Monthly Archives: October 2013

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How To Host a Pumpkin Carving Party

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

By: Sarah Smith

Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year.  I love the cooler temperature!  I love the changing of the leaves to their vibrant colors!  I love the smell of fall spices; nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, etc…  I love the fall decorations; pumpkins, scarecrows, hay bales, etc. Continue reading

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Shine Your Light

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.  Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

By: Sarah Smith

It started out innocent enough.  I was communicating with the Chess Club members at my sons’ school.  (The chess club I started and led.) It was mid-October, and I was sending out an e-mail reminding families of that week’s meeting time.  I received this response from one of the parents. Continue reading

Entry to Janet Huckabee Nature Center.

Mini-Vacation in Ft. Smith, Arkansas

Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you. Deuteronomy 32:7

By: Melissa Pope

This summer our family couldn’t get away for a long trip, but we were able to enjoy a few short excursions. Click here to take a look at our 2013 summer fun. For one last summer fling we decided on a two day, one night stay in Fort Smith, Arkansas. While doing research on what family activities were available, I was pleasantly surprised to find a good list of things I thought my family would enjoy. Continue reading

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Finding Time

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

By: Melissa Pope

Do you find it hard to make time for Bible reading and prayer since school is back in swing? I sure do. We are busy from the time our feet hit the floor until our heads find the pillow at night.

Finding time to pray and read God’s Word is important for many reasons. I find power and strength when I am spending time with God. I am a better mom when I make my spiritual life a priority.

Here are some things that help me when time runs short:

  • Keep it simple. No time for in-depth study? Read one Proverb each day.  There are thirty-one Proverbs, so read the one that corresponds with the day of the month.
  • Listen. Listen to Christian music during the day.
  • Unplug! Don’t fill all your time with mindless television or radio. Turn it off and listen for God’s still small voice.

Take time today to seek the LORD.  You will find Him if you seek Him with all of your heart.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

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Homemade Stain Remover

“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7

By: Dana Baran

Stains. They are an inevitable part of life when you have young kids. Beginning with spit-ups and leaky diapers, the battle of stain vs. mommy starts early and escalates quickly as solid foods are introduced and outside play becomes harder and dirtier. Soon it becomes an all-out war. I first realized I needed to up my game after I discovered a lovely orange ring around the neckline of one of C’s white shirts (my favorite, naturally) that was the result of her first experience with a clementine (delicious and oh so juicy). I tried everything, from hand scrubbing with baby detergent to soaking it for hours to spraying it repeatedly with my go-to stain remover, to no avail. Continue reading