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I cannot believe Thanksgiving has come and gone and December starts in just a few days. If you haven’t yet settled on an Advent resource for your family, we hope you’ll consider joining us in following the Grow with Me guide. It’s on sale now for 50% off! for less than $3 you get a 100+ page […]

Family Faith-Building: Teaching Kids About Forgiveness

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“Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.” —Ephesians 4:32, MSG Several years ago I was preparing to teach a group of university students on the power of forgiveness. After the teaching I planned to give some steps they might go through in order […]

Family Faith-Building: Teaching Kids about Gratitude

Teaching Kids 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 […]

The Legacy of Baking

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My husband and I have both lost our moms in the past 4 years. One thing both matriarchs loved to do was bake Christmas cookies. We gathered together every year with our small children to create yummy treats for the holidays. It would have been easy to lay aside this tradition with their passing but […]

How To Set a Thanksgiving Legacy Table

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  Two years ago as I prepared to have our family over for Thanksgiving dinner, I started to think about the treasures I might set on the dinner table. Each one I perused sent me reminiscing about its origin. I was taken back to my childhood, my wedding day, friendships throughout the years. And it […]

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 […]

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 […]