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Day # 12 GOODchristmas:: Feed The Hungry

The alarming results show that 1 in 6 Americans is still food insecure and now more than 50 million Americans. This includes 1 in 4 children. – Feeding America

GIVE UP YOUR BREAKFAST TODAY. Reflect on local kids that go to school hungry everyday. Ask your local public school if they have a program that provides breakfast for kids from low-income families and how you can help. Or visit FeedAmerica.org to find out ways you can help.

Give up your breakfast for the whole week!

Whoever embraces one of these children as I do embraces me, and far more than me—God who sent me. – Matthew 9:37


Floating Prayers

Last night was Home Front night with the boys. We took a “caravan” with Abram to the land of Canaan [Genesis 12:1-9].  JC “played” Abram and hitched a ride on Scott [our Camel of the evening]. As we read through the passage we journeyed through our front yard. When we reached v8, we stopped at our little mound, which served as a hill. Then I remembered that I brought bubbles with us, so I opened them up and we read v8::

He moved on from there to the hill.. and prayed to God.

We blow the bubbles like prayers up to God. We prayed for JC’s friend/classmate that has not been at school this week. We prayed for God to keep him safe and to bless his family!

The visual of the bubbles floating up and up and up as we prayed, was like watching our prayers being brought up to God. It’s kind a silly comparison,  I know. I’m sure I could find a bunch of ways that “theologically” this is a bad comparison if you try to go too deep with it.

But I loved the JOY that our family had in the front yard, blowing bubbles of prayers to God together.

Scott, JC and Micah blowing "prayer bubbles"

JC with his backpack {representing taking all his possessions on his journey like Abram} blowing his bubble praise and prayers to God

When was the las time that you had FUN and JOY while you prayed to God?

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A Beautiful Flashback

Our church just started this new curreculum for the children’s ministry – TRU. I’ve been excited about it’s premier. One part of the study is called:: Home Front – it is a resource for the parents on how we can more actively engage in what our kids are learning on Sunday morning.

This week I received an email with my very first Home Front in it. I wasn’t quite sure how it would all go. There are 3 part: Inspire. Equip. Support. I loved the personal story at the beginning – open and real. And at the end {Support} is where they give you idea(s) on how to engage in the upcoming lesson with you’re child.

This Sunday’s main point is “God Created Me to Be in Relationship with Him and Others.” So while the kids were in their bath I read the main scripture verses:: Gen 1:26-31 and I talked about how God made them, and how much He loves them, how much we love them, and how as God was forming them in my “bellie” that he made them with a special purpose.

The Home Front encouraged us to show ultrasound pictures and such. So I got out my oldest’s ultrasound picture and showed it to both him and my little one. Next, I pulled out JC’s little photo album that I haven’t been through in at least a year, which was filled with pictures of his first 3 weeks of life that where spent in the NICU. So many feelings came rushing in. I don’t think I’ve gone through this book with him before, mostly because he is so young. But that was one of the scarriest times for my husband and myself for so many reasons.

In many ways JC should not be here with us today – but he is!!! I know God has something very special planned for his life and this take home gave me a chance to remind him and to remind myself of his beautifully powerful story.

It is way to easy for me in the craziness of the day; boys jumping and wressling which turns into tears and war wounds, or whining and not eating all amongst sleepless nights, to turning my focus away from the things that are most important about my kids. That God CREATED them, He LOVES them and has  beautiful and powerful plan for them. As their parent I am blessed, but also challenged in my role of walking, loving, helping,and supporting them along in their journey of life.

I’m not sure at 3 1/2 years old and 19 months how much of the Home Front and Sunday morning lessons they are able to understand, but I know that it helped to change my heart today. And maybe that’s the best thing I can teach and model for my kids – to be open and vulnerable towards God and let him change my heart and my life!

What has God taught you through your kids?

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My First Teacher’s Weeks As A Mom

Handmade Chocolate Dipped Pretzels with Reese's Chips

This is JC’s first year at school, so I’m a little green at this “mom-of-a-school-kid” thing. Come to find out, he came home with a paper in his backpack on Friday that talked about this week being “Teacher’s Week”. The best part was that my husband and I were in Desert Springs on a Marriage Retreat and did not see the note until Monday morning.

The note was from the PTA with ideas for fun gifts each day this week. I must admit I was happy somebody did that thinking for me.  Here is what they suggested and then I will tell you what I did::

Monday:: Flowers  – I gave the woman teachers a flower pen or pencil made by my very creative friends Tami and Patty!

Tuesday:: Candy – My attempt at being a “good OC mom” I made chocolate dipped pretzels with Reece’s Chips

Wednesday:: fruit day – I gave all natural fruit roll-ups

Thursday:: School supplies – i bought glue sticks

Friday:: hand written letter – made a card and had JC color in it

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