31 Days of Teaching my Kids About Prayer

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For the third year in a row I will be joining Nester and 1000+ blogger in writing for 31 days straight during the month of November. 

Over the last two years, I have been teaching my kids how to pray God’s Word by using Scripture Verse and Memory Cards that I created. These set of index-sized cards with a memory scripture on one side and a prayer on the other, have made prayer simply for my little ones.

It’s been great but there is so much more I want to teach my kids about prayer.

Even though my kids are now 7, 9, and 11, I still pray with them at bedtime and remind them to read their devotionals. Eventually it will be up to them to nurture their relationship with God on their own. One of the ways they can do this by embracing a life of prayer, which is just a fancy way of saying talking to God regularly.

These 31 days I will be teaching my kids some simply principles about prayer. Each post will be a mini lesson that will be accompanied by a simply activity, printable, or game that will help reinforce the big idea for the day.

My hope is that it will grow both their faith and mine!

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Faith Without Works

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As I lie in be this morning I find myself hitting the snooze button AGAIN. It’s dark outside and there’s a chill in the air. I am tired and I really don’t want to get up. I think somehow that if I just get a few more minutes of sleep I will be ready to get out of bed.  It never works. I love the morning hours when no one is awake. Time with my savior, a jump on the day, and chance to clear my head. Oh, and not to forget, when I wake up on time, so do my kids, making getting ready for school a … [Continue Reading...]

Wine and the Word – Book Review

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When my husband and I were first married, we collected labels from the bottles of wine we drank. We pasted them in a cork-covered notebook and commented on what we thought about it and the flavors we tasted. We implemented a star system to rate each bottle; a gold star for excellent, silver for good, and green for average. We even wrote down the date, and occasion we drank the wine. Even though we really didn’t know what we were doing, it made us feel grown up and sophisticated. It was fun, and … [Continue Reading...]

How Your Child Can Help a Hurting Friend

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Good friends are important to have when life gets tough, I know from experience. When I was 18 years old I unexpectedly  lost someone very close to me.  I had a handful of friends who weren't afraid of the messy and walked with me through the healing process. I am teaching my kids how to choose good friends and be ones themselves but as they get older they may need to know more. Will they know what to do when they may encounter a friend who’s hurting and needs help or support? Will I know what … [Continue Reading...]

Magic in Details – A Lesson at Disney Magic Kingdom

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Two weeks ago my family traveled to Florida in an RV with my parents. I shared our adventure with those who follow me on Instagram. We stopped and ate at handful of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, caught up with family and friends, and visited a few theme parks; one of which was Disney Magic Kingdom. I was there a number of times, as a child, with my husband while we were dating, and also when my kids were younger. While being there was familiar, it felt as though I was experiencing it for the … [Continue Reading...]

A Great Way to Encourage Kids Savings Accounts

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A friend of mine recently shared with me one of the ways she encourages her children to save. Much like a 401(k) employer-contribution program, my friend's method involves matching the money her kids are willing to put away in accounts for future purchases. I love this idea for so many reasons. Right now my kids are little, earning very little. They get a dollar or two here and there for doing chores. Sometimes when grandma comes to visit she’ll give the $5 for making good grades. After … [Continue Reading...]

Making and Keeping Friends

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One of my little ones had a little trouble navigating the choppy waters of friendships at school last year. It broke my heart to see her cry about girls that were her friend one day and not the next. It didn't seem fair, that at such a young age, making and keeping friends was so hard. I wasn't ready for this. When she was younger it was easier. While talking to my daughter it occurred to me that I hadn’t spend much time talking to her about how to choose good friends. I also realized that … [Continue Reading...]