Archive for the Character Category

The Other Side of Service

The Other Side of Service   by Niccole Perrine   For those of us who find pure joy in giving blessings to others- it’s a burden to accept someone’s help. It’s acutely painful to watch others step in and take on our needs. If you’re like me- you want to avoid this pain as much as possible.   In the ideal world, we would be self-sufficient, able to tackle every obstacle. But the facts remain: We don’t live in an

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Prayer Journaling for Teens

Teens—A Rich Way to Record 2017 (Prayer Journaling)   As we settle into 2017 with goal lists and good intentions, we already have stacks of memories and most of us enjoy reviewing them at the end of the year. Instagram, blogs, diaries, scrapbooks and bullet journals all aid in documenting our paths as the months roll by.   As a dabbler in many of these memory savers, I think I found my favorite way to record my highs and lows.

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The Root of Patience

The Root of Patience By Audra Talley   Last year my kinesthetic, can’t-sit-still, son started kindergarten. Things went remarkably well; except for handwriting. His precise, but impatient nature gets easily overwhelmed. I could see the end coming, but pushed him to continue. Finally, patience worn thin, I dropped it . . . kind of. The rest of the year he traced his work, but didn’t write free-hand.   We’ve seen improvement this year, but he still struggles. My children progress

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Serving with Love

  Serving with Love: An Exercise for the Whole Family   “And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does

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Be Connected Stay Connected

Be Connected, Stay Connected   by Audra Talley   As part of a small group of homeschooling moms who take turns hosting monthly get-togethers, I am constantly blessed by the ministering hearts of other moms in the group. In October, when my friend Kathy hosted, it was no different. We read stories, learned about pumpkins, textures with rubbings, graphed the weight of pumpkins, and created a fall leaf craft. She also made Biblical application with pumpkins. John 15:1 says that,

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Mary vs Martha

Mary vs Martha and Not Becoming a Hot Mess By Niccole Perrine   As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has

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Finding Ways to Serve as a Family

Finding Ways to Serve as a Family by Niccole Perrine   As I find myself discussing the art of serving with those around me, one of the questions I run into most frequently is “Where can I serve?”. It seems that most folks are interested in the idea of service but don’t quite know where to begin.   To simplify things, here is a list of places where your family should be able to find a way to love others

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Questions to Ask about Service

Pondering Jonah: Questions to Ask About Service   by Niccole Perrine   As I was doing devotions recently I found myself thinking about Biblical examples of serving. Many Christians wonder whether it is possible to gain direction from God’s Word when it comes to today’s culture. Shockingly, many believe the Bible is outdated and insignificant, inscrutable and undeserving of our attention. 
While it’s tempting to go by gut-feelings and intuition when it comes to service, it’s vital to pay attention

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Pink   by Elise Hooper If we don’t find Him in the small things, how will we ever find Him in the big ones? ~Elisabeth Elliot     Eliana, come look!   I called to her from my seemingly perpetual post at the kitchen sink.   And she’d heard the summons before, at the same hour, so she gasped and jumped to her feet, long legs and long braids flying.   I wiped my hands and bent to lift her, legs and

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Serving with Margins

Serving with Margins   by Niccole Perrine   “So…what do you think?” My friend inquired.   I paused before responding. 

My heart ached for my friend. I desperately wanted to help. This was an opportunity to serve! I love to serve. And I love my friend. I could see she was struggling. And she was asking me to help! I knew, if I worked at it, I could rearrange things to make this work.   However, I could also see

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