Monthly Archives: April 2013

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God in Real Life: Practicing Spiritual Disciplines Part One

“As a deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” Psalms 42:2

By Guest Blogger: Courtney Steed

peacefulrest (Medium)I have grown up with God as part of my world. I have memorized His words and have known His laws by heart. I have heard all the bible stories, and am pretty good at giving you a scripture reference to most of them. When I was 14-16 I read up to 20 chapters a day of God’s word. I went to a Christian college. I married a Christian man, and I am in the process of raising three more of them.

God is a significant part of my life, and always has been.

Even with all that exposure to Him, I have started really realizing that I may not really know Him. Know about Him, yes. Know of His promises, absolutely. But, I wonder if I could adopt David’s words when he says, As a deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” Psalms 42:2 Continue reading

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Creating a Masterpiece

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”   Ephesians 2:10 NLT

By: Jennifer Mullen

On my personal Facebook page, I post lots of “mommy school” pics.  These are snapshots of activities that I do with my kids.  I am often asked where I get my ideas, and if I follow a curriculum.  Well, I am a teacher by profession, so I unknowingly tap into my training.  Gretchen often reminds me that I take for granted that what comes naturally for me is a mystery for others.  So I plan on sharing on a regular basis activities that you can do with yours kids and various media resources to use to help support those activities. I hope that it helps you get your creative juices flowing.

This week we talked about the color wheel.  I started with this YouTube video.  (YouTube is a great resource for educational videos!)

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Sadness Turned Into Gladness: Part 2

Continued from Sadness Turned Into Gladness: Part 1

By: Sarah Smith

So, here I sit…reflecting and remembering.  I need a Bible verse to support where I am right now. I need to find strength in His Word.  I type in several different word combinations to search for the right one and read several different pages with various verses…this one catches my eye.  

Jesus knew that they wanted to question him, so he said to them, “I said, ‘In a little while you will not see me, and then a little while later you will see me.’ Is this what you are asking about among yourselves?  I am telling you the truth: you will cry and weep, but the world will be glad; you will be sad, but your sadness will turn into gladness. When a woman is about to give birth, she is sad because her hour of suffering has come; but when the baby is born, she forgets her suffering, because she is happy that a baby has been born into the world. That is how it is with you: now you are sad, but I will see you again, and your hearts will be filled with gladness, the kind of gladness that no one can take away from you. John 16:19-22

This takes me back to when I was cherishing having Fisher all to myself in my womb.  And, if you are a mom, you know that following delivery, all that matters is the joy of holding that newborn baby.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a long, painful labor process or if it’s an easy delivery or a c-section – our hearts are filled with gladness when we hold our child. Continue reading

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Sadness Turned Into Gladness: Part 1

”When a woman is about to give birth, she is sad because her hour of suffering has come; but when the baby is born, she forgets her suffering, because she is happy that a baby has been born into the world.” John 16:21

By: Sarah Smith

I was having a hard time finding inspiration for this week’s blog post.  I’ve been so emotional lately…April is a hard month for various reasons and now it’s amplified because May 18th is fast approaching…what is May 18th?  My oldest son will graduate from high school.  Sigh…so hard to say that out loud, let alone type it, as if my silence could prevent it from happening.

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So, imagine my delight when reading Dana’s post from last week, a beautiful reflection on her daughter’s first year and excerpts from a letter to be given to her at a later date.  I decided to build on her idea and give a view from the ‘other side’ as my son is about to graduate from high school.

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Photo Tree Tutorial

“He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zeph. 3:17

By: Dana Baran

I may have gone a bit overboard with planning Charlotte’s first birthday party. Ok, a lot overboard. It’s not like we’re renting out the petting zoo or anything, but I got on my Pinterest horse and ran, pinning projects right and left. I know. I know.  She’s only one and won’t remember any of this, but the party will live forever in pictures. Besides, the day of her actual birth was so much the opposite of what I’d dream of and waited for.  It is very important to me that this first birthday be a full-on celebration.

One of the projects I’m most proud of is the month photo tree, probably because it’s one of the few things I’ve made that didn’t come directly from an online tutorial. 🙂 I wanted a unique way to display the “month photos” we’ve taken of her on the 24th of each month.  Since the party’s theme is owls the idea of a tree sprung to mind. Continue reading