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Farewell to the good, to pursue the best

Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails. – Proverbs 19:21

If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got. – Lee Iacocca

How can time be one of our greatest blessings, yet still cause such grief? I eagerly fill the calendar with exciting activities, then lament that our lives are too busy. My heart longs for a slower pace, a chance to invest… play… connect.

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When Life Plays Games with Righteous Choices

I’m writing this with a heavy sigh. It has been a few months since we started the Righteousness lesson and created our “Good Choices Poster”. At the onset, we taught three of the Bible lessons and found a cool YouTube video to demonstrate the Practical Suggestion called “Learn Like a Dog.” I didn’t blog about those activities right away and now all the details and kids’ reactions have leaked out of my brain. Since then, Rob and I have really dropped the ball in terms of following up and doing the lesson justice. The kids seem to be getting busier and busier with homework, soccer, gymnastics and Spanish lessons. And Rob and I have had our own projects/commitments eating up hours and days. We are stalled.

Related Lesson: Righteousness
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Righteousness Poster — Mission Accomplished!

After a surprising number of hours of play, we finally got the Righteousness poster together! (The project was starting to wear on me because I kept getting new ideas. Just one of the hazards of being me…)

Related Lesson: Righteousness
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The good choices poster

Well, you know you’ve had mixed priorities as a parent when your kids cheer, “Are we FINALLY going to get to do more KOI activities? Today? Really? ” Wow! Fellow blogger Julie talked about parental guilt in a recent blog post and here I am swimming in it, too.

Related Lesson: Righteousness
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Reaching for righteousness

I’ve always disliked the word “righteous.” Perhaps because of the snobbish connotation of the term “self-righteous.” Maybe because I never really understood exactly how to apply it (it was too “holy” for me). Or it could be because I find it hard to type – I almost always spell it wrong.

Related Lesson: Righteousness
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Help for our hearing? Anyone?

We’ve done a couple posts now on teaching kids to hear God’s voice. Is anybody else out there also working on this? I would really love to know how you do it. Is it the kind of thing that just requires lots of practice? Does anyone have specific questions to aid the process or exercises to help make it real for little ones?

Related Lesson: Attentiveness
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We can hear Him!

We’re working on helping our kids hear God’s voice in hopes that as they grow their relationship with Him, they will also want to follow where He leads. The Parents’ Prayer in the Attentiveness lesson contains a beautiful petition asking God to give our kids attentive and teachable spirits, ears that are ready to listen, protection from temptation to ignore anything He brings to their attention, and development of a deep respect for Him. It goes on to request that the Lord would grow in them humble and contrite spirits. Wow! Do we ever want that for our kids (and ourselves!).

Related Lesson: Attentiveness
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The Shepherd's voice

In the past two months, we’ve had problems with Benjamin sometimes being quite mean to his younger sister. We’ve witnessed cutting comments, little physical assertions and callous selfishness. When confronted, Ben turns into a bristling porcupine, quills aimed right at us. What on earth has happened to our sweet, sensitive, gentle child who used to want to protect everything and everybody? If this is a “stage,” as others have suggested, I don’t like it one bit and I can’t wait to move on!

Related Lesson: Attentiveness
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Life, interrupted

It was a sunny Wednesday afternoon. I had picked up Benjamin and Jessica from school, prepared a snack and was about to get them started on homework. Without warning I felt a stab in the left side of my back. I figured it must be some kind of weird muscle cramp, but over the next 20 minutes, the pain worsened to the point that I sent the kids to play while I hid in the bathroom so they wouldn’t see my agony.

Related Lesson: Attentiveness
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The fox and the hound - all ears!

The Kick-off craft activity in the Attentiveness lesson was a huge hit with our two creature lovers. Making animal ear hats proved quick, easy and more popular than I thought. At first I wondered if Ben, who is now eight, would think it was a childish activity, but he’s the one who’s wearing his hat almost every waking moment that he’s not in school!

Related Lesson: Attentiveness

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