Family Faith-Building: Teaching Kids about Gratitude

Gratitude

We talk about being thankful a lot in our house but there often still seems to be a lack of gratitude. I believe we can and should practice gratitude on a practical level but until the spirit of thanksgiving takes over our hearts, we’ll never feel like we have enough. For a while {and come […]

Family Faith-Building: Teaching Kids about Compassion

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Typically when I think of compassion, I think of helping the needy, or concern for the suffering and misfortune of others. The lyric that immediately comes to mind is….”everyone needs compassion, the kindness of a stranger?” {now that you are singing that song, you are welcome}. But what about the kindness of a parent? When I began […]

Brave Girls of the Bible {review + giveaway}

Brave Girls of the Bible

These are my brave girls. Up above, my daughter Hope {right, 6} and my niece Emerson {left, 8}. Down below, Hope again {isn’t she so cute} and the daughter of one of my best friends in the whole world {Bella, 13}. As I watch these beauties grow, I pray for their brave hearts. I pray […]

Seeding and Watering Your Teen: Tips for Successful Faith Talks

Tips for Teen Faith Talks

Not too long ago I was sharing some incredible biblical truth with my 7th grade girls’ Bible class when God sent a very sweet reminder via one of my students. I was winding down the class discussion and preparing to transition into some independent work time when one of the girls rather abruptly raised her […]

Family Faith-Building: Teaching Kids about Calling

Teaching Kids about Calling

With this in view we constantly pray for you, that our God may deem and count you worthy of [your] calling and [His] every gracious purpose of goodness, and with power may complete in [your] every particular work of faith (faith which is that leaning of the whole human personality on God in absolute trust […]

Family Faith-Building: Learning to Trust

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Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 He who promised is faithful. There have been many times, many seasons over the past 30 years of walking with the Lord when I didn’t believe those words. I believed a lie and it was a […]

Family Faith-Building: Teaching Kids about Hope

Teaching Kids about Hope

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 To say that my family has an obsession with Disney World is an understatement. My children measure holidays and big events by when the next Disney trip will be. They spend their days hoping for the […]

Family Faith-Building: Teaching Kids about the Holy Spirit

Teaching Kids the Holy Spirit

In the Bible, we can see God in three distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. If you do any searching for yourself, you can find all three of these God-persons showing up both in the Old Testament AND the New Testament. Sometimes we make it so complicated to know God, but […]

Family Faith Building: Teaching Kids about the Bible

Teaching Kids about the Bible

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us… John 1:14 Second grade math was apparently a strength of mine {those were the days} so I was promoted to the third grade just for math class. At first I was excited, but the work was much more difficult than I anticipated. Mrs. Darrow was very firm […]