Can an old curtain change the way you see God?

how an old curtain changes the way we see God

I once had a friend try to convince me that Christians didn’t need to read the Old Testament. Really, I thought? We should just rip out 3/4s of the Bible?  But the Old Testament can be confusing. Right?! There’s a lot of people and a lot of seemingly random events. Lots of killing, lots of bad kings, and lots of stuff most of us find boring or irrelevant or disturbing. So is there any reason to read the Old Testament, and to share it with our kids? Watch the video or read the transcript below to find out! If you enjoyed this video, make sure you subscribe on Youtube or Like my Facebook page so you’ll get notifications when new videos are up! Each one contains short, sweet, hope-filled ideas for spiritually parenting our kids. The Old Testament has a lot to teach us and our kids, and it’s sometimes … Read More

4 great books to teach your kids about the amazing women of the Bible

reading about the women of the Bible

We grew up hearing the stories of Abraham, David, Daniel, Peter, and Paul. But how often did we hear the stories of Ruth, Deborah, Priscilla, or Miriam?  I think it’s time we start looking at the women in the Bible, and acknowledging that they are crucial to the story of God.  If you enjoyed this video, make sure you subscribe on Youtube or Like my Facebook page so you’ll get notifications when new videos are up! Each one contains short, sweet, hope-filled ideas for spiritually parenting our kids.     TRANSCRIPT: Did you grow up hearing stories about heroes of the faith? Even if you didn’t grow up in the church, I bet you have a vague idea of who Noah is…you know, the guy who built the big boat.  I bet you’ve heard the story of David and Goliath. And I’m sure you’ve heard of these guys: Matthew, Mark, … Read More

How to talk about racism with kids

There’s a lot in the news these days about racism and prejudice and diversity. Does talking about diversity and prejudice and racism with your kids make you break out in hives? Let’s talk about that today. (I like talking about things that make us squirm!) Talking about racism and prejudice and diversity is non-negotiable in our world. We can’t pretend these things don’t exist, even in areas where there is little diversity. But the conversations don’t have to be negative. There is hope! If you enjoyed this video, make sure you subscribe on Youtube or Like my Facebook page so you’ll get notifications when new videos are up! Each one contains short, sweet, hope-filled ideas for spiritually parenting our kids. You can find this book, “God’s Very Good Idea” by Trillia Newbell on Amazon. (that’s a referral link, which means I get a small commission if you purchase through it. Thanks … Read More

Connect with your child spiritually through coloring

Sometimes as a mom you just need some peace and quiet, am I right? But it’s those times when your kids seem to need you the most. What if I told you that you could have some quiet time WITH your kids, and even have a short spiritual conversation at the same time? It’s possible. I’ve done it! When was the last time you created art with your kids? I really enjoy painting with my boys, although I have to admit that I cringe when they pull out the glitter! Colouring together can draw us closer to God! Adult colouring is ALL the craze these days. I’d be surprised if you haven’t coloured in at least one adult colouring book! I did a quick internet search this week to learn WHY we are so attracted to colouring. Watch the video to find out what I found, or read the transcript … Read More

A better way to present the fruit of the Spirit for kids

the Fruit of the Spirit for kids

INSIDE: ‘The fruit of the Spirit for kids’ shares a way to teach kids this concept without making it another list of virtues or rules. It includes a craft and a video to explain, as well as a review of a children’s picture book on the topic.  I live in central Alberta, Canada, and we’re still in the thick of winter. Every time I sit down in my van, I squeal from the cold touch of the seat on my thighs. There are days that my nose hairs freeze up simply from breathing. Jealous? 😜 One thing I appreciate about winter is that I get to dream about my garden (no hard work involved)!  We live in a fairly small house in the middle of a suburb, but that hasn’t stopped me from turning my front (and back) yard into a lush, fruitful garden. Each year I am delighted by … Read More

Teach Your Child Her Worth Using This Bedtime Ritual

bedtime ritual

It’s hard to imagine the depth of God’s love for us. When I think of how big the universe is, with billions of stars in each of the billion galaxies, it seems insane that the God who created all that could possibly care about me as an individual. And yet, he says he does. How can I communicate this lesson to my kids, when even when I, as a parent, can’t fathom it? Recently I read an article somewhere (eek! I can’t remember where) that made me think about how I present God to my kids. I have always tried to emphasize God’s love and grace because I know that it is God’s kindness that brings us to repentance, and his love that makes us want to love and seek after him. So I recently started sending my kids to sleep with this little ritual. Watch the video or read the transcript … Read More

Help your child trust God for the future

The oak inside the acorn

I want to help my child trust God for right now, and for the future. But how can I do this? Recently a friend of mine posted on Facebook: Does anyone else have a kid who needs to discuss deep theological issues at bedtime? Being the awesome parent that I am, my boy is now confident that God has a plan for his life. But I don’t think we settled on whether that plan is to build a rocket ship or a pet tornado. 😂 I’m so glad my friend is taking the time to talk to her kids at bedtime. This is something that is so hard for me, because I want to simply pop them in bed and move on with my evening. But THIS is what Bedtime Devo Mama is all about – taking time out of our evenings to truly connect with our kids on a … Read More

One Unexpected Way to Help Your Child Be Thankful at Christmas

help your child be thankful at Christmas

I have repeatedly told my kids that Christmas is not about getting gifts, but until we stop giving them ANY gifts, they’re not really going to believe that, are they? In fact, it seems that I can’t go anywhere in December without strangers asking my children, “What do you want for Christmas?” Is there any way to combat the coveting and ingratitude that always crops up at Christmas? Want to watch instead of read? Is it just me, or is it practically impossible for kids NOT to obsess over gifts at Christmastime? Feelings of gratefulness are expected to come after the swath of gifts has been unwrapped, after the impossibly large meal, after we have been given more than we ever needed. Teaching kids to be thankful at Christmas Can we teach our children to be thankful during the Christmas season, not just afterward? Let’s assume the answer to that … Read More

Help your child put the “Christ” in Christmas!

put the Christ in Christmas

Every year I have the best of intentions. I plan to do an Advent reading and activity each day but then we get 3 days behind on the 4th day and it feels like we’re running on fumes. Sometimes Christmas zips and the only time I’ve talked about Jesus is when I quickly read a Bible story on Christmas Day! It’s a little discouraging. But I’ve discovered one simple way to help keep Christ in Christmas in an organic, kid-friend (and schedule-friendly) way! Watch the video or read the transcript below to find out what it is!   I tried so hard when my kids were little to make their Christmas strictly about Jesus. But alas, the trappings of a North American Christmas are not shed so easily! We have now settled into a comfortable middle place of setting up a Christmas tree and singing about Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, … Read More

How to help kids deal with anxiety, through faith

How to help kids deal with anxiety through faith

Do you have any kids that deal with anxiety? I do. It’s hard to watch your child struggle. Let’s talk about how to help our kids deal with anxiety through faith, and direct them toward peace. One of my boys has struggled with anxiety for several years. It’s hard for him to work in groups, it’s hard for him to go to school, and it’s especially hard for him to try new things. Watch the video (or read the transcript below) to find out how I’ve been helping him! If you enjoyed this video, make sure you subscribe! Each one contains short, sweet, hope-filled ideas for spiritually parenting our kids. Make sure you hit “Subscribe” on YouTube or Like my Facebook page so you always know when a new episode comes out. Since he was born, I have been praying a blessing over him each night. When he started struggling with … Read More