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Mama, You Are Doing a Great Job With Those Children

Encouragement quotes for women and moms. This inspiration was the words of God said through an elderly woman at the thrift store. Truths about life as a Christian mom with kids. Thoughts on the heart and children.

I have been doing some behind the scenes work on my blog, and I found this post buried among numbered lists and recipes. Reading it warmed my soul and reminded me that what I do every day matters. It matters a lot, in the broken world and in the kingdom of God and in the hearts of my children. It matters. I matter, and you matter, too, my sweet friend. I originally published the following blog post on October 14, 2013, but it is every bit as relevant today as it was then. I had completely forgotten about the incident, … Read more

40 Printable Positive Affirmations for Christian Kids (Especially for Anxiety)

40 positive affirmations for Christian kids - You will find tons of encouragement and inspiration for anxiety and anxious, worried thoughts in these 40 printable positive affirmations cards for Christian kids. Calm, peaceful thoughts for kids with anxiety, these inspiring words will expose the truths of God's word in a meaningful, repeatable way.

  Kids (and adults) who struggle with anxiety often have the same thoughts over and over, thoughts of gloom and doom, of worst case scenarios, of tragedy and disruption to their lives. Without meaning to, they meditate on these thoughts all through the day and often through the night. The negative thoughts color how they see the whole world, quite without their permission. Positive affirmations are short statements that can be read and/or said aloud over and over daily and especially when one needs a boost. Positive affirmations can go a long way in drowning out the worries and anxieties … Read more

Free Printable Christ-Centered Easter Basket Scavenger Hunt

Free printable Christ-Centered Easter basket scavenger hunt for Easter morning - A treasure hunt is a great way to find your Easter basket. This hunt for kids, tweens, or teens uses the main points of the Easter story of Jesus as clues. Awesome Christian fun in riddles. Great for families at home. Religious and Bible-based. Easy clues using both indoor and outdoor spots.

I didn’t know what to call this Easter basket scavenger hunt. The clues follow the basic Easter story with Jesus washing the disciples’ feet, getting arrested in the garden, being beaten and mocked, and so on. So it is Christ-centered. I debated about calling it religious or Christian but ended up with Christ-centered.  I created this other Easter basket scavenger hunt in 2016 and changed the clues around for my kids in 2017, but I wanted something fresh this year. Even though they’re now 7 and 10, they still talk about it and look forward to their Easter morning hunt, so dropping it … Read more

Should Your Family Observe Lent This Year? (And What Is It Anyway?)

Should your family observe Lent? What is it exactly? Whether you're Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, or another Christian denomination, you can still observe Lent as a family. These ideas, activities, and meals are great for kids and adults, and they include advice on what to give up and what to add in during this special season.

Most Christians consider Lent to be a Catholic thing and don’t really give it much thought. But Lent is fundamentally a Christian thing, a preparation of the heart and spirit for the solemn event of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. It’s a season of prayer, repentance, and self denial.  The self denial part is never fun, but we can make it meaningful and important for our families without making it about legalism and rules. Lent starts on Valentine’s Day this year, February 14, so it’s already time to start thinking about it. Several years ago, I wrote a great … Read more

51 Awesome Christian Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

51 awesome Christian Christmas gifts for kids - Wondering what to get your kids for the holidays? This post is full of tips and ideas for buying Xmas gifts that bring children back to Jesus without lame presents.

Christmas is my favorite, but it is really easy to shift the focus of Christmas away from Jesus and towards Santa and material things. The Jesse Tree and The Truth in the Tinsel help a lot, but still my kids talk all through the months of October, November, and December about the presents they want and the presents they think they will get. We do Santa. We like Santa, and we like all the magic and warm fuzzy feelings that he brings our kids. But still, I want to point Christmas morning back to Jesus. To that end, some of … Read more

40 Positive Affirmations for Christian Moms (with printable)

You know that little voice in your head, the one who tells you that you’re not good enough? …the one that tells you that your family is rude or obnoxious or doesn’t appreciate you? …the one that tells you can’t do it? Do you have a voice like that? I do, and I think you do, too. Some people call that voice the enemy. Some people call it the voice of sin or the voice of the flesh. Whatever you call it, it is ugly, and it is not from God. The Holy Spirit, the other small voice we hear, … Read more