Every Day is a Gift…

02.15.14

posted by Stelzl Family in Family Fun, Picture-This

Every day is a gift from God…

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An opportunity to learn and grow, and patiently let God work…

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An opportunity to rejoice in unexpected surprises – God’s gift to us!

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Sometimes it takes something a little out of the ordinary to open our eyes to beauty of God’s creation.

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Sometimes He gives us these opportunities so that we will stop and consider how blessed we are to have people who love us – that we can love back!

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We make memories that we can cherish forever…

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And when tomorrow comes we step back into the usual… but with a new perspective.

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We had a really special week, enjoying the snow that Tiny Tim has been praying for all year :-).

Giveaway

02.01.14

posted by Bethany in Family News, Product Reviews, Raising Entrepreneurs

My sister Sarah is doing a  giveaway on her blog The Country Muffin. She will be giving away a free Sore Muscle Salve and a Headache Oil. Both of these are used often around our house and work wonders.

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A Quiet Wintry Day

01.31.14

posted by Stelzl Family in Family Fun

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Snow falls gently in the stillness of a cold black night. Little ones, tucked away beneath warm blankets have seen it from the window, and are anxious for morning.

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It’s quite. Quiet like the peaceful stillness of a world covered in white after snow.

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Even a little snow has a way of changing everything.

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It’s an answer to prayer for one little boy.

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And because you never know when the next snow will fall, you wake up early and play hard all day, to make the most of God’s beautiful gift :-)

Are Your Convictions Inherited or Personal?

01.21.14

posted by Hannah in Exhortation & Encouragement, Testimonies

Something that has really bothered me as I’ve gotten older is the answers I think of when people ask me difficult questions about my beliefs, “religion”, convictions, etc. More often than not, I’ll walk away from a curious questioner kicking myself for the answer I gave them when they challenged me in some area. The thought, “I should have said this or that!” bugs me and I regret the poor attempt I made at collecting my thoughts in a split second.

Perhaps one of the most frustrating things about the whole ordeal is that I know why I believe what I believe (even though I didn’t used to!). I just have a hard time verbalizing it when put on the spot. However, as I’ve worked with countless teen girls in mentoring relationships, I’ve realized that the majority of them hold only inherited beliefs. Some of them can quote perfect answers that they’ve been indoctrinated with by their parents. However, they haven’t experienced God in that belief. They simply “believe” because they’ve been told. There comes a time in our lives as young men and women when saying “I believe because my parents said so” is simply not enough to ground us in our Christian walks. We have to make God’s moral laws our own.

This observation led me to begin encouraging young people to embrace Scriptural principles as their own and also to help them (as well as myself!) think of wise answers for those who ask us about the way we live. I’ve been able to do this on my blog and with the help of some other writers. Today’s post is, I think especially important and is the follow-up practical application to Nathaniel’s post from yesterday. I’d encourage you to read it and consider where the convictions and beliefs in your own life are founded. Are they merely a result of what you’ve been told? Or are they solidified in the bedrock of Scripture?

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Be Blessed!

HannahGrace

In His Perfect Timing

01.18.14

posted by Stelzl Family in Family News, Raising Entrepreneurs, Student Expeditions

Have you heard the big announcement?

Someone in our family has VERY exciting news! Check out her post here.