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Will You Help Me Help Them? (Silent Auction With Cool Stuff!)

Once upon a time a horrific tornado demolished our home and community. As bad as it was, the Body of Christ shined brighter than I thought possible. And not just our family, friends and neighbors. Brothers and sisters from around the country became soul-friends through that tragedy.

One such family was the Ockers. Mr. Ocker left his wife and 9 children to spend several weeks rebuilding our home–he spent time, money and separation from his family to help someone he had never even heard of!

That’s not all. That family has continued to show such love to ours. Two years after the storm, when I had my last baby, Kaid, Mrs. Ocker sent me the most lovely, personalized quilt.

The Ockers have a son with numerous health challenges. And now they are in need of help and I want so much to help them back. William recently had to spend 3 weeks in the hospital battling pneumonia and the medical costs have mounted for the Ockers. I wish we were in a different financial state, one where I could simply send them lots of money. But we’re not.

And I know, especially with the internet, there are many, many in need. But the Ockers are one family I can touch, one who has so generously touched ours, and I want to offer them what I can.

So we’ve started an online auction for them that ends in 6 days. I want to invite you to browse the really great items there, including a weekend stay in a vacation home in OK! Remember that all the money from the auction will go directly to the Ockers.

I hope you’ll consider sharing it too!

Check out the OCKER AUCTION


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Helping Our Children Keep the Faith–The Bedrock of Parenting Well

Helping Our Children Keep the Faith--The Bedrock of Parenting Well

We attended the Gen2 Conference last weekend and left so encouraged and inspired. I was thoroughly impressed with the humility and wisdom of each speaker and as they discussed why so many millennials seem to be leaving the faith, it was good to hear a “back-to-the-basics” of the homeschool movement and what we need to remember as we seek to raise faithful children.

In summary, if you are concerned as I am, desiring more than anything to see your children walk and continue in truth, these were some of the principles revisited:

  • You can’t save your children. It’s one of those things where we have to balance our responsibility with the sovereignty of God and His election. We labor and pray and work with all diligence to teach our children the ways of the Lord, and then we must rely completely on His grace, remembering they are His and only He can save them. Period.
  • Relationship is everything. Maintaining a loving and close relationship with your children is the number one way to improve the chances of their desiring the things of God and continuing in the faith. We can’t demand our children serve the Lord without cultivating a relationship with them that causes them to want that. Such a thing will cause outward conformity for a time, and rebellion after that. Much of their view of God comes from their view of us. So the balance of reverence and love must be carefully achieved.
  • Hypocrisy is the fastest way to apostasy. Well, I made up that saying, but the principle was there. Kevin Swanson did an incredible job of driving this point. Trying to achieve some form of outward conformity, or trying to follow a formula hoping to get cookie-cutter results is not what God calls us to. Anything we expect from our children outwardly must be motivated by a genuine love for their souls, guided by our love for God. Our walk must be real and our children need to know that we are parenting from an eternal perspective, not one that seeks the praise of men.
  • Repentance and transparency are mandatory. It is impossible to be genuine if we aren’t repenting to our children and giving them the example of humility. We sin. They know it. We better be confessing it.
  • We must teach them apologetics. Ken Hamm explained that many young people are so easily swayed by other influences when they are older because they were never given a foundational understanding of biblical theology. They don’t know how to answer the critics. Sound doctrine needs to be a part of our daily lives. It’s a challenge, for sure, to make sure they are being taught rightly, but we need to shore up their worldview by challenging them to know how to give an answer for what they believe. Not just because mom and dad said so or have always done things this way.

I said I was encouraged, but I was also a little overwhelmed. I mean this job we do is heavy. Checking out really isn’t an option. I am reminded by Paul to “fight the good fight, finish the race and keep the faith.” The stakes are too high to do anything else.


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Conversations About Learning: Is School Good For Us?

Conversations About Learning Is School Good For Us

Enjoy these fascinating, thought-provoking articles by Roger Schank about our current educational system:

“Somehow we accept school as a painful experience of no real relevance to our lives and we talk about what we liked when we mean what we disliked least. And we talk about school’s relevance by assuming it provided “the basics” when we really do not know what the basics are.”

Conversations about learning: Part 1: how should school be different?
Conversations about Learning Part 2: real life learning


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Lilla Rose–Get a Great Deal AND a Free Flexi Clip!

Yay, Lilla Rose is having a SALE! For 12-hours only, you can save 25% off EVERYTHING! But hurry, it is only from 8 am -8 pm Pacific time, (11 am – 11 pm Eastern) Friday, January 23 only!

To make the deal even sweeter, independent consultant Paula Ramm is offering a special deal  for Generation Cedar readers only!  Get a FREE SURPRISE FLEXI when you place a $40 order between now and January 26!!!*  This is in ADDITION to the 12-Hour Flash Sale through Lilla Rose, so combine the two for the BEST deal!  (25% off is through Lilla Rose, Inc. and is Friday, January 23 from 8 am to 8 pm PST ONLY!)  If by chance you miss the 12-hour Flash Sale, you can still get the Surprise Flexi offer  through Paula if you order by January 26!

If you haven’t tried a flexi clip yet, now would be the perfect time! Flexis work in ALL types of hair, from baby fine to super thick, with NO ponytail headaches! They are great for busy moms, because you can do your hair beautifully in only seconds and be ready for the day! Time to throw away that plastic claw!

To find your perfect size, be sure to watch the sizing/styling videos! Also, try the coin tip! Squeeze the thickest part of your ponytail and look at the circle you just created. If the amount you’re holding resembles a nickel, you’re an extra small; a quarter, you’re a small; a 50-cent piece, you’re a medium; for anything bigger you’ll need large or XL. This would be for a ponytail or tails-up. A half-up would be a smaller size, and a French twist would be larger. But no worries if you still end up with the wrong size, as Lilla Rose has a 90-day sizing guarantee for free exchanges!

*Place an order of $40 or more (excluding tax and shipping) through Paula’s website, then message her to redeem your free surprise flexi! Please say Generation Cedar sent you! Offer valid for U.S. customers only and expires January 26, 2015. This is for both new and Paula’s returning customers, but if you already have another Lilla Rose consultant, please stay with her; I’m sure she will appreciate it! Thank you!


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For All You DIYers and DIY Wannabes: This is a Crafter’s Dream Come True

Sale is over.

Keep reading for THE most delicious thing…my mouth waters looking at these.

There aren’t enough hours in the day, right? With all a busy mom does, helping the kids with their schoolwork, preparing meals, cleaning up after everyone and putting yet another load of laundry on, there’s very little time for sleep – let alone DIY and crafting!

But do you look at that bare wall in the den and that tatty tablecloth on the kitchen table, and just wish you had a few hours to do something about them? Or do you browse through those wonderful crafting successes on Pinterest and think to yourself that “one day” you’ll have a few more minutes to yourself so that you too can create something incredible?

You’re not alone – there’s a huge community of people out there who are feeling just as frustrated as you are!

Thankfully though, there’s an exciting new product to help you quickly and easily get into (or back into) the creative projects you’ve been desperate to start. It’s called The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and it’s a collection of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading authors and bloggers in the industry.


For the crazy low price of just $34.95, you get access to a carefully curated library of over 76 eBooks and eCourses. And let me reassure you that this really is great value: the Ultimate Bundles team (who produced the resource) has spent MONTHS seeking out the most respected experts in the industry and asking them to contribute their premium-quality eBooks and eCourses. These really are the best of the best when it comes to DIY and crafting advice and information.

Topics in the bundle include:

  • Home decor
  • Furniture painting
  • Photography
  • Chalk pastels
  • Handmade gifts
  • Homemade skincare products
  • Cake decorating
  • Photography and photo-editing
  • Paint colors and interior design
  • …and a whole lot more (76 eBooks and eCourses in total) – to help you be inspired or get started with your next DIY or crafting project!

There’s no need to worry about information overload though: The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with a complete guide to getting started, so that you can know exactly which resource to use for your specific crafting or DIY project and jump straight into it with confidence!



Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, January 21 until 11.59pm EST on Monday, January 26.

You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.

Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 5 awesome bonuses, worth over $150.

That’s 4x the price of the bundle alone! These include…

A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $60 Value), free $15 store credit to, a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value), and free, full digital copies of Where Women Create Magazine and Greencraft Magazine ($20 value) from Stampington and Co.

So, don’t miss your chance to grab The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and get 76 incredible eBooks and eCourses for just $34.95. All you need to do is take action by midnight on Monday, January 26!

This amazing deal ends in just…

Pick up your copy right now, before it’s too late. Or, learn more here.



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Technology: What is Convenience Costing Us?

It’s interesting to think about the challenges each generation faces. Our grandparents probably couldn’t have imagined a world where we have access to virtually every source of information, every buying opportunity and every social conversation in the world. And while this advancement is good in so many ways, like everything else, it has grave pitfalls.

The worst part, to me, of our Internet Age is that these things have access to us in a way that makes it feel impossible to resist. Most of us carry a phone around because it’s convenient. But the trade off to convenience is that we are expected to be available to anyone who needs us, 24 hrs. a day, 7 days a week. (The only way I’ve found to avoid this dilemma is to simply not carry a phone. Believe it or not, one can survive in the 21st century without one unless it is needed for work. Most of the human race has survived for centuries.)

So we’ve created a great irony. For the sake of convenience and/or saving time:

  • we’re expected to be constantly available to throngs of people, making us busier than we’ve ever been, negating the original purpose of the technology.
  • We’re in touch with more people, and lonelier than ever.
  • We have access to more information but think less than ever because of distraction and stimuli.

Perhaps even worse, it puts our face-to-face relationships in jeopardy.

The one texting you doesn’t know you’re in a conversation with your husband. But if you don’t answer, you know they’ll feel ignored. And ignoring people is rude. And we don’t want to be rude. So to avoid being rude to our friend who texted, we are rude to our husband by interrupting the conversation we’re having to answer our friend.


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Even where we use our devices for work–and many people truly depend on them–it allows our clients, employers/employees to have constant access to our personal lives and interferes with our family relationships, as opposed to the old-fashioned 8 hour work day.

And when our children, who have less self-control than we do are given devices–when our whole family is now consumed with looking, playing, texting, shopping, answering–we stand to lose so much more than what we were supposed to be gaining.

And sometimes, more is less. A lot less.

We are no longer able to be “all there” wherever we are. We are scattered, with attentions split, 16-tabs-open-at-a-time people. And ironically, as advancements in technology do buy us more time, we just fill it up with more activities or browsing, or connections. We don’t like to admit it because it might mean drastic change.

I fear for our children who are losing the gift of solitude, who hardly know such a thing exists (much less why it’s important) because they rarely see it modeled. What becomes of the next generation who has no focus, who are alive but not really living because they’ve been distracted to death?

(I could insert here the studies about what all this does to our brains, but there’s enough to talk about without it.)

Can we use the benefits of technology for the glory of God in our lives? Yes, absolutely! But we need to be extremely aware of how easily it can rob us of the important, simpler things in life.

I may be the meanest mamma in the world because I haven’t bought my kids a smartphone (I’m sure by now “smartphone” is so last month but I don’t know the newest cool thing). But maybe one day they’ll think I’m smart and not so mean after all.


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