Author Archives: Jessica Wolstenholm

Courage Doesn’t Always Roar

Courage Doesn’t Always Roar

I’m not the bravest one in the bunch. Deep down, my heart longs for adventure, but adventure of the safe variety. On a recent family vacation with my best friend and her brave kids, our children had the opportunity to try a ropes course. It wasn’t a large course, just a small concoction of beams

4 Reasons the ICB Translation is a Game-Changer for Kids and God’s Word

Can I make a confession? My favorite translation of the Bible is currently the ICB®, The International Children’s Bible. Yup… you read that right. I’m obsessed with a children’s version of God’s Word. It’s not because I’m unable to understand the more sophisticated, adult versions of the Bible. I’ve spent my life learning to read

5 Things You Should Say to Your Kids Every Day to Build Strong Identity

We’ve been back to school for over a month and now that we’ve found our groove, I’ve turned my attention away from school supplies and preparation and on to the deeper needs of my children. Is that true for your family, too? Just about 40 days in and we’ve already had tough homework, bus stop

Speak TRUTH: How to Make Bible Stories Come Alive for Your Kids

I’ve watched my children grow from a simple interest in Bible stories and characters to an understanding of bigger faith concepts that directly apply to their lives. It’s exciting to make Bible stories come alive for our kids so they can apply what they learn to their own lives. But it can feel daunting to

Say It! Then Pray It! Speaking God’s Word Aloud

When my daughter was born, I was immediately overwhelmed with emotion and the weight of responsibility that came with motherhood. I struggled early on, wondering if I could do this mom thing and I obsessed over each decision I had to make. My relationship with God grew as I questioned, complained and even begged for

Helping Children Understand Unconditional Love

But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8 Over the past few years I’ve experienced an interesting shift in the conscience of my oldest child. As a toddler, she responded to correction with resistance; as a preschooler, negotiation; and now, as an