"The storms of life come to everyone — there is no greener grass.  Don't be surprised when trouble comes along — just be ready!" — Karen Jensen

5 Ways to Raise a Thankful Child

Life goes better when we’re thankful.  As adults we know that our child won’t always get exactly what they want – but it’s important to teach them to appreciate what they receive, what they have and be thankful for it!

Thankfulness doesn’t come naturally to children.  For the most part, their worlds revolved around them.  They can be trained to say "please" and "thank you" early on, but true thankfulness and generosity take time to seed and blossom.

Raising a thankful child is an ongoing process. As gift-giving season approaches, it’s a good time to examine this important subject. Here are some ideas:

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Fun Indoor Play Ideas

When the weather outside is frightful and the kids can’t play outside much, sometimes they (and you!) can fall victim to cabin fever.

But!  There are lots of fun things to do indoors – BESIDES something electronic!  I encourage you to have several hours of “electronic free” play at your house each day – stimulate them to use their God-given imaginations, and also to develop relationships.

See, the most important thing you can do for and with your kids is build relationship.  No one is going to grow up and remember how many games of Wii or X-box they played.

The things your kids will remember are the things you did together or the fun they had. They won’t remember how clean the house was or the great shopping deal you got at the mall. (They probably won’t even remember half the gifts they received!).

So stay-snug-indoors time can be a great time to learn something new, work on projects, create something, or just have fun together.

Here are a few ideas for indoor fun this winter:

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Top 10 Tips for a Meaningful Christmas

Here are some fun hints to make the holidays extra special with your kids this Christmas!

1. Find a favorite Christmas story and make it a tradition to read it aloud on Christmas Eve.

2. Share your good fortune with others at Christmas by volunteering as a family for a charity or non-profit organization that’s close to your hearts (if you attend Rhema Bible Church in Broken Arrow, sign up to collect $ during the Christmas lights!)

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6 Prayers of Faith Over Your Kids

It’s important to keep your kids surrounded with faith and love (instead of fear and doubt).

Anyone can believe what they see in regards to their child. But faith believes something it can’t see yet, according to the promises in God’s Word.

So let’s be faith parents!  Let's believe the best of our children - believe that God’s Word is working in their lives.

We can do that by taking regular personal prayer time to pray for them (not at them) – praying in faith according to the Word.

Here are 6 faith prayers to get you started:

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What Parent's Are Saying

“My four year old son was out of control, to the point where I had to take him out of pre-school and stay home with him. But after just a few days of applying these parenting principles, he has changed dramatically!  Now he listens and obeys, and our home is peaceful – it’s almost miraculous! I am putting him back in school and able to continue with my own schooling.  Thank you so much!”  — F.L.

“My wife and I began putting these principles into practice right away and began to see excellent results. Our children respond very well to our godly way of discipline.  So much better for us. Thank you!”    — M.L.

“I attended one of Karen's seminars and it was far above everything I expected. It has equipped me with information that I needed to properly launch my children into their destinies.” — R.T.

“I have a 2 year old daughter and I didn’t believe in spanking until I watched Parenting With a Purpose and was made to understand the biblical purpose of spanking. Now I get it!  Now my daughter will benefit every day of her life – she’ll be able to fulfill God’s purpose for her life.  My home is now peaceful and calm with a loving and obedient daughter who will grow up obeying God’s Word quickly.”   — T.O.

“I learned SO much from Parenting With a Purpose about God’s view of parenting. I especially learned about correction and why & how to do it.  I can’t imagine waiting until my child is older before taking this course.” — K.H.

“After applying these principles of correction then praying with my son afterwards, he gave me a big hug and looked straight into my eyes and said, ‘I love you, Mom!’ I just melted.  He is 3 and has never expressed this kind of emotion before. I have taken many parenting classes and finally one that works! I now have the skills to help my child obey me so he will obey God." — M.J.

"Our 6-year-old grandson got his first report card at school this Friday.  The teacher had only positive things to say about him.  She said he is affectionate and helpful, both to her and his fellow sutdents.  He is obedient, attentive and a good worker. His big ‘turn around’ from being a rather disobedient and whiny troublemaker began when you came to our city and taught us how to raise children God’s way. My husband and I bought your Parenting With a Purpose CDs and gave them to our daughter.  Since then our grandson has never been the same.  I am so happy.  Thank you so much for coming!"  — L.K.