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August 2024 | Calendars

Leaders! It's already back-to-school time!!  I hope you have had a summer full of relaxation and fulfillment, and that August's arrival finds you refreshed and revitalized. But, if you're anything like me, you wish you could slam the brakes on summer and rest here a little longer. I keep looking for that pause button. I haven't found it yet though, so I keep moving forward.  That's what we're called to do: to be faithful in today ( Hebrews 3:13 ). To do our best in each moment, and if a moment fails, commit to doing better in the next ( Ephesians 6:7 ). To face tomorrow with hope knowing the future is held in the hands of our Maker ( Jeremiah 29:11 ). To interact with love for others because we know the love God has for them by how well He loves us ( John 13:34-35 ). And to keep marching because we know we are where we are right now for a reason ( Philippians 3:17  & Ephesians 2:10 ). I'm here to encourage you in your faithful walk, just as I hope you

Go West Day | JOY for Today

All of us are on a quest for JOY. One of the ways people in early America sought it was to "Go West!" West was the land of opportunity, freedom, and adventure. What is your West today? What are you doing to find JOY? Go West Day | July 13th Annually JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  Five facts about the American West. Wolfe Stew Connects  To the command to "Go!" Bible Verses and Quotes  Inspired by opportunity. Activity Suggestions : Write ads, identify rules, design hats, discuss questions, and encourage  opportunity-taking. UPCOMING HOLIDAYS:   Give Something Away Day (July 15th Annually) National Ice Cream Day (July's Third Sunday) Gorgeous Grandma Day (July 23rd Annually) Did You Know: Horace Greeley is credited with the phrase, "Go West, young man"? Editor of the New York Tribune , Greeley wrote a letter in 1871 to a young man seeking career advice telling him to "Go West!" as this was the place where workers were wanted. Thou

July 2024 | Calendars

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 6:12  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

First Day of Summer | JOY for Today

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

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

Nothing to Fear Day | JOY for Today

Fear is a common emotion. It either spurs us to act or inhibits us. What we do when we are afraid strengthens or stalls us. Be gentle with yourself. Develop actionable strategies for facing your fear and step out with confidence. Eventually, you'll realize you can move forward confidently even when you are afraid. That's empowering. What JOY there is in knowing you can look fear in the face and keep going. Nothing to Fear Day | May 27th Annually JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  Five facts about fear. Wolfe Stew Connects  to fear's antidote. Bible Verses and Quotes  About fear. Activity Suggestions : Abate end-of-year fears by letter writing, recording memories, taking tours, reading books, and inviting discussion. UPCOMING HOLIDAYS:   Love Conquers All Day  (June 3rd Annually) Hot Air Balloon Day  (June 5th Annually) Sewing Machine Day (June 13th Annually) Did You Know: Never experiencing fear is unhealthy? Because fear is an automatic response, everyone feels it.