Even though most of my children were home schooled, the beginning of summer vacation was often stressful. Between the change of routines and expectations, and the interaction of siblings that were now together 24/7, in order for me to remain sane, I had to re-prioritize and create a new normal in our home.
Each summer the dynamics varied a little, but one thing remained the same. Unless I was VERY intentional, it seemed that daily devotions were often forgotten.
It took me a ridiculously long period of time to realize that.
One year, when my second oldest child was 8 years old, he brought the lack of devotions in our daily summer schedule to my attention. “A little child shall lead them.”
That was the last summer that we neglected our devotions.
I decided to write my own devotions that would keep my very active children, from the oldest, a 10 year old, to the youngest toddlers, engaged, while they learned about God’s character.
We didn’t eat our lunch until we had finished our devotions for the day. It worked very well. And, because I had their undivided attention, (due to their insatiable appetite), I decided to challenge them to memorize Bible verses.
Individual verses grew to chapters. The 4 oldest, all boys, made it a goal to memorize a whole chapter of the Bible each summer.
I was never as successful as they were.
I compiled 52 of our favorite devotions, and published a book, Timely Truths for Toddlers to Tweens. It’s an especially effective book for ACTIVE children to learn about God’s character, in a short amount of time!
What is your favorite child’s devotional?
You can purchase my devotional here.
After becoming a Christian, I read it and reread it from cover to cover several times in a months time. Several words in the text were confusing for me. Words like grace, mercy, satan, heaven, and hell were never spoken in my parent’s home. My husband tried his best to explain them to me, but ‘grace’ seemed to be a concept that I just couldn’t grasp.
One day, several years after becoming a Christian, I heard a phrase on the radio that captured my attention, and caused me to weep. “Lo, but for the grace of God go I.”
I understood. Grace. How marvelous. How powerful. How life changing.
God’s will for me is to spread the good news. He wants me to do to others what I would want them to do for me. I am to extend grace to all.
I now have a passion for ALL WOMEN to understand God’s grace. Especially those living in less than ideal conditions.
For, lo, but for the grace of God go I.
I have found an organization, Fair Trade Friday, that is helping me do just that. They find women in poverty stricken countries and pay them for their wares. Those wares are then sold, and ALL of the profits go back to the women.
Here’s some information from the Fair Trade Friday site:
FTF exists as an avenue for women to empower women. We are tackling poverty through job opportunity and empowerment rather than enablement. 100% of the proceeds support the artisans, more than 500 women and their children from all over the world. FTF is a ministry of Mercy House Kenya, a non-profit organization.
Each month I receive a box containing several beautiful and well made items. It’s like receiving birthday presents every month! Items vary from organic coffee to jewelry, to tote bags to beautiful note cards. Women from all over the world make each article by hand. And, they receive the profits, as they should.
There are 4 ways you can get involved!
If there’s a waiting list, add your name. It is well worth it.
Can you afford a dollar a day?
Lo, but for the grace of God go I.
Disclosure: I was not paid in any way for this post. All of the proceeds from the sales go directly to the women artisans. The opinions are 100% mine.
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