52 Weekly Devotions for Busy Families
Help your family grow spiritually, bond, and have fun with these weekly devotions. Each week will focus on one character trait or kid issue. Choose from a variety of hands-on activities, chats, and even art journaling (for creating a family spiritual scrapbook) to fit your schedule. Each week also includes one short devotional story (1-2 minutes), a suggested Bible story, and a prayer. You choose weekly how much time to invest and which activities to do.
About the Author:
International speaker, former television host, and author of twenty-three books for women, families, and children, Karen Whiting helps families build strong, wholesome bonds. Her awards include the Christian Retailing Best Award, children’s nonfiction (The One Year My Princess Devotions) and the Military Writer’s Society of America Gold Medal (Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front). She discovered the joy and benefits of devotions with her own five children (including two who became rocket scientists).
Mary’s Monday Musings on Encouraging words by Mary Tatem
The hotel was amazing. With its size, extravagant lobbies, chandeliers, and shiny stair rails, the establishment reeked money. One can only imagine what a night there would cost. But the staff was lovely, not an ounce of exclusiveness in evidence. A night’s lodging or a dinner in one of the several restaurants might cost a mint, but a dish of ice cream was reasonable and a cup of tea affordable. Both were served with elegance and thoughtfulness as if we were as ritzy as the overnight guests.
Crafting encouraging words can be as simple as a cup of tea, but as special as if it were served in a ritzy teahouse.
Does God enjoy dropping unexpected treats like that on his people? We are His children, and I think He likes to give us surprising and undeserved blessings because He loves us even more than we love our children. As parents, we don’t want our children to expect such experiences and consider them their right, but we love to provide sweet treats occasionally. God relishes surprising us with special delights.
Let’s keep our eyes open so we recognize His blessing and thank Him when He supplies the unexpected and undeserved treat. Keep your eyes open to see Him at work in your writing, or your business, as well as your family. Thank Him for both the amazing and the mundane blessing. He is the author of both. A letter to a shut in is as important an accomplishment for an author as a best-selling book. When we awake each morning, ask Him to allow us to use our skills to bless people—be they organizing skills, creating skills, or simply a word of encouragement.
Mary Tatem is the author of eight books, including her most recent re-release, The Quilt of Life.
Davalynn Spencer, here. What a great day it is to welcome multi-published author Jocelyn Green in her encore visit to CAN.
Jocelyn, how many books do you have published, and what are a few of your titles?
Twelve, with my thirteenth releasing March 1. The Mark of the King; Refresh: Spiritual Nourishment for Parents of Children with Special Needs; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition (with Dr. Gary Chapman).
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Dianne Barker here, spreading encouragement.
I must ask—do you ever feel like giving up? Are you tired of the hassle…tired of spinning your wheels…tired of feeling stuck? Facing a bleak future and overcome by hopelessness, have you muttered to yourself, Why bother? Read More →
Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California! Today I have the privilege of interviewing novelist Ane Mulligan, one of our newest CAN members, but a longstanding member of American Christian Fiction Writers—and the recipient of ACFW’s first Volunteer Service Award. Ane brings a lot of energy and humor wherever she goes, and we’re thrilled to have her in CAN. You’ll enjoy what she has to share today.
Ane, how did you get into writing?
I’d quit my job as an office manager and my husband said, “Don’t look for another job. Write a book.” I was a published playwright but novelist? Well, God often speaks to me through my husband, so I tried. It took a loooong time. As a playwright, all I knew was how to write dialogue. POV? What does that mean? Obviously, I had a lot to learn. Read More →