Archives for April 2016

4 Ways to Teach Your Children to Take Leaps of Faith

From the time my daughter was eight years old she told me she wanted to be a missionary. That’s sweet when you’re looking into the eager eyes of a child. Much harder is peering into the eager eyes of a young adult, realizing this was soon to be a VERY. REAL. THING. Leslie’s plan was to live in the Czech Republic for a year and work with the local church. She needed approximately $19,000, a nice chunk of change to {Read More}

Plant God’s Words Deep in Your Heart

I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You. Praise be to You, Lord; teach me Your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from Your mouth. Psalm 119:11–13 (NIV) My young children have recently joined a program where they are encouraged to memorize Scriptures. It’s so adorable for them to work so hard to memorize the words. Maybe they’re doing it because they remember that they’ll get a sticker {Read More}

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #28

Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all 33 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 3 grand prizes! The hunt BEGINS with Stop #1 at Lisa Bergren’s site. The hunt is BEST VIEWED using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer) It is open to INTERNATIONAL entrants. PRIZES include 3 sets of all 32 {Read More}

How to Be a Selfless Mom

How to Be a Selfless Mom (or at least get started that direction) 1. Share the cookies you have hidden. 2. Don’t sign your child up for an activity to help you look like a “good” mom. (Adding to your child’s schedule to pump your ego never works.) 3. Cut an activity you signed up for to create more down time for your kids. 4. Think of one thing you could do to put a smile on your child’s face… {Read More}

Love May Abound | Philippians 1:6

Saturday Scripture Philippians 1:9-11 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. Prayer Father God, Thank you for Paul’s letter to the Philippians and the lessons we can learn from it. May {Read More}

Read an Excerpt from “Planted with Hope”

Emma Sutter lifted the ice cream cone to her lips, took another lick, and licked her fingers too. It was chocolate, her favorite, and she wondered if Aenti Ruth Ann would let her have it every day. Sometimes things like that happened, mostly because she’d lost her momma. Even though it had been two years, Emma still got two scoops of ice cream when most other kids just got one. Two scoops was a lot for her only being eight years old, and sometimes her stomach hurt {Read More}

Spiritual Growth: From Rags to Riches

He chose his servant David, calling him from the sheep pens. He took David from tending the ewes and lambs and made him the shepherd of Jacob’s descendants–God’s own people, Israel. He cared for them with a true heart and led them with skillful hands. Psalm 78:70–72 (NLT) One of my favorite things is to hear rags-to-riches stories… not stories of men and women who literally went from homeless to living in a mansion, but those who did so spiritually. {Read More}

How to Help Foster and Adoptive Parents

One of the most overwhelming times in my life is when we welcomed new kids into our home by adopting through foster care. Having them in our home was new for us, and it’s new for them. There were all types of fears and both positive and negative behaviors. I was weary, but my load was lightened greatly when neighbors, friends and our church family pitched in to help. We received some meals, a few gifts, and some gift cards. Even recently {Read More}

How Growing Your Dreams Helps Your Kids Grow Theirs

As a mom of ten kids I hear a lot of dreams. “I want to be a firefighter.” “I’m going to be a fashion designer.” “I’m going to write kids’ books!” When kids are little dreaming big comes naturally. Yet as they get older they are discouraged. They realize dreaming means doing … and doing means hard work! So how do we encourage our kids to keep dreaming? By following our own dreams! It’s then we become a first hand {Read More}

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