Bible Bee 2016 | A Great Event to Watch Live

For several years, we’ve enjoyed watching the Bible Bee live. It’s  amazing to watch these young people, who have memorized hundreds of verses, recite with the joy of the Lord. We’ve wanted to attend, but it hasn’t worked out until this year! John, Anna, Jesse, and Mary are enjoying it in person. We’re so excited for them!

Here are some pictures, and I’m sure we’ll have more later.

If you want to encourage your children in memorizing God’s Word or you yourself want to be encouraged (I know I am every year!), tune into the Bible Bee live today and tomorrow as they narrow their contestants down. It’s also a joy for us as we know Titus2 ministry followers who participated.


Mr. Ray Comfort and John--the girls also met him last night--so neat!
Mr. Ray Comfort and John–the girls also met him last night–so neat!
Anna and a blog reader!
Anna and a blog reader!
Last night, before the opening ceremony.
Last night, before the opening ceremony.
Anna and Mary with friends of ours
Anna and Mary with friends of ours

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,
and a light unto my path.”
Psalm 119:105

R and R for Sarah

I just spent a delightful weekend relaxing in the country with a friend and her family. This trip has been planned since August, but the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. I had completed an intense 10 days–filled with wrapping up a major Titus2 project, which we’ll be announcing soon. I’m super excited about it; although it’s not a children’s book. It’s one that my mom has been working on for months.

My time of R&R was amazing as I rested and had awesome fellowship. I felt refreshed and ready to jump back into life again.



“My times are in thy hand …”
Psalm 31:15

It’s OCC Shoebox Collection Week!

Mary counting balls with little helpers.
Mary counting balls with little helpers.

Hooray! It’s Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Collection Week. We’re so excited about this project, AND to top it off, Mom, Anna, and Mary are going to work at the Denver warehouse in December like Mary did last year.

If you have already assembled your boxes for Operation Christmas Child, this is your week to drop them off at your closest location. If you haven’t done any, there’s still time to shop and then drop them off. See this link to find the best location. Here’s info on How to Pack a Shoebox.

I really enjoyed seeing Anna, Mary, Abby, and Betsy’s enthusiasm as they felt the Lord leading them to try for 100 shoeboxes this year–AND THEY DID! Praise the Lord. More pictures on that later.


Betsy opening up eraser boxes.
Betsy opening up eraser boxes.
Tina snuggling a stuffed animal before it makes its way into the box.
Tina snuggling a stuffed animal before it makes its way into the box.


img_0829And yes, part of our basement was quite the OCC shoebox staging area. More on the actual packing later!

“… Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother,
to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.”
Deuteronomy 15:11

Debt-Free Series: Meetings

My son, Jesse, used to mow our lawn. Then I took over mowing from Jesse and began noticing  weeds in the yard. When I wasn’t mowing, I didn’t see them, but once I started spending time with the lawn, there they were! The first step in getting rid of weeds is being aware that you have them.

I recommend you look closely at your children’s lives. Listen to them. How do they spend their time? What excites them? Observe. What “lights them up”? As you do this, you will likely start to see weeds in their lives. Our definition of weeds in the content-in-Christ yard— “activities that consume time or money that are not beneficial or edifying.”

It is amazing how little time many (most?) dads spend with their children. In Keeping Our Children’s Hearts we describe weekly meetings. If you aren’t having dedicated, purposeful, weekly, one-on-one talking time with each of your children, I plead with you to begin. Next to family Bible time, it’s the best investment you will make in their lives.

Weekly meetings will help you experience a genuine heart-connection with your children.  You will also develop a hearing with them because as you share, they will listen. They may not automatically accept difficult challenges from you, but the beginning point is for them to hear your heart. This is critical to being able to redirect their hearts, time, and money. The first step, though, is recognizing the weeds.

“For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption;
but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life
everlasting” (Galatians 6:8).

Seriously Dads Fast | Monday, November 14th

I realized we often post about fasts, and I forgot on this one.

Monday, November 14th, is another Seriously Dads fast. There’s no signup, but Dad will be praying for you generally.

The full details are here if you’re interested.

“Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his,
and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.”
Psalm 30:4

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Anna’s Birthday Breakfast | Yogurt Parfaits

Mary made a delightful birthday breakfast for Anna recently: yogurt parfaits. They were surprisingly easy and delicious.

Vanilla yogurt
Granola (any kind: ours was homemade)
Strawberries (sliced into sections)


Step #1: Layer vanilla yogurt in the bottom of the bowl.


Step #2: Sprinkle a thin layer of granola over it covering the yogurt.


Step #3: Place strawberry slices around the perimeter.


Step #4: Add another layer of vanilla yogurt.


Step #5: For the final touches, sprinkle granola on the top and place a few strawberry slices.

The possibilities are endless: use your creativity and change it to whatever are your favorites!

“How sweet are thy words unto my taste!
yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
Psalm 119:103