Building Family Ties With Faith, Love, and Laughter

This past semester of MOPs we had a great speaker who came twice and gave us lots of great thoughts about guiding and directing our families and Godly Moms. One of the biggest things that she said that stuck with me the first time was the idea of writing out a Family Mission Statement. I loved the idea of having down exactly what your goal overall in life as a family would be. The second time she came she gave us the idea of on top of the overall statement coming up with a Summer Theme for 2012–one simple thought or concept you’d like to work on with your child/children over the Summer.

When I read Building Family Ties with Faith, Love, and Laughter (Faithful Families)I was happy to see that Dave recommends building a Family Mission Statement as well. In addition one of the biggest things I gained from reading this book was the encouragement that preschoolers can and should be memorizing the Bible. I decided to take all these ideas and roll them into one and put it on a new dry erase & cork board in our kitchen!

As you can see our Summer Theme for 2012 (for both kids but especially Amber) is to Listen (the FIRST time) and Obey (right away!!!)

I’m having her memorize Ephesians 6:1 so that she knows that it’s not just Mommy and Daddy who think that it’s important-God says so too!

Building Family Ties with Faith, Love, and Laughter is set up much like the first book in the series–Raising Your Kids to  Love the Lord with it’s easy to read layout and lots of fun pictures.

Once again many of the suggestions are common ones-but the ones in this book are especially near and dear to my heart as they include the importance of eating dinner as a family and how laughter is essential to every home. Dave also covers the importance of cultivating contentment and a servants hearts in children–whether this means going and helping on the mission field or volunteering in your local community.

Like the first book Building Family Ties with Faith, Love, and Laughter  will be a valuable refresher or a welcome eye-opener for any Christian parent! I enjoyed the new ideas as well as the reminder on the rest.

Don’t take my word for it: Be sure to go read more about this book on Amazon to read other reviews-so far it has close to 5 stars!

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Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord by Dave Stone

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 3 John 1:4

As a parent there are so many things I’m concerned about. How to best teach and raise Amber and Tyler, what I can do to ensure that they’re healthy and safe-the list really could just go on and on, couldn’t it?

My number one concern, however, is wanting to raise them in such a way that they will love, serve, and honor the Lord. I’m so grateful that I was brought up in a Christian home-and I deeply, deeply want to pass that beautiful heritage along to my children so that they too will not only come to have a personal relationship with Christ–they will really *love* Him with all that they are.

Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord (Faithful Families) is a book written by a Pastor and Father who raised 3 children who love and serve the Lord. He passes on valuable lessons and suggestions on how you can raise children who will love God.

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The Donkey No One Could Ride by Anthony DeStefano

The only holiday related books that stay in our bookcase year round are those that have to do with Easter.

The way I see it the story of Easter is relevant year round–every day in fact!

This year Amber got The Donkey That No One Could Ride in her Easter basket and we have been enjoying it ever since! A story about the little donkey who was used for Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, it focuses on an often over looked but crucial part of the Easter Story.

The story is simple, yet powerful, and the pictures are absolutely amazing!

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A Good Girls Guide to Great Sex by Shelia Wray Gregoire

Oh yes…you DID read that title right….and yes–you are on MY blog. See if you know me very well you probably never expected to see the “S” Word (you know….sex) on my blog….ever.

Well to be honest I didn’t really think it ever would show up either! But especially after reading this book–I wonder why I thought that. But maybe I should back up a little and explain how exactly we arrived at this point….

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Beyond Hopes Valley by Tricia Goyer

So, just in case you somehow missed the Memo….I’m a bit of a book worm. Ok, ok….so more than a bit! I always have been and it still is the perfect way for me to de-stress, unwind, and get some much needed “me” time in at the end of each day. Lately I’ve been seeming to need it even more than normal…which means I have a great big ol’ stack of books to review this week!

Today’s book is Beyond Hope’s Valley by Tricia Goyer it’s the end of the Big Sky Novel’s and I have to admit I felt a little bit like the picture above–that I of course found on Pinterest! 😉

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The Guardian Duke by Jamie Carie

After a day full of work, laundry, cleaning, kiddos, and all that goes into life as me there is no better way to unwind than curling up with a good book. My favorite me time stories are Christian historical fiction romances. I devoured read through The Guardian Duke in just 3 days. It was just what the Dr. ordered after a hard week of work and reading through many deep and thick non-fiction books lately.

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From Blah to Awe by Jenna Bishop *Review*

I had the great privilege of growing up in a Christian family who attended church regularly, participated in church activities, and even furthered my knowledge of Christ through home schooling me which provided a Christ focused education.

When you have all of this at your fingertips and spoon fed to you it’s easy to just take it for granted. Especially as a teen church becomes more about talking with friends before and after the service and waiting through the message because that’s what you do. Because that was my experience I really related to Jenna in this book-and I can see how it would be a great book for Christian teen girls.

I didn’t get much out From Blah to Awe for myself–but I suppose that is not terribly surprising since high school was further back than I like to think about these days! I would be interested to see/hear what a teenagers review of it would be. I think that it has potential if a girl was to do the activities and really meditate on God’s word while reading it. Her writing and wording are very teen oriented though at times I feel like she may go a little over the top with this–teens can feel when you’re trying to act like a teen even when you are not one yourself. However I think that teen girls would really enjoy this fun, practical, and interesting book overall. I wish I could have read it as a teenager myself as I feel I would have enjoyed it.

Sweeter than Birdsong by Rosslyn Elliott Review

In case you haven’t noticed, I love reading-especially historical fiction. My very favorite is when books are in a series–I love stories that are linked and chances to get to know the characters and their lives beyond just the one book. Plus it gives you something to look forward to when you have to draw to the end of a story! So when I read and reviewed  Fairer Than Morning I have been looking forward to this book ever since!

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Sweeter than Birdsong by Rosslyn Elliott Review

In case you haven’t noticed, I love reading-especially historical fiction. My very favorite is when books are in a series–I love stories that are linked and chances to get to know the characters and their lives beyond just the one book. Plus it gives you something to look forward to when you have to draw to the end of a story! So when I read and reviewed  Fairer Than Morning I have been looking forward to this book ever since!

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