How to Find Joy When Your Life No Longer Seems Like Your Own

So this week my family had 20+ appointments. I wish I was joking. Five kids have three days of therapy, an appointment each day. One daughter had a tooth pulled and a cavity filled. Four kids had their yearly eye appointments. And, finally, two more kids had doctor’s appointments. I suppose when you have seven kids at home that’s to be expected. They all need check ups. And, even though we knew that most of them had physical and learning {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}

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}

Creating a Christmas Story for Your Family {by Amy Parker}

I just—today—turned in a manuscript for a new Christmas book! And I’m going to have to wait a whole year before I get to hold it in my hands. But you don’t have to be a professional author to create a Christmas story for your family—and you certainly don’t have to take a whole year to make it happen! One year, we were at an extended family Christmas when the room grew quiet, and all eyes landed on my sister-in-law. {Read More}

14 Christmas Book Ideas for Your Kids

My kids are big book lovers (I wonder where they get it from . . . ), and it’s always exciting to pull out our Christmas books this time of year and celebrate the reason for season! Here are a few of our favorite stories, as well as a few new ones we have on our wish list: A Night of Great Joy by Mary Engelbreit God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa T Bergren & David Hohn Christmas Love Letters {Read More}

How to Find More Joy This Christmas

Does the thought of Christmas stress you out? Are you more focused on your to-do list than the true meaning of the season? Do you stay up at night worrying about how you’re going to do it all? I spent many years doing exactly like that. The thought of Christmas brought dread, not joy. Then one year I decided to make a change. What’s the use of spending hours baking when I was cranky with my family? What was the {Read More}

25 Days of Christmas Stories for Kids!

I usually incorporate a few Christian books into my Christmas shopping list. This year we’re celebrating Christmas with 24 days of Christmas books from Zonderkidz, and on Christmas Day we’ll be reading the Christmas Story from Luke 2. Each of these books shares a beautiful part of Christmas. I’m excited to celebrated Jesus’ birthday every day with my kids. These are the books on my list. Pick up a few … or all 24 … to enjoy with your family! {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. Good news! {Read More}

Great Gift of Love | 1 John 4:7-12

Saturday Scripture 1 John 4:7-12 7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent {Read More}

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