Kids’ Bible Review: ESV Following Jesus Bible

Kids' Bibles are hard to choose. The Boy wanted a "real Bible" for Christmas. We have a plethora of children's Bible around the house, but he wanted one he could read "like mommy and daddy." Keith and I must have spent close to an hour at the local Christian bookstore looking through Bible for kids. There are some bad ones out there: Bibles with comic strips instead of verses, Bibles with "helps" that are essentially heretical teachings, Bibles focused on you and self-esteem instead of Christ … {Read More}

Blogs and Podcasts for 2017

I am always looking for good blogs and podcasts. It's a comfort to have "go-to" resources for reading and listening to while waiting somewhere or doing chores. I thought I would share a few of my favorites if you are looking for some as well! Blogs Some of my favorites blogs may be new to you, while some may be some that you follow every day! Jessica Pickowicz writes for Beautiful Thing, … {Read More}

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Read Your Bible in 2017

Welcome to 2017! If you are like a lot of people I know, you are quite happy to usher in a new year, a new calendar, a new to-do list, and a fresh new start. You are ready to set new goals, dive into new projects, and accomplish things yet untold! I hope one of your goals for 2017 is to read through your Bible, or at least make reading your Bible a consistent part of your daily … {Read More}

Normalizing Sin

Normalizing sin. This is the #1 problem in our church/culture today, if you want to boil it down to a simple answer. We have normalized sin. We have made it okay. We had looked at the evil, the ugliness, the nastiness, the separation from God, and said, "Sure. I'm good with that." I believe one of the primary drives behind this is our entertainment choices. I studied entertainment for a … {Read More}

Enjoy some family fun with this collection of nativity crafts for every age that includes each character and symbol commonly found in the Christmas story.

Angels & Shepherds & Wisemen, Oh My! A Nativity Crafts Collection

  My kids love to make crafts and do projects. Since we're focusing on the Christmas story this Advent season, I've compiled a list of Nativity crafts for all ages. Each one of these depicts characters or a symbol commonly found in the Christmas story. There's a great variety here, so kids of all sizes can find one that's age or ability appropriate. Scroll through and find something … {Read More}

Being thankful is a learning process. The secret to being thankful in any circumstance is to rejoice in the Lord, always!

Learning to be Thankful in All Circumstances

Learning to be thankful in all circumstances? Why do we need to learn to be thankful? Shouldn't thankfulness be as natural to us as breathing? I believe thankfulness comes from a heart that knows and loves God. I know God and I love God but I am not always thankful. How about you? This I am learning, God puts us in places tailor made just for you and just for me to teach us thankfulness  and to … {Read More}