The 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Story
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting has grown from the heart of two educators and admittedly imperfect moms, Lori Wildenberg and Becky Danielson. Since 2001, Lori and Becky have been training and mentoring parents to grow a child’s character while increasing desirable behavior, using the Bible as the foundation. From the first class Lori designed and led to the desire of Becky to one day publish a book, the two women have walked together, encouraging moms and dads on the journey of parenthood.
EMPOWERED PARENTS: Putting Faith First (Synergy/Bridge Logos) was released in 2003. Since that time, Lori and Becky have been speaking to parent groups around the nation. They are passionate about sharing how God’s 1 Corinthians 13 love can be applied to family life.
Lori and Becky are available to lead seminars, conferences, and retreats to equip parents with techniques to incorporate biblical principles into family life. They are real-life moms in the trenches of real-life parenting. Contact Lori and Becky for your next event. 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting has been to Colorado, Minnesota, California, Illinois, and Texas. Invite 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting to your state!
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7 Healthy Holiday Tips Friends!
We have a guest post today from Life Coach, Sommer Crayton. You are in for a treat before you consume all those Christmas treats! For more information on Sommer, you can find her bio at the conclusion of her article.
Lori & Becky
Thanksgiving has passed. Some of us feel great because we made better food choices this year. The rest of us may be dreading Christmas!
Remember Daniel and his three friends? They had the choicest food at their disposal (sound familiar?) but they did not indulge. (Daniel 1:8)
Like Daniel, we have the choicest food before us during the holidays. But… we don’t have to indulge.
Daniel and his friends focused on food that nourished the body and provided energy for service. Good plan!
Here are 7 Healthy Holiday Tips
1. Take fresh snacks with you as you run around shopping for gifts. Also, make sure you and the kids eat a healthy and filling meal before you leave the house.
2. Eat a little something before heading out to those holiday parties, there can be some pretty tempting stuff there! Feed the kids so they won’t be tempted to eat all the junk offered.
3. Don’t let the holidays stress you out and drive you to binging. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, stop and pray, take it to the Prince of Peace. He loves it when we tell Him how we’re feeling. It builds relationship.
4. When out-of-town visiting family, enjoy a nice one-on-one walk around the neighborhood. Take time to fellowship, connect with one another, and catch up on life.
5. Try to cook meals (as much as you can) at home instead of going to restaurants. Take this opportunity to cook together as a family; have holiday music fill the room.
6. Toss in some healthy ingredients in your holiday meals. Bake with gluten-free, all-purpose flour, or almond flour, or coconut flour. Use Agave as your sweetener and use lower sodium broth for soups. Don’t be afraid to use fruit in hot dishes. I toss apples in my pumpkin or butternut squash soup. You can use skim milk cheese for your cheesy dishes. My children love it when I make homemade hot chocolate with almond milk, semi-sweet chocolate chips, vanilla, and cinnamon. They also love my homemade apple cider with fresh apples.
7. Decorate your table with a beautiful, large colorful salad and a do-it-yourself trail mix with a variety of nuts, raisins and dried cranberries.
The holidays do not have to be carb central! We can break that tradition and create new ones for our children.
So go ahead and eat… but not too much. Choose mostly plants (fruits, vegetables). Enjoy the holidays without guilt of overeating. (There is no reason to eat as if we had just experienced a famine!)
We have to take care of ourselves. We want to give our family the best. Wouldn’t it be nice to introduce them to good, healthy habits this year?
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant
on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.
They will be yours for food."
Genesis 1:29 (NIV)
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By Sommer Crayton
Wife to Chris, mom of three
Sommer Crayton is a wife who is in love with her husband, a mother who adores her three children, and a woman who loves Jesus Christ. She homeschools her children and she works alongside her husband, Pastor Chris Crayton. Together they have a wonderful blended family.
Sommer is a Certified Life Coach. She is passionate about God, His Word, His people, family, healthy living, and couponing. She has helped many women and teen girls in different areas of life. Sommer realizes that in all she does, her purpose is to glorify God and lead others to Christ.
4 Ways a Single Parent Can Move from Humbug to Hallelujah Friends,
We have the blessing of having Misty Honnold, from The Single Mom KC, join us today. She is a single mom of four and she offers great holiday advice.
With faith, hope, and love,
Lori & Becky
'Tis the season to be jolly…Fa la la, humbug!
God is the God of celebration. He gives His children a sense of belonging through rich traditions established in the feasts. For centuries, the nation of Israel has celebrated ordained feasts: eating certain foods, saying specific words, reenacting certain events. As they do this, they remember they belong to a story much bigger than one person’s. God wants His children free to CELEBRATE. In Exodus 5:1, He gave celebration as the reason for freeing Israel from captivity:
“Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Let My people go that they may celebrate a feast to Me in the wilderness.’ ”
He wants the same for us today…that we may come out of our ‘Egypt’ and truly celebrate HIM.
As a young married mother, I purposefully built family celebrations that would endure the test of time. However, in 1998, I found that those celebratory events did not endure the test of a breaking marriage. An ominous cloud lurked over every holiday that year, with the storm letting its fury loose on December 26, when I received divorce papers. My once Normal Rockwell family now lay in shambles; I did not think I would ever recover. Yet my children and I learned to celebrate once again.
In our journeys to determine who we are as a family, the holidays are a perfect opportunity to help define “this is who we are,” a perfect time to begin to rebuild with the Lord as the head of our home.
Begin your journey by stepping out of the humbug into the Hallelujah!
Here are some ideas:
1. DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT: It is a BIG step to choose to do something different. Changing the way it has been done will have a lasting impact on your children. Create a memory…and who knows, it might lead into a tradition.
2. ASK FOR HELP: Jesus told us, “All things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you” (Mk. 11:24). Although this is one of the most difficult things to do, God wants us to learn to ask HIM and even others. Whether for emotional support, finances, childcare for the kids, there is help available.
3. READ: STOP and read to your children. Borrow some Christmas or winter stories from the library. Enjoy time each night of the holiday season cuddling together. When my grown children come home for the holidays, we still enjoy this tradition.
4. DON’T OVERSPEND: The ache of lack is never more evident than in the holiday season. Grab a friend and hold each other accountable. JUST SAY NO. Choose to make a memory, not more debt.
It took some years to allow God to rebuild the shards of our lives. He also restored the art and passion of celebration in our hearts and our home.
What is one step forward you can take this holiday season to partner with the Lord in restoring LIFE in your family?
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Misty Honnold is the Founder and Executive Director of The Single Mom KC. A single mother of four, her greatest life work has been loving and leading her family well. Misty’s own challenges as a single mother have equipped her to offer encouragement, hope, and resources to other single mothers. She travels to train, teach, and equip churches and communities to love and aide single mothers. Misty’s wisdom and experience is accessible though podcasts, articles, and websites. She has been featured in Overwhelmed magazine, been a guest writer on Frontline Moms, and hosts Mocha Moments for The Single Mom.
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I Have No Margin I just had a life changing experience. At least I hope my life will be changed by it.
I’m building a twenty-six foot retaining wall in my front yard. A concrete saw rental was necessary. I was determined to save $35 and get the saw returned within the hourly rental time. I made my last cut, loaded the saw, and headed back to the rental store with two minutes to spare.
While driving, I noticed a child running across the four-lane road. It seemed odd in an industrial area and the child looked young. As I passed him I quickly glanced around looking for other children or adults.
“Should I stop and check?” I thought. “I have two minutes to get the saw back. There must be someone with him.”
I convinced myself and kept going to return the saw. When I got back in my car I was still thinking about that little boy. “Why didn’t I stop? What if he was alone? If I hurry, maybe I can find him.”
I drove back and saw him standing on the sidewalk. “Thank God,” I said as I pulled over and got out of the car.
“Hey buddy, what are you doing out here?” I asked.
With tears in his eyes he replied “I wanna go home! I want my daddy.”
Right then I realized what I had done. I was so wrapped up in my busyness and my concern about saving a few dollars on a concrete saw that I didn’t stop to help a lost child! That is when my life changed.
Another driver stopped and called the police. After talking with the boy, we were able to figure out that he had wandered away from a birthday party at an indoor trampoline park. While the other woman waited with the little two-year old for the police, I drove to the party center where I saw several staffers and a father frantically searching the parking lot. I explained that the boy was found and was just down the road. As I pointed down the road, the police were arriving. Happy ending for the family, not so much for me.
For the next few days, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. What if the boy had tried to go back and had been hit by a car? What is wrong with me that I am so busy that I couldn’t stop to help a lost child? Have I filled my life with so much busyness that I no longer have any margin in my life to stop and help someone in need?
A few days after this I was reading the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37 and it dawned on me that I was like the priest and the Levite. Busy people with no margin to serve.
First, I prayed for forgiveness. Then I prayed that the Lord would help me with my addiction to busyness. You see, I like being busy. I thrive on it. It’s like a badge of honor to be busier than others. Over the past few weeks, I’ve prayed that God would deliver me from my need to be busy and would open my eyes to the needs around me.
With this season of exceptional busyness, I pray that each of us can leave margin in our lives to care for those who may need us most.
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor
to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
By Pete Larson
Husband to Lynn, Father of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member, Executive Director of Family Fest Ministries
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