→ 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.

> Recent posts

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.

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

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

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

> Guest posts

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.

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.

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?

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?

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…

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.

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…

Unplug this Fall and Get Creative! [ by Cathy Baker · guest post ] → Who needs television, telephones, and other devices to get the family together to serve, play and pray?