→ Forging Arrows

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of ones youth.
·   Psalm 127:4   ·


In · forging arrows · our aim is to offer practical ways to equip our children to serve God and others.

> General Parenting

Reminding Our Children: We Bear the Image [ by Leigh Ann Thomas ] → When our children face the inevitable doubts, it’s time to share a reminder.

All the Things [ by Leigh Ann Thomas ] → At the end of my mom-rope, God taught me that if I didn’t slow down, I would miss treasured moments with my children.

A Fearless Reliance [ by Leigh Ann Thomas ] → A recent trip to the Grand Canyon made my heart trip in awe of our Creator God

What I Learned as Rookie Baseball Mom [ by Hilary Brooke Hall ] → Life lessons from America’s favorite pastime.

Encouraging Gratitude [ by Marcy Martin ] → Teaching our children to say thank you is easy. The hard part is instilling a heart of gratitude…

Lessons on Courage from David, Dylan, a Bear & a Giant [ by Marcy Martin ] → Tips for teaching children to live courageously with confidence in God and His power.


> Parenting Toddlers & Younger Children

The Lesson of the Mop [ by Leigh Ann Thomas ] → In a toddler’s simple question, the reminder that having a genuine Christ-centered home involves not just telling our children the right way to live but modeling it every day.

Little Bitty Sins [ by Leigh Ann Thomas ] → In minutes, my daughter spilled her heart and confessed something…and that’s when mama came under conviction.

Raising Children Who Care [ by Leigh Ann Thomas ] → How do you encourage compassion in your children?

Igniting Joy and Passion in Serving [ by Leigh Ann Thomas ] → Ministry comes alive for one mom and three little girls who learn the value of using their God-given passions in service to the Lord.

Tiny Dreams & Giant Steps of Faith [ by Leigh Ann Thomas ] → What if God doesn’t want what I want?

Delight & Desire [ by Sylvia Schroeder · guest post ] → Sometimes we wonder, Where is joy in following God?


> Parenting Tweens, Teens & Older Children

Ribbons, Lace & Moments of Grace [ by Leigh Ann Thomas ] → It all matters. Every joy-filled, heart-breaking, storming-the-gates-of-heaven moment.

7 Ways to Help a Teen Cope with the Death of a Loved One [ by Marcy Martin ] →  Parenting teens during difficult times is a balancing act of providing godly guidance and support while at the same time giving them time and space to sort through emotions independently–and nowhere is this balancing act more apparent than when dealing with the death of a loved one.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T [ by Leigh Ann Thomas ] → As our children grow and experience negative influences away home, how do we teach them to model kindness?

A Steadfast Integrity [ by Leigh Ann Thomas ] → As my husband and I quietly stood and gazed over the Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona, our souls were drawn to worship.

What’s with Pre-teens, Anyway? [ by Charlene Vermeulen · guest post ] → If you’re the parent of a middle schooler, you may feel a little—no, a lot—crazy. You’re not alone.

3 Things Your Middle-Schooler Wants You to Know [ by Charlene Vermeulen · guest post ] → How do we best support our preadolescents in the awkward, undulating preteen stage?

A Call to Pray for the College Student in Your Life [ by Haley Yow · guest post ] → A college student urges believers to pray for college students, who find this unique season to be filled with an overwhelming pressure to conform to the norm.


> Practical Helps

My Child Won’t Chew–What to Do? [ by Marcy Martin ] → Four recommendations to encourage a child to develop the ability to chew.

Play Power • 7 Ways to Play with Matchbox Cars [ by Marcy Martin ] →  These 7 matchbox car play ideas are simple, and more than likely you already have all the needed materials on hand.

3 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Ability to Attend While Playing at the Park [ by Marcy Martin ] → The beauty of attention skill acquisition during play is that it encourages your child to learn how to attend, without other cognitive demands.

Pencils: Help Your Child Get a Grip! {part 1} [ by Marcy Martin ] → Simple modifications to help your child develop a functional grasp for pencils and utensils.

Pencils: Help Your Child Get a Grip! {part 2} [ by Marcy Martin ] → Games to improve a child’s grasping skills for using pencils and utensils.

Pick a Hand • Tips to Help Your Child Establish Hand Dominance [ by Marcy Martin ] → If a child is switching hands frequently during a writing task, check out these play-based tips to help in establishing hand dominance.

Teaching Your Child to Respond Respectfully {Free Printable Resource} [ by Marcy Martin ] → If your child answers your every request with respect and kindness, this post is not for you. For the rest of us, a free printable outlines a plan for teaching respectful speech.


> Guest posts

Why Foster Care? [ by Megan Hogg · guest post ] → If we can provide a safe and loving home for children in need, with the ideal goal of partnering with their parents for ultimate reunification, then why wouldn’t we?

Eternity in the Moments [ by Meredith Mills · guest post ] → Sometimes God offers the beautiful gift of togetherness when our little ones join us in our quiet time.

Parenting at the Movies [ by Carole Sparks · guest post ] → We love to go to the movies as a family, but I don’t always love what we see on the screen.

Friendship Across Difference: 3 Tips for Befriending an Individual with Special Needs [ by Brilyn Roberts · guest post ] → An 11-year-old shares her experience on making friends with those who are different, on learning to see people first and not their challenges.

A Father’s Need for a Teachable Heart [ by Matt Martin · guest post ] → Is your heart teachable as you come before God as a father, helpless and lacking?

The Blessing of Fatherhood [ by Robert Watson · guest post ] → For a man, one of the dearest of blessings to be received is that of fatherhood.

Family Worship: A Beginner’s Guide [ by Brian Roberts · guest post ] → A DIY guide for fathers to create a recipe for family worship in the home.

Take Heart, Sweet Mama: Caring for a Child with Chronic Illness [ by Shelley Pierce · guest post ] → So many thoughts crowd the heart in the uncertainty of a hospital room. Here are some words of encouragement from one who has been there.

A Big Lesson from My Little One [ by Charla Matthews · guest post ] → When she was about four years old and three feet tall, my granddaughter taught me a valuable lesson.

Love & Kisses [ by Jo Childress · guest post ] → Have you ever blown kisses to God?

The Trouble with Superheroes [ by Shelley Pierce · guest post ] → Everybody loves a good superhero story. But many parents also play the part of a super-hero–whether they know it or not…

The Day I Told My Kids No More TV [ by Sarah Peirce · guest post ] → It all started pretty innocently…but then something in me snapped, and I impulsively proclaimed, “It’s going to be a no-TV summer!”

The Journal [ by Meredith Mills · guest post ] → Something shimmery caught my eye as I entered the room. An iridescent journal lay on my bed. I smiled. This is no ordinary journal…