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I wrote the following thoughts for the girls in our Castle Keeper club. I trust it is a blessing to you. Chances are you are starting to think of your future and start to wonder who God has for you. Who you will wed, what he looks like and how it’s going to come about and…on and on. It’s how God designed us. Maybe you think that year is far off but is it? Whether that day is 1 or 2 or even 5 years away there are some things are some things you can be doing right now while you are waiting. 1. Pray for your future mate. If it’s the Lord will for you to get married, you have a wonderful privilege to…

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Feeling Stressed?

And in this nervous age that we’re living in…  Today I got my mind made up to something, “I’ve just got to do it,” and tomorrow it’s a million miles from me; something has done cut in and done this and that. And you have a time, trying to keep your wits together. – William Branham Tension and stress seem to rule the days for many of us. So many things to do, and of course, they should have been done yesterday. With all the gadgets and the conveniences of life, you would think our lives would have become more routine and relaxed but in contrast, it has caused us to be able to do additional things.  While our grandparents and great-grandparents who had very…

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How does one go about the forming of a habit both in ourselves and our children? Start with focusing on only one thing that you desire to change. In a famous article published in 1983, Anya Bateman tells how she changed her life by focusing on only one thing she wanted to change and then doing it for 21 days.  For some of the habits she was trying to form, she kept a journal of her thoughts and excuses and anything else that came up that made her not want to keep her agreement with herself. While working on forming a habit, we must be ever careful not to let ourselves or our children fail in the keeping of them.  We must be vigilant. I know this firsthand. …

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Habits. When I think about them I usually am reminded of all the things I do that I don’t want to do and of course there are all the things that I want to do that I don’t do,  like exercise (groan), eating less sweets and saying positive things to those around me. But I have also seen the benefit of good habits in my life.  Habits that were instilled in me as a child. They are such a part of me that I don’t have to think, I just do.  It requires no mental effort on my part because they are so engrained in my brain to do such and such. We all have those kinds of habits. If we had to think about everything we did and…

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Make Yourself Attractive to Your Child

Parenting is not easy.  I have always said it is the toughest job in the world.  But then when you throw boys into that mix of raising children, it can make for some hair pulling times.           Lately, I’ve really been wanting to see some change in me.  I don’t want to be a fault finding momma but instead one who encourages and supports my children. I’ve been praying and asking God to help me change. I felt one day to watch To Train Up a Child by Michael Pearl. I love his insights into child training. Anyways, I was so inspired by what he had to say concerning raising teenagers.  It really spoke to me and I want to share it with you in case…

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That title was a good attention grabber wasn’t it? It’s true. I hardly believe it myself. I keep thinking it will wear off. Do you think it’s possible that it may not?  I don’t know but… until then, I’m thrilllllled.               The first thing Justus and Audrey do in the morning is check out their chore boards. There are some days that they’re more eager than other – I cannot tell a lie. But overall I have kids who are eager to do their chores. Even on Saturdays!  They ask me to give them jobs on Saturday’s, too. Today I’m finally going to share with you how you can make your very own. It’s not rocket science which is exactly the kind…

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How to Motivate Your Kids to Do Their Chores

Wouldn’t it be a dream if your kids woke up each morning and ran to look at their chore chart to see what they were to do around the house? Well I have recently made chore boards for my kids that pretty much is working that way. I cannot believe how successful this has been with my 9-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter. Let me tell you about it. Do you remember when Choreganizers came out several years ago? It was basically a visual way for your children to do their chores.  Each child has a chart with 5 pockets and you put a chore card (a stack of chore cards come with Choreganizer) that has a picture in each slot. As the child did the chore, they then removed it from its slot and…

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Kitchen Duties for Children After Mealtime

No Weekly Review today since not much happened around here last week and therefore, not too many pictures were taken.  I was busy getting some Christmas gifts together that I can’t even tell about because I have to keep them secret.  shhh… So, in lieu of my Weekly Review that I usually do on Monday’s, I thought I would tell you how our family does kitchen chores after each meal.  It works quite well with our family of 6 children. First off I wrote down a list of jobs that needed to be done when each meal was over… clear table put food away wipe off counters sweep floor load dishwasher put food preparatory items away wipe chairs down I tried to think of enough jobs for my 5…

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Teaching Children to Work

This week my husband and I watched a video by Michael Pearl called Teaching Responsibility. I am really impressed with his wisdom. I like his practical down-to-earth manner on dealing with children. I know a lot of parents don’t agree with him but I’m not one of them – I really think he has a lot of insight into child rearing. In the video he says children should work with you before they know what work really is. If you wait until they’re old enough to really help you, you are sitting yourself up for grumbling and complaining. Children want to feel needed and enjoy working alongside you. For example, when you’re washing dishes, have them sit on the counter beside the sink with a…

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