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Flood Gates by Katheryn Maddox Haddad

Posted by Julie on November 10, 2017 in encouragement, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

A Child’s Life of Christ: FLOOD GATES

Storybook #5 in Series THEY MET JESUS

 

In storybook 5, your children meet….

 

*Deaf, Mute & Blind where they learn about the alphabet in sign language.

*Moses & Elijah where they learn they can hear God’s voice in the Bible.

*James & John where they learn to be polite and not yell.

*72 Helpers where they learn to tell a friend Jesus loves them.

*Religious Leaders where they learn about forgiveness.

*A Healed Blind Man where they learn they can be Jesus’ friend.

*Blind Man’s Parents where they learn to visit a blind person and read or sing to them.

*Martha where they learn to not show off, but tell their friends how good they are at something.

*Lazarus where they learn they can go to heaven some day.

*Chief Priests where they learn to be good around everyone, not just their family.

 

 

Here is part of a sample chapter:

 

BLIND MAN

 

Elam was a blind man. He had been blind all his life. Some people would be mad because they were blind. Elam was not.

 

Elam said he could “see” things through his hands. He knew vegetables were crispy, so he decided green was a crispy color. He knew the sun was warm, so he decided yellow was a warm color. He also felt the shape of things. So, he didn’t need to see.

 

He had a friend who didn’t believe in God because he couldn’t see God. Elam told his friend that was silly. He could see the world around him and know someone at some time made it.

 

He knew wind existed, even though no one can see wind. And he knew his friend existed, even though he couldn’t see his friend.

 

Since Elam could not earn money for himself, he sat at the gate of the Temple and asked people to share some of their money. They felt sorry for him, so they helped him.

 

One day Jesus came to the Temple and stopped to talk to Elam. He told Elam that he had lived his whole life blind so he could find out just how powerful God was.

 

Then Jesus healed the man. Elam could see! He was so excited. He ran home and told his neighbors and parents and everyone.

 

When the Temple leaders found out, they called Elam to a meeting. They tried to get him to say he wasn’t really ever blind. Elam would not change what he was telling people. He kept saying Jesus performed the miracle….

Katheryn Haddad was born in the cold north, but now lives in Arizona where she does not have to shovel sunshine. She enjoys hot weather, palm trees and cacti in her yard, and a computer with the letters worn off.
With a bachelor’s degree in English, Bible and social science from Harding University and part of a master’s degree in Bible, including Greek, from the Harding Graduate School of Theology, she also has a master’s degree in management and human relations from Abilene University.
Her newspaper column appeared for several years in newspapers in Texas and North Carolina ~ Little Known Facts About the Bible ~ and she has written for numerous Christian publications.
Currently she teaches English over the internet every morning, using the Bible as a text book. Most of her students are Muslims. She has taught some 6000 thus far, and has former students, now Christians, in hiding in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Jordan, Uzbekistan, and Palestine. “They are my heroes” she declares.
She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Writers of the West, and is also an energetic public speaker who can touch the heart of audiences.

Website: http://inspirationsbykatheryn.com

Purchase Flood Gates HERE

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Folk Hero by Katheryn Maddox Haddad

Posted by Julie on October 20, 2017 in encouragement, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

A Child’s Life of Christ: FOLK HERO

Storybook #2 in Series THEY MET JESUS

 

In storybook 4, your children meet….

 

*Pharisees & a Sinner where they learn about forgiveness.

*Five Rich Women where they learn to share with the less fortunate.

*Lawyers where they learn to be good all the time, not just when someone is watching them.

*Sad People Who Hurt where they learn sing to a blind person or use their own sign language to talk to a deaf person

*Wind & Water where they learn to tell someone afraid of spiders, thunder, etc. God will protect them.

*Girl & Lady where they learn about going to heaven some day.

*Jealous Neighbors where they learn to treat others the way they want treated.

*John the Baptist where they learn about going to heaven some day.

*Thousands of Hungry Families where they learn to plant a seed and watch it grow bigger.

*Foreign Girl where they learn to thank God when he answers a prayer.

 

Here is a sample from one of the chapters:

 

5 RICH WOMEN

 

Some people have nice things in their home, but never share them. Do you have any nice things you could share?

Joanna was rich and had a lot of money. Her husband had an important job being in charge of Prince Herod’s palace.

One day her little boy almost died. But Jesus just spoke a few words, and her little boy was completely well that very minute.

So Joanna decided to give Jesus some money for food and supplies so he and his twelve apostles could travel many places to tell people God loves them.
Salome was rich and had a lot of money. Her husband owned a fishing business. They had a big house and everything.

Jesus chose two of her sons ~ James and John ~ to be his special apostles and lead the new kingdom of God when it came.

So, Salome decided to give Jesus money sometimes too, to help pay for his travels.

Suzanna was rich and had a lot of money. She not only wanted to give Jesus money, but she also wanted to travel with him and his apostles to help out.

Then, when Jesus preached and women decided to follow his good ways, she could give them advice. Joanna and Salome decided to go with Suzanna.

Katheryn Haddad was born in the cold north, but now lives in Arizona where she does not have to shovel sunshine. She enjoys hot weather, palm trees and cacti in her yard, and a computer with the letters worn off.
With a bachelor’s degree in English, Bible and social science from Harding University and part of a master’s degree in Bible, including Greek, from the Harding Graduate School of Theology, she also has a master’s degree in management and human relations from Abilene University.
Her newspaper column appeared for several years in newspapers in Texas and North Carolina ~ Little Known Facts About the Bible ~ and she has written for numerous Christian publications.
Currently she teaches English over the internet every morning, using the Bible as a text book. Most of her students are Muslims. She has taught some 6000 thus far, and has former students, now Christians, in hiding in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Jordan, Uzbekistan, and Palestine. “They are my heroes” she declares.
She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Writers of the West, and is also an energetic public speaker who can touch the heart of audiences.

Website: http://inspirationsbykatheryn.com

Purchase Folk Hero HERE

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Hearts Afire: A Child’s Life of Christ by Katheryn Maddox Haddad

Posted by Julie on October 6, 2017 in encouragement, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

A Child’s Life of Christ: HEARTS AFIRE

Storybook #3 in Series THEY MET JESUS

 

 

In storybook 3, Hearts Afire, your children will meet….

 

*Zebedee where they learn to share with their friends, including their time.

*Simon the Zealot where they learn to try to make friends with someone no one likes.

*Hurt Minds where they learn to take a smile, a flower, a cookie to someone who is sad.

*Lepers where they learn not to take their health and other good things for granted.

*Paralyzed Man where they learn to draw a picture to give someone who is paralyzed.

*Matthew where they learn to befriend someone no one likes.

*Judas where they learn to go to church, not for the cookies and prizes, but because they love Jesus.

*Pharisees where they learn God will forgive them of even the worst thing they ever did.

*Twelve Apostles where they are encouraged to go to church if they have never been.

*Widow’s Son where they learn to draw a picture to take to someone who is very sick.

 

Here is a sample from one of the chapters:

 

 

6 ~ MATTHEW

 

People didn’t like Matthew. He was a tax collector. People know taxes must be paid to pay for road building and sewers and schools and such like. Nothing is free.  People had to pay for it in their taxes.

 

But people don’t like to pay taxes for things they don’t think the government should pay for.

 

The government let Matthew keep whatever tax money they didn’t need. So he doubled their taxes. He got rich that way. People resented Matthew. He was not popular.

 

One day Matthew went to hear John the Baptist preach. John told people there was going to be a new kingdom of God soon, and they needed to be ready to be included in it.

 

John kept baptizing unpopular people who wanted to be part of that kingdom of God, and the goody-goody people didn’t like it.

Katheryn Haddad was born in the cold north, but now lives in Arizona where she does not have to shovel sunshine. She enjoys hot weather, palm trees and cacti in her yard, and a computer with the letters worn off.
With a bachelor’s degree in English, Bible and social science from Harding University and part of a master’s degree in Bible, including Greek, from the Harding Graduate School of Theology, she also has a master’s degree in management and human relations from Abilene University.
Her newspaper column appeared for several years in newspapers in Texas and North Carolina ~ Little Known Facts About the Bible ~ and she has written for numerous Christian publications.
Currently she teaches English over the internet every morning, using the Bible as a text book. Most of her students are Muslims. She has taught some 6000 thus far, and has former students, now Christians, in hiding in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Jordan, Uzbekistan, and Palestine. “They are my heroes” she declares.
She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Writers of the West, and is also an energetic public speaker who can touch the heart of audiences.

Website: http://inspirationsbykatheryn.com

Purchase Hearts Afire A Child’s Life of Christ HERE

 

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Dream Maker: A Child’s Life of Christ by Katheryn Maddox Haddad

Posted by Julie on September 15, 2017 in encouragement, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

A Child’s Life of Christ: DREAM MAKER

Storybook #2 in Series THEY MET JESUS

 

In storybook 2, your children meet….

 

*Simon where they learn not to get into fights,

*John the Baptist where they learn to not be so shy,

*Jesus being tempted where they learn to do good to others,

*Andrew and Philip where they learn to tell a friend about Jesus,

*Nathaniel where they learn to only say nice things about others,

*A poor widow where they learn to do something special for a widow,

*Nicodemus where they memorize John 3:16,

*A strange woman where they learn to be nice to people who are not like them,

*Two little boys who were healed where they learn not to be jealous,

*A sick old lady where they learn to give a smile to someone who seems sad.

 

Here is part of a sample chapter.

 

8 ~ THE STRANGE WOMAN

 

We sometimes decide people are strange when they really are not. We may decide this because someone’s skin or hair color is different, or they talk different, or they’re very tall or short, or have habits we’re not used to seeing.

 

Istar lived in a part of Palestine that so-called good Jews did not go to. The Jews would not even talk to those people because they were different in their customs.

 

But Jesus loved everyone and wanted to give everyone a chance to find out about God’s love.

 

Istar and her family and friends worshipped idols. An idol is like a doll or statue that people bow down to and call a god. They are not really.

 

“I have talked all day and I’m tired now,” Jesus said while traveling through Samaria. So, he sat down by a well to rest.

 

Istar came to the well to draw water. Jesus didn’t act like he thought he was better than her. He talked to everyone, even if they did look, act or talk different than him. So, he asked her for a drink of water….

Katheryn Haddad was born in the cold north, but now lives in Arizona where she does not have to shovel sunshine. She enjoys hot weather, palm trees and cacti in her yard, and a computer with the letters worn off.
With a bachelor’s degree in English, Bible and social science from Harding University and part of a master’s degree in Bible, including Greek, from the Harding Graduate School of Theology, she also has a master’s degree in management and human relations from Abilene University.
Her newspaper column appeared for several years in newspapers in Texas and North Carolina ~ Little Known Facts About the Bible ~ and she has written for numerous Christian publications.
Currently she teaches English over the internet every morning, using the Bible as a text book. Most of her students are Muslims. She has taught some 6000 thus far, and has former students, now Christians, in hiding in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Jordan, Uzbekistan, and Palestine. “They are my heroes” she declares.
She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Writers of the West, and is also an energetic public speaker who can touch the heart of audiences.

Website: http://inspirationsbykatheryn.com

 

Purchase Dream Maker: A Child’s Life of Christ HERE 

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Kathy Carlton Willis: Where Does that Grin Come From?

Posted by Julie on September 6, 2017 in encouragement, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

Where Does that Grin Come From?

by Kathy Carlton Willis

 

I’m often asked, “How can you keep grinning despite the challenges in your life? It has nothing to do with me. It has to do with the God in whom I put my trust. Knowing “He’s got this” helps me carry on (in hope) rather than to carry on (complain)!

 

Grinning instead of grimacing comes from the discipline of thinking on glorious victorious thoughts outside the current stinky situation.

 

First I get my imaginary lariat out and wrangle those negative thoughts that attempt to defeat me.

 

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV)

 

Once I evict those destructive thoughts, I fill the void with healthful and helpful thoughts. Thoughts that line up with the mind of Christ.

 

Where Does that Grin Come From by Kathy Carlton Willis

Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. …Then the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8b-9 NLT)

 

If I practice this passage in Philippians, it might look something like this. I’m going to fix my thoughts on what is:

 

  • True: I remember the extreme way God answered my prayer to provide for our family.
  • Honorable: I’m blown away by the way that writer stays humble when others try to put her on a pedestal.
  • Right: I respect the decision this politician made to choose an unpopular but godly path.
  • Pure: How precious the gift of life is when I see photos of the much prayed for Lyla.
  • Lovely: How beautiful are the wildflowers dressing up that field.
  • Admirable: I see integrity in the choice Russ made to not malign a wrongdoer.
  • Excellent: I respect how she endures through her weight-training routine.
  • Worthy of praise: God’s faithfulness is something I can count on.

 

Are you having a hard time grinning this week? What will your fix list look like?

 

About the Author:

God’s Grin Gal, Kathy Carlton Willis, shines the light on what holds you back so you can grow. She’s a popular speaker and writer’s coach. Read her book, Grin with Grace, or find more information at: http://www.kathycarltonwillis.com/.

 

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A Child’s Life of Christ by Katheryn Maddox Haddad

Posted by Julie on September 1, 2017 in encouragement, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

A Child’s Life of Christ: STAR SONG

Storybook #1 in Series THEY MET JESUS

 

 

It is September and time to think about school. If you home school your children, this series would be perfect for you. If you are a grandmother, you could keep a set in your home for when the young ones come to spend the night.

These story books have the same covers as the grown-up books. The type is much larger and more lively. Each chapter has a good work suggestion for the child.

Book 1 is entirely the Christmas story with Mary Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men, and everyone else. Here is a sample from chapter one.

1 ~ MARY

 

Mary was a teenager who loved little children just like you, and grownups just like those who live in your home. She also loved God.

 

People didn’t have refrigerators back then. So, every morning Mary walked to the market to buy groceries so she could help her mother fix meals for the family.

 

But sometimes when she did, she saw people walking with canes because their legs hurt, or people coughing because they had a cold.

 

Sometimes she saw children fighting each other or grownups arguing.

 

Sometimes she saw foreign soldiers who controlled her country. They wore weapons at their side. Sometimes they took people to jail and made them very sad.

 

It bothered Mary that bad things sometimes happened to people. But she knew she couldn’t do anything about it because she was too young.

 

So Mary prayed that God would do something about it. God made the world and all little children and grownups. He loved everyone, so he could help.

 

One day when Mary was alone, an angel suddenly appeared to her. His name was Gabriel. Can you say Gabriel? He was smiling.

 

Gabriel had wonderful news for her. She was going to have a baby ~ God’s own Son whom he was sending to live with us. Then God’s Son could help us.

 

Mary was to name this baby JESUS. He would start a new kingdom of peace that everyone who wanted to could live in.

 

This kingdom would start on earth. But some day everyone in his kingdom would be taken to heaven to live forever with God himself. Then there would be no more suffering and sadness.

 

 Mary had always thought she was too young to help people. She found out she could help after all through her baby by taking good care of him.

 

 

 

THINK & DO

 

  1. Every boy and girl can help others, no matter how young they are. Is there something you can do today to help someone who is hurting in their mind or their body?

 

You will make them smile. You will make God smile. You, too, will smile.

Purchase Star Song: A Child’s Life of Christ

 



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