for my kids

Proverbs for Kids: Walk this Way

Walk this Way is part of an ongoing open letter to my children. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 When you were a sweet, itty-bitty baby, you went where I went. Whether wrapped in a soft blanket in my arms, or strapped securely in the stroller, you were with me. [Read more...]

The 4 Pillars of Summer Sanity

Summer is before us. The long days of hot sun hold the promise of lazy days, sIeeping a little later, and kids who bore easily and fuss often. My summer sanity is seriously at risk here! I have to have a plan or I might lose my mind. I use Deuteronomy 6:5  and Matthew 22:37-39 as pillars to keep my sanity during the summer. My goal is to remain intentional with this time I have with my kids in [Read more...]

Wear Your Insides on the Outside

Wear Your Insides on the Outside is part of an ongoing letter to my kids, Proverbs for Kids. I used to pick out your clothes each day and you put it on without question. You had your quirks. Sarah Kate, you went through a stage where you would not wear long sleeves. And there was also a time you would only wear dresses. Claire, you have never ever liked smocked dresses or frilly things. And, I am [Read more...]

Making Faith Real for Middle Schoolers

The church is losing 5th graders. At a recent D6 Conference, Dannah Gresh said, “The theology they have as tweens is not thick enough to prepare them for the spiritual conversations that are going to happen in college.” This is backed up by Barna research, which reports that only 32% of tweens today have a relationship with Jesus Christ. When you consider Barna’s assertion that [Read more...]

Wisdom Saves the Day!

Every good story has a bad guy and a hero. The badder the guy and the gooder the hero, the better the story. We can get lost in the action of good versus evil. A good sword fight is thrilling as we see the hero dominate with acrobatics and a shining blade. Girl dramas pit the popular mean girl against the quiet good girl. We love to see that mean girl get what is coming to her at the homecoming [Read more...]

Treasure Map to Wisdom

Treasure Map to Wisdom is part of an open letter to my children. When I was a little girl, the idea of a treasure map excited me. My friends and I went so far as to create a treasure map to follow. We drew it out and then distressed the paper by crumpling it and tearing the edges to make it look legit. The map had landmarks drawn out in Crayola. The big tree by the driveway. The pump house out [Read more...]

Don’t Be A Goon!

Little Bunny Foo Foo Little bunny Foo Foo Went hopping through the forest Scooping up the field mice And bopping them on the head Down came the Blue Fairy, and she said “Little bunny Foo Foo I don’t want to see you Scooping up the field mice And bopping them on the head.” I’ll give you 3 chances, And if you don’t behave, I will turn you into a goon! Little Bunny Foo [Read more...]

Walk Your Own Path

My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood; let us ambush the innocent without reason… throw in your lot among us…” My son, do not walk in the way with them; hold back your foot from their paths, for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood. Selections from Proverbs 1:10-16 I remember lying in [Read more...]