Have you ever been envious of someone? Have you felt the soul-sucking bitterness that comes with it? At one point in my life I had a friend whose house I coveted. I would gripe about how her house was WAY too big and about how much money they must spend on utilities, and avoid […]
How To Use This One Verse To Help Your Anxious Child
What can you when your child’s worries seem insurmountable? About once a month, my 6-year-old becomes gripped with the kind of worry that traps his brain in a vice and throws him into a panic. It’s usually about the future. The other night he came downstairs, terrified that someday he was going to go on […]
Can we keep our children from walking away from God?
I heard a pastor quote an alarming fact that if you are a normal, North American Christian family, at least half of your children will walk away from God.* Maybe temporarily, likely permanently. We’re not talking the family that only prays on Thanksgiving and Christmas, this is about regular church-going Christian families. Which one, or […]
Christmas Eve Candle Reading
Imagine your kitchen table at Christmastime. Little mouths hush as little fingers flick off all the lights in the house. All that is left is darkness. And stillness. These Advent Candle readings have become my very favorite Advent tradition because of the emotional and physical hush they bring over the house. We intentionally quiet down […]
Celebrating St. Nicholas Day…a unique way to present Santa to your kids!
What do we do with Santa Claus at Christmas? Perhaps you are perfectly happy incorporating him into your Christmas celebration, or perhaps you are looking for a new way to teach your kids about him. If this is you, read on for a unique way to present him this Christmas. by Cheryl Ikenouye I remember […]
18 Christian Advent Ideas
Are you looking for simple ways to create an uplifting [read: not crazy] and wondrous Christ-centered Advent? Read on for a list of 18 ways to do so, ranging from simple enough for toddlers to meaningful traditions for teenagers. Advent is a time of waiting in expectation for the coming Christ, both as we remember […]