By: Jennifer Murray

Favorite Devotionals for Kids

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We aren’t doing a lot of things right around here, but one thing I don’t think we’ll ever regret is reading the Bible to our kids.  We’ve made it part of our nightly routine, and I KNOW we have all benefited from it. We’ve read a variety of books to them at night from biographies, to devotionals, to kids Bible’s, to just reading Scripture, and I thought I would share some of our favorites with you.  Sometimes it’s hard to find a good devotional for your family that covers a range of kids, that is solid theologically, and that is on their level. Here’s our favorites so far…

Favorite Devotionals for Kids:

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1. The Bible. Yes, kids can comprehend the Bible straight from the pages. Pick a book like John, Genesis, James, etc and start going through it verse by verse. You might need to stop and camp on some verses and explain things, but you’ll be surprised what their child-like faith can grasp. . It’s never to early to start memorizing Scripture with your kids. Our boys learned ones from the ABC Bible Verse book at a very early age.  (PS It’s FREE on Kindle.)

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2. The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones. I’ve shared this one many times and will continue to do so…outside of the Bible, this is my very favorite kids Bible. I love that every story, both Old Testament and New points to Christ and the “secret rescue plan”. The illustrations are captivating and the stories are engaging for ages 1 through adult. As you can tell, ours is well-worn and loved.

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3. Hero Tales by Dave and Netta Jackson. I recently finished up reading this book to the boys about heroes of the faith. I learned so much and it deepened my own appreciation of the sacrifices and boldness of so many in the history of our faith. I would love to get the next volumes in this series.

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4. God’s Promise by Sally Michaels I recently got introduced to this Children’s Desiring God series by Sally Michaels, and we are already loving the first one we’ve opened. Love the questions at the end and it’s a great one for multiple ages. My assistant pastor’s wife let me borrow several in this series: God’s Names, God’s Providence, and God’s Wisdom - so we’ll all set for a while.

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5. God’s Mighty Act of Salvation by Starr Meade. This was another one recommended by my friend, Erin. She said “this really nailed down the concept of what salvation is and what it is not” for her family. That’s definitely something we want to impress upon my boys’ hearts. It goes through the book of Galatians. Another one that I’d like to read aloud to the boys by this author is God’s Mighty Act of Creation.

I’d LOVE to hear what you have been studying with your kids?  Have you found it hard to find a time to have a family devotional together? What works for your family? 

 

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By: Jennifer Murray

Steps Forward

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Today I stepped back in the coffee shop I visited on the morning we got that Monday morning jaw-dropping positive surprise. I was able to walk in without tears, without anxiety, without heaviness, and without despair.

This winter has been such a stark contrast to last. There’s sunshine where there was once darkness. There’s more joy than sorrow. There’s scars where there were once open wounds.

“God always seems bigger to those who need him the most. And suffering is the tool he uses to help us need him more.” – Joni Earickson Tada 

It wasn’t the road I would have chosen for us, and I am far from comprehending the reasons. We like most who haven’t experienced this type of pain were blind to it. But through it I know He has used my brokenness, my struggle, my my grief, my loneliness, my perseverance for my good.  There are already stories emerging of how my pain has been able to strengthen another’s journey.

It was not in vain.

We’ve left a trail that shows where we’ve come from and the lessons along the way. There’s baggage left along the side that we’ve been able to let go, and some that we continue to carry, but the burden has been much lighter when we let the Guide carry it for us.

His grace has always been enough. Never something we had to save. Never short for the day. Daily increments of sufficient grace. 

A dear friend who I look up to greatly dropped a meal off around this time last year. I was still suffering greatly physically and facing another potential surgery. She took me by the arms and looked into my eyes and promised me that God WOULD use this. That He would write His story, and that His glory would shine through it. I can say with more confidence than ever that I believe her. 

I don’t know how He will continue to write our story. Perhaps this was just a glimpse of suffering that may help prepare us for something more. Perhaps I’ll never know this side of heaven the many ways He’ll weave His grace into this part of our journey, but I know He was present then and He’s present now. I know He has been and will be faithful. I know that He is sovereign even when He takes away. I know that He is good. My steps ahead can land solidly on these truths. He will redeem even the darkest of times.

A road through the wilderness has led to a quiet waters of restoration. 

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By: Jennifer Murray

5 Things I Love More Than Valentine’s Day

Confession:  I’m a softie for Valentine’s Day. It probably started with the red and pink dotted tights I wore when I was four.  I’m a sucker for romance. However, it looks much different in this season of life than engagement/early marriage. Less dress up and go out and more double the recipe heart-shaped pancakes.  ;)  Commercial holiday or not, it’s always good to feel loved and appreciated by those closest to you - I mean really, who’s going to deny that? No roses or diamonds required here, just a little pat on the back and a warm embrace will suffice.

This year I stayed off Pinterest and maneuvered my way through the crowded Walmart Valentine aisle.  It was less than a warm and fuzzy experience to say the least.  But you know what? 60+ Valentine’s completed in less than an hour is winning for all!

So what are some “non-traditional” Valentine’s I LOVE for any day of the year? Thanks for asking. How did you know I was about to tell you? 

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1. Tulips.

Tulips make me smile for days. I love that they are one of the first flowers of spring and the vibrant contrast they are to the drab of late winter.

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2. My Kindle.

I drowned my first one, but I love my new one even more. I love that I can have multiple books with me and the ease of being able to instantly have them in my hands. I’m a happier girl when I’m finding time to read. (Kindles are on sale right now starting at $59!)

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3. Snail Mail.

I love getting snail mail. I’m trying to get better at sending it too. My mom and my aunt Rosie are beautiful examples of this and have encouraged so many by popping things in the mail. I just ordered these postcards today, because postcards are cheap, easy, a fun way to say “You’re Awesome”. There’s something so beautiful about handwritten words.

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4. Essential Oils for Him and Her. 

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Progessence Plus. {#HelloFeelLikeMyselfAgain}

I’d love to chat more about these, especially how Progessence Plus has helped me immensely.  I even went to a session over the weekend led by the doctor who helped formulate it. If you’d be more comfortable, just email me at 4tunate.net @ gmail 

Of course I LOVE all the oils in the Everyday Oils as well.

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5. My MacBook Air.

I never thought I would drink the MacBook Koolaid, but at the end of the year, I took the tax write off for the biz and made the jump.  And like the rest of them, I’ll never go back.  It works soooooo much better and faster than my previous Chromebook, it’s light-weight, and the transition wasn’t terrible at all.

How about YOU? Just for fun, tell me 5 Things YOU Love More Than Valentine’s Day in the comment section. 

Give this post a read before V-Day “What Your Husband REALLY Wants for Valentines’ Day” too! 

 

 

Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a tiny affiliate commission – so THANK YOU. Know that I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to your lives, because I genuinely care about you!

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