Archives for February 2016

Complete Unity | John 17:20-23

Saturday Scripture John 17: 20-23 20“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— {Read More}

4 Ways to Make Time for What Really Matters

You’re always on the go. Scrambling to find enough minutes in the day for everything you need to accomplish. When you’re feeling maxed out, it’s hard to live intentionally and set aside time for God. How do you  make time for what matters most? I remember one Sunday I had a dilemma that taught me the importance of finding balance in my life. We were a few minutes late for church, and we took a seat behind the children. In our church, {Read More}

Depend on Jesus

God, the Master, The Holy of Israel, has this solemn counsel: ‘Your salvation requires you to turn back to me and stop your silly efforts to save yourselves. Your strength will come from settling down in complete dependence on me—the very thing you’ve been unwilling to do.’” Isaiah 30:15 (MSG) One of my clearest childhood memories is when I was five. My stepdad was running errands for my mom and dropped me off at a birthday party. The thing was, {Read More}

Humble Yourselves | 1 Peter 5:6

Saturday Scripture 1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Prayer Heavenly Father, I feel inadequate describing how great your love is for me and how much I don’t deserve it. Lord, I can have a prideful, selfish heart and be quick to forget the magnitude of what you’ve done for me. Keep me humble and remind me I am entitled to nothing! As I anticipate Easter, may I {Read More}

7 Tools for Calming Angry Kids

In the past three years John and I have adopted seven children from foster care, which means we’ve had to deal with a lot of angry kids. Anger displays itself in many ways. I’ve had children yelling, screaming, kicking, fighting, and throwing things. I’ve seen looks of pure hatred directed at me. (I know the meaning of “if looks can kill”!) I’ve been told things like, “You’re not my mom!” “I’m going to call my caseworker!” and “I want to {Read More}

3 Ways to Raise an Uncommon Kid by Sami Cone {+ giveaway}

Let’s face it, most kids want to blend in. They don’t want to stand out, be noticed, or get called on. And as they get older, the peer-pressure to conform only gets stronger. So how is it possible in today’s culture to be uncommon? To stand up for what is right? To champion others? It’s not easy. And if it’s difficult for us, it’s even harder for our kids. So don’t turn away when I tell you that the key {Read More}

Love Each Other Deeply | 1 Peter 4:8

Saturday Scripture 1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Prayer Dear God, You are love. Thank you for showing me what true love really means, for sending your only son to take our place on the cross. Love isn’t about warm, fuzzy feelings or chocolate or candy. Love is a decision and it takes sacrifice. The only reason I can show love to others is because you first loved me. Help me {Read More}

Why Coloring Isn’t Just for Kids {+ FREE coloring pages}

Kids are on to something and grownup are just starting to catch on … the joy of coloring! Adult-geared coloring books have been flying off the shelves lately. Why, you ask? Beside being an enjoyable way to take a break, coloring has numerous health benefits. According to this article by FoxNews: Doctors have known about these benefits since the early 1900s. Psychiatrist Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, prescribed coloring to his patients to calm and center their minds. Doctors today continue {Read More}

FREE Valentine’s Coloring Pages for Kids!

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away (yikes, didn’t February just start?!) which means the last-minute card and candy dash is starting. I can’t help with the candy, but I do have a free printable for you—Valentine’s cards your kids can color in and give to their friends and classmates. Plus, each card has a memory verse about God’s love on it, so your children will be spreading Good News to their peers. Click here to download the coloring sheets! {Read More}

Shine Out from the Darkness | Isaiah 58:10

Saturday Scripture Isaiah 58:10 Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. Prayer Dear God, Thank you for this day and time in your Word. Your commands to us are simple: feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Lord, help me look for opportunities to spread your love. When those moments come, give me the courage and wisdom to meet {Read More}

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