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More on Worry: A Simple Children’s Lesson at 3:30 a.m.

3:30 a.m. glows the green clock on my bedside table. I shift positions and let out a sigh. One quick glance at Nathan sleeping peacefully next to me reminds me of how alone I am in the dark with my thoughts. Then, the stream of irrational worrying begins. “Not another one of these nights!” I

Spiritual Parenting

If you’re around The Crossing for any length of time, or for that matter, spend much time reading this blog, you’re bound to notice that we place a high priority on equipping parents to raise their kids in a biblical way. So we regularly feature teaching and resources toward that end. Certainly, no parent can

How God Worked at Kids Club 2010

The letter below was sent to the Kids Club 2010 volunteers, but I thought it would be encouraging for anyone from The Crossing or whose children attended to read how God worked last week. Nine years ago when we started Kids Club, 30 kids and a handful of leaders convened at a local park for

Preparing Your Preschooler for Christmas: Week Three

Children learn, grow and are shaped more in the first five years of life than any other time! What a wonderful opportunity we have as parents to hide the amazing, life-changing Christmas story in their little hearts this time of year. Although, I’ve listed ideas for teaching the story of The Wise Men below, feel

Preparing Your Preschooler for Christmas: Week Two

Nathan began a series last week that explains what we are planning to do with our young kids to prepare them for Christmas. We had so much fun at breakfast playing with our “nativity set” (i.e. a mish-mosh of Little People sets) and acting out the journey to Bethlehem (see picture of our 2-year-old at

“You Had to Go in an Outhouse?!?”

I’m thankful for my Thanksgiving lesson this year. While spending time with my husband’s parents this holiday weekend, one late night discussion turned to the topic of their childhood. What an incredible difference their way of life was from my current lifestyle! Consider some of the dissimilarities I learned of… Me: Wake up toasty warm

Why Parents Should Buy These Bible Story Books

If you’re a parent of young children and want to begin teaching them to love God and His Word, a good use of about $10 is to buy Read-Aloud Bible Stories (any of the four volumes) by Ella K. Lindvall. Here’s why… First, the stories are God-centered, which from my experience is hard to find.

Early to Bed and Early to Rise…

Ben Franklin may have had it right….except for one small thing. “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man and a woman healthy, wealthy, and wise.” With two small kids, one of the hardest things for me is finding quiet time to read and reflect on God’s Word and pray each day. I’ve

Resurrection Cookies and Family Easter Ideas

Below is a recipe I ran across that may be a fun and meaningful way to help your kids understand the significance of Easter. What are some ways you have found to help your children understand the Easter story? I imagine many of us would like to learn ideas from one another. Feel free to

Advice on Diligently Impressing My Toddler

My 2-year-old boy is at that age where he follows me around most of the day, says just about everything he hears me say and does a lot of what I do. Although flattering, this is actually quite scary at times. Recently, his mimicking behavior has included a few “oh crap”s (thankfully, not anything worse),