Praising the Good

“…to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good” (1 Pet. 2:14, ESV). It’s easy to become focused on what our children are doing wrong. When the toddler spews the food he doesn’t like across the room, we have to clean it up. And we have to train him to behave differently. When angry boys resort to punching each other, we have to evaluate their stories. […]

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Loving the Little Years – Review and Giveaway

Every mother with small people should read “Loving the Little Years.” Several times. Yearly, even. The mother of 5 children five-years-old and under, Rachel Jankovic knows what she’s talking about and brings refreshing perspective on “motherhood in the trenches.” It is easy to feel exhausted and overwhelmed just with the task of keeping little ones fed and clothed. But they need so much more than that! We are called to […]

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Teaching Our Children to be Thankful for Their Food

“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever… Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever” (Ps 136:1 and 25). The Israelites complained about the food God gave them. There it was, miraculously appearing on the ground every morning, “angels’ food” (Ps. 78:5), free for the gathering. It tasted good. It was good for them. Their loving Father, […]

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God’s at Work in Poland!

I would like to share just a little bit about the mission trip to Poland that I and several members of our family participated in this past month. Many of you joined in sending us on this trip when you participated in our fundraising sale early in the year. You helped us raise over $4000 for the trip! Thank you for your part in this mission effort! Eleven people from […]

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Pray for Poland!

“The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit” James 5:16-18, NASB) I was recently privileged to spend two weeks with a […]

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Time-Saving Ideas!

I loved reading all your time-saving tips from last week’s blog giveaway! I think my all-time favorite was the coffee filter in the bottom of the potty chair. Boy, do I wish I had known that one during our potty training years! Anyway, I wanted to organize the tips into categories for my own reference, and thought I’d share them with you here. Hopefully it will help you benefit from […]

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Teaching Children to Use Computers, Internet, and TV Wisely

“The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.” (Proverbs 22:3) Last week I told you about the summer my parents turned off our computer. Computer time was becoming too important, but once we got off the computer for a few hours, we remembered how fun it was to be active and creative again! Don’t get me wrong; technology is not a bad […]

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Shopping for Time (Review and Giveaway)

“…making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16). A review of Shopping for Time: How to Do It All and NOT Be Overwhelmed, by Carolyn Mahaney, Nicole Whitacre, Kristin Chesemore, and Janelle Bradshaw. This practical book is just as delightful and solidly biblical as everything else I have read by Carolyn Mahaney. She and her daughters declare their purpose in the book’s introduction: “…We […]

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The Summer My Parents Turned Off the Computer

“If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away.” (Matthew 5:29a) Long-awaited summer had finally arrived! My brothers and I, ages 9, 11, and 13, were thrilled to be finished with another year of homeschooling. The main thrill was that, instead of having only half an hour of computer time scheduled around our school assignments, we now had lots more free time—and we planned […]

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