This issue we want to help children understand that happiness doesn’t depend on wearing the best clothes or having the new toy. To be thankful you have enough.Order Now See Inside
by Anne Broyles
You can buy an Advent wreath or make your own by setting four candles in a circle and surrounding them with greenery. Advent wreaths usually have three purple candles and one pink candle, or four purple candles. If your wreath has a pink candle, light it on the third Sunday of Advent. A taller, white candle (the “Christ candle”), representing Jesus, goes in the center.
First Sunday of Advent
One: Jesus is coming! Advent is our time to prepare for his birth.
All: The light of the candle and the light of God’s word help us get ready.
Light the first candle.
Read Isaiah 2:1-5.
11/06/2015 at 12:33 pm
by Eli Fisher
How often have you opened your refrigerator and discovered a long-forgotten bowl of leftovers? In our house we jokingly call such lapses “science projects,” but in reality there’s really nothing funny about it. It’s been estimated that well over one-fourth of the food that we buy in this country ends up in the trash bin. more
10/30/2015 at 01:50 pm
7 ways to keep stuff in check
By Karen M. Leet
Check out your room. Then your whole house. Look in closets, cabinets, drawers. Do you have too much stuff? More than you need? Maybe even more than you want? There’s nothing wrong with having stuff, but sometimes get so caught up in getting and having lots of things that we forget to feel grateful to God for what we have. Here are a few ways to remember to thank God for what we have and to share with people who may not have even the things they need. more
10/30/2015 at 01:32 pm
* Is there anything you have too much of that you could share with others? Is there anything our family has too much of that we could share?
* How do we tell the difference between things we need and things we want?
* Is there anything you ever really, really wanted but felt disappointed in after you finally go it? What did you learn from that?
* What are you most grateful for? How do you show your gratitude for it?
10/30/2015 at 01:01 pm
In our family’s first condo, the laundry was located in the basement of our unit. Family
members had to go out the front door, around the corner, and down a dozen wide concrete
steps to get there. Navigating this simple path with laundry on one hip and a two-year-old’s
tiny hand in the other always invited adventure. One day as Claire and I rounded the corner
and made our way to the eighth step, I saw a small garter snake sunning itself in our path.
09/30/2015 at 02:00 pm
One: Paul said: “I don’t do the good I want to do; instead, I do the bad things I don’t want to do. And that makes me very unhappy! I can do the good I want to do only when I ask God for help.” (Romans 7:19, 24-25, paraphrase)
All: Sometimes we feel the way Paul felt, too, like times when we’ve done something wrong and we don’t tell the truth about it. more
08/28/2015 at 01:16 pm
As parents, grandparents, Christian educators—as people who love children—we may sometimes feel overwhelmed by the choices that face our kids today. In some sense, there’s nothing new about having to choose. Since Eve was tempted by the serpent in the garden, humans have been making choices. And some of the choices our children face today are no different from the ones we faced and continue to face: whether to speak up when we see someone being treated unfairly, whether to be a faithful friend, whether to choose a lifestyle that helps us maintain health and wellness, whether to remain honest when a bit of dishonesty seems to promise a reward of some sort. The list could go on, right? more
08/28/2015 at 01:16 pm