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Books for Christian Kids that Make an Impact

Today is an exciting day for me as I begin writing the first draft of my last book Finding Change’s sequel. There’s something special about this part—watching with awe as a story unfolds into written form. It fills me with joy to have an opportunity to impact children’s lives through a book. I would love prayer for this book project if the Lord brings me to mind.

Over the years, one way the Lord sends encouragement is through letters and emails from readers. Here’s part of one email I received permission to share, along with these delightful pictures!

“We started reading Book 1: Summer with the Moodys today as a family during our read-aloud time. Before we started, my five-year-old was very excited to learn about the connection of you with the books mommy has been reading as I’ve been toting them around for the past few months now. He was also very excited that you believe in the Lord. I guess even small children know what a rare find good, Christian books are.

“Anyway, we read through the first chapter and he asked that I keep going. This was so timely for us today. When we were done, he asked me if I read him the first chapter to help him to remember to not be scared if he hears a noise at night and the second chapter to remind him to have a cheerful attitude during the day. His eyes were glued on me the whole time I was reading, but I didn’t realize the details his little five-year-old heart was picking up on. What a blessing! He’s never been that engaged with a book. I really enjoyed the first two chapters myself. I am looking forward to continuing through the series and will probably be purchasing some more sets for gifts in the future. 😉

“Just wanted to share what a blessing your book has been for us today. Thank you for serving the Lord with small children in mind! I pray the Lord continues to lead you down a path of writing.” — Hannah

“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of
the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity”

(1 Timothy 4:12).

What to Do with the Kids Home From School

With many public school children home from school, you might be wondering how to make the most of this time or simply be interested in how to keep your children from driving you crazy. Maybe some thoughts from a homeschooling mom could be helpful.

What about putting together a basic schedule? Make it simple. Maybe maintain the schedule you use with your children in school and then just fill in the school hours. Everyone is used to that schedule and there are no changes that would need to take place to implement it.

Here are some ideas for what could go in that schedule.

Grow spiritually with your children by having morning devotions with them. You can read some Scripture and discuss it, pray, sing, and memorize Scripture. 

If your children are older, help them learn to have their own personal Bible and prayer time. What better time to get into the Word and learn to have a relationship with Jesus?

Teach your children some new chores, especially chores they can accomplish when they are back in school. You can take time to teach the skills and oversee them and they have time to practice those chores.

Read to your children and have them read to you. Media has taken over so much of our lives, but you can make these weeks very special by setting aside time to read aloud some great books to your children.

Have your children read out loud to you. This is especially helpful for those children who are at the learning-to-read stage. Often all they need to cause them to make the leap to being great readers is practice reading out loud.

You could also schedule quiet time for your children to themselves.

Schedule for a particular time each day, children who are old enough for board games to play those together or with you if you have time available. 

Have your children write letters to friends or relatives. Work with them on their grammar, punctuation, and making the letter interesting.

With nicer weather in the U.S., you can plan time for a neighborhood walk and also outside playtime. 

Work together in your children’s bedrooms, sorting and organizing the room itself and prepping clothes for the change of season.

Keep up music practice if your children are taking lessons even if they can’t go to lessons for a while.

Make sure your children have time for any school work that they are to accomplish while they are home.

I promise you that if any of these ideas look good to you, they will likely only be implemented if you put together a schedule and set time aside for them.

Here’s an idea of what that might look like:

7:00 a.m. Children up, dressed, and room pick up
7:30  Breakfast, clean up, teeth brushing
8:30  Morning chores
9:00 Family devotions
9:30 Mom reads aloud
10:00 Academics (School work, internet worksheets, letter writing, children read aloud)
11:00 Outside play
12:00 noon Lunch hour (Make, eat, and clean up)
1:00 p.m. Family walk
2:00 Quiet/nap time (Reading/academics for older children)
3:00 Board games/other play for non-napping children
4:00 Music practice/organizing projects/free play
5:00 Dinner prep (Some help, some play with each other or younger children)
6:00 Dinner

That’s just an idea. Put in what your priorities for this time might be. That schedule is a powerful tool that costs you nothing. Don’t try to make it perfect. Just put something down and do it. If you don’t like it so much, you can do it a bit differently the next day until you get it where you really like it. 

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

“Let the people praise thee, O God; let all
the people praise thee” (Psalm 67:3). 

Announcing the Unabridged Audiobook of Buying a House Debt-Free

It’s here. The Unabridged Audiobook Download of Buying a House Debt-Free.

Few families can afford to give their children homes as wedding gifts, but you CAN give them what’s next best—motivation and direction toward a debt-free home before marriage. All five of our sons have purchased homes debt-free and yours can too. 

I think every family should read this book, and I encourage you to catch the vision for your sons.” Jim Bob Duggar

With the book now in audio format, even busy dads will benefit. 

Owning a home debt-free before marriage is much more attainable then after marriage with increasing financial obligations. That is why being debt-free is only a dream for many families. We plead with you, even if you can’t personally attain a debt-free home, you can give the gift of that vision to your children. “Read” Buying a House Debt-Free it in the car while you are driving and make windshield time beneficial. 

Dad loved recording this book. It’s like Preparing Sons Part 2, 3, and 4. There is also solid information about college, managing finances, and gaining practical skills. Dads, if you are too busy, ask your wife to get it and listen to it. Whether your children are young or late teens, your children will bless you for investing in them.

We’re offering a special price through July 31st of $9.99 for the Unabridged Audiobook Download.

“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another:
for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.”
Romans 13:8

Please Pray for Anna and Mary

Anna and Mary Maxwell

Anna and Mary are once again spending their summer in ministry. We are thrilled with their hearts for the Lord, and not only do they minister so faithfully here at home but also on the road.

They will be gone for almost 8 weeks. Please pray for these specifics:

  • Salvation for those being ministered to
  • Emotional needs to be met
  • Physical safety
  • Stamina (long hours with little sleep)
  • Discernment on how best to minister
  • Satan to be hindered

Please understand, for the privacy of the ministry they’re helping, we’re not sharing those details.

Yes, it’s quiet here on the home front but busy as well. God is so faithful!

Love,
Sarah

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God unto salvation to every
one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
Romans 1:16

Titus2 Father’s Day Specials

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and what could be better than a gift that might impact your husband spiritually? Men these days face many temptations, and they need biblical direction and godly leadership to combat that. Steve, husband for 44 years, dad to eight, and grandpa to 14, gives dads the tools they need. We’ve created two special bundles for Father’s Day valid through June 16th, 2019.

Dad’s Leadership, MP3, On-the-Go Bundle: Manager of His Home, Feed My Sheep, Preparing Sons, Anger-Relationship Poison = $20 ($29 normally)

Dad’s Leadership MP3 On-the-Go Bundle

Fatherhood Resources: Buying a House Debt-Free, Preparing Sons, and Redeeming the Time = $34.99 ($38.85 normally) includes free shipping in the United States

Fatherhood Resources

“I had always thought about family devotions but had failed at any attempts. Feed My Sheep has been an incredible help and inspiration to me. I am so thankful that you did this as it is such an effective means of learning for me, and I am sure others as well.” A dad

“I think every family should read Buying a House Debt-Free, and I encourage you to catch the vision for your sons.” Jim Bob Duggar

“But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in
faith, in charity, in patience.”
Titus 2:1

Speaking in Hartford, Alabama

Steve and Teri Maxwell

Teri and Steve are going to be at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Hartford, Alabama (way south) on June 23rd/25th and would love to meet you if you are in the area. Steve will be preaching at their Sunday services and Tuesday evening. 

Topics

Sunday AM: Believer or Follower?
Sunday PM: A Godly Heritage
Tuesday PM: A Living Sacrifice

Details:

Email contact: (we will forward) managers@titus2.com
Phone: 334-806-0043
Website: lbchartford.com

Special service times on Sunday, June 23rd, 11 am and 1 PM (Lunch served between)
Tuesday, June 25th, 6:30 PM

Location: Google “Lighthouse Baptist Church, Hartford, Alabama”

In the Y of Hwy 52 and Slocomb Road (Green metal roof building, rectangular in shape, rather than traditional church building/temporary rented facility).

“We will not hide them from their children,
shewing to the generation to come
the praises of the LORD, and his strength,
and his wonderful works that he hath done.”
Psalm 78:4