As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.”
Last year I was brainstorming for a new and creative way to celebrate Christ in Christmas. Gifts seem to be a major component in the Christmas celebration, don’t they?
The TRUE REASON for the Season!
Let’s together, celebrate the reason for each season! My prayer for your family is that every Christmas be filled with His presence and joy as you share the love of our Savior.
Getting Wisdom is the WISEST thing you can do!
Hello! I’m Stacy. I’m excited to share with you a series of excerpts from the 2017 Sky Ranch Summer Devotional I’ve written called Boom Town, Sifting for Truth.
A Heart Full Of Thanks
It’s the THANKFUL month! We normally think more about what we’re thankful for in November because, well, we’re supposed to. But truly thanksgiving is a heart issue that we should practice year-round.
If Satan Loves To Isolate, Then God Is In Community
Are you in community? It’s an IN word right now, isn’t it? It just rolls off your tongue...
Sometimes Community Means Making The First Move
Something a bit unusual happened to me today. I received an invitation to coffee from a new mom at our school.
Do You Need To Kick-Start Your Community?
October is the beginning of the holiday season. Pumpkins, lattes, gatherings ‘round the fire…aaaahhhhhh. It seriously is MY FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR.
An Alternative To The "Life Isn't Fair" Lecture
I often describe our children as characters from Winnie The Pooh. We have two Tiggers and one Eyore.
To Moms Who Can't Wait For This Season To Pass
A mother's thoughts...
What Is The Secret To Contentment?
Two years ago, our family took a sabbatical from extra-curricular activities. Yes. You heard that right.
Is It Possible To Be Content In 2017?
a state of happiness and satisfaction.
When The Interruptions Are Our Ministry
I’m often the last one to the party. I don’t know if it’s because my eyes are moving faster than my brain has the capacity to process. Or if I’m so overwhelmed with the pace of life that I’m hesitant to add new things to my plate.
Five Tips To Help Families Ease Into School
School has been back in session for 36 hours. Although I was resistant to the return of structure and routine, I can already see how it will serve our family well.
A Prayer For Moms These Last Summer Days
I woke up this morning with butterflies in my stomach. Not the kind I used to get before performing on stage. For some strange reason, I enjoyed those.
Do We Need Fresh Perspective Regarding Disobedience?
Yesterday was Family Mission Day at our church. My husband and I took the day off so we could serve alongside our children at Bonton Farms
The Mess Will Always Be There But Our Kids Will Not
“No nickel tours of the upstairs of our house tonight,” I yelled from the landing at the top of the stairs down to the bottom of the stairs where my husband was fervently sweeping the entry way.
Are We On The Road To Building Strong Family Identity?
There’s a long stretch of straight and narrow highway between Dumas, Texas and the New Mexico border. We’ve driven it at least ten times as a family on our way to and from annual summer vacations in Colorado.
Eight Tips To Save Your Sanity On Family Road Trips
I remember our first road trip with picture-perfect clarity.
Three kids. Eight hours.
Do Our Words Speak Life To Our Children?
At the end of the day during his first week of kindergarten, Little Bit threw his arms around my thighs, burying his face in my belly. Through twinkling eyes and a beaming smile, he said, “I have a surprise for you!”
Why Our Kids Should Be Put To Work On Summer Break
My sister recently had this conversation with her five-year-old:
“Mom, what's after college?”
“When you work and maybe get married and have kids.”
“I have to get a job???!”
Now, I lay me down to sleep…
Bedtime. The time we set aside for chats, prayers and plans.
Five Tips To Help Moms Thrive While Kids Are At Camp
I don’t know about you, but dropping kids off at camp stirred up mixed emotions for me. Certainly, I was bursting with excitement. But I would be dishonest if I didn’t admit the twinge of anxiety I felt, kissing them goodbye and placing them in someone else’s care.
When Silence Makes Us Long For Noise
I remember it with picture-perfect detail. It was almost 13 years ago at 3:30 in the afternoon. I can see myself standing bare feet in our kitchen, hair amuck, pajamas still on. One hand resting on the bar, the other on my hip as I stared at the clock. I knew it was coming.
Dear Moms: You Are Not A Cruise Director
I’d been waiting for this day for a long time. The day after, Little Bit, our youngest son, completed kindergarten.
Why We Must Give Our Kids The Freedom To Strike Out
Confession. For much of my life, I’ve struggled with fears of rejection and failure. Whether these fears are part of my DNA or whether they rose from an unfortunate incident involving an unkind neighbor when I tried to sell him cookies in grade school, I’m not real sure.
Have You Invited Your Kids Into A Story That Matters?
What does it take to be a great parent? This was the question that had my husband and me on the edge of our seats at Parent Night five years ago. I would have guessed a handful of things, but I never would have guessed this: “Know and embrace your child’s ‘now,’” our headmaster said.
6 Tools Instead Of 13 Reasons Why
My Facebook news feed is flooded with conversation about a controversial Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. Until our Middle School Guidance Counselor wrote a blog post about it.
How Family Camp Helped My Son Conquer His Fears
When we arrived at Family Camp in 2014, it took exactly three minutes for our kids to kick off their shoes. They’re not much for footwear and would go bare-feet to church if allowed.
The Best Lesson We Can Teach Our Kids At The End Of The School Year
The time from Easter to the end of the school year is always a struggle for me. After Easter, I’m ready for school to be over and for summer to start.
Feeling Inadequate? You're Not Alone.
It was one of those Saturdays. You know the kind where you try to fit 36 hours of activities into a 24-hour window? That’s the kind.
He Knows Your Heart
When you don’t know the answer, do you search for it online before you ask a person? You can get all kinds of answers online. Often they are right, but sometimes they are wrong or distorted.
Jesus is the Perfect Sacrifice
Taking on the duties of another in kindness is a form of sacrifice. God sent Jesus to be a perfect sacrifice for your sins. Scripture says, “But our High Priest (Jesus) offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand.” Hebrews 10:12 NLT.
Jesus is The Good Shepherd
Sheep and people need a leader. We like to follow. Jesus is sent to lead you the right way and He leads by Shepherding. Read Psalm 23:1–6.
Mastering Sin by Lisa Clark
Have you ever had a conversation with your children about obedience? Hahaha Of course you have!!! Maybe DAILY??? We’re raising sinners!
Jesus is the Prophet
God sent Jesus into the crowd of mankind and told us to watch for Him. God described Him as a prophet. A prophet speaks God’s message to the people of God.
Thoughts For My Girls - Angie Tingle
The Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack was playing in the background as the menagerie of Christmas decorations was being marched down the stairs by the children.
Jesus is a special gift for you. God sent Jesus to redeem you by being a sacrifice to take away your sins and give you peace with God, the Father. Read 1 John 4:9–10. Scripture shares that God loves you!
Jesus was 100% Man
Admit it, sometimes the commercials get you and there are a few tears! We are emotional and once the tears start, it can be hard to stop them. Or maybe you find yourself laughing out loud at one.
Christ in Christmas by Lisa Clark
LET'S REMEMBER WHOSE BIRTHDAY WE'RE CELEBRATING! We have to be intentional to keep CHRIST in CHRISTmas or the worldly stuff finds it’s way into our homes.
Jesus As A Boy
Just like you listen to others and become wiser, as Jesus grew into a boy, He learned wisdom from others and grew in wisdom.
Jesus as a Baby
God always has a plan. God created mankind and He knows exactly what humanity will do. Mankind needs God, but is rebellious and won’t listen to Him.
The Overflowing Cup by Terrie Chevaillier
You have a cup that you walk around with. So do your friends. I have a cup. It’s an invisible cup that we hold out each day. No one can see it and you don’t really know you are holding it out and walking around with it.
Teaching Humility by Lisa Clark
"Mom, what's HUMILITY? I keep hearing that word!" The best way for parents to teach humility is to model it.
God and All People
The Bible explains God’s plan for a relationship with all people. God knows of Adam and Eve’s sin before they commit the act; God has a plan.
It’s going around and I guess if I have bumped into, you have as well. It’s been around forever but it seems to be kind of an epidemic of sorts. Perfect!
Adam and Eve and Jesus
God’s relationship with Adam and Eve illustrates mankind’s struggle with sin. Rebelling against God is sin, and sin has consequences. In Genesis 3, Satan deceives Adam and Eve with his lies.
A Mother Daughter Weekend and God's Plan Through Sky Ranch
Hi friends, my name is Sydney Woychesin. I have gone to Sky Ranch summer camp for 6 years now, and have loved every second of it! Sky Ranch and I have a lot of history.
GARBAGE IN - GARBAGE OUT
Have you ever heard these 4 words? If you were born in the 60s and went to college in the 80s, then chances are, you’ve heard the term. If not, well…I could be your grandmother, I guess.
Walking Alone - Lisa Clark
I remember finding one of our daughters crying in her room one day. She wasn’t a crier so this was hard.
Go to the Throne, not the Phone - Lisa Clark
Is prayer your first line of defense or your afterthought? I would encourage you today, moms, to start making prayer a priority as you raise your children.
All In Devotional by Stacy Davis- The Gift of God
You receive gifts in your relationship with God. He loves you so much that He tells you the truth about the penalty of sin, and He provides a free way to escape the punishment of sin if you accept Him.
All In Devotional by Stacy Davis - God Hears You
The relationship God has with the Israelites in the Old Testament illustrates the compassion of God. God listens.
Man's Best Friend - Terrie Chevaillier
Let me just start by making it very clear that I love our dog Starsky. He brings so much joy and fun to our family.
When You Know They Know - Angie Tingle
Our children return from college for their spring break. They enter home to sleep, be fed, and be heard.
The Dating Game - Lisa Clark
If your children aren’t of dating age yet, they will be soon. Do you have a plan? I guess that’s the main takeaway here.
All In Devotional by Stacy Davis - God is Just
The justice of God is another characteristic that defines Him. Justice, in these passages, means God’s fair judgment. God is a just judge.
Life Pillars - Angie Tingle
Something that I wish I had started at a young age is to pay attention to Life Pillars!
Why Obey? - Lisa Clark
“Because I said so.” Have you ever said these 4 words? Bet you have. Me, too. Guilty.
All In Devotional by Stacy Davis - God is Righteous
Another characteristic of God that does not change is His righteousness. God always does the right thing. God does not lie; He is always truthful.
All In Devotional by Stacy Davis - God is Holy
This post focuses on the character of God. Certain words describe Him well and “holiness” is one of those words. The “Holiness of God” means that God is set apart.
Waiting on Something Good? - Terrie Chevaillier
Are you waiting on something right now for yourself or one of your children? If so, take comfort and heart in this verse.
5 Creative and Affordable Valentine's Date Ideas - Natalie Reed
Yep, it’s Valentine’s Day. The holiday created by Hallmark and Hershey’s designed to pressure people into spending too much money, in order to create a special and memorable Valentine’s date.
All In Devotional by Stacy Davis - God is Omniscient
God is unique because He is omniscient, which means that God knows the past, present and future at the same time.
Grateful - John Morgan
Have you ever had your world turned upside down?
How to Eat Healthy on a Budget - Natalie Reed
Most people assume it’s virtually impossible to save money AND eat healthy.
All In Devotional by Stacy Davis - God is Omnipotent
As you journey through the topic of God’s uniqueness, notice how scripture shares that God is all-powerful or omnipotent. God is powerful.
Thoughts are Things - Lisa Clark
Have you ever heard the saying, “Thoughts are things”? I heard it recently and I really thought about it, no pun intended.
Family Traditions - Tori Miller and Angie Tingle
This Christmas our family was blessed to spend some time at Sky Ranch Ute Trail in the beautiful snow covered mountains of Colorado.