Remember – America is the Home of the Free Because of the Brave!!!

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 Joshua 4:6-7 points out that God wants our children to know about the past and to understand the reason for things we do in the present. Have you been intentional in making sure your children know it is so much more than grilling out or a trip to the lake.? How will they know if you don’t tell them? During this Memorial Day weekend please be sure to talk to your children about the reason for the celebration.  Tell them Memorial Day is meant to be a time to remember the American soldiers who died in service to our country.  Teach them to value the ultimate sacrifice these soldiers made for us all.

The history of Memorial Day originally began in 1868 as a day to decorate the graves of soldiers who died in the Civil War. In more recent years our government passed a resolution that Memorial Day be observed on the last Monday of May as an occasion to remember and honor the men and women who died in all wars.

Memorial Day honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle, while Veterans Day pays tribute to ALL American veterans, but especially honoring living veterans who have served their country.  You can keep the days straight by the fact that Memorial Day is in May and it has to do with the memory of those who died.

Regardless of how you might feel about the present state of America, don’t fail to remember those who died for her in the past.  Here are some resources and ideas to help you lead your children to appreciate what the day means:

Our boys loved to pretend to be soldiers, dressing in full camouflage.
When they got older they made this short film to illustrate one of their father’s sermons:
http://youtu.be/M9-_nSHugK
 

“I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free
and I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me” 

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Free Book for Mother’s Day – How Shall We Order the Child?

My ebook, How Shall We Order the Child? will be free for Mother’s Day starting Sunday, May 10 through May 14th.  Please spread the word to young mothers and those hoping to be mothers. The time to start laying a firm foundation in the Word for our children is even before they are conceived.

It is my intense desire that moms realize the dire importance of establishing God’s Word in their children from the very beginning – this is the only way they will survive in our changing world.

Here’s the link to the book on Amazon:   http://tinyurl.com/qdb5flv

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!

It’s time to get outside in God’s beautiful world!

“You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.
Nehemiah 9:6

I love all the seasons, but especially the warmer ones.  I am looking forward to spending lots of time outside.  As you experience the beauty of God’s creation during this season, please remember to share with your children that it IS God’s creation.  Lead them to praise Him. Make up songs about it.  Here’s one suggestion:

https://youtu.be/AbWgeJOMQ4U

Hopefully you will get to take a family trip this summer, maybe to the beach to get sand between your toes. To The Sea by Callie Grant is a book about a day at the beach that young children will enjoy.  The pictures by Jeremy Tugeau make you almost able to smell the sea air. (The author’s mission is to encourage and equip parents to effectively teach their kids about God and His creation, even at a very young age.) (Check out some of her other books on this site here.) In the book the sand castle is washed away by the sea, but the boy builds one on a rock and it stands safe. Play in the sand and tell this parable from Matthew 7:24-29.

Even if you can’t get away this summer, take advantage of every opportunity around you to enjoy God’s beautiful world with your children.  Jesus used visuals from nature as he taught.
Read Matthew 6:25-33 and be ready to share His teachings the next time you are outside observing birds or looking at flowers.

Hike, explore, play in the sand. Start collecting things from nature – moss, feathers, shells, rocks, leaves, seeds, an abandoned bird’s nest or wasp nest.  Make a nature box full of items you can enjoy all year.  And don’t forget to point out that all God’s creation praise Him!

All your works praise you, LORD; your faithful people extol you.
Psalm 145:10

Nature Box

Nature Box

Side Note: Deuteronomy 6:6-7 says to speak of God and His word as we go.  Everything doesn’t have to be related to a Bible verse, but as you discover things on your nature walk you could say, “Think of the wonders of God” (Job 37:14) or “all God’s works praise Him” (Psalm 145:10)

Scriptures to Encourage Moms

Just wanted to give a few scriptures to encourage us moms.  God’s Word is relevant no matter what season of motherhood we are in – whether our children are helpless infants and need our assistance in their daily activities, or they are grown adults whom we are helpless to assist in their daily struggles:

1 Thessalonians 5:24

    Faithful is he that calls you, who also will do it.

Exodus 33:14 

    And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 

Psalm 94:13 

    That You may give him rest from the days of adversity, Until the pit is dug for the wicked. (rest means power to calm myself)

Psalm 94:19 

    In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul. 

Psalm 131:2 

    Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with his mother; Like a weaned child is my soul within me.

 Isaiah 26:3

    You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You,  Because he trusts in You. 

Matthew 11:28-30 

    Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” 

Col. 3:15 

    And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 

2 Tim. 1:7 

    For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 

Psalm 34:5 

        Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;  no shadow of shame will darken their faces. 

So Moms, let us look to God unashamedly and radiate with joy, because God has entrusted us with the greatest privilege in the world!!!!

Please share with us what scriptures bring encouragement to you in your role as mom?

Happy Resurrection Day!

IT’S SUNDAY MORNING!

“Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior,
waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!
Vainly they watch his bed, Jesus my Savior,
vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!
Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior;
He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!”
Up from the grave He arose;
with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
He arose a victor from the dark domain,
and He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!”


I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me—that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, as the Scriptures said.

1 Cor. 15:3-4

Rejoice for this validates everything that Jesus did and said! It also grants us a confirmed hope! We who are alive in Christ will one day be reunited with those who are asleep in Christ!

The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over us, but all who receive God’s wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:17

Make Easter a family time of worshiping together and thinking about the risen Lord:

  • Read the Easter story together from Matthew 27-28, Mark 15 – 16, or Luke 23-24.
  • Sing praises together.  Hooray is one song that children really love about the empty tomb.  It is from Every Song a Bible Story from Maranatha Music.

Happy Easter from my family to yours!