(updated March 2020 with new resources) This week we found tulips pushing up in our yard, had wind blow our gas grill across the deck, and went puddle jumping (more like mud slogging) with friends! Spring is on its way here, and I couldn’t be more excited! In spite of pollen, tornadoes, and poison ivy, […]
Leading Kids into Intimacy with God
Kids were made for an intimate relationship with God, just like us. What better time in life to teach them how to pursue a relationship and not just rules, to know God personally and not just know about Him. Find ideas, encouragement, and resources to help you lay this invaluable foundation in their lives!
Gift Ideas for Nurturing Intimacy with Jesus
*updated for 2019 I’m typically one of those die-hard “don’t celebrate Christmas until after Thanksgiving” kind of people. And, while I’m still holding out this year, I do find it’s getting harder! It probably has to do with the fact that stores were displaying Christmas items in SEPTEMBER this year. What? Or maybe it’s the […]
The Gospel: Who Needs to Hear It?
Before we answer this question, let’s talk about the gospel itself. Gospel literally means good news – the good news that Jesus died and came alive again in order to forgive our sins and restore our relationship with God. Chances are you know this well. But what about the rest of the gospel? The gospel […]
Made to Enjoy God, the Creator
God doesn’t need me. Or you. Or anything, ever. But he does desire relationship with me. He wants to walk with me through life. He wants to speak truth that guides. He wants to listen to my heart and draw near to help. Being made to be in relationship with God is an outrageous idea. […]
Shaped Like Clay by God, the Creator
Have you ever watched a potter working with clay? It’s mesmerizing. And amazing. The clay gives to the slightest pressure. It molds and forms under the watchful eye and expert hands of the potter. This is the image the Bible gives of God (the potter) and us (the clay). But now, O Lord, you are […]
Marvelously Made by God, the Creator
God is the Creator – not just of the physical world around us but of each individual, unique person. It’s no secret that there’s an assault on the sacredness of life today, and no stage of life is exempt. Unborn babies have few, if any, rights. Children, at younger and younger ages, are dissatisfied with […]
Helping Children Wonder at God, the Creator
This week we found tulips pushing up in our yard, had wind blow our gas grill across the deck, and went puddle jumping (more like mud slogging) with friends! Spring is on its way here, and I couldn’t be more excited! In spite of pollen, tornadoes, and poison ivy, spring is my favorite season. I […]
Children’s Devotional – God is My King!
4-Week Children’s Devotional As I’ve sung and listened to Christmas carols this month, I’ve been struck with the number of times the title of King is used. It’s probably on my radar a bit more since I just wrote this devotional! But it’s caused me to realize this point is one of the wondrous truths […]
Shaping a Child’s View of God
There is much that shapes and influences the life and personality of a child. There are times I can tell who my child has spent time with because of the way he speaks and acts. A child’s view of God is shaped in much the same way. As a parent, or even a teacher, my […]
Children’s Devotional – God is My Father!
Description God longs for people to experience unconditional acceptance and constant love. He is a loving Father who made each child and admires each one individually and uniquely. A father’s love is intended to provide security, protection, welcome, and direction for his children. And God planned from the beginning to be this kind of Father. Children […]