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Nothing But The Truth

If you've ever watched a movie with a courtroom scene in it, or been in a courtroom in person yourself, you have probably seen someone take an oath and be asked to place their hand on the Bible and swear or affirm to tell "...the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God." While thinking about writing this article, I did a little research. One article I read stood out to me and said that the oath taken before testifying was meant to "bind the conscience of the witness to tell the truth" in order ...
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Little Eyes Are Watching

My little eyes are watching All you say and do And when I grow up big and tall I want to be like you. My little ears are listening To everything you say I am learning how to grow up To be like you someday. So be careful how you teach me To be the person that you are. You’re a knight in shining armor You’re my brightest shining star. - big brother- I clearly remember the very first time I read this poem. It was my senior year in high school, and a mom of a Jr. high girl ...
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How to Host Thanksgiving at your Home

One of my favorite times of the year is Thanksgiving! I love cooking for days, setting a beautiful table and sharing a delightful meal with friends and family. But hosting a meal especially Thanksgiving can be overwhelming for many people. Hopefully these tips will help ease the frustration and give you some creative ideas along the way. Take time to gather your favorite recipes and make a list of the ingredients you need before trotting off to the store. This will make you more time efficient and ease your frustrations. It also helps to plan what days you will cook ...
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A Day At The Circus

Yesterday was the perfect day. Everything went right. I did my devotions. Everyone got to school on time. Work was great and very productive. My computer didn't act up. The lipstick stain came out of the dress I wanted to wear for our couples' banquet for church that night. When the kids got home from school, everyone was peaceful and got along, and I even had one whole hour - without interruption - to get ready for the banquet. My husband and I had an amazing time together and enjoyed our fellowship with the other couples. When we got home, ...
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Overwhelmed? Let God Support You!

Have you ever had one of those weeks where life just seems to overwhelm you? That has been my week this week and could potentially be my lot for the upcoming week too! I was and could be overwhelmed when I think of everything I need to accomplish before next Monday morning. For, you see, my family of 7 people (me, my husband, 3 teens and two little guys) are leaving to go on a Missions trip out of the country-to Honduras! While it is exciting and I know new adventures await, I am still responsible for making sure 7 ...
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Family Vision Night-You Can Do It Too!

I realize this is February, but it's still close to the beginning of a New Year, right? A dear friend encouraged me to blog about what our family did at the beginning of this year, 2015. She saw a short post I put up on Facebook and then contacted me to ask me questions about it. She wanted to incorporate into her family some of the same things that we were doing. She said that she thought it would help other families, to see what ours was doing. She thought it would give them some ideas to get their families ...
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The God of New Beginnings

A new year turns a new page. It’s a time for new beginnings. Just this week we welcomed a new beginning and a special gift from God – a new baby boy, my eleventh grandchild! Holding this tiny precious life in my arms, what could be more perfect? I reminisce about the births of my own five children and wish I could remember more of the details from that busy time of life. Time is more valuable to me the longer I am alive. One thing I have learned is that the only constant life-event is change. I remember the ...
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The Word Speaks

I love the word of God. It is life to those who find it. In 1994, two years after my husband and I were married, we decided we wanted to have children. We were very excited about the idea and had great hope! Months went by and then years. No children. I read books, made lists of scriptures and confessed, “this is the month!” for 99 months. I bought baby gifts for every pregnant woman I knew and celebrated with them at their showers. Then, I would go home and cry as I watched the years go by and my ...
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Rhythms of Grace

Matt 11:28-30"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it.Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." How do you balance marriage, work, kids, ministry, friendships, devotions, housework, quiet time, volunteer hours, hobbies & recreation? Can it all be balanced? Is there a perfect answer? This, sisters, ...
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Remain

Just a few days ago I found myself singing that old cute little song that has only these words, "The joy of the Lord is my strength." Why? I desperately needed His joy and encouragement at that moment! Prior to that, I began to become impatient, and not be the joyful mother of children we all strive to be. Can anyone else relate? It was still morning and already I had attempted to be referee between my boys several times. We have 5 boys and I homeschool all of them. Then, I found myself having to clean ground-in mud from ...
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Preparing for the Unexpected

When our little Ezekiel decided he wanted to be in this world eight weeks early my Husband's boss at the time said something to the affect of "forget making plans because when you have kids they almost always find ways to mess them up!" Sometimes I agree and say that this boy is no exception to the statement, but as I sit and chew on it a little while I've learned to embrace it. We were able to make him wait two more weeks, but from the moment Ezekiel was born it has been apparent that this child has places ...
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Learning Respect from the Bear

Growing up, my daddy’s nickname was “The Bear.” Even though small in stature, my daddy could let out a mean growl if he needed to and in that moment, things would come to order. My daddy demanded respect and honor, and this taught my brother and me to fear the Lord. I am reminded of a story in 2 Kings 2:23-24 about the prophet Elisha and how important God views honoring and respecting your elders. ”Then he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up the road, some youths came from the city and mocked him, ...
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Laughter Matters in Marriage

“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person.” ― Audrey Hepburn I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing that I like most, when my husband makes me laugh. A happy heart is good medicine in a marriage. Sometimes, I just take myself too seriously! God knew just what I needed – my husband to be born with a silly bone and to have a great sense of humor built ...
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Just Wistle

He couldn’t even smile, let alone whistle and he was mad as a hornet! My 5 yr. old son had his first experience with "numb cheek" from the Dentist. His reaction to this temporary predicament completely took me off guard. He cried. A lot. Big crocodile tears. I wanted to laugh but when I saw how upset he was I quickly stepped into my MOM leotard (scary image) and cape and began to try to comfort him. He had never experienced anything like this before and it was restricting…uncomfortable…weird. He wouldn’t even attempt drinking a milkshake for fear of biting ...
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In Loving Memory

But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14). My 91-year-old grandmother passed away this week, so I have been meditating on this scripture for several days now. When the Bible speaks of someone who has "fallen asleep" it is referring to someone who has physically died. When it uses the word "dead" or "death" it is typically referring ...
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In A Day of 3 and 7

I see, I live, I feel, I breathe three and seven, the ages I see. What I hear? Oh please mommy??? Sweet, gentle, loving kind, happy, sad, crying, boastful, tearful, joyful, lazy, rude, so forgiving… TV, Nintendo Wii, beagle and guinea pigs. Toys toys and baby books and more toys- favorite things to me, as I see these I see three and seven. Can we go to McDonalds? I hear- not today I say. Happy Meal please, so many dreams, hopes, desires, thoughts questions- oh the questions, too many to say. CURIOSITY- UN endless to me- treasuring each day, as ...
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I’m Sorry

Somewhere lost in our list of vocabulary words over the course of time seems to be the words, "I'm sorry." One of my recent all time favorite decals has been this: In our household, we are real, we do make mistakes, but we say, I'm sorry and we forgive. We do really loud, we are patient and we LOVE. One of the best gifts we could have give our children was to lead by example and as Martin Luther King Jr. quotes "Forgiveness for us is not an occasional act, but is a constant attitude." I'm sure our children will ...
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I Thought You Were Going to Help Me

Scripture: Is. 41:13 For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. This is an exciting time academically for my 6 year old. Reading concepts are starting to gel and the sounding out of words is getting easier and easier. However, as is our human nature, she really prefers for me to read for her. We were working on a reading exercise just this week. She quickly assessed the paper and determined that it was too hard for her and that she’d need help ...
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He Knows My Name!

As a children’s minister, one of my greatest passions is to instill in kids who they are in Christ Jesus. Every Wednesday I teach the 1st -5th grade class and every Wednesday I remind them that God knew them before they were born. They are God’s art work. He wove them in their mother’s womb and set them apart with a special purpose (Jer. 1:5). I tell them that God already knows exactly what they are going to accomplish in His name. I confide in them that God has even counted and knows how many hairs are on their head ...
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Halloween, Godly or Ghoulish?

Is Halloween something that we, as Christians, should participate in? In order to answer that question, we should take a look at how our culture typically promotes Halloween. If you walk into stores, you will quickly see what is being promoted: witches, zombies, skeletons, gore, darkness and death. The main focus of the way our culture does Halloween feeds on and perpetuates fear. I believe that taking an honest look at what Halloween means in our culture and seeing if that is what the Lord wants for us is very important. The best way to find out what the Lord ...
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Friend or Unfriend?

During this summer with all four of my children at home, I did not know that I would have 4 more guests that would come and live in our home on a daily basis. These four "new friends" were there at the brake of dawn sounding off their alarms until the evening singing lullabies rocking my children to sleep. Our "four friends" engaged my children in so many fun games I was even mesmorized by the creativity of our guests. These friends connected them with old friends, some of whom they had not seen for years. These friends were so ...
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Easter Sunrise

“There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” ~Matthew 28:2-6 This little girl’s dream for Easter morn’ was always my ...
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Driving Anchors Deep

As our family enters the teen years I have often found myself asking God how do we navigate these "waters" in a way that will look different. Different from what the world says the teen years will look like or what I see it looking like in other families. The Lord said to me "Drive the anchors deep". Recently we were on the shores of Puerto Rico and as I sat on the beach looking out into the ocean I saw a huge cargo ship sailing out to sea. I began to think about its anchor and how it would ...
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Don’t Tell Me It Can’t Be Done!

My husband and I have an ongoing joke that the best way to motivate me to do something is to tell me that it can't be done. I guess I just consider it my duty as a person of faith to prove to anyone I can that through faith in God and His Word "all things are possible to him that believes" (Mark 9:23). The five beauties in the picture are our daughters, yes... all of them. 🙂 They range in age from 6 to 13. We get a lot of comments about how we'll make it through the teenage ...
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R is for Respect – Lesson 6

R is for Respect - Lesson 6 1. Icebreaker: Play Pictionary with words from Proverbs 31 Scripture. 2. Teaching: Respect Why do you think the Bible tells children eight times to honor their parents? It’s even one of the Ten Commandments. Exodus 20:12 says, .Honor your father and mother.. Obviously God thinks honor is a pretty important thing for children to learn. But honor isn.t just for kids. The Bible uses the term honor over 200 times and encourages it in all relationships. It is one of the secrets to good relationships. Show pics of different ways of disrespect and ...
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E is for Excellence Proverbs 31 Mother Daughter Lesson 5

Session 5: E is for Excellence 1. Icebreaker: Cinderella's Slipper Bring a selection of high heel shoes and put in two different sacks. Girls have to race to match the shoes from the bags and put them on and first team to find all the matches and put them on wins. 2. Teaching: Excellence Prov 12:4 an excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones. Today we are going to talk about the spirit of excellence. Let me show you what a person of excellence looks like: Illustration: Bowl, ...
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V is for Virtue Proverbs 31 Mother Daughter Lesson 4

Session 4: V for Virtue 1. Icebreaker: Have 2 sacks of costumes, kitchen items etc. Teams have to put together a short skit and present it. 2. Teaching: Virtue What is virtue: Defined as moral excellence; goodness, righteousness. 2 Peter 1:5-9 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith VIRTUE, to VIRTUE knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For ...
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O is for Obedience Proverbs 31 Mother/Daughter Lesson 3

O for Obedience Props: present box, present inside, music, candy for memorization, tablecloth, plate, napkin, fork, spoon, knife, umbrella, weight, foam board, glue, Martha Stewart place setting sheets for activity, Christmas plates, saran wrap, cookies, letters for placemats, activity sheets printed for girls of submission/ authority pray kids, 1. Icebreaker: Thanksgiving fun Turkey Dressing Divide into 2 equal groups. Give each group a paper sack with the following. Newspaper, 1 pair of panty hose, 4 sheets of tissue paper, 1 roll of toilet paper, scissors, and tape Have the team make a turkey out of a person. 2. Christmas Icebreaker: ...
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R is for Reverence Proverbs 31 Mother/Daughter Lesson 2

R for Reverence 1. Icebreaker: Girls name mom’s biggest pet peeve and where they think their mother would like to go on vacation. Seasonal Icebreaker: Thanksgiving fun Turkey Dressing Divide into 2 equal groups. Give each group a paper sack with the following. Newspaper, 1 pair of panty hose, 4 sheets of tissue paper, 1 roll of toilet paper, scissors, and tape Have the team make a turkey out of a person. Teaching: Reverence What does reverence mean? a feeling of profound respect for someone or something, an attitude of admiration or esteem, or honor Eccl 12:13 13 Now all ...
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P is for Purity Proverbs 31 Mother/Daughter Lesson 1

P is for Purity 1. Icebreaker: How well do you know your daughter? Give questions below to moms and another to the daughters and have both fill them out without sharing answers. (See attached questions) Have person compare answers and the mom who has the most correct wins a prize. 2. Teaching: Read the story “The Princess and the Kiss” by Jennie Bishop Ask the questions below: 1. Do you remember why God gave the princess the Kiss? It’s because he loved her so dearly. God loves each and every one of you. 2. Do you know that you have ...
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Creating Virtuous Memories for Mothers & Daughters

One of my goals for my family is to teach my daughters to be Proverbs 31 women. So years ago the Lord placed in my heart a desire to create virtuous memories for mothers and daughters by teaching them how to be Proverbs 31 women. My oldest daughter Emily was in 2nd grade and we began "Proverbs 31 Moms and Daughters." We would send pretty invitations to all of her close friends and their moms to come to our home and once a month we would create a precious, virtuous memory. We would begin with a cute icebreaker, teach a ...
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Come to the Table!

The schedule at the Beck house is a never-ending cycle of school, church, work, grocery shopping, homework, soccer, concerts, movie nights, laundry, more grocery shopping, more homework, and the list goes on. 🙂 Although we do our very best to stick to early bedtimes for our five girls, sometimes the events of the day just won't allow for that, and we find ourselves getting to bed late and morning still coming just as early. Waking up sleepy-headed children is not always easy! I have been growled at, grunted at and at times there are even attempts to simply ignore my ...
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Christmas Traditions

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the Glass Ranch. The day after Thanksgiving I make the trek up the attic stairs and drag down all the boxes full of Christmas decorations to begin the task of beautifying my home for the holidays. Decorating the day after Thanksgiving is a tradition that my parents started long ago. Year after year they purposed to do things that would make lasting memories for my siblings and I. Now that I have a family of my own I realize just how essential it is to create an atmosphere that not only ...
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Being Grateful in a Thankless World

Is it just me, or does anyone else out there struggle with procrastinating when it comes to sending out Thank You’s? I’ve had a stack of ThankYou cards that I walk by every day with every intention of getting them sent out. The sad thing is some have already been written and just need a stamp and taken out to the mailbox. I’m not sure how it is in other families, but I didn’t grow up sending thank you cards. I was taught to be thankful for what I was given and verbally being thankful isn’t an issue, but the ...
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Arrows in My Hand

Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of thy youth. Psalms 127:3 & 4 I’ve cried out to God, in the quietness of my own prayer chamber, to give me His passion of motherhood. That I would fully grasp what it means to be entrusted with these precious little lives, these eternal spirits that are in my care to shape for His glory! In my heart He has birthed the realization that they are my greatest accomplishment ...
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A Heritage Of Honor

A woman invited some people to dinner. At the table, she turned to her six-year-old daughter and said, "Would you like to say the blessing?" "I wouldn't know what to say," the little girl replied. "Just say what you hear Mommy say," the mother said. The little girl bowed her head and said, "Dear Lord, why on Earth did I invite all these people to dinner?" Our children will imitate everything we do and say. At times I catch myself saying and doing things my mother said and did when I was a child. One quality I am trying to ...
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7 Almost Free Ways to Spend Your Summer Days!

1. Game night! Nothing is more exciting then spending a Friday night with your family playing games. It is also a great way for you to reach out to others and invite them to be a part of a your family for the night. Add snacks and decorations and it's a night to celebrate! 2. Summer is a great time to clean out the old. Share and discuss Acts 20:35 with your kids. Then Help them fill a box of toys that they have outgrown and choose a family or organization in need. This is also a great way for ...
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