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Asking the Question: “What is the Will of God?”

Asking the Question: “What is the Will of God?”

From early childhood I earnestly sought to follow the path God has for me.  Like many young Christians, I pictured this path as a singular direction, a “destiny”, which I had to find. When I graduated from high school, I was ready to find that destiny. I asked myself sincerely, “What is the will of God for the rest of my life?”

Before I started college my mother gave me a book called The Will of God as a Way of Life. In the first chapter author Jerry Sittser says, “The will of God concerns the present more than the future; it deals with our motives as well as our actions; it focuses on the little decisions we make every day even more than the big decisions we make about the future.”  

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A Christian Parent’s Guide To Understanding Video Games Effects

Video-games

Video games have been a hot button issue since Magnavox Odyssey’s introduced their home console and the game Pong came out in the 1970s. Some parents believe that video games (violent ones in particular) pollute the imagination, promote aggression and can even diminish social skills. Others argue that in the right context video games can be beneficial.

With the video game industry now worth more than $10 billion and more than 67% of U.S. households claiming to play video games (ESRB, 2010), Christian parents need to assess if spending time with this medium is a positive or negative pastime for their children.

Here are some important considerations for the Christian parent who is seeking to understand video games and their effects:

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5 Christmas Crafts for Kids that Teach the True Meaning of Christmas

5 Christmas Crafts for Kids that Teach the True Meaning of Christmas

Christmas is a beautiful time of year and a wonderful opportunity to spend time with your family. When I was growing up, my favorite part of preparing for Christmas was the time I spent making decorations with my parents and siblings. We sat together in the warmth of our kitchen, talking and doing crafts. 

Christmas should also be a time when children learn about the birth of our Savior and the light of hope He brought into this world. The internet is full of holiday craft ideas, but many are missing the most important part of the season - Jesus. Today I would like to suggest adaptations for classic Christmas crafts for kids that can also be used to teach your children about the meaning of Christmas:

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Showing God’s Grace and Unconditional Love in Your Family

Showing God’s Grace and Unconditional Love in Your Family

Part 1: Helping Your Children Reach Their Full Potential

Writing as one who has faced many challenges in life: low self-esteem, being bullied, sometimes being the bully, succumbing to peer pressure, and the uncertainty of not knowing what “I want to become when I grow up,” I am certain that I would not have achieved confidence and success in life without the support of my family and the unending humbling from God’s grace.

The constant motivating force in my life really boils down to how God has been in control every step of the way. It is my desire to share what I’ve learned as the youngest of eight children, to shed some light on how children might be guided to grow up to be someone they’re proud to be. 

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Advent Season: Celebration of Light and Hope [Printable]

Advent Season: Celebration of Light and Hope [Printable]

As December starts and Christmas Eve draws ever closer, I find myself increasingly overwhelmed by the relentless marketing of the “Holiday Season”. It seems as if every store I walk into is trying to convince me that the true meaning of Christmas can be found by buying more, more, more. In past years my friends have gone so far as to call me a “Christmas Grinch”. 

This year I am taking refuge from commercial Christmas in these four simple traditions that remind me that the purpose of Advent season is preparing for the coming of Jesus - the Light of the World:

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Thanksgiving Family Activities and Bible Verses That Remind Us That Family Is A Gift From God

Thanksgiving Family Activities and Bible Verses That Remind Us That Family Is A Gift From God

One of the greatest gifts that God has given us in life is the gift of family. For most of us, Thanksgiving Day holds so many traditions. There is the traditional story of the pilgrims, the family games, and the traditional food: turkey, pumpkin pie, stuffing, potatoes, and so much more. As you gather to enjoy this bounty, take the time to be thankful for the family that will share the day with you, and remember that family is a precious gift from God.

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Manners and the Media: Social Media Etiquette for Students

social-media

In an age of instant posting, messaging, tweeting, status sharing, etc., social media etiquette for students is an essential subject. Considering the global and permanent nature of the Internet is key. You might think that the comment or picture you posted this weekend will eventually disappear into cyberspace; however, that is not the case.

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A Christian Parent's Guide To Setting a Good Example For Your Child

A Christian Parent's Guide To Setting a Good Example For Your Child

Most parents will experience a distinct moment when they ask the question, “When, where, and how should I start setting a good example for my child?” As Christian parents we know that God has given us children to teach and direct in the way of Him. It is a great responsibility! How do we know where to start?

Here a short guide to when, where and how to set a good example for your child:

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3 Edible Science Experiments to do with Kids at Home

3 Edible Science Experiments to do with Kids at Home

Have you ever thought of your kitchen as a science laboratory? For many parents, getting children involved in science at home presents a unique challenge. Parents can feel that they do not have the equipment or the knowledge to do science experiments at home. What they need to realize is that the kitchen is their very own home science laboratory!

Cooking and preparing food involves many chemical changes and examples of scientific processes. With a minor amount of mess and no major explosions, you can use food preparation to teach children about science, and many of these edible “science experiments” might just end up being delicious.

Here are 3 edible experiments that will teach your children important chemical and scientific concepts:

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3 Tips on How to Create a Happy Atmosphere at Home

3 Tips on How to Create a Happy Atmosphere at Home

Parents have both a great responsibility and a great opportunity as they build a home and create an environment that is nurturing for their children.  The home is at the center of children’s lives, especially when they are young.  It is the place where they learn important values and behaviors at an early age, and it is the place they return to at the end of the day. In order to foster a positive atmosphere in the home, parents need to be strategic in how they encourage communication, growth, and well-being.

Here are some tips that will help you understand how to create a happy atmosphere at home:

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4 Fun Things To Do With Kids At Home - The Autumn Edition

4 Fun Things To Do With Kids At Home - The Autumn Edition

Rainy days happen. Bland, boring and blah days are often the norm during the colder months. Throughout Autumn and Winter they show themselves more and more often. Yet even on these days there is no reason why children can not continue to be active and happy. As “inside” days become more frequent, we challenge you to turn off the TV, put tablets, phones and other electronics aside, and engage your child(ren) in activities that keep them active and build their imaginations and creativity.

To help you get started, we offer this list of fun things to do with kids at home during gray days:

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How To Re-engage Your Child When Learning At Home

How To Re-engage Your Child When Learning At Home

You started off the year with lots of ideas, fervor, and momentum. As the school weeks pass by, you may be finding yourself slipping into a rut, and you might find your child staring longingly out the window and letting out long sighs of boredom. You are not alone. Many parents struggle to keep their children engaged as the routine starts to drag, and some of that excitement from the beginning of the year drains away.

As we pass through autumn, we are standing at the edge of a new season, a season of hope and the fulfilment of God’s promise. This is a time for renewal! We recommend you take a deep breath – inhale and exhale – and start with some of these tips to help re-engage your child to learn while at home:

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Missionary Stories from Around the World that Inspire This Christian Math Teacher

Missionary Stories from Around the World that Inspire This Christian Math Teacher

I love Jesus. There is no doubt in my mind. I also love people, and I know that Jesus calls us to share His love with others every day. Even so, sometimes I get distracted. From paying bills to watching sports, grocery shopping to reading a good book, there are a thousand things to compete for my attention.

Then I come across a story that reignites that passion to see people come to know my God and His great love, stories of people with great passion and deep faith. God has used the these stories of missionaries from around the world to remind me of His calling to share His word and His love. As you read these stories, may your faith be renewed and your fire relit, as mine have been.

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5 Conversation Starters and Stoppers For Teens

5 Conversation Starters and Stoppers For Teens

I’m a teenager; I can just keep it real when starting a conversation, right? Well you can, but you might not get very far. Staying relevant to your surroundings and being genuine is a great approach when thinking of conversation starters, however you might find that some topics that are authentic are also highly inappropriate and can also be conversation stoppers. Understanding how to be tactful with your conversation starters can save you (and the other party) from embarrassing moments and allow a conversation to flow.

Here are 5 conversation starters and stoppers for you to consider:  

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3 Lessons Learned From Parenting By A Christian Mother

3 Lessons Learned From Parenting By A Christian Mother

Getting to Know Enlightium Academy’s Chief Administrator – Part 3

Lessons Learned from Parenting

No one is born a parent. Coming into this role can be a difficult transition, and there are so many lessons that a new parent can learn. If you are actively seeking to look at the lessons learned from other parents you are on the right track.

My story in the role of a mother began 30 years ago when God blessed me with my first son. At that time I lived in Kyrgyzstan. We didn’t have computers, the Internet, or Google. I learned how to take care of my firstborn son from my mom, mother in-law, and books. Even with today's availability of resources, motherhood is a journey. Both the new mother and the child learn about each other every day. As learning occurs, a mother adapts to her child’s needs, and so responds accordingly.

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Finding Strength and Comfort in Bible Verses About Anxiety

Finding Strength and Comfort in Bible Verses About Anxiety

It was yet another sleepless night for me. Tossing, turning, mind-racing, heart-pounding nights were becoming the norm. My anxiety was most prevalent at night. This caused a season marked by stress and tiredness.

Though it no longer looks that troublesome, anxiety is an ongoing battle for me. And the more people I meet and speak with, the more I am convinced that I am not alone. From weathered adults with incredibly painful circumstances to children struggling with completing homework, anxiety is a form of suffering common to many, in varying degrees.

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Biblical Idioms Through the Eyes of an English Teacher

Biblical Idioms Through the Eyes of an English Teacher

As an English teacher, I encounter idioms constantly.  As a student of languages, I find them constantly fascinating. As a Christian who seeks wisdom from scripture, I found biblical idioms reflected in God’s Word.

An idiom is a phrase that has a different meaning than the one suggested by the words that make up the phrase.  There is no logical reason that we say “It’s raining cats and dogs” or tell children “Don’t cry over spilt milk,” but we do.  What’s more, we understand each other.  Finding the correct meaning in these phrases is “a piece of cake.”

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A Christian Parent's View On Coping With Loneliness

A Christian Parent's View On Coping With Loneliness

Have you ever felt lonely? I sure have. There are so many lonely people who could use some kind words on coping with loneliness.

For my daughter, it started in preschool and it got worse in Kindergarten. Kids are so nervous to go to school, because they are afraid of being alone. My daughter told me one day, “Although school goes great I am still very lonely. I have no friends.” It almost broke my heart.

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How to Make Your Child’s Birthday Party One to Remember

How to Make Your Child’s Birthday Party One to Remember

Has your child started to count down the days until his or her birthday? His or her eyes sparkle as they anticipate the presents, excitement and love that day will be filled with. The childlike wonder of a day of celebrating him- or herself is very special. Parents often wonder, how can I make my child’s birthday party one to remember?

Here is the secret: think back to one of the best birthday parties you had. What did you get? How did you feel? Who was there?

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10 Bible Passages to Read Aloud with Your Family

10 Bible Passages to Read Aloud with Your Family

During this difficult time of moral decline in our society, it is crucial to maintain not only a strong personal relationship with God, but also maintain a godly family, which is united to serve Jesus Christ.

One powerful way to develop your family unity with one another and with God is by reading the Bible together and having close fellowship as a family. I would like to suggest 10 Bible passages to read outloud with your family that I believe to be inspiring, encouraging, and thought-provoking.

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