Posts in Faith
Heaven through the eyes of a child

I had the chance to talk last week about how we can worship God through creative writing to 80 or so elementary-aged kids at a worship camp at my church. Not only did we talk about writing as another way we can love God, but the kids also got to write down their own words to describe heaven through their five senses. Their responses were phenomenal, and in a stroke of Holy Spirit-led genius, I jotted down their responses while we were talking. At the end, each half-hour class had collectively created their own poem about heaven. I was so proud of them, and they seemed really proud of themselves, too. Here, I’ve put together their responses in one big beautiful creation I’ve titled “Heaven Through the Eyes of a Child.” I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Releasing my pride

What’s so wrong with going through something hard and admitting you’re human … and it hurts? What is it about my own silly, arrogant pride that makes me laugh off skinned knees on a ball field instead of saying “Yep, it does hurt,” and taking a rest? I’m not just lying to myself. I’m lying to others, and I’m robbing them of the opportunity to do what God calls us to do: help each other.

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Is it OK to make your kids work for their money?

The most surprising thing we had to work out when we became a “blended family” was how our kids and stepkids would earn commission when it came to chores. Thankfully, we’ve stumbled upon a solution. Here’s our story.

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God doesn’t fall asleep on the job (like I do!)

My eyes bleary and brain foggy from lack of sleep, I’d finally get my young kids tucked in for the night. “I’ll be back in just a few minutes to check on you,” I’d promise in my best mommy voice, with every intention to follow through. Only, the second I tiptoed into my own bedroom, thinking I’d read for awhile and then go back and check, my sleep-weary body would give out.  I’d wake up hours later, my bedtime promise broken. Oops.

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