Jan 05 2010

Nineteen things to say to your children...

 Nineteen things to say to your children...

  1. I love you! There is nothing that will make me stop loving you. Nothing you could do or say or think will ever change that.
  2. You are amazing! I look at you with wonder! Not just at what you can do, but who you are. There is no one like you. No one!
  3. It's all right to cry. People cry for all kinds of reasons: when they are hurt, sad, glad, or worried; when they are angry, afraid, or lonely. Big people cry too. I do.
  4. You've made a mistake. That was wrong. People make mistakes. I do. Is it something we can fix? What can we do? It's all over. You can start fresh. I know you are sorry. I forgive you.
  5. You did the right thing. That was scary or hard. Even though it wasn't easy, you did it. I am proud of you; you should be too.
  6. I'm sorry. Forgive me. I made a mistake.
  7. You can change your mind. It's good to decide, but it is also fine to change.
  8. What a great idea! You were really thinking! How did you come up with that? Tell me more. Your mind is clever!
  9. That was kind. You did something helpful and thoughtful for that person. That must make you feel good inside. Thank you!
  10. I have a surprise for you. It's not your birthday. It's for no reason at all. Just a surprise, a little one, but a surprise.
  11. I can wait. We have time. You don't have to hurry this time.
  12. What would you like to do? It's your turn to pick. You have great ideas. It's important to follow your special interests.
  13. Tell me about it. I'd like to hear more. And then what happened? I'll listen.
  14. I'm right here. I won't leave without saying good-bye. I am watching you. I am listening to you.
  15. Please and Thank You. These are important words. If I forget to use them, will you remind me?
  16. I missed you. I think about you when we are not together!
  17. Just try. A little bit. One taste, one step. You might like it. Let's see. I'll help you if you need it. I think you can do it.
  18. I'll help you. I heard you call me, here I am. How can I help you? If we both work together, we can get this done. I know you can do it by yourself, but I'm glad to help since you asked.
  19. What do you wish for? Even if it's not yet time for birthday candles and we don't have a wishbone, it's still fun to hear about what you wish for, hope for, and dream about.


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Dec 28 2009

One Last Look

I saw this on ESPN over the weekend and it really touched my heart ... I thought it might touch yours, as well ...
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Dec 21 2009

Christmas Cookies and love

This past weekend, I had the priviledge of being at a church in Indianapolis that was passing out food for Christmas.  16,000 pounds of food!  Many K-LOVE listeners came to volunteer and handed out food.  And many K-LOVE listeners came to receive some food for their families.

After a trip through the plentiful food line, with full bags and happy hearts, people were invited to a room with hot chocolate, coffee, and Christmas cookies.  The youth group was passing out the goodies, spending the last Saturday before Christmas serving others.

And the cookies were exceptionally yummy:)  I made a point to visit the cookie room several times on Saturday:)  I chatted with several families as they sat at tables and enjoyed Christmas cookies.  We heard many stories of God providing, and many hopes for this Christmas and the future.

You know, there's just something about Christmas cookies.  They warm the heart.  I tried the no-bake cookies (that I hadn't tasted for years--so good!), sugar cookies with fun frostings, snickerdoodles and, well, many others:)

IF by chance today you are pulling out your Chrismtas cookie recipes to make the heart-warming favorite of your family, share the recipe here with us!  Maybe we'll make your cookies this year!

And thank you River of Life Church in Indianapolis for reaching out to others in such a big way, with love, presents, food, and cookies:)

Merry Christmas,


PS:  My family's favorite Christmas cookie...


Cream together: 1 C flour, 1 C softened butter, and 1/4 C brown sugar.  Pat into a 9x13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  While that crust is baking, stir together:  2 eggs, 2 tsp flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 C chopped nuts, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 1/2 C brown sugar, and 3/4 C coconut.  Spread over the cooled crust and bake for 25 minutes.  Cut into bars and dust with powdered sugar.  Enjoy!  My Momma made these cookies every year when I was a kid:)

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Dec 19 2009

Your Christmas Miracle

Our producer KC Wright has it on his heart that we take one morning on K-LOVE before Christmas and focus on your Christmas miracle.

So tell me:  What does that mean to you?  What is your Christmas miracle?

Is it something God did for you years ago at Christmas time, healing your body or heart, saving a loved one, giving you a child, restoring your marriage?

Or is your Christmas miracle something still yet to happen, something you are praying about and believing God for?

Tell us about your Christmas miracle by clicking on "comment" above.  And, if it wouldn't make you feel too uncomfortable, share what you're believing God for, so that we can stand in prayer with you, too.

Jesus is the Christmas miracle.  He is still doing miracles today.

Merry Christmas,