A Different Kind of Christmas // Mark Schultz

No time of the year leans as heavily on tradition as Christmastime, but every once in a while it’s good to inject a few new things into your celebration of Jesus’ birth. Word Records’ artist Mark Schultz & his wife Kate took that to heart this year – adopting a new little baby girl from China!

Mark tells P&S “Yeah .. she looks nothing like me, which is a good thing!”

Kate is an OB/GYN, & Mark says “She saw a little Chinese baby running down the aisle at church one Sunday & said ‘We gotta have one of those.'” God tells us in his word we’re adopted. Mark was adopted when he was just 2 weeks old, & says “adoption is a blueprint for what we’re supposed to do here on earth.

 

What to Remember About Alzheimer’s

Much like cancer, most of us either have a loved one or know of someone who has struggled with Alzheimer’s Disease.

When we don’t have enough each day to care for somebody, we turn to God to give us that strength.” That’s the gist of what Dr. Benjamin Mast tells P&S this morning, during National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Dr. Mast says patients “forget recent information very quickly, but there are other things they can remember much better.”  Some of those other things include “stories of long ago“, “old hymns“, and “scriptures they’ve learned.

Dr. Mast is a professor at the University of Louisville & author of Second Forgetting.

 

Wouldn’t It Be Great to Get a Do Over?

Our Amazing God is the king of second chances! God can redeem you. Nothing you do can take away His love for you, when you come to Him. He is patient while you learn your need for Him. Family Life Radio member Chuck shares his testimony.

But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself. Psalm 49:15

Back To School Tips

Back To School Tips

Sending kids back-to-school can be a tough time, for the kids & for mom & dad.  The American Academy of Pediatrics says there are a few things you can do to make it easier. We’ve included some of the top tips below.  You can get the rest here.

Before School Starts
  • Don’t wait until the first day of class to ask for help.  Schools are almost always open early to address concerns. You can even take kids in early to get a look at their classroom & locker.
  • Accentuate the positive!  They will see old friends & meet new ones.
  • Find a buddy your child can walk to school or ride on the bus with.
  • Drive your child to school on the first day – & maybe pick them up too.
  • Touch base with the new teacher.
  • Start the sleep/wake-up schedule a week or so ahead of time.
Backpack Safety
  • Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps & a padded back.
  • Pack light.
  • Always use both shoulder straps.
  • Adjust the pack so that the bottom sits at your child’s waist.
School Bus
  • Children should always board & exit at locations that provide safe access to the bus or to the school building.
  • Make sure they walk where they can see the bus driver.
  • Look both ways before entering traffic.
Lunch
  • Make sure you check the cafeteria menus, which many schools post online.  That helps with planning.
  • Look into what is offered inside & outside of the cafeteria, including vending machines.
Homework & Study Habits
  • Create a good environment, including a consistent work space that’s quiet.
  • Schedule ample time for homework; build this time into extra-curricular activities.
  • Supervise computer & Internet use.

Disaster Prep

Disaster Prep

Evacuations are more common than you might think. Natural disasters aside, people are forced to leave their homes hundreds of time a year because of transportation & industrial accidents. Below are several things you can do now to be ready.  For a full list, click here.

  • Have a grab-and-go kit. Include essential supplies, such as water, food, first-aid supplies, & don’t forget about your pets (including ID collars).
  • Have copies of important papers. Keep in a plastic, waterproof case. Include:
  1. Driver’s License
  2. Deed to your house
  3. Proof of Insurance
  4. Medical Records
  5. Passports
  6. Social Security Cards
  • Prep your yard. Maintain your trees & shrubs so diseased or weakened branches won’t fall down & damage your property.
  • Know your utility shutoffs. Learn now how to safely shut off all utility services in your home.
  • Protect windows. If you live in an area susceptible to hurricanes, install shutters that are rated to provide protection from windblown debris.