The Elementary School, the University, and the Humanists

This sounds like the beginning of a joke, right? But this is really happening. Since the end of May, there have been media articles and rumblings about a local elementary school which chose to have its 5th grade graduation at a local Christian University. Evidently, during the graduation service, two prayers were said.

In step the Humanists.

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Two parents (out of around 1,000) were “deeply offended” and, from what I gather, they went straight to the political activist group called the American Humanist Association. The articles do not say if those parents went to the principal first to talk about the issue. I hope they did, but I’m afraid they didn’t.

And while I find all of this rigamarole sad, it’s the quote from the Humanist group that caught my attention:

“The main problem is that you’ve got school-aged children attending a school-sponsored event that’s supposed to be secular, not only are they confronted with two prayers, but they’re also in a building that’s surrounded by not just symbolism, but with religious, overtly Christian symbolism,” [Monica]Miller said in an interview. “That’s a problem, especially when you’ve got younger children there.”

It’s her last sentence that should totally rock the world of the global church. Continue reading

Do You Worship the iGod?

I’m not really a tech savvy person. I know enough to get by and I can quickly learn what I need in order to do something new; but for the most part, the ins and outs of computers I leave to my husband.DSC_0015 (2)

Recently my wonderful husband acquired a used iphone at a yard sale. The case is cracked, but the kids have learned how to play Angry Birds, so it must be fine.

I walked in on my husband the other day and found him grumbling about the phone. Some app wouldn’t work. And in addition, the GPS we tried to use while in the UK would only work if we were near a free wi-fi. I’m finding my husband grumbling more and more about this phone because it won’t do what he thinks it ought to do.

Don’t we treat God like that at times? A situation happens that we don’t like, or maybe we find ourselves going through a struggle that seems like there is no end. Perhaps we are convicted of something that we don’t want to let go of. Then the questions, grumblings, and accusations begin because God isn’t doing what WE think He ought to be doing.

We Christians have to be careful, or we begin to worship an iGod. An iGod is our own version of who we think God ought to be. We take our life experiences, our Biblical interpretations, and our wants and dreams and form a version of God in our minds. We “download the apps,” so to speak, which we think are relevant to our lives.

The problem is…our version of God is not God. Continue reading

Teaching Biblical Truth to Children – A Young Child’s Catechism

“What is truth?” sneered Pilate to Jesus.

Earlier in His ministry Jesus had said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Me.”

Jesus didn’t answer the Roman governor. He didn’t need to. And even though Pilate washed His hands of innocent blood, I think he knew the answer to his question.

But do you know the Truth? Do our kids know the Truth? Do my kids have a solid rock foundation of Biblical Truth so that their Awana and Sunday School classes can build onto that knowledge and help them grow spiritually?

It is our job as parents to make sure that our kids have the Bible training that they need in order for God to grow them as disciples. We can’t get our kids saved. We can’t make their choices for them. But we can teach them the Truth to the best of our abilities and trust the Holy Spirit to do the rest. Continue reading

Guest Bloggers and Writers Needed for a New FFS Series!

Hello everyone!! I am so excited to share with you a new series that I will be starting on FFS. This will be a series that will boast in our God and encourage all believers.

The series will be called I Will Boast in God and I am asking for YOU, bloggers or writers, from around the nation and world to please contribute YOUR story that boasts in the majesty and glory of our Creator.

So many times we get tunnel vision as we go about life. We forget that God is at work around us. I want this series to show how God is at work everywhere and every day.

Here are the requirements for a submission:

1) It should be no more than 450 words.
2) The article should be about a time, past or present, when you could, or can now, see God at work in your life.
3) Include a Bible story, character, scripture, or life verse that encouraged you during this time period.
4) Include 1-2 pictures.
5) End your article with the sentence: “I will boast in the Lord!”
5) Include a short blurb at the very end about your blog, if you have one. Something like: John can be found wrestling bears when he isn’t writing for his blog “All Creatures Great and Small.”

Keep in mind, you DO NOT have to have a blog to submit an article. If you choose to submit an article, please comment below or email me at so I can give you a scheduled date.

I Think I’m Going Through a Mid-Life Crisis

I really think I am. I’m the right age for one, I guess. Perhaps its a “maturing” thing as one gets older. I don’t know. While I’m not planning on buying the red sports car just yet, I have been asking some pointed questions.mid life crisis

Have you asked these questions of yourself?

Am I doing anything that really matters?
What is my calling?
Time is flying by. What do I have to show for it?
What do I really believe?
What will happen when I die?
What if everything I’ve given my life to is a lie?

These are some big-time questions that have been rolling around in my brain the past few months. And Reader, I have to admit my faith has been really small. Perhaps this isn’t so much a mid-life crisis, as it is a crisis of belief.

Have you noticed that when you decide to get serious about God and Who He is, then reality as you know it changes? Your perspectives towards things of the world changes. Your opinions on matters of the heart change. Your political stance on heated issues become more conservative, or liberal. And then you begin questioning who you are, why you are on this earth, and what your purpose is. Continue reading

Drawing the Bible: Genesis through Deuteronomy

I am super excited to share this wonderful teaching method with you!! This method is based on a graduate course I took and one that taught me SO much about the Bible. The concept is to draw the main events of the Bible while telling how God brings about redemption through Jesus.

I’ve been teaching this to my Awana kids and the results have absolutely amazed me! I add a new drawing each week and the kids get so excited about it! They even take notes now during my Bible story time so they can remember the pictures. As a review, I have some of the kids come to my white board and draw the pictures out and they help each other if someone misses something. It’s been awesome!

This is only part 1 of Drawing the Bible. The drawing will go all the way through Revelation. But because of how long the drawing is, I decided to split up the process so it doesn’t become confusing. Once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty simple. After all, my kindergarten kids can explain it!

**Be sure to PIN this page so others might have this free resource. Thank you!!

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Reminders for Studying the Word of God

Tonight at church one of my Pastors taught on the spiritual discipline of Bible study. I thought it was a good way to begin this new online study! He had some great reminders, so I wanted to pass them along to you.

1. Listen to the Word of God – Be sure that you are going to a Bible believing church with a pastor who is not afraid to preach the Truth. And then…make sure you attend regularly! God wants us to be around other believers for many reasons, but He wants us to gather together in worship to hear His called Shepherds teach His word. In conjunction with corporate worship, there are so many other ways to get good preaching to your ears. Radio, podcasts, Youtube, and TV. We are without excuse to hear to Word of the Lord. For some GREAT FREE podcasts, click HERE for the ones I listen to. (Scroll to the end of the page.) Continue reading

Coming Up in 2013 at FFS

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!holiday_new_year_january_1_calendar_hat_attributes_50822_1600x1180


I don’t know about you, but I was in bed when the new year ball dropped. Not very exciting…

BUT!!! There are LOTS of exciting things going on at FFS!

1. The kids and I use a January through December school calendar, so we are officially beginning a NEW YEAR of school this week! Continue reading

Come Join an Online Mom’s Bible Study in January!

I have enjoyed working through the Made to Crave Bible study. I have one lesson left and should finish that up by the end of December. That means it is time to find another study to do! I love studying God’s word, especially with others!!God's wisdom

Beginning in mid-January I will begin an online study of God’s Wisdom for a Mother’s Heart by Bobbie Wolgemuth. Moms need encouragement. And this study looks like it will be practical and help encourage us moms to set priorities, teach obedience, how to pray for our kids, and how to help our kids form God-filled dreams. I’m excited about this!!

The study is meant to last 7 weeks. But I am going to stretch it out over 14 weeks. This will allow “life” to happen. And because this will be an online study, we’ll have discussion and accountability through comments.

If you are interested in joining me, leave a comment below, and then order you a book if you so choose. You do not necessarily need a book. But I will only post the highlights from the study. If you are not a “follower” of my blog, you can either click on the “Follow Me!” button over there to the right, OR you can bookmark the blog so you can check in as you work through the study. All of the studies are listed under the Adult Bible Studies section at the top of the page.

Let’s be real, moms. We need help. We can’t do this parenting thing alone. We need mentoring from each other and, most importantly, wisdom from God’s word.

I hope you will join me in January!!


Weight Loss: From Permissible to Beneficial (Part 2)

It’s been hard keeping up with this study, so I apologize to those of you who have been diligent with it. 🙂 “I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to spend the next forty years of my life learning this lesson.” (pg 132) And things have hit the fan so to speak during the last 3 weeks and things are beginning to turn around. I’ve lost about 5 pounds and I can tell some of my eating habits have changed. This is a slow process, and I guess in the back of my mind I keep thinking, “Come on! You should be seeing results!” and I have been disappointed. (Which leads to more eating…)

In this section of the study, Lysa asked: If you could capture your woundedness in a photo, what would the image be? Here’s mine. Continue reading