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Lifetime Discipleship

About two decades ago, while attending the National Youth Workers’ Convention, I heard a strong woman in youth ministry say that, when she and her husband discovered they couldn’t have their own children, they resolved to adopt the next generation of believers.  Why has that stuck with me for so [...]

Lifetime Discipleship2022-05-02T11:27:12-06:00

Words of Encouragement

We need to encourage our children in every way we can. The world is against them. The enemy is trying to distract and undercut them. We need to train them in the truth, but also intentionally encourage them to do the right thing and applaud when we “catch” them doing [...]

Words of Encouragement2022-04-04T20:37:32-06:00

Jesus Rescued Me

Easter is the most important holiday in the Christian faith. Hopefully you got the chance to take your family through “Celebrate: A Family Easter Guide through 7 Attributes of Jesus”.  If you didn’t get the chance, you can still get the resource and go through it in your Family [...]

Jesus Rescued Me2022-04-04T12:28:33-06:00

Heroes of the Faith: Part I

Many people call Hebrews 11 the “Hall of Faith” or “Heroes of the Faith.” I love to study it, because I’m challenged to learn whatever I can from the people in the Bible – from their good decisions and from their bad ones. A good challenge is to see what [...]

Heroes of the Faith: Part I2022-03-02T08:19:45-07:00

Loving and Kind vs. Nice

Love from friends can encourage and empower. This kind of love is different than the agape love from God. This love in Greek is “phileo.” Phileo love is characterized by approval, kindness, sanctioning, welcoming, befriending, and fondness.1 I think of David and Jonathan when I think of this kind [...]

Loving and Kind vs. Nice2022-01-28T11:51:28-07:00

Showing our Children Love

“Love is a choice.” If you had been in my youth group in the early 2000s, you would have heard me saying that phrase a LOT!  Many people are deceived about what love actually is. People think love is an emotion, a feeling. People think it’s something we fall in [...]

Showing our Children Love2022-01-28T10:32:03-07:00

Source of Love

Let’s put a puzzle together. On the box cover is a picture of a big heart.  There is a passage in Romans 12 that says, “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”  The NLT says it this way, “Don’t just pretend to love people, [...]

Source of Love2022-01-10T13:34:42-07:00

Source of Hope

Who will my children become? Will they continue in the faith as adults? What if I did something wrong with them? What kind of spouses and parents will they be? Did I teach them enough? When we ask ourselves questions like this, especially as parents of teenagers, we have hope [...]

Source of Hope2022-01-10T13:32:04-07:00

Connecting the Dots

For the last few years, I’ve spent some time journaling on the last couple of days of the year, processing what God taught me, and what I still need to learn. And, oh, there is still so much to learn. Last Year Last year, I wrote 2020 in big bubble [...]

Connecting the Dots2022-01-10T13:31:37-07:00

Christmas Quiz

There’s a great Christmas preparation resource for families on famtime.com! You’ll find it under the Resources tab and within the “Featured Family Activities” link. If you look at December’s activity, you’ll find the Christmas Quiz! I have used this activity with my children, elementary school Sunday school, and my youth [...]

Christmas Quiz2021-12-08T08:04:32-07:00

Christmas Memories

There’s just something about the sights and smells of Christmas that floats childhood memories to the front of our minds. When I think about my childhood Christmases, I think about family get-togethers, even in big snowstorms, and sitting in front of our big radiator drinking hot chocolate, eating cookies, and [...]

Christmas Memories2021-12-01T20:59:04-07:00

Thankful for (K)indeness

If you’ve followed this month’s blog series, you’ve probably put the puzzle together that I wrote about being Thankful for: (TH)ings, (A)ctive life, and  (N)o. So this week finishes off our (THANK)ful series with being thankful for… (K)indness. In Romans 2, Paul talks about us passing [...]

Thankful for (K)indeness2021-11-16T14:15:45-07:00

Thankful for (N)o

I don’t like to say or hear “no.” I do what I can to respond to my children with “yes” answers about playing things they like, connecting with people, and eating fun foods. I do this in part because I used to be a “No” mom. My default was to [...]

Thankful for (N)o2021-11-16T14:05:32-07:00

Thankful for an (A)ctive life

Snap-Crackle-Pop I’m middle-aged these days. My knees and ankles remind me about it when I’ve not exercised in awhile. I have snap-crackle-pop joints my first time back to High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) videos after a hiatus. I played a VERY short stint of sports growing up and I wasn’t active [...]

Thankful for an (A)ctive life2021-11-10T08:46:27-07:00

(TH)ankful for (TH)ings

Recently our fridge broke and leaked into our basement. The leak happened behind our fridge because our floor slants, so we didn’t see it. The broken fridge warped and destroyed the floor beneath. We spent a month sorting out all the details in our first insurance claim. We got a [...]

(TH)ankful for (TH)ings2021-11-03T08:44:08-06:00

Taking Thoughts Captive

It can be scary to think about our children being soldiers in a war, but it’s our reality as believers. We are all in a war. Our thoughts are extremely important. What we think becomes our beliefs and our beliefs become our words and actions. “Out of the overflow of [...]

Taking Thoughts Captive2021-10-28T11:24:49-06:00

Demolishing Arguments

I don’t know about you, but it comforts me to know my children are prepared for the battles they are in because of the full armor of God and Him fighting with them! I realize I must show them how to use the armor. Each day on the way to [...]

Demolishing Arguments2021-10-13T10:04:54-06:00

Demolishing Strongholds

Let’s continue the conversation of fighting like Jesus does. Last week we read, “ For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does,” 2 Corinthians 10:3 Verse 4 of 2 Corinthians 3 says, “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of [...]

Demolishing Strongholds2021-10-13T08:40:29-06:00

“These are tough times to raise children in this world.” It’s true that there are so many things our children must deal with that we never did. They face integrity decisions at an early age. Deception rages and disillusion deceives due to loss of moral standards spreading all around their [...]

2021-10-05T08:30:32-06:00

Being Situationally Aware

September 26th is National Situational Awareness Day. It’s a great time to teach your children to be aware of others. BIG IDEA Serving others includes being attentive to them and how they feel. KEY SCRIPTURE Matthew 7:12 MATERIALS None needed PREPARATION 1. Make 5 changes to things in the room [...]

Being Situationally Aware2021-09-21T10:16:53-06:00

Family Snack-tivity

September 20th is National String Cheese Day. Here’s an activity your family can do to celebrate in a snacky way! BIG IDEA We can support and encourage people by standing up for them. KEY SCRIPTURE 1 Samuel 17:17-18 MATERIALS supplies to make your cheese stick snack PREPARATION  1. Choose one [...]

Family Snack-tivity2021-09-15T09:03:27-06:00

Encouragement Activity

September 12th is National Encouragement Day. Here’s an activity your family can do to encourage one another. BIG IDEA We should encourage each other as a family. KEY SCRIPTURE 1 Thessalonians 5:11 MATERIALS Enough Sticky notes for each person to give to everyone else in the family, markers PREPARATION 1. [...]

Encouragement Activity2021-09-07T12:58:12-06:00

September 9th is National Teddy Bear Day! Here’s a fun Family Time Activity you can do as a family to teach your children about comfort this week! BIG IDEA God comforts us so we can comfort others KEY SCRIPTURE 2 Corinthians 1:4 MATERIALS your favorite stuffed animal PREPARATION 1. Find [...]

2021-08-31T23:02:56-06:00

AFTER Hannah dedicated her son to a life of serving God at the temple learning from Eli, she rejoiced in God. She praised Him. She called Him her horn, which is a symbol of strength. Without God’s strength and provision, she would have never been able to entrust her son, [...]

2021-08-25T07:34:28-06:00

Learning from Hannah: Entrusting

By this time, you have likely entrusted your children to teachers to begin the new school year and are a couple weeks into your new routine. Let’s think about Hannah and her courageous step of entrusting her son into God’s hands. She made the commitment that if God gave her [...]

Learning from Hannah: Entrusting2021-08-18T07:48:21-06:00

Learning from Hannah: Praying

There are many more things to learn from Hannah and her parenting journey. Last week we talked about her longing for a child and the importance of our children knowing they are gifts in our lives. Today, let’s talk about what she did about her longing. Sometimes when people long [...]

Learning from Hannah: Praying2021-08-18T06:52:47-06:00

Learning from Hannah: Longing

It’s back-to-school time again. The first day of school used to be one of my favorite days of the year when I was in school myself. I loved the smell of new crayons, the feel of brand-new clothes, seeing all my classmates again, and being in my new teacher’s class. [...]

Learning from Hannah: Longing2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

Savoring the Last Drops of Summer

You know when you are drinking a milkshake and there are just a few last drops left in the bottom of the glass? That’s what the end of July feels like to me. You’ve got to get your straw and savor it! So why not pick one or a few [...]

Savoring the Last Drops of Summer2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

What is Family Time? Eternal Value

If you don’t teach your children what the Bible says, who Jesus is, and the life and eternity God wants for them, they may never learn. If you rely on your church’s children’s and student’ ministries to teach your children these truths, you are at the mercy of ministry scheduling. [...]

What is Family Time? Eternal Value2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

What is Family Time? Parent and Leader Partnership

In continuing my study through Jenna Hallock’s book, What is Family Time? Exploring God’s Plan for Engaging in Biblical Home Discipleship, the second chapter talks about the beautiful partnership that can exist between parents and those other people in our children’s lives who invest in their spiritual growth. One of [...]

What is Family Time? Parent and Leader Partnership2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

What is Family Time? Intentionally Passing the Faith

I have been going through Jenna Hallock’s book, What is Family Time? Exploring God’s Plan for Engaging in Biblical Home Discipleship. There are some awesome things I’d like to highlight. The entire book is so good and I highly recommend it! It is short enough to read in one sitting [...]

What is Family Time? Intentionally Passing the Faith2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

As Long as it is Called Today

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13 What is the last compliment you paid your daughter? Stop for a moment and really thing about it. A compliment many parents pay their daughters [...]

As Long as it is Called Today2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

Building Up in Love

From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:16 When my family goes to the beach, each of us has a part in getting settled in a good spot on the beach. Each person [...]

Building Up in Love2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

The Truth in Love

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. Ephesians 4:15 As you and your child face those cultural “waves” together, you are teaching him how to face them head on, and assess the best [...]

The Truth in Love2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

No Longer Tossed

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Ephesians 4:14 In the midst of all sorts of waves of teaching and cultural upheaval, our [...]

No Longer Tossed2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

Summertime Theme Months, Weeks and Days

If I am not intentional with my children’s summer (fall and spring) breaks, the time flies and screen time wins. Here are some ideas I have used with my children to use our time together well during the summer months: 1. Pick a theme for each month of your summer. [...]

Summertime Theme Months, Weeks and Days2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

Leading Your Flock

We covered the importance of tending to and guarding our flocks as shepherds in our homes. Today we’ll cover the importance of being an example to the flock in our homes! 1 Peter 5:2-3, says “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers – not [...]

Leading Your Flock2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

Guarding Your Flock

Last week we talked about the importance of tending to our flocks as shepherds in our homes. 1 Peter 5:2-3, says “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; [...]

Guarding Your Flock2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

Tending Your Flock

In 1 Peter 5:2-3, Peter trains the elders in the scattered early churches to “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to [...]

Tending Your Flock2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

Discipleship Map – Reading the Bible

In the last 2 posts, I shared a Discipleship Map helping us train our children in the next steps in their faith. I gave you the opportunity to answer these questions: 1. Has my child ever accepted God’s gift of salvation through Jesus? 2. Does my child know how to [...]

Discipleship Map – Reading the Bible2021-08-13T09:49:26-06:00

Discipleship Checklist – Prayer

We are working through a Discipleship Map in this 3-week series! In the last post, we answered the question: 1. Has my child ever accepted God’s gift of salvation through Jesus? I shared some options based on your answer to that question for each of your children. Please go back [...]

Discipleship Checklist – Prayer2021-08-13T09:49:26-06:00

Discipleship Map – Starting with the Gospel

Discipleship Map – Starting with the Gospel 4/21 Parents and grandparents are often at a loss when it comes to discipling their children. There’s a process I have gone through with teen as a student minister and with our children that I learned in youth ministry training in college. It [...]

Discipleship Map – Starting with the Gospel2021-08-13T09:49:26-06:00

Live Life in Light of the Resurrection

What would your life be like without knowing the truth of Jesus’ Resurrection? Without the resurrection, there is no hope. As parents that’s a pretty scary thought. Why have children at all? If you have them, what hope and purpose do they have? If this life is all there is [...]

Live Life in Light of the Resurrection2021-08-13T09:49:26-06:00

Intentional Life

Intentional Life: Empowering your children to Live for Jesus 3.21 Colossians 3:23-24 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,   since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is [...]

Intentional Life2021-08-13T09:49:26-06:00

Intentional Empowerment

Intentional Freedom: Helping your children avoid captivity 3.21 In addition to telling our children the truth of the Gospel, we need to live our lives as though we have been saved. According to Galatians 5:1, we must stand firm and stay free. If our children look at our lives and [...]

Intentional Empowerment2021-08-13T09:49:26-06:00

Intentional Freedom

Intentional Freedom: Helping your children avoid captivity 3.21 In addition to telling our children the truth of the Gospel, we need to live our lives as though we have been saved. According to Galatians 5:1, we must stand firm and stay free. If our children look at our lives and [...]

Intentional Freedom2021-08-13T09:49:26-06:00

Intentional Invitation

Intentional Invitation: Sharing the Good News of Jesus with your Children 3.21 I published the Good News of the Gospel on the home page of my personal website. A friend texted me about a week after I sent her the site to tell me her daughter accepted Jesus using the [...]

Intentional Invitation2021-08-13T09:49:26-06:00

Cloak of Love

  In our short study of Colossians 3:1-14, we have talked about setting our hearts and minds on things above, getting rid of whatever is in our earthly nature, and recognizing our place as royalty to help us act like royalty to help our children do the same. We talked [...]

Cloak of Love2021-08-13T09:49:26-06:00

As The Lord Forgave

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13 What has God forgiven you of, friend? If you are like me, you would rather not answer that question. I’d prefer to answer with “everything” or [...]

As The Lord Forgave2021-08-13T09:49:26-06:00

Getting Dressed to Serve

Let’s continue our personal check up in our relationships with our children. Colossians 3:12 says, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”  What does it look like to get dressed in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience as preparation [...]

Getting Dressed to Serve2021-08-13T09:49:26-06:00

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