Happy Birthday Joey!

My prayer for my courageous, funny and exuberant son on his 6th birthday Lord, I had expected my life to be different when I had kids, but I never imagined how much my son would change me.  I didn’t realize how the instant I saw Joey, I’d gain a whole new understanding of your love for me.  I didn’t understand the depth of protectiveness, of passion, of hope and of joy that Joey would bring into my life.  I didn’t know that his being would affect my being so deeply, so wholly, so intensely. But Lord, in one moment, six years ago, I was changed.  I hadn’t been sure I wanted kids just yet.  I didn’t know what to do with a baby.  I didn’t have a clue how to be a mom.  But when they laid my sweet baby boy in my arms, my heart ached—not with pain, but with awe.  He was beautiful—perfect, whole, amazing.  And you had chosen him for me.  I am so blessed. Lord, I know you have a plan for Joey this year and I thank you for giving me the chance to watch your amazing work has it unfolds in him.  Lord, protect him.  Protect him physically, emotionally and spiritually.  Help him to grow and thrive in Your love and care and in the warm embrace of our family.  Lord, as he grows, help me to know what to say and how to act so that I never cause him to stumble.  Give me the grace to be the mom he needs—and the courage to stand for you even when it’s difficult....

Holiday Traditions #4: LOVE

“But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.” Psalm 5:11 Prayer: Lord, fill my house with your love this holiday season. Help my kids to know that the joy and hope of this season are because of you and your unfailing, unmoving and amazing love. Amen. Readings and Bible Stories: Luke 2: 1-21 (The Birth of Jesus) Psalm 136 Crafts & Activities: – Celebrate Advent. Light candles every Sunday night in December and read from the scripture, sing songs and pray that God’s love would truly shine this Christmas. – Spread Christmas cheer! Make a pot of spiced cider or Chai tea and then bring a thermos to your neighbors and share it under the Christmas tree. – Make and decorate heart-shaped cookies. While you’re decorating, talk about all the ways God shows his love for us. – Call distant relatives—aunts, uncles, grandparents—and let them know how much you love them. Discussion Questions: – How do we know God loves us this season? – How can we show our love to others during the holidays? – What is the best gift you’ve ever received? When you got it, did you feel loved? Christmas Carols: Away in a Manger Away in a manger, no crib for His bed, The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head; The stars in the heavens looked down where He lay, The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay. Silent Night: Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright,...

A Fun Christmas Giveaway!

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas… and in order to get you into the festive spirit, I’m giving away FIVE copies of a fun, festive e-novella by my friend Camille Eide. Her new novella, Savanna’s Gift is set in the Oregon Cascades– which I have to admit made me miss home a little bit.  But, her lovely descriptions of Oregon’s pine-covered mountains and a homey lodge for Christmas put me in the mood to sip cocoa by a roaring fire…and finish her book!   Anyway, it’s a short-but-fun, romantic Christmas story that will have you laughing, smiling and devouring Christmas cookies.   Anyway, Savanna’s gift is on sale for just 99 cents (yes, that’s less than a buck!) for the month of December, so if you don’t win one here, pick up your own copy on Amazon by clicking here. Now, for the giveaway: 1.  The first person to comment automatically wins a copy. 2.  The first person to post this giveaway on their Facebook page automatically wins a copy.  (Tag me– Erin Schuknecht MacPherson– in the post.) 3.  The first person to tweet about this giveaway automatically wins a copy.  (add me to the Tweet @emacphe) 4.  Two random winners will be chosen on Wednesday, December 7th to get a copy. Good...

Holiday Traditions: Knowledge

Holiday Traditions:  Knowledge My kids know the basics of the Christmas story—that Jesus was born in a manger because there was no room at the inn, that the wise men came, that the angels sang.  But, if I’m being honest, I feel like it’s become almost a story to them—and they haven’t quite grasped the amazing miracle that happened when the Son of God came down as a mere baby to save the entire world.   So, one of the things we do is try to have discussions that lead our children to draw conclusions about God on their own—to help them deepen their faith and also to help them deepen their knowledge of God. This week:  Knowledge Scriptural Foundation:  Luke 8:10 He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you…” Holiday Book Bag One of our holiday traditions is a holiday book bag.  Over the last few years, I’ve collected as many Christian Christmas children’s books as I can find.  I go to bookstores the day after Christmas, check for sales on Amazon, etc.  My collection has about 35 in it now, although you can start this tradition with just a few books (even some from the library!).  What I do is wrap the books and put them in a big red bag.  Each evening, my kids get to pick one book, unwrap it and then we read it together and talk about one thing we learned by reading the book.   These discussions have led to some deep and insightful conversations—such as why God would let his son leave heaven or...
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