A Simple Challenge That Will Help Your Child Know Her Identity

My parents named me Christina, but the only time I heard the full name was when my mom was mad at me. Christie was on half my legal documents and Christina on the other half, which caused quite a snarl when I went to apply for a passport. My parents gave me that name at birth, but that’s not the name God calls me. Did you know that God has a unique name for you, one that reflects the specific way he made you? When I was in grade 3, I sat in a group of 3 desks. I was taking charge of a group project and one of the other kids was annoyed. He called me bossy. And you know what? At that moment, I stopped being bossy. I clammed right up and slowly became a different person. Quiet. Unassuming. Maybe you could see that as a good thing, … Read More

Build your child’s faith through imagination

Use imaginations for Good

Don’t you just love watching children play? Every one of my boys uses their imagination differently. My eldest loves to make up stories and games, my middle boy loves to pretend to kill bad guys (Why is it that EVERYTHING can become a gun??) And my youngest likes to make rescues with his stuffed Paw Patrol characters. We use our imaginations a lot in our bedtime devotions. Watch the video or read the transcript below to find out how effective it is! 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, “If I Were A Mouse” by Karma Wilson on Amazon. (that’s a referral link, which means I get a small commission if you purchase through it. … Read More

How to teach kids about God’s love

Teach kids about God's love

One of my boys often wails that we don’t love him, or we don’t understand him. He’s really hard on himself, and I have no doubt that he will, at times, doubt God’s love for him too. He always says, “I’m bad, I’m bad,” when he makes a mistake. How do I, as a Christian mama, work through this? 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, “Never Too Little To Love” by Jeanne Willis on Amazon. (that’s a referral link, which means I get a small commission if you purchase through it. Thanks for supporting this ministry!) If you love the books I suggest, you can download my free list of the 10 best Christian … Read More

How to teach kids about God’s plan for them

God's purpose for your child

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a writer. I wasn’t half bad, but after 9th grade, I simply stopped writing stories. There just wasn’t time in my busy high school schedule for story-writing, and science became my love. But following my biology degree from the university, I found myself at a church, teaching children about God’s love. Even there, I didn’t feel the urge to write. It wasn’t until a couple years ago that I started to write again, and it is like my life has been re-purposed. My 8 year old son now loves to write, and has cranked out so many stories and poems that we have a bookshelf stuffed with papers. I really want to encourage him in his gifting, but I know that often LIFE just gets in the way. If you enjoyed this video, make sure you subscribe on Youtube or Like … Read More

Quick ideas for praying with squirmy kids

praying with squirmy kids

My husband and I have 3 boys. Sometimes our house is a little bit crazy. I know, right? You would never have guessed. 😜 When it comes to prayer time, we have STRUGGLED to get them to sit still for just 5 seconds, never mind to pour out their hearts to God. Prayer time has a tendency to look more like insanity than pious praying. We have had to get REAL creative when it comes to praying! 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. Did you know that the Bible doesn’t say we have to pray sitting still, with our hands folded and our eyes closed? My favorite prayer hacks One of my favorite ways to pray is to do it while standing up, … Read More

An easy way to help your child connect with Jesus

Devotional secrets

Do you struggle to make it a priority to do devotions or share your faith with your kids? Honestly, me too. I’ve never been terribly good with routines. (But I’m learning!) The best way I’ve found to engage my children’s souls is to make it natural. By intentionally placing amazing children’s books on our kitchen table or in their bedrooms, it becomes easy to simply pick it up and read. Then the conversations follow, and voila! Spiritual connection is happening in our home. If you’re not sure what to choose, I have a fantastic, highly curated list for you available here. Seriously, this is probably the shortest blog post you’ve ever read, right? But that’s because connecting with your child’s heart doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, with a few strategic changes, you can be connecting on a spiritual level within moments. That’s what my new YouTube channel, Bedtime … Read More