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Politics and Perspective for Parents

Posted by on Oct 22, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, No Greater Joy | 0 comments

In world-record time, I lunged across our den, scooped the television remote in one hand, and muted the set’s audio. After a noisy sigh, I hit the power button and the TV screen darkened. Little ones with sensitive hearts and ears were close and I wasn’t sure how to explain the behavior of the men and women onscreen. In my five-second sprint to find the remote, there were shouts, taunts, and accusations among the sea of glittering politicians. After...

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“I’m Bored!”

Posted by on Oct 16, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

Growing up I knew two words (among others) I should never say to my father: “I’m bored.” My dad could respond with a lengthy list of jobs to do at the drop of a hat. Some of them seemed pointless, much like washing the car during a rain storm. But I had made the faux pas of assuming my parents were responsible for keeping me entertained. Although I learned a lesson about what not to do as a kid,...

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I Am with You

Posted by on Oct 14, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 6 comments

Recently I’ve said final good-byes to too many dear friends. Some separations I anticipated after difficult illnesses. Others left quite suddenly. In each one the same words, “with Jesus,” announced the home-going. I’ve contemplated those two words, running them over the empty place left behind and pondering on the exquisite going forward they promise. Few words offer such comfort and hope. For surely, tragic as it is to be separated from this earth, to be with Jesus is far...

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Changing Leaves

Posted by on Oct 11, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

Fall is my favorite time of the year. It’s not only the change in weather from hot and humid to cool and crisp, but the beauty of the season that stirs my soul. Our family has always loved driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains and marveling at the myriad of colors found on the trees. When I consider my love of fall, it almost seems out of character. I am a person who detests change—in almost all instances. Yet...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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