Thanks, Daddy!

“…The glory of children are their fathers” (Proverbs 17:6). Daddy was not a man to draw a lot of attention to himself. We had to work to even get him to tell us stories about his life, and most of those stories revolved around his family and friends, not himself. His focus was usually on others. What could he learn about this person he was talking to? What could he […]

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God Blesses Obedience

“And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep” (Deuteronomy […]

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More on Sundays!

I hope at least a few of you had a better Sunday morning this past week! Our family actually got to church early last Sunday! My heart was much better prepared for worship. This Sunday is a real challenge! Besides being ready for church, we also are getting ready for our church’s annual family camp. Sunday evening we head to the beach for a week of teaching, fellowship, and fun. […]

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Time for a Treasure Hunt!

The Hidden Art of Homemaking, by Edith Schaeffer, is a book that profoundly influenced my thinking and actions while our children were young. I love Mrs. Schaeffer’s infectious creativity, and the joy she took in making the lives of others more beautiful. One of Mrs. Schaeffer’s ideas that I grabbed hold of was the “Treasure Hunt Meal.” We had so much fun with these meals! I can hardly wait until […]

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Preparing for a Day of Rest, Part 5: Saturday and Sunday!

It’s Saturday! You probably have a busy day ahead of you. Tackle as many of your Saturday tasks as you can early in the day. Some tasks need to be done at the end of the day, so it’s nice to get the other ones done early and out of the way. Remember, tomorrow morning is going to be a lot easier because of what you have been doing all […]

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Preparing for a Day of Rest, Part 4

It’s Friday! What’s on your list today? Here are some ideas to consider: Pack your Sunday diaper bag. Include diapers, clean clothes, wipes, and snacks. If you can manage it, a special diaper bag that is only for Sunday is really nice to have. You can stock it ahead, and know that everything is still in it. It can be prepared ahead, put in the closet near the door, and […]

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Preparing for a Day of Rest, Part 3

How did Sunday preparations go yesterday? If you didn’t manage to do everything you had hoped to, try to fit those tasks into today’s list. Be encouraged! If you got anything prepared ahead for Sunday, you’re going to have a better morning on Sunday! So tackle your Thursday plans today! Here are some ideas to discuss together. Make any food that can be made ahead and frozen. It might seem […]

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Preparing for a Day of Rest, Part 2

“If because of the sabbath, you turn your foot from doing your own pleasure on My holy day, and call the sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, and shall honor it, desisting from your own ways, from seeking your own pleasure, and speaking your own word, then you will take delight in the Lord…” (Isaiah 58:13-14a, NASB). Did you make your master list yesterday, and did you […]

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Preparing for a Day of Rest, Part 1

“…Call the Sabbath a delight…” (Isaiah 58:13) When our children were little, our Sunday mornings were not a delight, at least not until the Holy Spirit convicted us of our need to change. And as the household has grown smaller while everyone is growing up and leaving, I am noticing that we’ve gotten a bit careless and are leaving  more to do on Sunday mornings again. Time to rethink things! […]

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Our Confidence

If you read my post last week about the writing trip the girls and I took, you might remember me mentioning a speech that Susannah was writing for her graduation. She finished writing it, and did an excellent job of giving it last Saturday. We were all so proud of her. God honored her willingness to give this speech, and she saw once again the truth of Philippians 4:13, “I […]

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