We Are Lifeguards

About three years ago, my little kids are with a babysitter and I fidget, half naked on the bleachers, waiting for this life guarding course to begin.  The blue bathing suit just purchased on Amazon feels a little tight around my 40-year-old flab.   Quickly looking around, it is obvious that no one else here has … More We Are Lifeguards

Serving our Children in the Midst of Awful Things in Our Culture

You and I both know that there are awful things in our culture.  Things that wound us, disturb us, threaten us.  Sexual abuse by the clergy, for one terrible example.  If you have a little one or one who isn’t so little any more, then I know you desperately want to navigate life with them.  … More Serving our Children in the Midst of Awful Things in Our Culture

Weekly Bible Verses

“May the word of God dwell in you richly.” – Col 3:16  Oh, how I long for my kids to experience this!  I know that they can be “transformed by the renewing of their minds” and touched deeply by the “living and active word.”  But the Words of Scripture first need to enter into their … More Weekly Bible Verses

Simple Scripture Study – with syrup and kids

A little while ago, my family of 6 studied one of the Psalms while eating a nice pancake breakfast.  We didn’t fight.  It wasn’t awkward.  I didn’t preach.  I wasn’t pulling teeth.  It worked.  Was it the fresh strawberries?  The fact that my husband made the pancakes extra fluffy?  Or maybe it was a good … More Simple Scripture Study – with syrup and kids

We are limited

There is only so much you have the capacity to do.  No matter how much planning, creativity, staying up late or amazing effort, you can only be in one place at a time, doing one thing. Kids naturally know this limitation.  They whine.  They call, “Mooommmm”.  They expect their things will be taken care of even though … More We are limited

Family Prayer

Here is a family prayer guide that can take from 5-15 minutes which can be adapted for zillions of situations.  Of course, it is even more fun and habitually reinforcing if you add sweets to the event or a nice setting like a fireplace.  Sunday is a natural choice for a day to do this … More Family Prayer