You Just Never Know


By Dana Bailey

So many times in our life we have acquaintances and that is all they ever are…just people you know of, but not about.  We watch others around us; how they live, how their children behave, how they react to others, but give little mind to who is watching us.

I became very aware of this recently when we moved away from a neighborhood we had lived in for more than 5 years.  Word spread quickly on our street that we were moving and our family began to hear from others who had observed our family without us realizing it. It is quite scary to think about now.

I think I was a horrible neighbor.  I didn’t know much more than my next door neighbors name.  She was a very private person and I tried very hard to not invade her privacy.  I didn’t even know the names of the people who were 2 doors up and the family across the street-we just waved each other.  Many of my children, on the other hand, knew more than names, they knew about our neighbors.  They knew where they went to church, how many times they had been married, how long they lived there, how often they wanted their grass cut and anything else they thought to ask.  My kids were great neighbors. Our son’s cut the grass for many, our daughter babysat for several of the families, our younger sons would help out however they could. [Read more…]

The Perfect Parenting Book


By Dana Bailey

While at a popular book store one day I noticed the hundreds of different books written on parenting. These books were in their own “PARENTING” section of the store and it was one of the largest sections.  Topics ranged from raising children with disabilities to when is it ok to talk to your child about sex.

It seemed evident from the large number of books on parenting there is a huge demand for help and advice by parents.  We don’t know what to do with these little people that we helped to create.  I can understand some of the concern, children are pretty complex.

Our problem is when we turn to the latest parenting book before we turn to the Original Parent.  God’s Word needs to be our primary source of answers in how to raise and train our children.  We don’t need to wait until they can read it for their self before they know what it is all about.

God offers the absolute best help for us.  Proverbs is an excellent place to begin.  When we use scripture as our guide we can show our children where we get our great parenting ideas from.

Here are 3 of the many scriptures I like to use with my children.

Proverbs 6:6-11 shows us the importance of not being lazy & what happens to the lazy person.

Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.

Colossians 3:23 reminds us that how we work is even more important than our work.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men

Ephesians 4:29 reminds us that our words to others are important.

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

There are so many good books out there from a Christian perspective on raising and training our children, but we need to be careful not to look to those more than the scriptures for answers. If we are going to prepare our children to be equipped for every good work then we should be using the very breath of God as our tool.

God uses His word to guide us and he works through us to reach our children.  We can still read those parenting books.  They can give some very good & helpful insight into training our children. Don’t forget who the true parent is and He is the one who will give you the wisdom and strength you need to raise up your children to His glory.

 “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” 2 Timothy 3:16-17


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Tending the Garden


Written by Dana Bailey

Many years ago we lived in the country on 20 acres.  My husband grew up in the country, farming with his dad.

My dad is a preacher and I grew up in the city, but always thought the country life sounded amazing.  So I was thrilled when we had the chance to buy land and build a house in the country.

I soon found out that it was very different from the city.  But, I still loved raising my kids out in the country in the wide open spaces & I tolerated the “critters”.  We all miss it very much.

One year, I wanted to plant a garden, because that is what you do when you live in the country.  I had never raised a garden before, but since my husband was a farmer I knew he could teach me how.  We tilled up the dirt, planted our seeds and waited to see what would come up.  Much to my amazement plants began to grow. It was wonderful. I couldn’t wait until it was time to harvest our veggies. [Read more…]

Get in the Boat!


By Dana Bailey

I looked at the calendar and saw six of the seven days for this week full of appointments or events; dentist appointments, orthodontist appointments, sports banquet and biggest of all, my daughters graduation party. And in the midst of it all I am scheduled to write a super encouraging note to you.

To be honest, I really didn’t want to write anything. The past few weeks have been emotionally and spiritually draining and I felt as if I have nothing left to give, especially any kind of encouragement for moms.  It would be easier for me to sit in my corner and mope about my life and how hard it is.

Ever felt this way? [Read more…]

Cherish the Time


Guest post written by Dana Bailey of A Little This – A Little That.

This is a very busy time of year for many families, mine included.  Graduation is upon us.  My second child will be graduating next month from High School.

I can’t help but wonder where did all the time go?

As I sift through pictures of my daughter to prepare a photo memory book, tears often fall as I wonder just where her childhood went.  The time has passed so quickly.  It was only a couple of years ago when she was learning to walk and now I’m about to watch her walk across a stage to receive her diploma.  Now I’m about to watch her walk to her college dorm room that will be her new home for 4 years.

As mothers, our time with our children is so short. I know it doesn’t always feel like it when they are little and they demand so much of you or when they are pre-teens who learn how to argue with you.  I know the days often feel as though God has added many hours and that it will never end. It will end and those sweet little ones will go to sleep…eventually. [Read more…]