Keys for Kids
At bedtime, Toby listened, wide-eyed, as Mom read a chapter in a story about Jon, a boy who was Toby's age. "Jon was delighted when Mr. Rand, a gardener, agreed to let Jon do some work for him. 'These are special plants, Jon,' said Mr. Rand, pointing...
Ask . . . then Act
"After Sunday school today, Logan accepted Jesus as his Savior," Greg excitedly told his family on the way home from church. Dad smiled. "That's great!" he exclaimed. "Wonderful!" added Mom enthusiastically. "Your prayers have been answered." But...
Tools and Talents
"Did you know that Jana refused to join our choir?" Gina asked her friend Ava. The girls were talking about their youth group as they baked cookies at Gina's house. "Isn't that terrible?" continued Gina. "We need all the kids." Ava sighed. "I know....
No More Slivers
"Ouch!" exclaimed Carter as he jumped off the porch swing. The rough wood had given him a sliver in his finger and he went to show his mother. Mom met him at the kitchen door. "I was coming to look for you," she said. "I was just informed that you've...
"I need new gym shoes--my old ones are all worn out," announced Kurt after dinner one evening. "I know they are. I noticed the holes in them," said Mom. "I declare--I believe you go through more shoes than a centipede!" Dad laughed. "Maybe you should...
A Good Name
"I just hate my name," Edna told her grandfather one day. "Well now, I think Edna is a pretty name," replied Grandpa. "Your mom named you after your great-grandmother, whom she dearly loved." "But I have to go to school with kids who have names like ....
"You should have seen all the turtles and frogs down at the pond," said Kyle when he and Janae returned from a walk on their grandparents' farm. Grandma smiled. "It's fun to see the things in nature that God created, isn't it?" she said. "All the...
"Mommy, I want that 'brella," pleaded four-year-old Hannah, pointing to a brightly colored umbrella on display in the children's department. Mom laughed. "Well," she said, "the way it's been raining lately, it might be a good idea for you to have your...
The Way to Work
"Brandon, please take Speedy outside," said Mom as she rinsed the dog's water bowl. "He needs some exercise." Brandon sighed. He thought walking the dog was boring, but he snapped the leash onto Speedy's collar. "Keep him on the leash and out of Mr....
The Messy Page
"Oh, no! This birthday card I'm making for Grandma is all messy," Sheila wailed. "I made a mistake, so I erased a few lines and did them over. I tried to erase carefully, but the page still looks messy." "Well, the mailman will be here soon," said...
Down the Drain
"Want to go swimming now, Lana?" Megan asked after lunch. Her cousin had come to spend the week with her. "You girls can swim after you help with the dishes," said Megan's mother. "It won't take you long. Just rinse them and put them in the...
Dad gently shook Todd's shoulder. "Time to go," whispered Dad. "Fishing is best in early morning, you know." Todd groaned but rolled out of bed, and soon he and Dad were pushing off in a rowboat. The sky was growing lighter, but a heavy mist hung over...
"How about reciting the next verse, Mark?" Dad suggested. "What?" Mark looked up with a blank expression on his face. They were having daily devotions in the family room, and Mark saw that the others were watching him, waiting for an answer. "Um . . ....
Carla checked on the gelatin dessert she was making. "It will be ready for fruit soon,"she said, "but what can I do when it's done? I'm bored." "Why not go to the park with Dana?" suggested her brother Tucker. "I heard her ask you to go." "Yeah, but...
The Little Things
"I wish I could do more to help at Vacation Bible School this year," said Lindsey as she left the church with her mother. "Today I helped with only little things--like showing some kids where they had to go and picking up paper after the kids were...
Making a Difference
"I sure wish we could go back to the city where Dad's church was full every Sunday," Emma told her brother Conner as they left the church one Sunday morning. "Only a few families seem interested here, and they don't come very regularly. I feel so out...
A Strong Hand
"Want this quarter, Madison? You can have it if you can get it." Madison's older brother Tony held out his hand, palm up, with a quarter on it. Madison hesitated, knowing how her big brother loved to tease, but Tony just stood smiling at her. She...
Beware of the Foe
Look, Dad!" exclaimed Jeremy when a commercial came on the TV screen. "That jewelry looks cool! Can we order some for Mom's birthday? She'd like it! Those are real diamonds and rubies and pearls--and they're cheap, too." He pointed to the TV screen....
Gateway to Freedom
The wind lashed at Sam's hair, and salt water splashed on his face as the boat approached Liberty Island in New York Harbor. "Look! There she is," called Sam. "I'm gonna take lots of pictures." He stood at the rail as they got closer. "I've heard this...
Not Even Once
"Mom, may Laura and I play with that doll?" asked Kirsten when Mom came into the room. "Please? Just this once?" Kirsten pointed to a doll up on a shelf. Mom shook her head. "It's too old and fragile," she said. She sighed. "I just learned some sad...
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