R and S Time

What we Need is “R and S” not “R and R.” Maybe you love a good bedtime story but what about the “Rise and Shine” one? As you start out your morning and look to the news perhaps you start your day with devotions and prayer with the story that reminds you God is the ultimate story maker.  I haven’t yet been able to bookend my day with reading the Bible at the beginning and the end (Alpha and Omega) but I do know that my mornings are better with a few moments in scriptures. If Read more […]

Connections Matter

It’s been interesting to see what other churches are doing at this time of social distancing. Some are posting videos to Facebook like Grace, others are holding special together times for children’s sermons or contests for families such as “Silly sock day.” There are camps providing ideas for families at home and even offering exercises on Zoom to work out with kids. What ideas have you seen out there for something we could do as a church? As a family? It gives you hope and makes you Read more […]

Questions are Okay

Questions are okay. You may have to deal with a lot of emotions as you cope with physical distancing and only interact with your immediate family directly each day. The question, “Why?” comes up a lot during tough and painful times. You’ll find others in the Bible asked this question of God in their own way too. Job was angry. He said, “If I have sinned, what have I done to you, you who see everything we do? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you?” (Job Read more […]

Bible Talks with Your Family

If your kids or grandkids are in the midst of doing their school work from home, they aren’t likely to respond to a “Bible study” with you. That’s why you can take some different approaches that will help you focus on faith while appreciating God’s word together. You can use Bible stories for more than bedtime. For younger kids, you might like some of these (note that some have promotions at the beginning or ending) Podbean Seven Christian Audio Links and Resources and a Spanish Read more […]

Devotion at Home

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”James 1:12 It might seem that this “verse of the day” applies to us right now in the midst of quarantines and social distancing. We can focus on the crown of life as our reward, but what does it mean to remain steadfast and to stand the test? There is an indication at the end that refers to God’s promise to those who love Read more […]

Praying Together with Grace

One of the things someone encouraged me to do was to write a prayer journal. This is one thing that can be done with the family instead of a solitary activity. You can even reach out online or by text to your distanced family and friends to make a book of prayers together. In the book of Lamentations, prayers were made with each letter of the alphabet. This form of poem prayer is called an acrostic. It could become a game with people adding one word or phrase for the next letter. What is an example Read more […]