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Miracle in My Kitchen and What it Means Today

faith inspiration parenting Sep 11, 2021
 

It was baking day. Dillon and Derek, ages five and six, put on their favorite baking aprons, and we were ready to begin our bread making.

The boys meticulously measured the yeast, flour, sugar, and salt into two bread makers with dreams of sweet rolls we would enjoy.

I was disappointed when I went to get the oil from the pantry and remembered I was almost out. As I tilted the container, it looked like we had a tablespoon of oil at the most. We needed two-thirds of a cup.

"Oh no! I'm so sorry, guys! I forgot we were out of oil," I said. "We're not going to be able to finish these recipes today."

Their eyes cast downward. Then my six-year-old looked at me and said, "Remember that story about the woman who needed the oil to bake with?"

I took a deep breath and hesitantly said, "In the Bible?" By this time, both boys were excitedly nodding their heads with anticipation. The ball was in my court. "So what you are saying is that we should pray, and the Lord will multiply our oil like He...

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Kids Off Screens: The Unplug & Create Challenge Results

parenting Aug 14, 2021

More than two hundred hours of creative fun. That was what Elisha Scarborough, one of the Coach Mom Tribe kids, pulled off last month during the Unplug & Create Challenge.

But he wasn't the only one. Coach Mom Tribe kids earned a total of more than 5,000 stars, with each star equating 15 minutes of non-screen creative play. That's more than 1,000 hours documented of creative fun in the month of July.

With a goal to help moms get kids off screens this summer and into more enriching activities, last month the focus of the Coach Mom Tribe was a challenge designed just for the kids!

The Challenge was to do as many creative activities as they could in the month of July.  The object:

  • greatly reduce brain-numbing screen time spent on things like iPads, phones, video games & TV
  • exercise their brains 
  • have fun

While I gave them an extensive list of almost thirty fun and creative things they could do, they put my ideas in the dust with the fun things they found to do...

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12 Fun Ideas to Get Kids Off Their Screens

parenting Jul 17, 2021

We are in the midst of an "Unplug From Screens & Create" Challenge in the Coach Mom Tribe this month, complete with a grand prize incentive.

I'm so excited about the great non-screen things that the kids are doing! Cooking/bakingclimbing treeswalking dogs, making homemade "hurdles" to practice with, harvesting garden veggies, creating robot costumes out of extra boxes, making edible slime, even inventing some homemade mouse traps to serve the family!

Would you like to get your kids off screens and on to beneficial activities?

Here are 12 of the many ideas I had for my Coach Mom Tribe kids:

  1. Play outside in sprinkler
  2. Write a letter to your grandparents
  3. Speed stack cups (can buy online)
  4. Make inventions out of recyclable materials such as buttons, bottle caps, yarn, leather strips, wire, boxes, etc. 
  5. Write a poem
  6. Collect insects, leaves, grass, etc. and study them under a microscope or magnifying glass
  7. Cut...
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Children, Let's Honor Those who Protect us

parenting Jun 12, 2021
It's shameful. 
 
America's local and state law enforcement officers have suffered so much negativity and hate by a small but powerful minority this last year.
 
Though this group is small, with the voice of media, they have campaigned to try to turn America against the ones who put their lives on the line every day to protect us.
 
How ludicrous is that?
 
Not only do our law enforcement officers deserve our honor and respect, we need to be intentional to teach our children the importance of  honoring and respecting those who uphold the law in our communities.
 
The American Family Association has initiated a Day of Prayer and Appreciation For Law Enforcement, slated for Sunday, June 13. 
 
Let's get behind this!
 
This is a great way for us to let them know we appreciate their work.

These are some ways we can get involved: 

PRAY
As you gather for your main family meal on Sunday, pray for law...

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Simple and Powerful Ways to Connect with Your Teen

parenting Jun 05, 2021

Do you have teens?

 

Would you like to build a stronger relationship with them?

 

Get some powerful ideas in this interview Brenna did with family coach Dr. Cam.

 

Click here to watch the interview on YouTube

Click here to listen to the Apple podcast

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Have You Taught Your Children These 3 Memorial Day Facts?

faith inspiration parenting May 31, 2021

Happy Memorial Day!  Some interesting things about today...

1. How many Americans understand the true meaning behind Memorial Day?

According to a recent survey of 2,000 Americans, just 43% were aware it’s a holiday honoring those who died in service while in the U.S. Armed Forces.

2. How many understand the Moment of Remembrance?

Only half of those polled understood that this is a moment when Americans are asked to pause for one minute to remember those who have died in U.S. military service.

But a third surveyed were able to select the correct time for when it takes place — 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.

3. How many Americans understand the term "Gold Star Family"?

Half of Americans polled knew this is a family who has lost a loved one in military service.

To see the flag identifying a Gold Star Family, click here and scroll down.

 

If you are an American, what can you do to make the most of Memorial Day?

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Would You Dare to Ask God to Share a Secret?

inspiration parenting May 15, 2021

Your child is gifted.

 We all know Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” In translating from the original Hebrew language, which is more precise than our English, the Amplified Bible reads:

“Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Prov. 22:6, TAB

From the original Hebrew we see each child has a gift or bent -- a direction he should go that fits with his God-given passion -- that he will never abandon once trained in it.

Discovering this is one of the most important things we can help our children do.

God might even use it to reform that sector of society for His glory.

George Washington Carver is a great example of using his gifts.

Though he was from a humble background, he did great things that had an impact worldwide and , revolutionized the farming industry.

In Carver's day peanuts...

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Happy Mother's Day

parenting May 08, 2021

The Lord bless you
    and keep you, 
the Lord make his face shine on you

and be gracious to you;

the Lord turn his face toward you

    and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

 

God bless you, mama!

The Lord sees and knows the many ways you serve your family each day.

Comment below one thing you are thankful for this Mother's Day.

 

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When Mother's Day is Painful

faith parenting May 05, 2021
As Mother's Day nears, with it to many comes the pain of the memory of children lost through miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth, or early infant death.
 
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13
 
I don't know anyone who offers comfort better than my dear friend Jill Rhodes -- I'm bringing you a message from her that expresses my heart today.
 
As Jill says, "There is no pain in life quite like the death of a child -- whether pre-birth or post-birth. Many of us still carry the tender wounds from having to let go of our precious little ones, regardless of how long it has been."
 
Know that the Lord holds your precious little one for you until you can again.
 
I encourage you to lift your arms to Heaven, and say aloud, "I choose to release all grief from my soul in Jesus' Name," and let His comfort and peace wash over your heart.
 
Please take...
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Bye-bye, Laundry Piles

How would you like to say bye-bye to those nagging laundry piles?

Laundry is one of those things that always seems to be hanging over moms' heads, and it can be terribly draining. These are just a few of the problems:

  • It takes so much emotional energy to sort the clothes back to the owners...and there are so many clothes
  • Laundry sits in baskets for days awaiting folding
  • Folded laundry sits in piles waiting to be put away
  • Mom is the only one doing it

Here's an idea - LET EVERYONE CARRY THEIR LOAD (pun intended).

Can you imagine a world where everyone ages 3 and up does their own laundry?

How would that impact your life on a week-to-week basis, and how many extra hours would that buy you in a month?

 I dare you to try.

 To make the change, communication will be important. These are questions to ask each family member that can help set them up for success -- it simplifies, equips and tailors their experience:

 1. What can you get rid of from your drawers and...

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