Easter and the Girl Next Door

[Editor’s Note: Mentoring Moments first ran this piece by Cole Huffman several years ago. His daughter is 13 now and still plays with the girl next door. The staff of Mentoring Moments wishes each of you a Happy Easter!] The house behind us long sat empty as a FSBO. I called the owner a few weeks ago before trimming back some overgrown shrubs on his side of the four-foot tall picket fence that runs the length of our mutual property {Read More}

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Spring is in the Air

I do not like winter. I like warm. I’d live at the beach if God would send me there. Don’t get me wrong; I live in Kentucky and I’m a Kentucky girl. However, I would leave it from after Christmas until April if I could. Don’t like cold, don’t like snow, and don’t like ice! But I do like spring. I like warm sunshine, birds chirping, thunderstorms (with nothing threatening like tornadoes or flooding), and butterflies flitting about. I’ve had {Read More}

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Christ Arose

When my cousin Joan first heard the hymn “Christ Arose” sung by her two-year-old daughter Lena, the words didn’t quite make sense. When she asked Lena about them, she explained, “Daddy taught me the song.” Then she belted out another chorus of “UP from the GRAVY a ROSE!” After Lena’s daddy re-translated the words, Joan understood the deeper significance of the hymn. But perhaps her toddler’s version is also powerfully descriptive! Low in the grave He lay, Jesus, my Savior! {Read More}

About Ann Stewart

Ann Marie Stewart is the author of Preparing My Heart for Advent and looks forward to her first novel STARS IN THE GRASS to be published November 2016. She and her husband Will raise two daughters and a whole lot of sheep on their farm in Virginia.

Healer in the Garden

* This post contains affiliate links. Tim had a reason to be focused on the servant’s bloodied ear and the gentle Jesus. Tim was born with a miniature deformed ear with no hole. With medical advances in hearing repair, my brother and his wife opted for Tim to have the multiple surgeries that might correct the problems. Doctors created an ear from skin and cartilage from other areas on his body, and would later drill a hole in his skull. {Read More}

About Ann Stewart

Ann Marie Stewart is the author of Preparing My Heart for Advent and looks forward to her first novel STARS IN THE GRASS to be published November 2016. She and her husband Will raise two daughters and a whole lot of sheep on their farm in Virginia.

Easter Nests (Chocolate No-Bake Cookies) & Other Delights

We naturally think of giving to others at Christmas. But Easter is another opportunity to share with others and teach children to give. Do you have a favorite recipe? Why not prepare it as a family and make a surprise delivery to a neighbor, hurting friend, or elderly person during the Easter season? Here are some cookies we’ve made: Oatmeal cookies molded into Easter eggs and decorated with frosting. Sugar cookies cut into crosses and decorated with sprinkles. Chocolate no-bake {Read More}

About Lydia Harris

Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 48 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."

Book Review: The Parable of the Lily

* This post contains affiliate links. In The Parable of the Lily by Liz Curtis Higgs, a farmer secretly mails his daughter, Maggie, a surprise present. Young Maggie is disappointed with her gift of a bulb and dirt. She waters the bulb for a while then throws it out the window. Easter morning she finds a beautiful, fragrant lily blooming in her yard. “The gift is alive!” she exclaims. When Maggie learns the bulb was from her father, she realizes her ungrateful {Read More}

About Lydia Harris

Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 48 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."

Spreading Resurrection Joy

Before we celebrate Resurrection joy on Easter morning, we also recall Jesus’ death on Good Friday—a day of disappointment and sorrow. Do you know someone who seems sad? Someone who is sick, unemployed, or has lost a loved one? What could you do to cheer them? Here are a few ideas you or your family could carry out to show your care and God’s love for the sorrowing. Paint a small clay pot with a pretty design. Plant flower seeds {Read More}

About Lydia Harris

Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 48 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."

Hosanna, Loud Hosanna!

* This post contains affiliate links. The hymn “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna!,” which celebrates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, makes the singer feel a part of the crowd full of hope and enthusiasm. Can’t you just imagine this hymn writer running along with the processional? That is until you realize that the lyricist was a disabled woman. Jennette Threlfall wrote this exuberant hymn in the late 1800s. And “that ancient song we sing” about Palm Sunday remains a timeless {Read More}

About Ann Stewart

Ann Marie Stewart is the author of Preparing My Heart for Advent and looks forward to her first novel STARS IN THE GRASS to be published November 2016. She and her husband Will raise two daughters and a whole lot of sheep on their farm in Virginia.

Making an Easter Cross

If you saved the tree trunk from last year’s Christmas tree, now is the time to make it into an Easter cross. If you didn’t, file this idea for next Easter (with a reminder in your December calendar to save the Christmas tree trunk) and find other wood to use. Cut off the upper one-third of the trunk and fasten it across the lower part with a nail or wire to form a cross. You may wish to leave the {Read More}

About Lydia Harris

Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 48 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."

Easter Symbols

What are the symbols of Easter? Bunnies, baby chicks, and Easter egg hunts?  To help children hear the true story of Easter, Family Life Today has prepared a carton of twelve colorful Resurrection Eggs®. Each plastic egg contains a meaningful object related to Easter (e.g., nail that pierced Jesus’ hands and feet) along with a booklet explaining these symbols. Look for these eggs at your local Christian bookstore, or order a dozen by calling 1-800 FL-Today or from their website, {Read More}

About Lydia Harris

Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 48 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."