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Love Begins at Home

Wendy Douglas —  August 12, 2011

Love begins at home… – Mother Teresa

There is a lot of talk about Family Ministry as it applies to Children’s Ministry. What does it mean? What does it look like? While I believe that this is an important conversation to have, I believe that we also need to be talking about what Family Ministry looks like in our own homes.

We can get so caught up in doing Children’s Ministry that we neglect our first ministry which is our family. We have become more intentional about reaching outside of our homes and churches and less in reaching those inside our own homes. We are teaching the families in our churches how to spend time together and teaching parents to be the spiritual leaders of their home – yet we leave very little time to do that ourselves.

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Purpose Driven Kids

Wendy Douglas —  May 18, 2011

Recently. I have been listening to Rick Warren’s latest series on Raising Amazing Kids. this past week’s message was all about Purpose Driven Kids. In this message he shared the five truths that we need to help our children understand and believe about themselves along with five questions that we need to help them ask and answer.

1. I was planned for God’s pleasure.

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I was listening to Rick Warren’s latest sermon via podcast this morning. It is the first in a series called Raising Amazing Kids where he will be addressing the needs of our kids today. The first he shared about is their spiritual needs.

He said, “The most important task as a parent is to give a child a spiritual foundation. God created your child to know Him.”  He said that there are 8 truths about God that every child should learn and they can all be found in The Lord’s Prayer.

1. God wants an intimate relationship with me.

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Just Say No to Devos

Wendy Douglas —  October 2, 2010

EDITOR’S NOTE: Welcome to the 4th day of Orange Week 2.0 here on Kidmin1124. In this post, Wendy Douglas shares something that didn’t work and what they did about it. For other Orange Week 2.0 posts, please check out

One of the things that we tried after attending the Orange conference was online family devotions to better equip parents during this time with their kids. Well I will just say it…it failed. Hardly any families were utilizing them, and the ones that were using them weren’t really happy with the content or format.  It was time to rethink everything from the devotions themselves to how we were making them available.

So, you know what we did? We started asking parents questions. Like what are you looking for? How much time do you have? Where will you doing them? Once we had those answers, we started brainstorming on the content and delivery of family devotions.

This verse really is the key to family devotions.

And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7

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Do as I Say Not as I Do

Wendy Douglas —  September 27, 2010

Oh if I only had a nickel for every time I heard this phrase as a child…

For a long time I believed that this was every parents mantra even when I first became a mom. I grew up thinking that it was more important to instruct on the right things to do. To say I was confused both as a child and early in my parenting journey is an understatement.

Yes the words are important, but the actions have to match. We, as parents, need to model the behavior that we are hoping to pass on to our kids. The fact is we will teach our children more by our actions than any words we could say. Most behavior, both good and bad, is caught not taught.

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Pit Stop or Rest Area?

Wendy Douglas —  September 21, 2010

Would you consider your home a pit stop or a rest area for your family? What I mean is – are you only coming home long enough to change clothes, eat, and sleep between activities or are you living life with your family in your home? If you answered yes to the first part of either question, then it is time to take a look at how busy your family’s life has become and make some changes.

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Hold My Hand Mommy!

Wendy Douglas —  September 8, 2010

When my boys were very little, they loved taking walks and holding my hand. We would walk down a path chatting away about our days. As they got older, they would still hold my hand as we walked, but there would be brief moments when they would run ahead with me chasing after them. Today my two oldest hold my hand less frequently with rare moments that they grab hold of my hand. My youngest and I still hold hands as we walk together.  Today all three of them are secure in knowing that I am walking with them and my hand is always there for them to hold onto.

I was thinking today of how similar this is to walking with my heavenly Father. I cherish those times when I walk along the path holding His hand. I still have those moments where I let go and run ahead and He chases me to bring me back to the path. I too am secure in knowing He walks with me and His hand is always there for me to hold.

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image After a little break, it’s time for the next installment of the Non-Negotiables.  In this series, we are reviewing a variety of things in our lives which we cannot afford to give up on in order to “make time.”  Thus far we have looked at:

Today (and in the next installment), we move on to a struggle that many of us in ministry have faced or do face – making sure that we do not sacrifice family in order to accomplish what we want to in ministry.  Last week, I published an excerpt from Charles Spurgeon’s Evening by Evening Devotional in which he wrote: Continue Reading…

Family Focus

Wendy Douglas —  June 29, 2010

Making family time a priority is so important when you have a full time job and serve in children’s ministry. You have to be very intentional about making that time. I heard someone say once that they actually schedule family time on their calendar throughout the week and work everything else around that. You have to figure out what works best for you.

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