunker down. To focus on the things that matter—like family. Like what we have, instead of focusing on what we don’t...

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Burst Out in Songs of Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 12, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. Psalm 28:7 NLT Finally, some gorgeous, autumn-like weather here in south Georgia! Fall seems to take its time getting to us in the south, but that makes us appreciate the season even more. Wherever you live, make sure to enjoy everything that this time of the year offers, from the beautiful color changes to the crisp temperatures, to the anticipation of Thanksgiving festivities with family and friends. It’s a month to celebrate and give thanks, but use this month to cultivate a heart of gratefulness all year long. Add these holidays – real holidays from the zany to the serious to the delicious – to the calendar this...

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Pumpkin Patch Perspectives

Posted by on Oct 6, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Yes, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. Psalm 85:12 ESV. God is good, all the time, but the crispness in the air that signifies autumn brings to mind a season of gratefulness. Fresh-turned farmers’ fields and orange pumpkins and bright red, ripened apples tickle the senses and remind us to be thankful for the yield God provides. Help your family get in a pumpkin patch perspective kind of mood by celebrating God’s goodness and the beauty of a new season. Use some of the silly but actual holidays below to create a festive mood in your household and thank God daily for God’s harvest and provisions. Apple Month – Create this fun apple craft with some paint and a few supplies. Carefully paint your child’s hand, palm side and arm, about...

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Sensing God

Posted by on Aug 28, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 5 comments

Well, friends, the COVID days are dragging on. Our prayer is that the spread will cease, we can wave good-bye to fear and once again gather freely with family, friends, and in our churches. While we wait, let’s continue to seek the Lord and intentionally dwell in His presence…and encourage our children to do the same. One of the blessings in the midst of this pandemic has been the numbers of families outdoors spending quality time together, exercising—running, walking, and biking. What if, as we spend time in God’s creation, we determine to be purposeful in sensing God’s presence, His love, and His provision? What if we actually use our senses to be the springboard to conversations with our children? And what if those conversations lead us to join together as a family in thankfulness and praise? Consider the...

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Please Go to Sleep!

Posted by on Aug 21, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

“Not again! It’s your turn,” mom says to dad. “I put her back to bed three times while you were in the bathroom. You get the next three!” Nothing can be more frustrating than looking forward to that small break between their bedtime and yours, only to realize that, instead, you are called on for even greater patience, skill, and inexhaustible energy to keep them there. Usually this challenge starts when your little ones realize they have the power. So when they crawl over the crib, or crib extender, it’s onward to a toddler bed, and now it’s “game on.” Several things are helpful at this stage: Hopefully you already have a bedtime routine.  If not, implement one. Most routines should be no longer than 15-30 minutes. Something like—read/cuddle, prayer, kiss, tuck, “night night.” Keep your voice soft, yawn...

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