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When School is Scary

Posted by on Apr 24, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

School can be a frightening place for many students, especially when they’ve experienced episodes of bullying, humiliation, or academic failure. Walking in the front doors can feel much like a last supper for the adolescent who expects to face heartache, hatred, or humiliation. Our children would rather run away than face the hardship of other students’ words and wounds, and frankly, so would we! Let’s get real for a moment. How many parents have sat on the bedside with...

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Be Strong and Courageous

Posted by on Apr 22, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6) It feels overwhelming at times doesn’t it?  “I can’t keep up – the things these kids are into…” Our children have so many portals of information.  As soon as we think we know the latest news, fad, or phenomenon, another one comes along. How do we help our children navigate through it? We must be...

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Happy Easter!

Posted by on Apr 19, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Wishing you and your family a blessed Easter as we celebrate a risen Lord! ~From all of us at Just 18...

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Calming the Chaos

Posted by on Apr 18, 2019 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 3 comments

Bang. Bang. Bang. My son taps who-knows-what on the floor, enjoying the sounds he creates. He loves noisemaking. I cherish his inquisitive personality, that quality which causes him to make the noises (and the messes). But these things do drive a parent crazy. “Son, stop banging. It’s just creating chaos,” my husband instructs. Immediately, our preschooler bursts into song. “Chaos! Chaos! Chaos!” At this point, what do you do except roll your eyes and laugh at the insanity of...

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Symbols of Easter for Ceaseless Prayer

Posted by on Apr 17, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

    Creation celebrates the beauty of a resurrected life – buds and blooms transforming the dreary dormancy of winter into an explosion of color and delight. Everything inspires prayer!     RABBITS I have this adorable set of bunnies on my dining room table as a reminder to pray that the hearts of parents be turned to their children and the hearts of children be turned to their parents (Malachi 4:6). But it’s even more powerful.   Rabbits...

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Sad Day, Happy Day

Posted by on Apr 16, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

As Easter nears, parents all over are wondering the best way to teach their children about Jesus’ death and resurrection. It can be an incredibly difficult concept for children to grasp. In my preschool, we discuss the topic of Jesus’ death and resurrection in terms of a sad day and a happy day. His death is of course a sad day, but then his resurrection is such a happy day! We try to use terminology that is relatable to...

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The Most Dangerous Place

Posted by on Apr 11, 2019 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, That Mom Life | 0 comments

We walked with the crowd of people toward the old, dilapidated building. Angry weeds forced their way through every visible crack and crevice. We moved in silence as an overwhelming sense of sadness settled around us like a thick blanket. We stared at the building and watched as women filtered in and out of the door that creaked in protest each time it was forced open. We watched and we prayed. My husband, two children and I were standing...

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