Author Archives: Ruth Schwenk

Waiting for Your Prodigal

Waiting for Your Prodigal

While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. —Luke 15:20 Being lost is scary. Who doesn’t remember feeling alone, being disoriented, and finding yourself disconnected from what is secure and familiar? I

Bedtime Prayers: Five Ideas for Scriptures to Read and Pray Together

Give your child peace and reassurance before falling asleep with these Bible verses Bedtime is an intimate appointment with our children. Our kids need certain cues before falling asleep to let them know all is well. In every home bedtime routines are slightly different. Perhaps in your home you sing a lullaby, give a big

Pause: Taking Notice this Holiday Season, Doing Less and Treasuring Christ More

This Christmas season we’re trying to spend less, ask for less, want less, wish less, and get less. – Ruth Schwenk “I need to get going on my wish list!” In the busyness of recently moving, we’ve lost track of time. It seems like we were just wrapping up summer, packing our house, and finding

Teaching Your Child How to Handle the Bully

Loving the unlovable is hard – especially when you are a kid. “Roof, Roof, Roof, Roof,” my classmates yelled. As an adult it seems silly, but in fifth grade, this chanting of my name, an intentional variation at that, devastated me with embarrassment and shame. Words, just as much as sticks and stones, do leave their

Joshua 1:9 Be Strong Courageous

How to Help Our Children Be Brave

A few years ago, one of my children woke up in the middle of the night, wide-eyed and trembling with fright. She didn’t know why she was afraid. She just was. She has always been fearful at night, but this night she was very scared. No matter what I said, she couldn’t comprehend what I

Cultivating a Love for Jesus in Your Child

I didn’t grow up in a Christian home. My parents were (and still are) loving, supportive, involved, and hardworking. But I didn’t grow up going to church, reading the Bible, listening to worship songs, or knowing Jesus. It wasn’t until high school that a friend of mine invited me to church. Youth group sounded a

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