Bleeding Duke Blue

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This morning Kai was playing and bring me his brothers suitcase saying he is ready to go to North Carolina.  I told him I’m sorry but we just can’t go today.  He kept insisting that we needed to go to Duke today.  I asked him if he wanted to see how far it is from Winona to Duke?

photoHe was all excited and wanted to see.  So I got out my phone and mapped the directions to show him.  I said the green dot is where we live and the red dot is where Duke is.  He said “No, the red dot CAN’T be Duke it NEEDS to be blue!  Don’t you know that blue is Duke.

I think his father has trained him well!

Here is word from Kai himself he wants to write on the computer!

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God @ McDonalds

“Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours.  Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now.”

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After church today the boys and I went to lunch at McDonalds.  When we walked in 2 young (teen) moms walked in with us.  Each carrying babies in their carseat carriers.  They walked over to one side of the restaurant while I went over to place our order.  One of the young moms came over to get in line to place an order.  (We’ll call her mom 1) While we were waiting for our food I could hear a very unhappy baby and a grandparent type couple came in to order food.

Our food was ready so I brought the tray over to the boys.  Shortly after sitting down I heard a lady say, “Mama…mama.”  I turned around to make sure she wasn’t talking to me thinking maybe I dropped something on my way to the table.  Instead I was able to witness I think one of the most beautiful things.

The grandma type lady that came in after us was calling to a crying mom # 2 who was about to walk out of the restaurant with one of the babies.  I couldn’t hear what was exactly said and I couldn’t see very well because they were behind me.  What I did witnessed was “grandma” give this mom, who was a stranger to her, a hug and some encouraging words.  I also heard mom say something about having a hard night and “grandma” told her that it would be all right.

Their exchange didn’t last more then a minute but it was amazing and has reminded me to open my eyes to those hurting around me.  You never know how an encouraging word or a helpful hand will lighten someones load and brighten their day.

All afternoon I’ve been praying this:

Heavenly Father I lift up these 2 young moms.  That you will bless them with more people to offer encouraging words and helping hands.  That they will be able to remember the joy these children bring to their lives especially when times are difficult.  Lord, you know what they are going through I ask that you give them courage & peace.

I praise you for the “grandma” that has eyes and hands like Christ, willing to step up and encourage this young mom.  Bless her Lord, she has touched my life more then she knows.

I ask that you open my eyes to see those around me that are hurting, the bravery to step up, and the words that will encourage them.    Amen.

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Family Devo 7 {Sharing Good News}

Family Devotional 7


Matthew 28:18-20

When Jesus came near, he spoke to them. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. So wherever you go, make disciples of all nations: Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to do everything I have commanded you.

“And remember that I am always with you until the end of time.”

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The big “E” word: Evangelism. It can be a word that makes us uncomfortable and unsure what to do. But it is something God calls us to do.

My first thought is how can I teach my children about Evangelism when it’s something that I don’t feel comfortable doing. I then realized that my children have probably taught me more about it then I have taught them.

We will be in a store and Kai will belt out “Jesus Loves Me” or “Here I am to Worship” and not care who is listening. Each Wednesday Micah asks at least one friend to come to Faith Formation with us.

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Read Matthew 28:18-20 together as a family. Talk about the scripture and what stood out to you.

The following are some discussion questions to help in talking about the above scripture.

What is Jesus telling us to do?
What does Jesus say he is going to do?
If there has been a time where you have told someone about Jesus share that experience?
Is there someone you know that doesn’t know about Jesus? It can be anyone just try to think of someone because we will pray for that person later.

I found a neat illustration to show the power of one kid telling another about Jesus at Ministry to Children.  There is a video here that you can check out about this activity.  Take a set of dominos and on one of them draw a happy person or put a sticker on it on another one draw a sad face or put a sticker on it. Put the “happy kid” on one end of the table and the “sad kid” at the other end. Talk about how the “happy kid” knows about Jesus and wants to share about him but can’t reach the “sad kid,” the one that doesn’t know about Jesus. But he tells someone else (Put a domino behind him) and that kid tells one kid (put a kid behind him), continue this until the dominoes reach the “sad kid”. Talk about how just telling one kid can set off a chain reaction of kids telling kids all around the world. Push the first domino over and watch what happens as they all fall over.


Have your child(ren) repeat after you.

Dear God.
Thank you for giving us.
a reason to have faith in you.

We lift (the person you thought of before) up to you.

and ask for courage and an opportunity to share you with them. Amen.

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Family Devo 6 {Holy Spirit}

Family Devotional

Empowered by the Spirit

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Philippians 4: 10-20

I am so happy, and I thank the Lord that you have again shown your care for me. You continued to care about me, but there was no way for you to show it. I am telling you this, but not because I need something. I have learned to be satisfied with what I have and with whatever happens. I know how to live when I am poor and when I have plenty. I have learned the secret of how to live through any kind of situation—when I have enough to eat or when I am hungry, when I have everything I need or when I have nothing. Christ is the one who gives me the strength I need to do whatever I must do.

But it was good that you helped me when I needed help. You people in Philippi remember when I first told the Good News there. When I left Macedonia, you were the only church that gave me help. Several times you sent me things I needed when I was in Thessalonica. Really, it is not that I want to get gifts from you. But I want you to have the benefit that comes from giving. I have everything I need. I have even more than I need. I have all I need because Epaphroditus brought your gift to me. Your gift is like a sweet-smelling sacrifice offered to God. God accepts that sacrifice and it pleases him. My God will use his glorious riches to give you everything you need. He will do this through Christ Jesus. Glory to our God and Father forever and ever. Amen.

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“God was with them — the Holy Spirit. He’s given to every person at the moment they put their faith in Christ, but rarely accessed. The Spirit helps us, affirms we are God’s, teaches us, even prays for us, leads us in what to do, & equips us with what we need to do.”

I found this quote when reading the book Anything: The Prayer that Unlocked My Soul by Jennie Allen and I thought it was a great way to describe the Holy Spirit and to better understand.

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Read Philippians 4: 10-20 together as a family. Talk about the scripture and what stood out to you.

The following are some discussion questions to help in talking about the above scripture.

How can Paul be content with what he has when he’s in jail?

Talk about what would make you really happy.

Paul says that the church of Phillippi was the only church to support his missionary work. Is there some one or an organization your family can help support this week? It doesn’t need to be finically (a meal, clothes, time).

Here is a fun activity I know my boys will be excited to do.   I found this at Sunday School Lady and a great way to show that the Holy Spirit is like a volcano: Ordinarily it seems quiet, but there is much power when the Spirit acts.

Materials Needed:

• 3 drops of dishwashing liquid • 1/2 cup water
• 3 drops red food coloring
• 4 Tbsp. baking soda

• 1/2 cup vinegar
• cookie sheet
• plastic bottle
Mix all ingredients in the bottle EXCEPT vinegar. Make sure the bottle is sitting on the cookie sheet. Add vinegar and watch it explode!


Have your child(ren) repeat after you.

Dear God.
Thank you for your ever presences.              Be with us this week.                              remind us to trust in you.                               in all that we do.


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Family Devo 5 {Love}


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1 John 4:7-21

Dear friends, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born again because of what God has done. That person knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.    How did God show his love for us? He sent his one and only Son into the world. He sent him so we could receive life through him.  What is love? It is not that we loved God. It is that he loved us and sent his Son to give his life to pay for our sins.

Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we should also love one another. No one has ever seen God. But if we love one another, God lives in us. His love is made complete in us.  We know that we belong to him and he belongs to us. He has given us his Holy Spirit.

The Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. We have seen it. We give witness to it. God lives in anyone who agrees that Jesus is the Son of God. That kind of person remains joined to God. So we know that God loves us. We depend on it.  God is love. Anyone who leads a life of love shows that he is joined to God. And God is joined to him.

So love is made complete among us. We will be bold on the day God judges us. That’s because in this world we love as Jesus did.  There is no fear in love. Instead, perfect love drives fear away. Fear has to do with being punished. The one who fears does not have perfect love.

We love because he loved us first. Anyone who says he loves God but in fact hates his brother or sister is a liar. He doesn’t love his brother or sister, whom he has seen. So he can’t love God, whom he has not seen.  Here is the command God has given us. Anyone who loves God must also love his brothers and sisters.

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Parent – To – Parent

As a mom of 2 young boys I want to teach them to have generous loving hearts.  To do this we try to show them different ways to help others in need.  I pray that as they grow older they will WANT to help others when they see a need and will do it with a loving heart.


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Read 1 John 4:7-21 together as a family.  Talk about the scripture and what stood out to you.

Ask your child(ren) who their brothers & sisters are.  (List in family, then add church family, then add school & community family, and then add world).

Talk about needing to love all these people and what that looks like.

I found this activity at

scan0019One way to show our love is to pray for each other.  On a sheet of paper have your child make a scribble with big spaces.  In each space have them write the name of a person or group that they would like to pray for.  Then have them decorate each space with details and key words for that person.  Hang this some where in your house to remind you to pray for the people throughout the week.

One of my favorite ways to show God’s love is through Random Acts of Kindness.  There are so many ways to do this.  You can google “random acts of kindness” to find 100’s of ideas or here are a few examples we’ve done and enjoy:

~ Pay for the person behind you in a line (at a coffee shop, restaurant, grocery store, Target, anywhere)

~ Go grocery shopping for the food shelf

~ Leave homemade “Have a great day!” notes on random cars

~ Bring flowers & cards to a nursing home

~ Hide a dollar with a note in the toy section of the dollar store

~ Buy a hot wheels car and give it to the first child you see

Plan out a random act of kindness to do as a family this week.


Have your child(ren) repeat after you.

Dear God.

Thank you God for your constant love.

Be with us this week.

and help us to show your.

love to those around us.




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Family Devo 4 {Baptism}

Baptism {February 24}

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Acts 16:25-34

Along about midnight, Paul and Silas were at prayer and singing a robust hymn to God. The other prisoners couldn’t believe their ears. Then, without warning, a huge earthquake! The jailhouse tottered, every door flew open, all the prisoners were loose.

Startled from sleep, the jailer saw all the doors swinging loose on their hinges. Assuming that all the prisoners had escaped, he pulled out his sword and was about to do himself in, figuring he was as good as dead anyway, when Paul stopped him: “Don’t do that! We’re all still here! Nobody’s run away!”

The jailer got a torch and ran inside. Badly shaken, he collapsed in front of Paul and Silas. He led them out of the jail and asked, “Sirs, what do I have to do to be saved, to really live?” They said, “Put your entire trust in the Master Jesus. Then you’ll live as you were meant to live—and everyone in your house included!”

They went on to spell out in detail the story of the Master—the entire family got in on this part. They never did get to bed that night. The jailer made them feel at home, dressed their wounds, and then—he couldn’t wait till morning!—was baptized, he and everyone in his family. There in his home, he had food set out for a festive meal. It was a night to remember: He and his entire family had put their trust in God; everyone in the house was in on the celebration.

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One of my favorite parts of a Baptism is the congregation agreeing to help nurture each other in their faith.  Isn’t it reassuring to know that we are not walking through this big messy life alone?  That we are able to look to fellow Christians for help.   As a parent I especially like knowing that I’m not alone in raising my children in Christian faith.  That I have THIS whole church to help me with that.

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Read Acts 16: 25- 34 together as a family

The scripture above is about the jailer & his family learning about Christ and becoming Baptized.  If you remember your Baptism tell you child(ren) about it.  If not & your child has been baptized then tell them about that day.  Why you wanted them baptized?  Who was there?  What made it special?  

Try this activity — Materials Needed:

  • Pudding or Jello or washable Finger Paint or something rather messy
  • Plate
  • Paper
  • Sink & Water

Give your child(ren) the “messy” medium you choose and a piece of paper.

Let your child(ren) play around in it on a piece of paper.  If you wanted you could have them create a picture to go along with the scripture.

When they are finished or getting close to being done have your child(ren) put some of the “messy medium” on to the plate and make it very dirty.

Then have them take it to the sink to wash it.

Talk to your child(ren) about the dirty plate representing us when we have sinned.  We are dirty but when we are baptized Jesus washes our sin away and makes us clean.  Just like when you wash the plate it is clean.


Have your child(ren) repeat after you.

Dear God.

Thank you for these stories of Baptism.

that we are able to hear.

and learn from.

Help us to remember

your abundant love and grace.



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Family Devo 3 {Believe}


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Hebrews 10:35 – 11:1

So don’t throw away your bold faith. It will bring you rich rewards. You need to be faithful. Then you will do what God wants. You will receive what he has promised. In just a very little while, “The one who is coming will come. He will not wait.  The one who is in the right will live by faith. If he pulls back, I will not be pleased with him.”   But we aren’t people who pull back and are destroyed. We are people who believe and are saved.  Faith is being sure of what we hope for. It is being certain of what we do not see.

Parent – To – Parent

Believing in our children or believing the sun will rise in the morning can be easy for some of us.  Believing in God can be more difficult for some of us.  Hebrews 11:1 says “Faith is being sure of what we hope for.  It is being certain of what we do not see.

 Family Time

Read the above scripture together.

Who are some people that you have faith in?

Here are a couple activities you can do to explain faith.  I found these activities at When You Rise.  Click the link and find out what she did to teach Faith to her children.

~ Trust Fall — Have a child stand on a stable surface tell your child to turn around with their back toward you and cross their arms over their chest as they fall backward into your arms.

This takes lots of trust and you need to believe that the person is strong enough to catch you and that they will keep their word by not letting you fall.

~ Fly A Kite — Or make a piece of paper move with a fan or blow dryer if it’s not windy outside (or it’s too cold). Read Hebrews 11:1 again.  “Faith is being sure of what we hope for. It is being certain of what we do not see.”  Talk about needing to believe in something that we can’t see.  Can you think of something that blows trees and flowers and hair and kites?  Talk about how we can’t see wind.  Try to catch and hold it in your hands (either outside or by sitting in front of a fan or blow dryer.  Are you sure there’s wind?  Then fly the kite or piece of paper in front of a fan.


Have your child(ren) repeat after you.

Dear God.

Thank you for being.

ever present in our lives.

Help us to remember.

that you are near us

even if we are not able to.

touch, see, feel, hear, or taste.

you all the time.



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