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Updated: May 27

*Disclaimer: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.*



Everybody Always for Kids by Bob Goff and his daughter, Lindsey Goff Viducich, has been an engaging devotion for my boys and me. I am always on the lookout for books that challenge my children and myself to "be the church" and impact our communities with God's love. The book is published by Tommy Nelson, and just like many other books my boys and I have obtained over the years, they succeed in helping you reach your children biblically in a way that is developmentally appropriate. I have three boys between the ages of 5-11, and each of them enjoyed our read-aloud time, prayer, and activities. Trust me when I tell you, this book will not disappoint!


The bright colors and colorful illustrations kept the boy's attention as I read this book for bedtime and morning devotions. This book is sturdy and has held up well with my rough and tough all-boy house.

Every lesson left them wanting to do some of the things Bob did, like building a race kart, having a block party, and going skydiving.



This book is full of applicable life lessons such as:


Chapter 4/Carol's Parade - While you wait for heaven...love people near you!


Chapter 11/Holes in my Pockets - Show others the new person God is making you into!


Chapter 19/Time Capsule - God's Word is timeless!


Chapter 24/Diploma- Don't compete with others, instead honor and celebrate others!


Chapter 31/Last One, Best One - We will still make mistakes even when we try our best to follow God's voice!


Chapter 40/The Oaks Garden - Share God's love with everyone, no seed planted is too small!


These are just a few of the lessons that you and your children can read, discuss, and then hold each other accountable as you live these principles out as a family. The creative way Bob and his daughter present each story will help your child share the love of Jesus in a tangible way. Kids will be able to see that both kids and adults are challenged throughout life to maintain an authentic relationship with Christ and impact their world wherever they may find themselves.


We also enjoyed the free hands-on activities. The activities are accessible to be downloaded for free here. Along with your downloads is the first chapter of the book! There are five hands-on activities, that coincide with the first five chapters of the book.


We enjoyed the lesson two activity pictured below! This lesson discussed patience and how we have an opportunity to be an example for Jesus when we "pack our patience." This lesson also showed through Bob's experience how our lives are often times on display to others when we don't realize it... These lessons delve deep, but the biblical principles represented, are truths that will stick with your child for years to come.


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How many of you all had no idea how becoming a mother would impact you? Motherhood has been one of my biggest blessings, but also one of my biggest challenges. Motherhood is a ministry, where I believe God’s love is felt in a tangible way through our serving.


But what have I come to learn as a Mom, that has impacted me the most?


Take Care of You

We can not put our spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical well-being on hold. Motherhood causes some limitations, but don't stop working on yourself! If we are not diligent to find a way to care for ourselves it will ultimately have a negative effect on our children and family. I have been guilty of falling into this trap myself. But by God’s grace, I have come a long way and He continues to help me have better balance. Motherhood is not a pass to neglect our own growth and care. Loving others starts with loving yourself enough to take care of yourself, first.


Keep Community Close

Don’t go at this motherhood journey alone, all the time. God created us to share in each other's blessings and burdens. What you have another Mom needs and vice versa. It has been soo sweet to share this journey with other moms and watch our kids grow. We have swapped maternity clothes, tears, and God’s goodness. Find yourself a group of praying and loving mom’s and it will be a blessing to your soul.


Pursue Your Passion

Even if it seems small. Find something that you love and just do it. You may not be able to do it every week, but find at least one thing that you are passionate about and make time for it, as much as you can. Getting back to what you love will breathe fresh life into your daily routine. If you aren't sure what that "thing" is, don't be afraid to try something new.


All these things will make the responsibility of motherhood soo much sweeter!


A Special Mother's Day Prayer for Y-O-U!


Lord, continue to pour into every mother attributes of your character

Fill their cup to overflowing and let them know that no matter what they face they will make it through

Renew their strength for every task, whether big or small

Display through their daily love and sacrifice that you are almighty and forever faithful!

Amen





There is no denying it. When you recognize that you have a child who is strong-willed, it helps you realize how much lack of control you have. But I believe this is one of the many circumstances God uses to grow us as parents. While we are busy showing our children the ways of life, God has something to teach us...His "big kids."


Just when we think we have a rhythm to this parenting thing... Situations will arise that show us how we need God's help on a whole different level.


What do you do when your child thinks they know it all? Has everything become an argument? Is their mindset stuck on their way alone? Are you left thinking, "I wish they would listen, not with their ears, but their heart?"

You're not alone. I’ve been there, and I am still there. But then I stop, pause, and reflect on my own life’s

journey. The words of a song come to my mind….

"You have rescued my life

You have rescued my life

And I'm never going back

My response is

Hallelujah

You're my redeemer

Hallelujah!”


This is a song by Phil Thompson, that reminds me how much rescuing of my own actions has taken place over the years. I was raised by Christian parents, a two-parent home, and lots of love... Still, I made some regretful decisions. But God was still sovereign. I think sometimes as parents we forget that. For a time we can discipline our kids and get them to respond the right way. But as they get older we can no longer utilize the same measure of discipline. As our children get older it may feel as if we no longer have control over our children, but in reality, we never did. Our children belong to God. He is their first parent. The sooner we accept this fact, the sooner we will be less emotionally and mentally depleted.


Try instead to level up your spiritual armor. Upgrade your time in prayer, intercession, and fasting so that you can be more in tune with God's Spirit throughout the day.


When you feel helpless in regards to the outcome of your children, it is a setup to observe God’s rescuing power!


We need growth in our spiritual journey, and God will almost always use our kids to mature us.


Continue to consistently train, love, and nurture your children to live a godly life. Allow them to feel the

pain with peaceful confidence.


Some of your child's choices and actions that may look like a liability now might be what gives them leverage in the future.


God loves all of our children and yes, our strong-willed children, just as much. God is near when we feel

helpless, but He will remain faithful to equip us to see our children and their future through His eyes.

Have faith, love your child as he or she is...God has your child’s heart in the palm of His hand.


Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands. -Deuteronomy 7:9(NLT)