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Knowing and Loving God August 8, 2022

Four Ways to Keep Distractions at Bay

Distractions can keep our children from loving and following God with all their hearts. The first type includes things that are good but that can become idols.  For example, when our kids are more focused on their peer-group or favorite activities than on God, it is easy to let these “good things” become number one in their life and take the place of God. 
The second type of distractions include negative influences that can lead our children into sin or believing things contrary to God’s truth.  If our children are around these type of influences, the enemy can use them to pull our kids away from their growing relationship with Christ.  

Knowing and Loving God August 8, 2022

4 Ideas to Keep God First During the School Year

When the school year starts, a lot of transitions happen, and it’s easy to loose site of what is most important for our kids-their growing relationship with the Lord.  It’s good to take a step back as the school year begins and proactively set the stage for the year, so our children continue to grow in their faith, relationship with God, and character.

Devotionals, Knowing and Loving God July 4, 2022

Author Highlight: Janice Thompson

I’m excited to interview author Janice Thompson!  She got her start in the industry writing screenplays and musical comedies for the stage. Janice has published over 150 books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children’s books and more. Janice is passionate about her faith and does all she can to share the joy of the Lord with others, which is why she particularly enjoys writing. 

Knowing and Loving God June 11, 2022

7 Must-Read Christian Allegory Books For Kids

Some of my favorite Christian chapter books for kids (and for myself) are allegories.  There is something special about a good allegorical story with a hidden message that not only draws the reader into the adventure, but also teaches Biblical truths in powerful ways.  Jesus used parables (similar to allegories) as one of His primary ways of teaching, and look at the impact the stories have made on so many!  I don’t think I would appreciate Jesus’ heart for “the lost” if it wasn’t for the story of The Lost Sheep, or God’s overwhelming forgiveness if it wasn’t for The Prodigal Son, or even our call to truly serve others without hearing the story of The Good Samaritan. These stories help us understand and connect on an emotional level with the heart of God.  Similarly, there are also many great chapter books written as allegories to help our children understand God and His ways. 

Devotionals, Knowing and Loving God May 11, 2022

Keeping God First While On Vacation:
A Family Vacation Devotional

Recently we had the opportunity to take a family vacation with some friends on a cruise to the Bahamas! We had such a wonderful time with our family and friends and enjoyed God’s beautiful creation all around us.   There was only one thing missing… we wished we had a family vacation devotional to do with our kids over the trip to encourage us to keep our hearts more focused on the Lord and His ways! 

Knowing and Loving God May 1, 2022

Best Christian Audio Dramas for Kids

Have you ever wished you could eliminate those countless hours of screen time on long road trips?  What if you could give your kids a constructive activity that the whole family enjoys? I know books are great, and we encourage our kids to read in the car as much as possible. It’s also important to use some car time to talk or play family games, but it’s nice to have other options as well. One of the activities we enjoy on road trips and when traveling around town is listening to audio dramas: stories that come to life through the character’s voices and sound affects without the visual input.

Knowing and Loving God May 1, 2022

Making A Spiritual Discipleship Plan for Your Family

Recently the Lord connected me with Charmé Fletcher, founder of the blog, Covenant Heirs, and coauthor with her husband of Making a Spiritual Discipleship Plan.  My husband and I enjoyed using her spiritual discipleship plan resource to come up with our own discipleship plan for our family.  It is an amazing tool and really helped us develop a vision for our family, so we stay centered on what matters most in life.  I asked her to guest blog for us to tell you more about this wonderful tool…