Friday, June 5, 2015

Romans 8:28 Quilt



Inspired by a Keys for Kids devotional for June 1, 2015, I really liked the image of a quilt to illustrate this biblical truth. In the past I always have explained it to children with a jigsaw puzzle, but I like the quilt image just as much.

Nanna Maxine

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

For Better or Worse in Friendship




"A person is made better or worse by his friends." ~ Beautiful Girlhood, Karen Andreola


So true. A reason to be so careful in choosing friends. Oh what a lesson for our young people to learn.


Painting by George Elgar Hicks

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Nepal Earthquake



This beautiful little girl is a reminder to us to pray for Nepal at this tragic time.

(Photo Source: Ordinary Traveler, Children of Nepal Photo Essay)

Lessons from Pets


I do love vintage pictures and think they pretty up a page and bring a certain charm. This one certainly does.  Children and pets are something I believe in strongly. It brings in an element of parenting that can teach so many good things I do believe. Everyone can't have them, but for those who do, I hope first of all, it's done right for the sake of both the children and the pets. Often these relationships bring first lessons for our kids in kindness and compassion as well as handling grief.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Love Me


I hope each of us will remember this Swedish Proverb. It can be applied in so many ways, but particularly to our own children, and children in general. I know some folks personally who are having to apply this in some very difficult circumstances.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Something to Remember


I'm continuing to collect quotes from "Leave it to Beaver" as time allows for me to watch episodes. Some of them are gems, as you well know, and many are funny. Here's another one. They're pretty popular at the Facebook page, which isn't surprising.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Waiting for Spring


Spring is coming, you can be sure. The Lord promised the seasons would continue to cycle. Speaking of cycles. This picture not only promises the coming of spring but introduces yet another cycle of the Bright Gems prayers at the Facebook page. Because of time constraintsm I do more posting there than anywhere else, so please make sure you follow us there if you haven't yet. Link to that page is over on the left. Keep trusting, this winter will be over by and by.

Lovingly,
Nanna Maxine

Monday, February 16, 2015

Gettysburg Address by Two Year Old



God Bless him. And may our country always remember this great speech. And may we teach our children.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Wally and Beaver




Our friends, Wally and Beaver of the show "Leave it to Beaver" in a cute photo I found at Tumblr. The quote is so typical of the conversations these two often had and was one of many reasons the show was so popular. You can find an old post about this show here.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!


Saying Happy New Year with our favorite theme quote. God bless you all with a very prosperous and Christ-filled 2015.

Nanna Maxine

Friday, December 5, 2014

Childhood Glimpses: Matthew Henry


"Matthew Henry was born at Broad Oaks, Shropshire, England, on October 18, 1662....[he] was physically weak, but it was not long before his strength of intellect and character made themselves known. At the age of three, he was reading the Bible; by the time he was nine, he was competent in Latin and Greek. He spent his first eighteen years being tutored at home, in an atmosphere that was joyfully and lovingly Christian.

"He loved to hear his father preach. A sermon on Psalm 51:17 first awakened in young Matthew a desire to know the Lord personally. He was only ten years old at the time, but the impression was lasting. When he was thirteen, Matthew wrote an amazingly mature analysis of his own spiritual condition, a document that reads like an ordinary paper. Often, after hearing his father preach, Matthew would hurry to his room and pray that God would seal the Word and the spiritual impressions made to his heart so that he might not lose them. God answered those youthful prayers."

(From 10 People Every Christian should Know by Warren W. Wiersbe)

How precious it is to take a quick glimpse into the young life of this man who few Christians don't at least know by name. How many of us have his great Commentary on our shelves and many of us actually use it. There is little of the usual controversy about denomination and difficult passages that are often argued over. This is a commentary we can all benefit from, it is so devotional and practical. And written by a man who came to know the Savior young, and never went astray from that faith. This, dear ones, is a Christian hero. This friends, is the kind of story we would want our children to have, though it is far more difficult now than it was in Matthew Henry's day. But we can do our best.

Lovingly,

Nanna Maxine

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hello, December!


Well, here we go. We all know what December brings and what it's like. Mainly for us and the point of this post is to mention that we've started the cycle of Bright Gems prayers again at the Facebook page. This time, for the winter months, we have this cute snowman hiding behind the prayers. I hope folks will join in with us in praying for our children and grandchildren. God bless you this month and always.

Blessings,
Nanna Maxine

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

Apples, Anyone?



Currently, there's not much selling going on over at the website, but folks still go visit for the articles, so we'll just leave things be for now. There is a sense where you might say we've gone out of business, but the PayPal buttons remain for those items which are still available if anyone wants them. But as for the articles, this particular one still remains as one of the most popular, and one of my personal favorites from the long ago newsletter.

Thought it was a good time to remind folks of it, in case anyone stops by. I love this season of making apple cake, apple crisp, and apple pie. I would imagine you do too, and really, apples are quite healthy in more ways than you may think. Eating a fresh apple is one of the best things your children can do for their overall health. 

Happy cooking as we approach Thanksgiving. What goes better with this wonderful holiday than an apple pie?

Blessings,
Nanna Maxine

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Siblings- A field of Happiness and Usefulness






"What a field of happiness and usefulness is open to the girl with little brothers and sisters!" ~ from Beautiful Girlhood, Karen Andreola. And this painting by Seymour Joseph Guy aptly illustrates that point. I hope you're dear children, especially your daughters are learning the value of having siblings. What lessons are learned by their mere presence and sharing of the same home.