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July 2024 | Calendars

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Freedom! That's July in one word. We celebrate our independence this month, and we do it in many ways: cookouts, camping, music, and fireworks. It's a month that reminds us to celebrate what brings us together instead of fixating on what tears us apart. So while we celebrate our freedoms to govern how we want to govern, say what we want to say, and believe what we want to believe, remember that just because we can, doesn't mean we should: I have the freedom to do anything, but not everything is helpful. I Corinthians 3:12  CEB I must check my thoughts, words, decisions, and habits for helpfulness. Am I helping or hurting myself? Am I adding value to others?  This July, I'm homing in on celebrating freedom by saying what I want to say. I want to communicate in helpful, encouraging, and true ways. My action plan is to listen more and speak less so that when I open my mouth, intentional words of worth come out. Pray for me, would you? I know I'll need it. How are you c

Parental Currents | Guest Post

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The following post from Well Parents offers tips for managing parental anxiety. Well Parents provides resources to support you in parenting by encouraging you to focus on your physical and emotional well-being. Links to more Well Parents articles are listed at the end of this post. Guest article provided by:  wellparents.com Parental Currents: Detecting the Undercurrents of Your Anxiety In the journey of parenting, one often navigates through a complex maze of emotions and responsibilities. Amidst this intricate dance, a vital aspect frequently remains unaddressed: the impact of a parent's anxiety on their children. This Wolfe Stew article delves into understanding this influence and offers practical strategies to mitigate it, ensuring a healthy emotional environment for both parent and child. Subtle Indicators: Deciphering Anxiety in the Young Children, with their unfiltered expressiveness, often mirror the emotional climate of their homes. Noticeable shifts in their behavior,

First Day of Summer | JOY for Today

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Summer is the season of JOY! Warm temperatures, smiling faces, longer days, and fewer obligations invite adventure and rest. Embrace each moment. Cherish the memories. First Day of Summer | When the Sun is at its Northernmost Point JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  Five facts about summer. Wolfe Stew Connects  To storing provisions. Bible Verses and Quotes  Inspired by summer. Activity Suggestions : Goal setting, summer party, discussion questions, memory tracking, and countdown. UPCOMING HOLIDAYS:   Forgiveness Day (June 26th Annually) National Financial Freedom Day (July 1st Annually) Independence Day (July 4th Annually) Did You Know: The dog days of summer reference an annual pattern of summer misery? The ancient Greeks and Romans noticed increased temperatures, drought, misery, and illness in the days ranging from July 3 to August 11. Because Sirius, a star in the Canis Major (the "Greater Dog") constellation, rises along with the sun at this time of year, the

June 2024 | Calendars

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Oh, the sweet, sweet days of summer! What is your favorite summertime activity? Typically, summers find us visiting family, frequenting the library, going on long walks, and entertaining our nephew (in sneakily educational ways), all while planning for the next school year. Day trips and camping in the mountains are a welcome escape when we want to beat the heat. If you're looking for some sneakily educational ideas to use with your learners this summer, we'd love to help. Our June 2024 offerings include: June 2024 Ideas for  Every  Day Calendar  (family friendly, educational)  June 2024 Growth for Today Calendar  (personal growth, Isaiah study) Blank 2024 Calendars   Bible verses  Inspirational Quotes June 2024 Ideas for EVERY Day View the  current month's calendar   at the Learning Lab Tab. Or download your  June 2024 calendar  through  OneDrive . View  archived calendars  on our JOY for Today page. Add " Would you rather... " questions into your daily holid

May 2024 | Calendars

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It's nearly May, Leaders! Which means the year is nearly at an end. We're on the downhill slope and the finish line is in sight. But, while we are racing right along with you to reach it, we also want to encourage you to slow down and savor these final moments with your learners. Take some snapshots. Plan some fun.  If you're stuck and looking for some inspiration, we'd love to come to your rescue. Our May 2024 offerings include: May 2024 Ideas for  Every  Day Calendar  (family friendly, educational)  May 2024 Growth for Today Calendar  (personal growth, Isaiah study) Blank 2024 Calendars   Bible verses  Inspirational Quotes May 2024 Ideas for EVERY Day View the  current month's calendar   at the Learning Lab Tab. Or download your  May 2024 calendar  through  OneDrive . View  archived calendars  on our JOY for Today page. Add  "Would you rather..."  questions into your daily holiday festivities this May to welcome even more JOY. Or get it (for free!)

Husband Appreciation Day | JOY for Today

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The more we think about what we appreciate in our husbands, the more appreciation we will have for them. The more we communicate that appreciation, the more JOY we'll find in our marriages. It's a simple step worth taking. Husband Appreciation Day | April's Third Saturday JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  Five facts about husbands. Wolfe Stew Connects  to showing appreciation by being a better wife. Bible Verses and Quotes  About husbands. Activity Suggestions : Read books, watch movies, talk, and write about appreciated traits in husbands. UPCOMING HOLIDAYS:   Earth Day  (April 22nd Annually) Honesty Day  (April 30th Annually) National Day of Prayer  (May's First Thursday - 5/2/2024) Did You Know: Husbands pay attention even when they aren't looking at you? Women and men listen differently. While women prefer face-to-face conversation, men lean towards shoulder-to-shoulder interaction. So, even though your husband may not be looking at you, he's still l

Dandelion Day | JOY for Today

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Dandelions are nature's smiley face. It's nature's overused, simplistic way to usher in JOY, if you will only let them. Dandelion Day | April 5th Annually JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  Five dandelion facts that we didn't know. Wolfe Stew Connects  Dandelions to JOY. Bible Verses and Quotes  About dandelions and flowers. Activity Suggestions : Eat, craft, read, write, discuss, and walk with dandelions. UPCOMING HOLIDAYS:   Earth Day (April 22nd Annually) Honesty Day (April 30th Annually) National Day of Prayer (May's First Thursday - 5/2/2024) Did You Know: Antarctica is the only continent that does not have dandelions? Ants are similarly located. ( DIY Herb Gardener   Discover Life ,  Wolfe Stew , and  Ant Maps ) Every part of the dandelion is edible? Eat the greens raw or cooked. Try the flowers fresh, dried to make tea, brewed into wine, infused into oil, or preserved as a jelly. Roast the roots as a coffee substitute. ( Cleveland Clinic and Better