How to Start a Bible Reading Routine for Your Kids this Year

Written by: | January 23, 2017

With the New Year comes resolutions, plans and goals to live differently in the coming months. While some will quickly fade, there are others we hope and pray will stick around forever. One of those, at least for our family this year, has been to start a consistent Bible...
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Raising Ark Builders

Written by: | January 20, 2017

As a child growing up, I remember reading all the famous biblical stories. You know the ones… the story of Jonah and the whale, the story of Daniel and the lions den, the story of Moses parting the Red Sea. The privilege of being a child is being able...
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The Key to Teaching Kids to Respect Leaders

Written by: | January 18, 2017

R-E-S-P-E-C-T No, I won’t sing it for you now (although, if we were in person, I probably would break out into song), but I do want to talk about what respect means to all of us these days. I hear the word respect used a lot. Professional athletes talk...
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10 Things Children Love (But Moms Secretly Hate)

Written by: | January 13, 2017

One weekend last fall we gathered with my family in a cabin to relax and reconnect. Seven adults and four children seemed to be a good mix; the odds in our favor with the small ones outnumbered. But never underestimate the power of three boys plus one girl ages...
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Strategies for Healthier Family Eating this Year

Written by: | January 9, 2017

With a new year, comes a whole set of resolutions and goals to attain to. It’s a mile marker to a fresh start. Fresh starts feel good, but when we don’t reach our goals or slowly falter, it’s easy to feel like a failure. A couple of years ago,...
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10 Good Books to Cuddle Up with this Winter

Written by: | January 6, 2017

Friday is National Cuddle Up Day! (who knew?!) So I’ve been thinking. . . What better way is there to spend a snowy (or chilly) afternoon than cuddled up with your kids, reading books by a warm fire? (Okay, we have a wood stove, but there’s still a fire...
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How To Let Yourself Off The Hook This Year

Written by: | January 2, 2017

A fresh New Year has begun! It’s January, the time of year when many find it refreshing to look forward to the New Year and think of all the possibilities the future holds – and this fresh feeling is what has some people thinking about resolutions. Every year around...
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A Prayer For 2017

Written by: | December 30, 2016

I had someone tell me the other day, “I’m so glad that I’m not raising kids in this day and age.” I know they didn’t mean it to be discouraging, but it kind of hit me deep. The emotions of doom and dread and thoughts like, “wow, yeah, it...
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5 Ways to Beat the Post-Christmas Blahs

Written by: | December 26, 2016

Well, it’s over.  The stockings are empty and there’s a house full of new toys you don’t know what to do with. The loved ones are gone and the Christmas high went out the door with them.  And what about the little voice that whispers, “You didn’t get what you wanted...
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5 Fun Ways to Share Christmas as a Family

Written by: | December 21, 2016

It’s December and Christmas will be here in no time. Do you have some fun activities planned? You may already have your usual holiday fun-list in mind, or maybe you are looking for something new and fun to try this year! Here are five ways to share the Christmas...
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Thankful for the Gifts of Our Good Father at Christmas

Written by: | December 19, 2016

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in...
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How to Write Your Own Family Christmas Prayer

Written by: | December 14, 2016

Christmas means twinkling lights and sparkling snowflakes. It also means time with family and remembering God’s gift of love. Christmas can also represent a time of prayer for children. One sweet book that has taught my children about prayer is A Very Merry Christmas Prayer by Bonnie Jensen. And...
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