Keys for Kids with Uncle Charlie
How embarrassing!" exclaimed Zoe as she hung up the phone. "Mrs. Phillips wants me to sing a solo in church two weeks from Sunday." Mom smiled. "That's wonderful, honey," she said as she measured ingredients for a cake. "Wonderful? What if I make a...
A Fair Chance
There's a new girl in my class," said Mary one evening. "Her name is Alyce, and she's a snob. She sits like this." Mary turned her nose up, pushed her shoulders back, and sat very erect. "We asked if she wanted to jump rope with us, and she said, 'No,...
The Soldier’s Story
The somber black wall, engraved with rows and rows of names, filled Paul with awe. He was visiting Washington, D.C. with his family, and he was standing in front of the monument honoring the men and women who had died while serving in the Vietnam War....
Drill It Out!
James clenched the arms of the dentist's chair, hoping Dr. Jones was nearly finished drilling out his cavity. It was a relief when the drill's buzzing stopped and Dr. Jones checked the tooth. "Are you finished yet?" James asked anxiously. "Almost....
When Nolan arrived home, he was greet ed with the delicious smell of cookies. "Those cookies smell good! Can I have one?" he asked. "Sure," agreed Mom with a bright smile. She pointed toward Nolan's little sister, who had been born with a condition...
Leanne squeezed the raindrops out of her hair as she walked into the house, then grabbed an orange and plopped down on the couch. Mom sat cross-legged on the floor, cutting a long strip of light blue material. Leanne glanced out the window at the...
A Handful of Rice
"I know we're supposed to witness wherever we are, like Pastor said today," Bryan told his mother, "but it's too hard to do that in my class at school." "Why do you say that?" asked Mom, scooping up some rice. "Oh, Mom, there are thirty kids in my...
The Right Path
"Are you reading your favorite fairy tale again?" Lauren asked her younger sister, Erin. Erin nodded. "Want to hear it?" She cleared her throat and began "reading" the story without even looking at her book. "'When Hansel and Gretel woke up, the...
No Shoes Needed
"Is Grandpa wearing his shoes?" asked seven-year-old Lisa. Mom patted Lisa's arm and went on talking. The funeral home was full of people talking quietly. The room was filled with the smell of flowers. Lisa stood beside her mother, who was greeting...
"Hey, Laura, wait up!" Laura turned at the door of her Sunday school classroom and saw Christy hurrying down the hall toward her. "You have nursery duty with me today, don't you?" asked Christy. "Let's go." Laura dropped her gaze. "Well . . . uh . . ....
What’s in a Name?
"Look, there's a ladybird!" cried Olivia. Jenna dropped her doll on the grass and looked up at the sky. "Where?" she demanded. "I don't see any birds or any lady, either. Besides Mom, I mean." Jenna smiled at her mother. Olivia laughed. "Oh, Jenna, a...
The Fallen Tree
Why do we have to go to church every Sunday?" Paige grumbled. Her glum face pressed against the car window, and her attitude and grouchy mood reflected the dismal, gray weather. "On a stormy day like this I'd rather be sleeping in." "I like Sunday...
The Three-Legged Race
Mom, why did you tell Karen she shouldn't date Steve?" asked Claire as they waited for the three-legged race to start. It was Field Day at the elementary school, and Claire's little brother Jimmy and his friend Caleb were hoping to win the...
Whew! It's so hot!" Kyle wiped a hand across his forehead. "I absolutely hate picking green beans, don't you?" he asked his little brother Michael, who was bending over the row next to him. "Yeah," groaned Michael. "You almost have to stand on your...
A Song God Loves
How was children's church?" asked Mom as the family ate Sunday dinner. "Great," replied Lydia. "Mrs. Simons always makes the stories interesting." "Any new songs today?" asked Dad. "Not today," Ian answered. Then he chuckled and looked across the...
A Safe Place
I'm ready to go to the store, Mom," said Amber. "You said you needed some milk, right? Anything else?" Mom nodded. "I also need a loaf of bread and a package of cheese," she replied. "Oh . . . I could use some cornstarch and some baking powder, too....
Tina held a picture from a magazine under her chin as she gazed into the mirror. She had worked a long time trying to get her hair arranged like a famous movie star's hair. Tina turned toward her sister, Beth. "Do I look like her?" asked Tina. Beth...
I just put new batteries in my flashlight, but it still won't work!" complained Shana. "I need a flashlight for our campout next week." "Let me have a look," replied Dad. He removed the batteries. "I think I see the problem." Shana peered more closely...
Follow the Leader
Look at all the people!" exclaimed Austin. "This traffic is terrible!" "Yes," replied Dad. "Today's parade better be good, or I'll wish I'd stayed home." He inched forward with the traffic. "A lot of cars are turning here," he added. "Looks like a...
The Perfect Dad
It's time to dismiss our class, but before we go, let's pray to God, using the prayer Jesus taught us," said Mrs. Mac. "Last week we talked about the meaning of the words and phrases. Think about them as you say them today." The boys and girls in the...
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