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the Legacy

When you long to cultivate a Christian home.

Month: December 2016

New Year, Blank Canvas

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After a period of gestation, Pioneering the Legacy has been birthed! I’m excited for this new life in all its infancy to bless us each where we are, momma. Especially through those times in which schedules overwhelm, minds overcrowd, and voices of negativity are stripping you of your strength.

For those of us longing to cultivate a Christian home, even when we don’t have a clear vision of what that looks like, PtL is here. We invite you to find this isn’t a place of expectations or lists of to-do’s, but rather a place of rest and rejuvenation. Something I’ve learned recently? Blank canvases are good, especially when the vision isn’t clear.

The essential is to know how to see...but this...this calls for great study, learning how to unlearn...and to scrape off the paint they used to cover my senses.

And when times are changin’ crazy fast and the world has all these mixed up ideas of who Jesus is, a weight is lifted when someone is with you, helping to filter out the mess. Don’t worry, momma. I would be honored to be one of those people, but you must check and challenge me. Always test your sources. Because the last thing you want to do is buy into some version watered-down, gussied-up, or twisted around. Only the best for your family, momma. Fresh-squeezed biblical Truth.

Throughout 2017 you will find PtL to provide a focused opportunity for discovery of both self and God, because momma, your family needs you at your best, and your best is at rest in Him. You will find resources for introducing this God-life to your children, because one hour of Sunday school isn’t good enough for those who hold your whole heart. Nourish them well, momma. And it won’t even take from your energy stores. Promise. It may even revive you. Truth be told, we might all welcome a little revival.

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Download the above printable here: untamed frontier

A blank canvas and rainbow of paints are just waiting for us, momma. With God’s clear vision for your family coming into focus, you will paint that blank canvas confidently with wild brush strokes. Will you join me in this adventure of Pioneering the Legacy?

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Children’s Resources

As promised, the resources here are teacher-approved and will breathe life into the hearts of both you and your littles. Each one is created to fit perfectly into the things you do already: dinner, driving, and bedtime routines. Real relief. So take a breath and use what best fits your family. Because this legacy we’re cultivating requires more than an hour with a Sunday school teacher. You are tailor-made for this, momma. It’s the absolute icing on the cake. And yes, it can be just as sweet.

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The first two resources are children’s books. And I don’t give a recommendation easily. My son is a teen now, and his favorite book for years made this short list of two. The other is the Bible I bought for my daughter after extensive searching. Both of these children’s Bibles will release new freedom to storytime.

The See With Me Bible is a picture-only book. Which means you are the narrator. This was freedom for me. There wasn’t a children’s Bible that really ‘fit’ my son. I couldn’t find one that would connect or hold his interest. Being able to tell him the stories using my own words proved to be the right choice.

Just this year he was the only one in his public school class to know the story of the Tower of Babel. And he gave his social studies teacher some additional information regarding slavery in ancient Egypt. Stories stick. And if he picked a story I didn’t know well enough to tell on-the-spot, I had my own Bible handy. I could skim a story in the time he looked at a few pictures. If I had my own questions and curiosity beckoned, I’d dig a little more after settling into my own bed for the night.

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jesus storybook bible

Before Genesis even starts in the Jesus Storybook Bible, Sally writes what the Bible is not. It’s not a book of rules or heroes. “It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne – everything – to rescue the one he loves.” Thank you Sally for shaking off the dust that reeks of Pharisees. Yes, there are life-giving rules. And the heroes? A bix mix of good and bad, just like the stuff within us. And now hope shines just a little brighter.

Our second great resource is our dinner table questions. Print ’em out, fold ‘em up, and put ‘em in a bowl. You can download them here: Table Questions

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If I didn’t pick one quick enough, my son made sure we didn’t forget. We deepened our bonds and understandings of each other, God, and life without spending a single extra second of our time. Occasionally you’ll need a napkin for milk shot from noses. Tell me you don’t want a dose of that at the end of your work day.

And momma, please add your own as you feel inspired. You know your family best.

If you sign up for our email updates, we’ll make sure to notify you when new resources become available. We are in our infancy at PtL, and would love to grow alongside you!

Once upon a time, the world, it was mine;
nothing but sunshine and daisies.

Now I am grown, with mistakes that I own;
thank God for the grace that saves me.

2017 Kindra Silk