Category Archives: Celebrations


Grateful Hearts Moved to Action!

Two Young Women Gave Back this Summer!

What a heart of gratitude looks like...

 

When Sarah Booy and Heather VanGelder began thinking about all of the wonderful events they had attended with Christian Heritage – conferences and picnics filled with fellowship with other families, inspirational teaching and great opportunities to grow in their love for Jesus,... their heart of gratitude was stirred.

Moved to action and the full support of their families, they planned an event for a lovely summer day in August.


“We have been blessed by Christian Heritage, and want to bless CH by organizing this fundraiser and encouraging fellowship among other like minded families!”


When it was all said and done, the two awesome young women raised over $2,000 for Christian Heritage, blessed MANY families who were able to attend and answered the praise they received,


 “We couldn’t have done it without the support of our families’ and all of you there! All the glory goes to God!!”


This kind of service minded partnership is what we at Christian Heritage pray for in our upcoming generation… and YOUR partnership is just as vital!

More than ever, we must raise up the next generation of godly men and women who will faithfully follow Christ as a light in an increasingly dark world.

Your help is needed …and to be sure, the world is watching!

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To My Children, On Gratitude

If there is one trait in this life that will give you a rich, fulfilling one, it is GRATITUDE.

The ability to see the beauty in simple pleasures; the ability to let what you have blind you to the things you don’t.

Gratitude is knowing that God is enough, no matter what your circumstances.

8191977085_bc39d6f93d_zGratitude is not taking your life for granted. It is remembering that a healthy body is a gift, a warm house is not a right, and food at every meal is a luxury to most of the world.

Children, I won’t apologize to you because you don’t have all the technological gadgets your peers do. I am not sad that we can’t buy you your own car when you turn sixteen, or that you are saving your money to buy a special thing you’ve been wanting. From my observation of the world these forty years, those things will help you.

Gifts are nice when they are gifts, but they can be too much. So much that you forget, and take for granted, and become ungrateful and feel entitled.

I love you too much for that. I praise God with the psalmist for having “neither too little nor too much”. I thank Him for daily bread and I want you to grow up doing the same. I want you to find contentment in simplicity, looking to the relationships around you for your deepest joy.

Gratitude is so easily robbed in our culture! We live the largest irony in stating that “money doesn’t make you happy” and then sacrificing our lives to disprove our theory.

So, I pray this Thanksgiving season that you would hold on to gratitude. Be thankful for every sunrise, every warm bowl of soup, every night your Daddy comes home, for every clean item of clothing in your closet, for peace, when others are at war….be thankful, and even if it were all taken away, tune your hearts to say, “Blessed be the name of the Lord!”


kelly crawfordBy Kelly Crawford

Kelly Crawford is a mom of nine kids who has a passion for inspiring and encouraging women to build godly homes. She has been writing on her website Generation Cedar for over five years, tackling tough issues like birth control, homeschooling and the degradation of the American culture and family. Generation Cedar is named so because she desires to encourage families to raise the next generation for the glory of God–firmly planted and flourishing “like a cedar in Lebanon”. She is also a featured speaker at the 2014 Christian Heritage Conference.

“Once Brothers” © 2012 Vincent_AF, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/.

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June 9, 2014
Celebrations, Fathers
 

This Father’s Day: The Most Important 10 Minutes in Homeschooling

fatherSo you and your wife have decided to homeschool, eh? Congratulations! You’re on the most important journey you’ll ever take as a family. And now you’re wondering how you can help, right? You’re already working overtime to make ends meet. There aren’t enough hours in the day to complete the many commitments you already have at work, at home, at church and elsewhere. So how can you make the greatest impact on your family’s homeschool experience?

It’s so easy, most of us overlook it. It’s those first ten minutes when you walk in the door from work. Your wife has been mentoring, teaching, encouraging, disciplining, testing, grading and changing diapers all day long. She needs to know that you understand the sacrifice she’s made today. She needs you to not look at the pile of bills on the kitchen table, to not look at today’s scores on ESPN, to not look at what’s on the stove for dinner and to not look at the lawn that needs mowing. She needs you to look her directly in the eyes and ask her, “So tell me about your day, sweetheart.” (more…)

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The Importance of the Family Table

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We already know research backs up the notion that families eating around the table together has a profound impact on the quality of home and the unity of its members.

An article in the Home Renaissance Foundation said,

“…family dinners generate ‘human capital’. Kids who sit down regularly with parents and siblings do better at exams than those who don’t. Rates of substance abuse, obesity and eating disorders are also lower….It is at the dining table that we impart some of the most important lessons of life: how to tell a story, share our recollections of the day and listen politely. It is where kids should learn something about manners. Not formal etiquette, but how to behave in company. It is easy to dismiss these things as irrelevant.” Bridges & Tangents (more…)

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November 25, 2013
Celebrations, Scripture
 

Thanksgiving: A Lifestyle, Not a Holiday

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It is a sure sign that we are sinners that we tend to be more concerned about what we do than what we are. That is, our guilt or peace oftentimes is the fruit of our own judgment of how often we commit a known sin, less often grounded in what we think and how we feel. I may hate my brother, but if I can keep myself from killing him, well, how bad could I be?

In Romans 1 Paul is setting about the business of explaining the universal guilt of men before God. There he answers the telling question, what about the innocent native in Africa who knows nothing of Christ by affirming that all men everywhere both know who God is, and reject that knowledge. Before we have done anything we stand guilty, if only because our eyes tell us there is a God and our hearts hate that truth. Paul then, however, in describing the universal sinful condition of all men outside of Christ adds this condemnation- neither were they grateful. (more…)

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