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Tuning in to attentiveness

The Attentiveness lesson never really caught my eye before, but recently we’ve been having those kinds of issues with our boy. I don’t know what’s up with Ben, but his brain is SO far away most days! Honestly, he would sit and stare into space for hours on end if we’d let him. And, boy, can he dig in his heels sometimes. (I wonder who he got that from?)

Related Lesson: Attentiveness
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Peace and contentment 101

Well, we’ve wrapped up our Contentedness series. It was the perfect lesson to straddle the holiday season and use in tandem with the Christmas lesson. I do believe our family experienced fewer “gimme-gimmes” and more “delight in giving” this year.

Related Lesson: Contentedness
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Rich kid, poor kid

Rob and I had a feeling our results for the “Rich Man – Poor Man” exercise might be atypical for two reasons: our kids don’t get a lot of screen time (no TV at all, occasional videos and computer time), and do get a lot more parent/family time than most.

When we outlined the “rules” for this exercise, the resulting squealing made our kitchen sound like a pig barn! The kids saw it as a total win-win situation. Being both rich and poor was going to be a hoot! Two solid hours of F-U-N!

Related Lesson: Contentedness
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The contentedness challenge

CAUTION: It is advisable to sit down in cushioned surroundings while playing this game. There is a strong possibility you may fall over when you hear some of your children’s questions and answers.

Related Lesson: Contentedness
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Credit cards, contentment and burned down houses

Recently, Rob and the kids came down with some kind of nasty cough and fever bug. So on Saturday, we decided to do “church at home” the following morning. I was wiped from being up with crazy coughers all week, so I slept in. When I did manage to crawl out of bed, Rob was scribbling furiously at the kitchen table with his Bible open beside him. My curiosity was piqued.

Related Lesson: Contentedness
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Decorating our home with godly character

Well, the kids had a hoot sewing their mittens and deciding which character trait fit with which fleece. They’re quite proud of their handiwork, and rightfully so.

If you’re also working on the Christmas lesson, let me offer a few housekeeping comments so maybe you can learn from our mistakes!

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Christmas character mittens

While we’re having a blast doing the Contentedness lesson (especially at this time of year), we also didn’t want to miss out on the new Christmas lesson that was just posted. So we’re taking a wee break to do the mittens and the “review” that goes with them. We’ll head back to Contentedness in the new year.

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Snarled spaghetti, special gifts and letting go

Ben and Jess couldn’t quite figure out what was going on at dinner the other day when Rob and I put a glop of spaghetti on each of their plates but removed their forks and put the sauce out of reach. We told them they had a job to do before they could eat: untangle all the noodles without breaking them. With the grins of children who have just been told to play with their food, they dove into their assignment with gusto.

Related Lesson: Contentedness
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Walk the talk

The same night I wrote our first Contentedness post, I went to bed with a nagging thought in the back of my head: “Hypocrite.” The words I wrote in my last blog post may have made me sound like a cheery, perfectly-thrilled-with-everything kinda gal. But with a little honest self-analysis, I am possibly more of a discontented mama than a contented one.

Related Lesson: Contentedness
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The "A-OK as is" lesson

A few months ago, I was selling an item online and the woman who came to pick it up had a great personalized license plate on her car: AOKASIS (A-OK as is). The kids were curious and asked me what it meant. I explained the term “A-OK” and suggested that the lady is happy with her life the way it is. That statement really made an impact on them. When we began the lesson on Contentedness and asked if they understood what the term meant, Benjamin immediately piped up, “Yeah! It’s like that lady’s license plate!” God bless her!

Related Lesson: Contentedness

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