Archives for December 2016

New Self | Ephesians 4:22-24

Saturday Scripture Ephesians 4:22 – 24 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Prayer Heavenly Father, Thank you for a new year–a new start. As I look ahead to the opportunities 2017 has to offer, may my dreams {Read More}

Encouragement for 2017

Another year has come and gone (perhaps a little too quickly). Maybe you are feeling discouraged reflecting on the year and all the things you didn’t get to do or achieve. If this describes your current mood or if you’ve ever had one of those days (months, years) when you feel like quitting, then read on! I came across these “fun facts” from Sharon Jaynes. Just think if these people had given up after feeling discouraged. Isaac Newton did poorly in {Read More}

Top Blog Posts from 2016

The year is coming to a close and what a year it has been! To reflect on the year, I’ve compiled your favorite posts from 2016 below. Thank you for all your support and encouragement throughout the year!! Why Coloring isn’t Just for Kids! 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 {Read More}

Merry Christmas!

  “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 NIV Merry Christmas, my wonderful readers! I hope you have a bright Christmas day, filled with family, friends, and the joy of our savior, Jesus, who came to us as a little baby to give us the ultimate gift of love. Are {Read More}

Living the Impossible Life {by Marlo Schalesky}

It was another impossible day in my normally impossible life. I woke to Jayden’s blood glucose monitor shrilly announcing a low blood sugar, one twin fiercely arguing with the four-year-old about a pencil, the bunnies escaped from their cages and running rampant (and leaving little round “signs” of where they’d been) all over the room, and one ten-year-old shouting about the Warriors shirt she just had to wear to school today, but of course, could not find. I should have {Read More}

Best Read Alouds {Picture & Chapter Books}

One of my favorite times of the day is when I get the kids settled in a night and it’s time to read. Bedtime reading has been a tradition that we’ve done for the last 20+ years. We make sure all electronics are turned off, the kids get ready for bed, and we sit down as a family to read. It’s amazing how many wonderful books we get to share as a family! I asked my readers on Facebook to share {Read More}

My People | Leviticus 26:12

Saturday Scripture Leviticus 26:12 I will walk among you; I will be your God, and you will be my people. Leviticus 26:12 Prayer Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for being a personal God. You aren’t distant and removed from me, but you are with me all the time. Thank you for sending your Son to walk among us and make it possible to have this relationship with you. This Christmas season, I am most grateful for this precious and undeserved gift you’ve given. {Read More}

How To Write Your Own Family Christmas Prayer {Plus FREE Printable!}

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 while it’s wonderful for my children to read about prayer, it’s even more important that they learn how to pray. I decided this year I’d like my kids to write our {Read More}

Waiting Well {by Marlo Schalesky}

As a mother of six kids I’ve learned the importance of waiting well. Waiting for them to put on their shoes, waiting for them to find their shoes, waiting for rooms to be cleaned and homework to be finished. But most of all waiting for them to become the people God created them to be. That wait is the hardest of all. I was reminded of that a few years ago when my oldest daughter broke a cabinet door. Of {Read More}

Wonderful Counselor | Isaiah 9:6

Saturday Scripture Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born,     to us a son is given,     and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called     Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,     Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Prayer Papa God, No gift can ever compare to the one you gave the world—your precious and perfect son. Through his birth, life, death, and resurrection, I can have a personal relationship with you and look forward to eternity in your {Read More}

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