“We All Make Mistakes”

“We All Make Mistakes”

Porch lights. They mark the night with their white-yellow glow. Some beckon. Some warn. Some burn to protect those on the inside from the shadows that lurk on the edges of the darkness.
For some, their porch lights shine like the star of hope against a cobalt sky. They bathe the night with their light and wash the sleeping home with quiet. All is well. All is bright.
There are a handful of porch lights that will never go out. They can’t. They went on one evening when that son or daughter stormed out into the thickness and blackness of the cold. The door slammed. The feet pounded across the wooden planks of the porch and then disappeared beyond the light’s half circle.
It’s been a long time. For some, months. Others, years. There are a few who have put a decade of running between them and that porch light. The prayers on the inside haven’t stopped. The hope might have fainted and faltered a few times, but it’s still there.
That’s why the light still burns…….and will keep burning. It’s a God thing. It’s a Redeemer thing. Grace-based homes are not homes without sin or regrets. They are just homes where, no matter what, you can’t be written off. They are homes where young and restless hearts are free to be different, vulnerable, and candid. They’re allowed to make mistakes. Huge ones sometimes. But because grace is inside, the front porch light will always glow outside.
Regardless of why they left, they can always come back. Regardless of where they went, they can always come home. And regardless of what they did, they can always come in.”

“Grace Based Parenting” by Dr. Tim Kimmel


The God Puzzle by Valerie Ackermann

THE GOD PUZZLE BY VALERIE ACKERMANN

Too many kids are leaving the faith. Walking away from church. Sunday school isn’t enough to give them what they need. Kids need depth. Answers. Time to think things through. They need the pieces put together to point them to Christ Who is our greatest Treasure. There just isn’t time in Sunday school alone.

Parents are called to teach their children, but what if you are not a teacher? What if you don’t know enough? No more guilt, no more frustration over feeling inadequate. With Valerie’s Ackermann‘s resource, The God Puzzle, you will find real help and tools … to teach about a real God.

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The God Puzzle is a colorful, easy to use tool to help you communicate to your child the rich truths about God, His ways, His will and His love. The God Puzzle will help you address doctrinal themes of the Christian faith in a kid friendly way, present Bible lessons in an interactive way that will hold the child’s attention and deliver quality teaching with no preparation needed. 75% of children leave the church when they leave home. Something isn’t working. Sunday School isn’t doing it all. Kids need answers, good ones. And they need them from you, the parent. This book enables you to give them simple, clear answers.

What makes The God Puzzle unique?

– ready made discussion questions for parent to ask their child in each lesson

– can be done at any pace that works with your family…every night, once a week, 10 minutes here, 30 minutes there…it fits into realistic family life

– puts the pieces together for a child to understand God, the Bible, and the Christian faith

– in each lesson the responds to the truth so they understand their relationship to God is personal and life transforming

– any parent, whether they know nothing, or a lot about God can start teaching their child today with no prep

– deep theology put into language a child can understand

– deeply Biblical, each lesson points to Christ

– put in an order that starts with creation, and teaches the Bible as one story that all points to Christ

– child stays engaged by filling in blanks, crosswords, drawing, matching and using their Bibles as they learn

Purchase a copy here.

Learn more at Valerie’s website.

Valerie Ackermann

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Valerie Ackermann has a BA in Theology and has been a full time Children’s Ministry Director at Parkwood Community Church in California for over 10 years. She is also a weekly Sunday school teacher, wife, and busy mom of two boys ages 9 and 11. She has hands-on experience as a children’s ministry professional, teaching and leading children of all ages. Growing up in a Christian family in the small town of Saskatchewan Canada, she has wonderful memories of knowing God from an early age. She has a passion for kids to know the deep truths of God. Find out more at LeadMeToGod.com.

Find out more about Valerie at  http://leadmetogod.com.

My Review:

~   After years of using different things to teach my children about God, finally there is something to grab their attention! Not for just an hour a week, but for 36 weeks of study about God. We are using this in our homeschool and so love it! The children love the way Theo and Christy are there throughout the study and the colors in the book keep their attention.  This study requires the children to use their bible and think through things about God, Themselves, Sin, God’s Plan and it covers all the topics you really want your children to know to grow in God and Faith. It shows them how to have a faith that is not dead, one that shows forth God’s love and how to let their light shine! I cannot think of a better way to spend 20.00 on your child.  It is a workbook to use and not just a book to read.  We are using it as a weekly study into God’s Word and His Character, as well as who we really are and how sin affects our lives.  I think the best thing we can do for our children is teach them who God is and what is plan is for our lives. This is a book that will bring blessings on Your Home, Your Child, and will let them know that God really cares!

~ I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review and have recieved no further compensation for doing so.