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Fun Calendar – April 2017

Hello everyone!! We have officially been posting for a year on this blog… there’s been some rough patches where it’s been difficult for us to post, but we’re working on that… We’re also trying to working on putting new things on so stay tuned. Feel free to comment some of the things you did, we’ll interact with you! Also, you may notice this is going up earlier, we’re putting this up early so you can plan the first few days of the month ahead of time. Enjoy!

April 2017

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Road Less Traveled

One beautiful fall afternoon our family went to a corn maze.  As we wandered through the maze making choices between the different paths, we noticed that some of the paths were well worn with little grass on the path while others had nearly all grass.  We began to refer to the grassy trails as the path less traveled.  Of course, we were alluding to the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost of which the last stanza says ,

“I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.”

Once when we were deciding which path to take, my daughter chose a rather grassy path.  I commented that taking a more worn path could be the right way to go rather than the grassy path she was choosing.  She said that sometimes the road less traveled is the best way to go.  After she said that I began to think about that in reference to our personal walk with God.  It is so true that sometimes the road less traveled is the best way to go.  How many times do we feel so alone because of our stand for Christ?  Or even in our church just because we have different convictions than those around us?  Sometimes we may choose a “dirt path” in life just because we are so lonely and want to have friends around us no matter the consequences.  Sometimes the consequences can be a compromise in our reputation.  Other times the consequences can be a hit to our walk with God.  Our choice may seem inconsequential at the time, but in reality people are watching us every day to see how consistent our walk with God will be.  Other Christians or even unbelieving friends may be watching us to see how we live, if we will be consistent in our walk with Christ, whether we will choose the dirt path or the road less traveled.

Many Bible verses talk about the paths we choose.  Here are some of them:

  • Psalm 16:11 “You [God] make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” When we follow the path of life we will be in God’s presence and have fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore!
  • Psalm 17:5 “My steps have held fast to your [God’s] paths; my feet have not slipped.” When we follow God’s paths it will help keep our feet from slipping (keep us from sin).
  • Psalm 23:3 “He [God] restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” We follow God’s paths of righteousness so we don’t hurt God’s reputation in the eyes of those watching us.
  • Psalm 25:4 “Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.” God will help us to know His path if we are in a close walk with Him.  He will help us know the right choices to make.
  • Psalm 25:10 “All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.” If we keep to God’s paths and keep his covenant and testimonies, we will enjoy steadfast love and faithfulness.
  • Psalm 119:105 “Your [God’s] word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” God’s Word will help us to know the right choices to make by shining a light to the way we should go.
  • Proverbs 1:15 “my [King Solomon’s] son, do not walk in the way with them [sinners]; hold back your foot from their paths” We shouldn’t even start down the road with sinners…entertaining that first sin.
  • Proverbs 3:17 “Her [wisdom’s] ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.” Following the path of wisdom will lead to pleasantness and peace.
  • Proverbs 4:14 “Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of the evil.” This one is pretty self-explanatory, but it all starts with just one choice…that first sin…as Solomon referred to in Proverbs 1:15 (see above).
  • Hebrews 12:12-13 “Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.” This passage is referring to a runner and the challenges of running a race. Life is our race, and we cannot let the trying circumstances of life to get the best of us.

I think of us taking a stand that is contrary to our friends and family around us.  Sometimes we do have to take a stand, and we feel like we are all alone in that stand we must take.  This makes me think of Meg’s favorite Bible story…the story of Esther.  Certainly she had to take a stand against all those around her in the palace where she found herself queen after being taken from her family and friends just because she was a beautiful young woman.  Now that’s the ultimate beauty pageant, isn’t it?  All the beautiful young women were taken to vie for the role of queen.  But they didn’t have a choice.  They were taken because the king needed a new queen.  So we find Esther making the choice to stand for her people the Jews.  She has been encouraged to approach the king and ask for deliverance for the Jews.  And Mordecai sends her this message found in Esther 4:14 “For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish.  And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”  Did God put her in the position of queen just for this one reason – to act as a deliverer for the Jewish people?  And Esther responds to this challenge by saying (in verse 16) “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day.  I and my young women will also fast as you do.  Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish I perish.”  She was saying that she was going to break the law – approaching the king without being summoned was against the law and it was punishable by death.  However, if she approached him and he held out the golden scepter to her then she would be spared.  But she didn’t know how the king would respond, and she chose to rise to the challenge and risk death!  Surely the choices we make on whether to follow God won’t usually have such dire consequences.  But often we feel like we are standing so alone, don’t we?  Sometimes we risk being bullied or abandoned by our friends because of a stand we must take.  Meg had a lot of that happen in high school.  And she felt so alone so many times.  She never risked death for her choices.  But she was a testimony to those around her and felt so lonely at times.

Take a stand for Christ in your home, church, school and community!  Determine to take the road less traveled.  You may have been put just in the place where you live for such a time as this!!


~ Karen



“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”  Psalm 34:18

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Listen, Love, Repeat

Book review of Listen, Love, Repeat: Other-Centered Living in a Self-Centered World by Karen Ehman

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Fun Calendar for March 2017

  1. National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day – Enjoy some peanut butter today!
  2.  I couldn’t decide which was the better choice so I’m doing two things… National Banana Cream Pie Day and National Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day) 📖 – Your assignment is to read a Dr. Seuss book while you eat some Banana Cream Pie!
  3.  National Day of Unplugging 📱 – Unplug from social media and technology
  4.  National Marching Band Day – Send an encouraging note to someone who’s in marching band! (It’s hard work and takes lots of dedication just like any other sport)
  5. Namesake Day – Choose a name from the bible that you would choose for your name if you could. Comment the name you would choose below… and why!
  6. National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day – Eat some white chocolate cheesecake!
  7. National Pancake Day – Go to an IHOP and enjoy pancakes
  8. International Women’s Day – Who is your hero? Celebrate them!
  9. National Meatball Day – Eat meatballs today!
  10. National Pack Your Lunch Day – Pack your own lunch instead of going out to eat
  11. National Johnny Appleseed Day 🍏 – Eat an apple today!
  12. Daylight Savings Time 🕐 – Don’t forget to move your clocks forward! Also, can anyone give us the reference where the shadow of the sun moves backward??
  13. National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day ☂ – Open an umbrella inside
  14. National Pi Day – Celebrate Pi day by eating pie!
  15. True Confessions Day – Confess something to someone (could be some kind of confession or maybe a secret)
  16. No Selfies Day – Your challenge is to not take any selfies today!
  17. St. Patrick’s Day 🍀 – Wear green today
  18. National Awkward Moments Day – Share one of your most awkward moments!
  19. National Poultry Day 🐓 – Find a reference about chickens in the bible
  20. National Ravioli Day – Eat ravioli today!
  21. National French Bread Day 🍞 – Enjoy some bakery fresh (or homemade!) french bread
  22. National Goof Off Day – Goof off today… within reason of course!
  23. National Chip and Dip Day – Let us know in the comments what your favorite kind of chips and dip is your favorite! (And enjoy it of course!)
  24. National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day – Eat chocolate covered raisins today
  25. Waffle Day – Eat waffles today… for any meal!
  26. Epilepsy Awareness Day – Wear purple today
  27. National Joe Day 👦 – Read the story of Joseph in the Bible
  28. National Something on a Stick Day 🍭 – Eat something on a stick… ie. popsicles, kabobs, or corn dogs
  29. National Little Red Wagon Day – If you don’t have a little red wagon, just get outside and do something!
  30. National Pencil Day ✏️ – Use only pencils today
  31. National Crayon Day – Color something today!

Bible Reading Plan For March

  1. Leviticus 7-9
  2. Leviticus 10-12
  3. Leviticus 13-15
  4. Leviticus 16-18
  5. Leviticus 19-21
  6. Leviticus 22-24
  7. Leviticus 25-27
  8. Hebrews 1-4
  9. Hebrews 5-7
  10. Hebrews 8-10
  11. Hebrews 11-13
  12. Psalms 20-22
  13. Psalms 23-25
  14. Psalms 26-28
  15. Psalms 29-30
  16. 1 Corinthians 1-4
  17. 1 Corinthians 5-8
  18. 1 Corinthians 9-12
  19. 1 Corinthians 13-16
  20. 2 Corinthians 1-3
  21. 2 Corinthians 4-6
  22. 2 Corinthians 7-9
  23. 2 Corinthians 10-13
  24. Numbers 1-3
  25. Numbers 4-6
  26. Numbers 7-10
  27. Numbers 11-14
  28. Numbers 15-17
  29. Numbers 18-21
  30. Numbers 22-25
  31. Numbers 26-29

Fun Calendar for February 2017

I know I skipped a couple of busy months, here’s February!  Comment what you did for some of the days in the comments section.

  1. National Get Up Day – Tell someone (or comment below) a story of perseverance from your life
  2. National Groundhog Day – Watch the movie Groundhog Day
  3. National Carrot Cake Day – Enjoy carrot cake today!
  4. National Homemade Soup Day 🍲 – Eat some homemade soup!
  5. National Weatherperson’s Day ☀️ – Research about weather in the bible
  6. National Frozen Yogurt Day – Enjoy some frozen yogurt!
  7. National Send a Card to a Friend Day 📬 – Send a card to a friend (preferably someone who’s not your best friend) and show appreciation for them
  8. National Kite Flying Day – 🎵 Let’s go fly a kite 🎶 if the weather is appropriate
  9. National Bagel Day – Eat a bagel today! Let us know what your favorite way to eat a bagel is
  10. National Cream Cheese Brownie Day – Make some cream cheese brownies and enjoy them!
  11. National White Shirt Day – Try tie-dyeing a white shirt!
  12. Lost Penny Day – Donate all your pennies to an organization, charity, or someone in need
  13. National Tortellini Day – Eat some tortellini today!
  14. National Donor Day – Say thank you to someone who has donated an organ, blood, plasma, marrow, or tissue (or bring awareness to donating on social media)
  15. Singles Awareness Day – Encourage someone you know who is single (don’t encourage them to go out with someone, but rather, in their singleness… is that a word?)
  16. National Almond Day – Enjoy some almonds today… they’re good for you!
  17. National Random Acts of Kindness Day – Do 3 acts of kindness for people who wouldn’t expect it
  18. National Battery Day 🔋 – Don’t use anything that uses batteries – today only
  19. International Tug-of-war Day – Read about the battle in the Bible you find most inspiring
  20. Handcuff Day 👮 – Write a thank you note to a police officer in your city
  21. National Sticky Bun Day – Try a sticky bun today!
  22. Inconvenience Yourself Day – Go out of your way to do things for people… even if it inconveniences you
  23. National Banana Bread Day 🍞 – Eat some banana bread today! (It’s really good with butter)
  24. National Tortilla Chip Day – Enjoy some tortilla chips with your favorite dip!
  25. National Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day – Eat some chocolate-covered peanuts!
  26. Personal Chef Day – Read Genesis 40 about Pharaoh’s baker and cup bearer
  27. National Polar Bear Day – Go to the zoo to visit polar bears
  28. National Floral Design Day 🌸 – Give some flowers to someone special



Bible Reading Plan for February

  1. 2 Thessalonians 1-3
  2. Exodus 1-3
  3. Exodus 4-6
  4. Exodus 7-10
  5. Exodus 11-13
  6. Exodus 14-16
  7. Exodus 17-19
  8. Exodus 20-23
  9. Exodus 24-27
  10. Exodus 28-30
  11. Exodus 31-34
  12. Exodus 35-37
  13. Exodus 38-40
  14. James 1-5
  15. Job 1-4
  16. Job 5-7
  17. Job 8-10
  18. Job 11-13
  19. Job 14-17
  20. Job 18-20
  21. Job 21-24
  22. Job 25-28
  23. Job 29-32
  24. Job 33-35
  25. Job 36-39
  26. Job 40-42
  27. Leviticus 1-3
  28. Leviticus 4-6

Bible Reading Plan for January

I’m aware the month is almost over, but I figured I would put this up here just so people could use it, present of future. 😀


  1. Genesis 1-2
  2. Genesis 3-5
  3. Genesis 6-8
  4. Genesis 9-11
  5. Psalms 1-3
  6. Psalms 4-7
  7. Psalms 8-10
  8. Mark 1-3
  9. Mark 4-6
  10. Mark 7-10
  11. Mark 11-13
  12. Mark 14-16
  13. Genesis 12-14
  14. Genesis 15-17
  15. Genesis 18-20
  16. Genesis 21-23
  17. Genesis 24-26
  18. Genesis 27-29
  19. Genesis 30-32
  20. Genesis 33-35
  21. Genesis 36-38
  22. Genesis 39-41
  23. Genesis 42-44
  24. Genesis 45-47
  25. Genesis 48-50
  26. Psalms 11-13
  27. Psalms 14-16
  28. Psalms 17-19
  29. Galatians 1-3
  30. Galatians 4-6
  31. 1 Thessalonians 1-5

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