Monday, November 30, 2020

New Book Release! Yet Will I Praise Him: Living and Parenting with a Chronic Illness

I can't believe I'm finally able to say this, but....

I'm a published author!!!!

My book, Yet Will I Praise Him: Living and Parenting with a Chronic Illness, was officially released on November 17th!

Several people have asked me what made me decide to write a book. It goes back to when I was six years old and I wrote my first three-page story about a shipwreck in a pink, spiral-bound notebook. After that, I continued to write and dreamed of seeing my name on an actual book someday. I never thought my first published book would be a non-fiction one about raising kids while living with a chronic illness. But God had His own plan and it's what I was led to write about so that's what I did! I do have plans for more books including a 30-day devotional companion book to Yet Will I Praise Him and some novels, but those will have to wait until this school year is over since I'm devoting a lot of time to distance learning with my kids right now.

You can find Yet Will I Praise Him at the following places online:

You can also see the trailer for my book on YouTube!

New book release! Yet Will I Praise Him: Living and Parenting with a chronic illness:

Do you have my book yet? I'd love if you would take a few minutes and leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads to let me know what you thought of it!

Monday, November 9, 2020

How to Teach Your Kids to Be Thankful

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The title of this post is How to Teach Your Kids to Be Thankful, but let's be honest...this is something at which we all could be better. What better time to work on this skill than in November, the month of Thanksgiving?

A few months ago, I added thankfulness to my daily morning devotions and I've noticed that it's rubbing off on my whole day. I notice and am grateful for more of the little things throughout the day. I've been trying to encourage my kids to be grateful as well and wanted to share with you some of the things I've found to help them with that as well as some free printables that you can use this Thanksgiving with your family.

How to Teach Your Kids to Be Thankful

1. Teach by example.
Don't just tell your kids to be more grateful... teach them to count their blessings by counting yours and don't forget to credit the Creator of your blessings!

2. Be purposeful about gratitude.
When one of my kids is having a rough day with lots of whining and complaining, I have them either tell me or write down three things they're grateful for. 

3. Memorize I Thessalonians 5:16-18 with your kids.

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
I Thessalonians 5:16-18

4. Start a thankfulness jar.
Have everyone in the family write down their blessings in a scrap of paper and put it in the thankfulness jar each night during dinner (or whenever it works best for your family!) 

5. Say thank you a lot!

6. Have your kids start a thankfulness journal.
I like this one or you can just use a regular notebook. If you're looking for something a little more in-depth, this Gratitude Journal and Devotional are sure to get your kids focused on thanking God for their blessings, while growing closer to Him. 

7. Read this book, Growing Grateful Kids by Susie Larson, to learn more about teaching kids how to be grateful. 

How to teach your kids to be thankful: 

Don't forget about your free thankfulness printables! Click on the button below to download them.

What are some ways you encourage your kids to be thankful?