Giveaway: Uncommon Marriage

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In Uncommon Marriage: What We’ve Learned about Lasting Love and Overcoming Life’s Obstacles Together, Tony Dungy, the first African-American head coach in NFL history to guide his team to a Super Bowl title, joins his wife, Lauren, also a New York Times best-selling author of children’s books co-authored with her husband, to impart principles the couple has learned during their marriage. The Dungys will draw on their own experiences to offer hope, encouragement, and practical advice to those who would like their marriages to be “better” but aren’t sure what to do differently.

Uncommon Marriage will feature personal stories from a couple who have not just made marriage work, but have done so joyfully and with a real sense of purpose and partnership. Through their stories, the Dungys relate real-life lessons they’ve learned about developing and maintaining a strong, fulfilling, faith-filled marriage.

If you would like to win a copy of Uncommon Marriage, please leave a comment below with your best marriage advice. Giveaway ends Friday February 28th at 11:59 p.m.

Creation Debate Rehashing

As I’m sure many of you watched the debate hosted at the Creation Museum on Tuesday (starring Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham), I thought it might be helpful to round up some of the viewpoints on the outcome here at ParentLife.

If you want to watch the debate, you can see it on YouTube.

Did you watch the debate? Have two cents to throw in?

New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year’s Eve! Are you planning to make any resolutions this year? It seems that we always make them with the best of intentions, but our resolve seems to wear off within a few weeks. This year, I challenge you to make one resolution and stick to it. Here are some suggestions:

1. Read your Bible daily.
2. Pray with your kids and your spouse daily.
3. Make your family’s health a priority.
4. Spend 5 minutes with each of your children on an individual basis every day.
5. Say one affirming statement to every member of your family every day.

So, let’s hear it. What’s your one resolution this year?

Merry Christmas!

“But the angel said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David.’ – Luke 2:10-11

The ParentLife staff wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve Traditions

I’m so looking forward to going to Christmas Eve services at church with my family tonight. When we get home, my daughters will open a new pair of pajamas and then we will read some of the Christmas story before sending them to bed. Tonight is probably my favorite part of Christmas – the anticipation of what tomorrow will bring and the remembrance of the little baby that was born to save us all.

I would love to hear the traditions your family will be enjoying today!

Giveaway: Bible Drill App

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See information for giveaway at the bottom of the post!

A new Bible Drill app has been developed by the Georgia Baptist Convention which will help students and their leaders study God’s Word on their tablets or smartphones.

Developed as a general discipleship tool for children, students, adults, and families, the app allows drillers to review books of the Bible and current verses through different activity and study options, according to Maria Brannen, State Missionary in Discipleship/Spiritual Renewal.

“Kids are digital natives and this is a great way for them to have an opportunity for study at home during the week,” Brannen said.
The app provides a tool for children, youth, and high school drillers to study in a variety of styles the Scriptures they are memorizing. It includes options such as a bubble game, flash cards, a Scripture memory game, and pick-a-verse. The app is pre-loaded with three translations used by Bible Drillers—King James Version, Holman Christian Standard Version, and English Standard Version. Students and adults also have the option to share a verse they are learning via social media.

Because it is not specific to Georgia’s Bible Drillers, anyone can download the app for 99 cents in the iTunes store. “It’s a great home study tool where students can learn even if no one else is around,” Brannen commented. “We hope to have a whole new generation of children who will have a passion for studying God’s Word.”

Brannen said that the app can also be used by Christian parents who want their children to memorize Scripture, facilitating a faith connection at home where activities can be done as a family. The app can also be used as a learning activity on an iPad in Bible Drill classrooms at church.

We have three of these to giveaway to ParentLife readers! Leave a comment on this post to be entered to win. Giveaway will end on Friday December 20th!

DIY Snow Globes

Make a cute snow globe to enjoy with your kiddos through the winter.

Supplies needed:
clear jar with lid
glitter
distilled water
small bottle brush tree
epoxy
sand paper
glycerin (optional)

Directions:
Make sure the jar is clean and dry. Lightly sand underside of jar lid. Use the epoxy to attach the base of the tree to the sanded area. Fill the jar almost full with water. Add about one teaspoon of glitter. Put a bead of epoxy on inside rim of jar lid and attach lid securely. Shake and enjoy! Tip: Adding a tiny drop of liquid glycerin (found at most pharmacies or craft stores) to the water keeps the glitter from falling too quickly and creating a more snowy effect.

Kids Say the Funniest Things

Have your kids said some funny things recently? Send us a funny and true story involving your child. Email your story to parentlife@lifeway.com. If we publish your story, you will receive $20. Please include your name, address, email address, and daytime phone number. Submissions should be 25 to 150 words. Stories may be edited for clarity and length.

She Gives Me Courage by Ellen Stumbo

As soon as we walked into the dental office I knew we would be in for quite the experience. My youngest daughter -who has Down syndrome – also has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). While there are many kids that struggle at the dentist, take a kid with SPD and you take “difficult” to a new level.

She had two cavities. We also recognized getting those cavities taken care of at the dentist’s office wasn’t going to happen. The solution? Dental work under general anesthesia at the hospital.

Think about that for a minute, a surgical protocol just to get teeth cleaned, X-rays redone, and her cavities fixed.

The morning of the appointment, the anesthesiologist came to talk to us about procedure. We discussed the sedative they give so that kids get drowsy and don’t remember. I brought up the fact that at the Children’s hospital they wouldn’t give that to her, because kids with Down syndrome have low muscle tone, and it can compromise their airway. He said he wasn’t concerned about it, I asked how many kids with Down syndrome they see on a regular basis. I also asked him what steps he would take if her airway did indeed collapse, and I asked about her neck positioning.

I’ve come a long way. When my daughter was first born, I was bullied by a nurse. She’d given me false information, she treated me like I knew nothing about Down syndrome or my daughter. That experience changed me. The nice pastor’s wife was going to raise her voice once in a while. Just don’t mess with my kids. So I learned to come in with research to back up everything I brought up, and soon I was educating the nurse, and teaching her a thing or two about Down syndrome.

And here I was, six years later, asking questions about my child’s safety and emotional well being. The anesthesiologist looked at me like I had two heads, but he answered my questions, and I felt comfortable with a decision we reached together.

And that is when I realized that my daughter has changed me. She’s turned me into this woman that has courage she never knew was there. Willing to stand up to medical professionals, and hold her ground. And maybe that is who we become as mothers, we become courageous, because we realized that we have to stand up for someone else, and we lay down our lives for them.

Ellen Stumbo Head ShotEllen Stumbo is a writer and speaker. She is the mother of three daughters: Ellie; Nichole, who has Down syndrome; and Nina, who was adopted and also has special needs. She is wife to Andy, a pastor. Visit her at ellenstumbo.com

Giveaway: The One Year Book of Bible Trivia for Kids

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What kind of fruit did Eve take from the tree of knowledge of good and evil? A. pear; B. apple; C. we don’t know.

What did Jesus serve the disciples for breakfast? A. fruit and cereal, B. fish and bread; C. manna and quail.

Learn a little Bible trivia while learning more about God’s message within the Bible. This One Year book features 365 trivia questions that lead into meaningful devotions about the questions. Each devotion also includes a For You section, which gives a simple application to kid’s lives. And the answer to the opening question wraps up the devotion and gives readers biblical references to read.

This book will keep curious kids on their toes and give them a reason to open their devotional and Bible daily. They can also use their knowledge to test family members each day. [The answers to the questions above are C. we don’t know and B. fish and bread.]

If you would like to win a copy for your family, enter through the form below (contest only open to residents of the U.S.).

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