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THE CAT THAT GOT AWAY BEDTIME STORIES FOR SALEM

WELL Salem it’s about time for finding a cold floor on a hot day and let the joy of sleeping cool take over. You have lived most of your life in warm climates. Haiti I’m sure still fills your mind with some great memories. One of the ones I hold dear is when your mom…

THINGS NOT TO DO WITH HORSES BEDTIME STORIES FOR ADDISYN, BROOKLYN, AND KAMRYNN

GIRLS have you ever fallen asleep in an unusual place? I have a time or two. When I had just started school I would be super tired come evening. I have a talent for going to sleep just about anywhere. When I was about 5, a milking barn was my favorite place. Our paper towels…

Dear Twenty-Something Alyssa Haney

A day I was looking for Jesus Do you ever wish you could go back to a certain point in your life and just hug yourself? Tell that girl laying in bed crying herself to sleep, suffocating in unworthiness, that she is so much more than how she feels right then, in that season of…

Do Not Lose Heart

Video blog today! Encourage someone!

CAMELS IN CAIRO, BEDTIME STORIES FOR MERRICK AND ATTICUS

MERRICK and ATTICUS from the moment you get off the airplane you know you are somewhere you have never been before. Have you ever flown on a an airplane? When you land in Egypt you know right away this isn’t Miami. This isn’t Maui. This isn’t like anywhere else in the world. Cairo is a city of activity, and a lot of it at night because it is so hot during the day. When you get off the plane you are scanned for a fever. All the security feels a bit nerve-wracking! We had a guide named Mohammed picking us…

Acts 20 Characteristics of the Holy Spirit

Paul had the power of God a complete and total infilling of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit was upon him and within him. There is a passage in the old testament which comes to mind, “not by power nor by might but by my Spirit says the Lord” and this is especially true in this Acts 20 passage. The earth is surrounded by atmosphere for breathing and for life, in a similar way Paul is both filled and surrounded by the Spirit of God. Paul had the strength to travel and teach as directed by the Spirit of God. Jesus…

GRIZZLY BEARS IN CANADA, BEDTIME STORIES FOR SAMSUN

Samsun last summer we spent a long time up in Canada. British Columbia’s Kootenay Rockies are worth seeing and we wanted to head up to Banff National Park too. WE also stayed in Calgary as well during their famous Calgary Stampede. You may want to research this event Samsun as it gathers people from all over the world COWBOY style. YEEHAW. The longest stay was in Fernie with their many hiking and mountain biking trails and expert chocolate maker at the Beanpod. Now about that bear! First off we put our household items in storage in Sandpoint, Idaho and headed up through…

CROCS, HIPPOS, AND ELEPHANTS ON THE NILE, BEDTIME STORIES FOR EMMA

Emma it’s summer and school is out, THANK THE GOOD LORD! I wonder are you staying up later? When I was your age I couldn’t stay up past 9pm. It was a challenge. I even fell asleep at Disneyland. I found a spot where they were selling sweatshirts and I curled up right there and drifted off, lucky for me my mom saw and I didn’t wake up the next morning on those Mickey Mouse sweatshirts. I can fall asleep just about anywhere. Although I would recommend somewhere more comfortable for sleeping. Are you settled in? It’s a good thing…

Rainbow parrotfish, sea turtles and the nurse shark, bedtime stories for Haaken

Well Haaken it’s time to slow down and find your best blanket, you know the one! Let’s have a “cuddle cozy” with mom or dad and a bedtime story. This day is an extra good one, because you were born! HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Haaken there is something you should know about these stories, wait for it… THEY REALLY HAPPENED. Have you ever seen a sea turtle? Me too! My mom LOVES Mexico. It was her favorite vacation destination. And one vacation stands out as the most awesome! During this vacation Jay my older brother by 23 months had the amazing opportunity…

The locust, the beetle and the rabbit, bedtime stories for Berit because she just had a birthday

And because I’ve been boating and swallowed a bug I had my mouth closed to avoid eating the night time insects when smack! I was hit! Hard, just below the shoulder. It felt like someone threw a golf ball at me and I know what that feels like having been hit by a golf ball before.

SLUGS AND A SNAKE SURPRISE, BEDTIME STORIES FOR MOS AND PRU

Mosley and Prudence it’s about time to settle down and get your best pillow and drift off, and before you do let me tell you about Washington. Great Grandma Phyllis lives there and she has the same house as when your dad Ryan and I were little. We made a ton of memories there. At bedtime Grandma would always tuck us in with a story of when she was little. I’ll try and do the same. In Washington there is an eastside and a westside divided by the Cascade mountains. Mount Rainer is a huge mountain. Have you ever been…

Praying on Tuesday.

Jesus. We say your name in refuge today on behalf of our people, county, and directly for those experiencing racial hostility, pain, and loss. For He Himself is our peace, and has torn down the dividing wall of hostility. Ephesians 2:14 Lord first we need the human to God connection, then we need the human to human value of dialogue. Help us do more than post, but rather call and reach out to check in with people of color in our circles, from members in our church to students we have had, friends, family, teachers, and colleagues. Lord help us…