What To Do When You Can’t Fit in Quiet Time

What To Do When You Can’t Fit in Quiet Time

I've been working on "maximizing my mornings" based on a recent e-book I discovered (check out how my first week went). Based on Kat's suggestion (and some of the songs she mentioned) I made a Morning Worship CD.    I connect well with God through music, so I can't believe I never thought of using this tool at home.  Music has always been one of my favorite parts of summer camp or church, and now it will be part of my daily quiet times as well. Here are the songs I added to the CD: Invade … [Read more...]

Maximize Your Morning series

Maximize Your Morning series

I recently stumbled upon a great series called "Maximize Your Mornings".  I've never considered myself a morning person, but the more I considered it, the more I realized, even though I like staying up late at night, I don't get anything "productive" done.  Once the sun sets, I rarely clean, I almost never do my devotions, I don't study my Children's Ministry lessons, or anything along those lines.  I surf the internet, I get caught up on my blog reading (hey, there are a lot of good blogs out … [Read more...]

Friday Freebie: Adventures in Odyssey

Friday Freebie: Adventures in Odyssey

I was browsing through the latest copy of Thriving Family Magazine when I read about a great radio program for preteens about prayer.  Even better?  You can download it free -- a great resource for both parents and children's ministry workers. Here's the description: Do your tweens understand that prayer reflects a unique relationship between God and man?  Or do they approach prayer like ti's simply a way to get what they want?  As your tweens mature, they may begin to appreciate the … [Read more...]

Make a Prayer Mural

Make a Prayer Mural

Prayer Mural A Hands-on Approach to Get Kids Engaged in Prayer Recently I read, “Children tend to be egocentric in their prayers, but not selfish.  Egocentric means their world is small.  Their prayers are limited to pets, family, and friends.  It is our job to enlarge their world and also mentor children how to pray.  Without this coaching, the prayers of children remain the typical bedtime prayers that never change until eventually, the desire itself to pray is lost” (Hohman, Kids Making a … [Read more...]

Helping Your Child Get into the Bible

Helping Your Child Get into the Bible

As Christian parents, we desire for our little ones to read and appreciate God's Word, but it sometimes seems like an overwhelming task.  How do you help your children to get into the Bible?  It's not as hard as you might think.  Here are few suggestions to get your starting. Do It Yourself Make sure your kids see you reading the Bible.  Modeling is the most effective teaching method.  As a child, I remember coming up the stairs every morning and seeing my parents sitting at the table, reading … [Read more...]

Warning: This Book Will Not Change Your Life

Warning: This Book Will Not Change Your Life

I just finished reading through Couples Who Pray by Squire Rushnell and Louis Duart.  I cannot begin to tell you how disappointed I was with this book.  The introduction was consumed with author self-accolades and ravings about the celebrity couples whose quasi-perfect marriages were improved by the 40 day prayer challenge.   After I trudged through that completely useless section, I was lucky enough to read about the "Life-changing Lovemaking" that results from the methods in this book.    The … [Read more...]