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New & Upcoming Parenting Resources

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Your Teenager Is Not Crazy by Dr. Jeremy Clark and Jerusha Clark – Although sometimes parents find their teens unrecognizable at best, they still are the same kid deep down. In this book, the Clarks guide parents to make the teen years a time of creativity and passion instead of fear and conflict. Release April 1, 2016.

 

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Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions by George Barna –  Famed researcher Barna speaks to churches in this work on why children’s ministry should be of the utmost importance to the church. The author explains how to make a successful children’s ministry that forms “spiritual champions.” Released January 1, 2016.

 

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In the Arena by David Prince – Coming September 1st, this paperback will explore what sports means in Christian culture and how sports can be used for discipleship, parenting, and recreation.

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Hope you had a lovely weekend, and enjoy the last week of April.

Farm-Fresh Recipes for Spring

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In the April issue I (Jessie) wrote an article with some recipes for using up the produce that is popping up this time of year: asparagus, beets, broccoli, carrots, kale, radishes, turnips, and spinach. I shared recipes for our favorite Tropical Green Smoothie, some biscuits enhanced with beets, roasted radishes, and my mother-in-law’s infamous broccoli salad.  Here are 10 more recipes to try this Spring!

Do your kids eat vegetables? What’s your favorite of these spring veggies?

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“Learn from Those Who Have Gone Before You” by Susan Miller {GIVEAWAY}

After the Boxes Are Unpacked

I always like to share Abraham and Sarah’s story with women who have moved or are moving. They are our “moving mentors.” Not only can we identify with Sarah, but by observing Abraham, we can learn valuable lessons that will equip us for any journey. The Lord had said to Abraham, “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives, and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you” (Genesis 12:1). “And he went out, not knowing where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8).

By faith, Abraham obeyed God and set out on a thousand-mile journey through a hostile environment to an unknown land, with nothing but a promise awaiting him at the end of the trip.

He demonstrated his faith in God by moving.

He experienced detours, disagreements, and discouragement along the way. Through it all, Abraham held on to his faith and the promises of God.

What step of obedience and act of faith is God calling you to take?

Abraham responded to God’s command, and he learned from the experience. God took Abraham on a journey of obedience, faith, trust, and hope.

Obedience. Abraham didn’t react to going; he responded to going. He didn’t react by getting upset, arguing, and being negative. His response was to obey and just do it! Abraham sought to do God’s will, not his own will. When you really don’t want to go, it’s so difficult to respond with a positive attitude and with enthusiasm when the transfer comes or the new job means relocating.

But it is a choice we make—a choice to rebel or obey, to walk with God or walk away from God.

Faith. Abraham’s faith was in the promises of God and in knowing that God would fulfill His promise. It takes a lot of faith to face the unknown. But what a comfort it is to know that God promises not to leave us or forsake us. (See Deuteronomy 31:8.) My faith is wrapped around God’s promises in Scripture. I’ve traveled down many roads reciting my favorite Scripture verses and holding on to nothing more than God’s promises.

Trust for provision. Abraham knew God would cover all the details if he would simply trust Him. When our house in Georgia didn’t sell, I had to trust that God was in control. When nothing went according to plan, I had to trust that God had everything figured out. I had to have faith that God was working through all the details of all my moves.

It’s in that moment of complete surrender and trust, when you truly let go and let God take over, that your life takes a new direction.

Hope for the future. Abraham had great hope for tomorrow and for God’s plan to be fulfilled. With each move, my heart held new hope—hope for our future, our dreams, our plans. That hope became part of my persevering spirit. I know it’s hard to leave everything behind and move to a place that is unknown. But, never lose hope in what God is capable of doing through this transition in your life.

These principles from the lives of Sarah and Abraham are timeless. When they are applied to your own life, they will equip you for any journey you will ever encounter.”

3 Steps to Survive a Move

Maybe you are where I have been: grieving over leaving family and friends, concerned about a broken relationship or the stress on your marriage, worried about your children’s adjustment, confused about knowing which doctor to call, wondering where to find the right church, or simply overwhelmed by all the tasks to be done. It can be mind-boggling.

Over thirteen moves I learned biblical principles and practical actions that not only helped me let go and start over, but also moved me closer to Christ. I’ll be sharing these valuable insights with you in this book, along with the three-step process I had used not only to survive, but thrive through transition. If it helped me, it can help you as well. Those three steps are:

  1. Let go
  2. Start over
  3. Move forward

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This wisdom is captured from Chapters 1 & 2 of After the Boxes are Unpacked, newly revised and expanded, by Susan Miller of Just Moved Ministry.  Susan has blessed thousands of women with stories and lessons from her 14 relocations.  Learn more about Susan’s ministry at www.justmoved.org and get your copy of After the Boxes are Unpacked wherever Christian books are sold.

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Planning for Summer

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In this month’s print issue of ParentLife, writer Emily Pardy urges us to grasp on to “Summer Sanity” by making a list of priorities and plans for the summer. Have you been doing that? I’ve been thinking a lot about how summer will go around our house.

In the fall, my three children will be in second grade, kindergarten, and 3-year-old preschool. I am pregnant, so this will be the last summer for awhile we can take advantage of having all children who know how to hold hands in a parking lot and I’m not too worried about killing each other if we send them outside for half an hour. But because I am pregnant, this also may be a summer where I need more rest than usual. We may or may not be moving apartments. We have a lot of “ifs” up in the air.

So we haven’t really made any firm plans – camps, many trips, etc. Usually we schedule our older two for at least one week of day camp, but we’ve decided to put that on the back burner for now.

Here are my priorities for the summer:

  • Take our third annual beach vacation to Tybee Island. We all enjoy this; it’s relaxing, and we have fun.
  • Go swimming. If needed, get swim lessons for my 7-year-old to be fully competent as a swimmer.
  • Send kids to “Nana Camp” and “Grandma Camp.” We are so blessed to have both sets of our parents within driving distance, and they LOVE having the kids come to stay for a couple days during the summer. The kids love getting one-on-one time. We get to spend a little more one-on-one time with the kids left at home, too. It’s nice to mix things up.
  • Help my 7-year-old daughter become proficient in the kitchen – and get my 5-year-old son started, too. They both love cooking and have been inspired by MasterChef, Jr. I can be a little too territorial about my kitchen space, but I want all my kids to learn to cook.
  • Playground hop in Chattanooga.
  • Spend time with great friends.
  • Encourage reading.

I also intend to let the kids make a little bucket list of things they want to do or places to go. I won’t promise to do everything, but I want to let them play a role there.

Have you started planning for summer? As Pardy writes, summer can be the right time for “structure, sunshine, skill-building, and sleep.” Sleep. There is a summer plan I can get behind!