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Back-to-School Scriptures You Can Count On

Back-to-School Scriptures You Can Count On

Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor Him in your youth before you grow old and say, ‘Life is not pleasant anymore.’ Remember Him before the light of the sun, moon, and stars is dim to your old eyes, and rain clouds continually darken your sky. — Ecclesiastes 12:1-3

How to Teach Kids the Biblical Names of God

A name is a powerful thing. When you meet a new person, what’s the first thing you discuss?  There’s usually an introduction — and you state your name.  If you are like me, you typically forget the person’s name within the first minute.  True?  We are terribly forgetful people.  Unless we really listen, focus, and

Devotions for Tweens

Editors Note: Enjoy these two devotions for tweens, excerpted from Jesus: A 365-Day Devotional. In the devotional, each day features a scripture, an explanation, and a prayer for reflection to help young readers discover that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Long Before… You Were Loved Before I formed you in the womb I knew

Road Trip through America

My family loves a good road trip. Every summer we pack up the RV and head out on a multi-state vacation this includes sight seeing, amusement parks, museums, and trying new local foods at great restaurants. No matter how long or short the trip, it’s always fun-filled and educational. Here are the top 5 reasons

We Have a Great Big God: Teaching Kids the 3 O’s of God’s Character

There is no doubt that we serve a great big God. He is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. But if we use those adjectives to describe God’s bigness to our young kids, their eyes will grow wide with confusion – thinking we’ve lost our mind or that we’re speaking another language! Helping kids understand their great

Honoring Grandparents

I have fond memories of my grandparents and the times I spent at their home each summer. Our family ate watermelon and cantaloupe freshly picked from local farms. My brother and I ran around the yard and caught fireflies as the mourning doves cooed in the trees. If I close my eyes, I can smell

Teaching Kids about the Character and Names of God

What does God look like? What does God sound like? When does God ‘show up’ for you? Have you ever really thought about these things? More importantly, have you ever asked your kids if they think about it? Stop for a moment and consider who you are as a parent. Are you always the same

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

When Parenting Isn’t Perfect: Imperfect Parenting

We’ve established that perfection is the enemy of parenting. We know that the key to developing a good home life isn’t pushing your kids to get all A’s or asking them to habitually knock in the winning run. We need to take our cues from Jesus. Just as grace is critical in our spiritual life,

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