“Peace-full” Homeschool Planning

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Summer, oh how I love you! From swimming pools to barbeques, vacation time to ice cream cones, summer is overflowing with many of my favorite things. Though many of us homeschooling moms might like to bury our heads in the sand and not think about school for the entire three months, the part of us that longs to parent intentionally just won't let us escape so easily. So we look back on the previous year. And we think. Then we assess. And we plan. And we reassess. And we wonder. And we … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Help Kids Encounter God

7 Ways to Help Kids Encounter God

Yesterday I considered the amazing reality that God wants to encounter your children and mine. Today I'd like to offer seven suggestions for how we can encourage our kids to encounter Him. Read God's Word to them. "The Word of God is living and powerful..." (Hebrews 4:12). I've certainly experienced the power of God's Word in my own life, but I've also seen its power in the lives of my children. Through regular time spent in the Bible together, my five-year-old daughter realized she wasn't a … [Read more...]

Divine Encounters…For Kids!

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Here's a jaw-droppingly beautiful truth: Jesus' first priority for you is just to be with Him. Mark 3:14 tells us that "He appointed twelve that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach." Do you see how being with Him came first? Before the preaching, before the healing, before the casting out of demons or even the raising of the dead. Sure, we have work to do...God-ordained tasks to accomplish...divine appointments to meet. But our most important divine … [Read more...]

Is Lifelong Marriage Unachievable?

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A few months back, I remember sitting at my computer checking emails and listening to the Today Show in the background while waiting for the time to come for me to drive one of my sons to school.  When I heard them talking about the split between Gwenyth Paltrow and her husband of nearly a decade and how her blog was crashing after the announcement, I barely registered what was being said.  However, when they went onto say the blog crashing was in part due to the article by two 'marriage … [Read more...]

4 Lies Kids Believe (and you just might, too!)

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Like it or not, we're living in the "Information Age." We're bombarded with tidbits everywhere we go, aren't we? An update here. A newsflash there. A weather alert now. Wait, here's a status change! Google and Pinterest, smart phones and Amazon. It's nearly impossible to escape the deluge! And all this information can be a good thing...as long as it's based in truth. Unfortunately, all too often, that isn't the case. Our culture is saturated with lies. And guess what? Unless we know the truth, … [Read more...]

The Most Amazing Day

The Most Amazing Day

This day is the most amazing day in my life as a parent! I requested to post today, specifically, because it's my son's birthday. Yay! But there's more...it's also my birthday! That's right, we share a birthday. He was my present on the day I turned 25. (And hopefully you're reading this before you've had your morning coffee so you're not figuring out my age!) I remember the sheer joy when he was finally born and we were able to hold him. He was our firstborn, and he was ours! Do you … [Read more...]

Spring Clean Yourself

Spring Clean Yourself {Tips for Mom}

The temperatures are getting warmer and days are getting longer.  It’s that time of year again, spring…and you know what the means… SPRING CLEANING! Time to get rid of the old and clean out all the unnecessary.  Time for a new beginning and clean home. While most of the time when people think about spring cleaning they are concerned with the state of their homes, very rarely do we think about the state of our mind, heart and soul. Yes, those need spring cleaning too. So…it’s time … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Celebrate Easter to the Full!

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It’s easy to be joyful on Easter. Lent is over and the Lord has risen. All is right with the world! But, sometimes, it’s all too easy to enjoy Easter baskets (edible or otherwise!) and do some other special things Easter week, and then go back to “normal”. Nothing could be further from the truth of Easter! Things NEVER go back to normal after the Resurrection. Christ has triumphed, and the joy of that triumph lives forever. Of course, we can’t go on celebrating Easter all year long, but at least … [Read more...]

A Matter of Perspective

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  They knew the time was approaching. The fulfillment of their meticulous planning was imminent. Early that morning, they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor's headquarters. They themselves did not enter the governor's headquarters, so that they would not be defiled, but could eat the Passover. (John 18) These men, the religious leaders of God’s chosen people, were in the process of orchestrating the murder of the Messiah. The Promised One. The One to Whom their entire … [Read more...]

Unexpected Deliverance

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"I sought the LORD, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears." Psalm 34:4 What a powerful statement about our God: "He delivered me from all my fears." Will you take a moment and rejoice with me in our God who answers us, and who delivers us? What a wonderful God, who is alive and working and moving in hearts and lives and circumstances all around us... in numerous ways we can see, and in innumerable ways we can't. I wonder how many Christ-followers today can say with the … [Read more...]