Category: Family

Thirty Days in Psalm 91 for Busy Mamas, Day 19: Catch Up and Optional Lesson

How can it be Sunday again already!? Here’s your chance to do a bit of catch-up! Optional assignment: You’ve been learning new skills over the past month (if this is your first Busy Mamas Bible study). Look at verse 3 today and decide how you want to study it. Will you use the interlinear to study words? Will you look at cross-references? Will you get adventuresome and try out something […]

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Time for a Change

  I once heard a speaker liken her life as a grandmother to water skiing full speed, while she desperately tried to hang on to the rope. I didn’t understand at the time. What could possibly keep a grandmother that busy? Now I understand. This last year has been an especially strange season in my life. John and I live in a travel trailer and sleep in a bedroom in […]

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30 Days in 1 Samuel 25, Day 30: Reflect

We’ve reached the last day of our study! It’s time to review and reflect, but first we’ll take a quick look at the last few verses of the chapter. Assignment: Pray for the Holy Spirit to move in your heart, bringing about change in your thoughts, attitudes, and actions as a result of spending this past few weeks in 1 Samuel 25. Then read 1 Samuel 25:39-45. As you read, watch […]

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How to Find Time to Reach Their Hearts

Does the problem this mother describes sound familiar to any other mamas out there? “My first concern is about leading children to repentance over a specific sin. How do you find the time? With a large family, I barely start with one child before another child sins and a line begins to form. More like a crowd of crying, fussing, accusing children. At that point, I feel overwhelmed and usually […]

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Enough

Daughter hugging father

by Bethany Forster Many lucky grownups like me can look back to a time of childhood bliss (blighted as it may be by pet deaths and mathematics). I imagine you would like your child to look back on the current days with similar fondness. Is that thought discouraging? After all, you had to harass them for the fifth time today about doing their piano practice or you lost your temper […]

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30 Days in Ephesians 6, Day 13: Provoking, Part 2

In our last lesson we saw that it is possible to provoke our children both to anger and to discouragement. Today we’re going to look at some commentaries to help us better understand how we might provoke them, and how we can nurture and admonish them instead. Assignment: Pray for the Holy Spirit to help you see how this verse may apply to your life and the way you relate to your children. Open […]

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30 Days in Ephesians 6, Day 12: Provoking, Part 1

Children are commanded to obey their parents. That means their parents need to help them learn to obey. But even while we are seeking to do that, we can say and do things that make it much harder for our children to respect and obey us. Today we’re going to look at Ephesians 6:4 and God’s command to fathers. We’re going to look briefly at several key words in the verse to […]

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Join Us in Our Month-Long Study of Ephesians 6!

Wrapping paper tubes. Garden stakes. Umbrellas. Scraps of lumber. Tree branches. Rulers. Pool noodles. Fingers. What do they all have in common? If you have any boys in your house, you probably know. Most any innocent-looking item that is longer than it is wide can become a sword in the hands of a child who is eager and ready to do battle. No swords in the house? No problem. They’ll […]

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We’re Still Alive (an update from Forster/Doorposts land)

Families need stability. Even when our adult lives are full of challenges, we fight for the stability our children need. We want them to grow up with familiar routines, a comfortable home, and parents who are there for them. But life is unpredictable. Often we don’t know what will happen tomorrow or next week. What do you do when “normal”, whatever that used to be, is shot to bits? I’m […]

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30 Days in Psalm 22 for Busy Mamas, Day 6: Catch-Up and Optional Lesson

It’s Sunday, and every Sunday is a catch-up day in Busy Mamas Bible studies! Life happens. Children throw up. Emergencies arise. Babies don’t sleep. Company drops in. The car breaks down. Don’t despair if you didn’t finish every lesson this past week. Today is a day to do some catching up. And if you’re still not up-to-date at the end of today, just keep on studying. It’s okay to work […]

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