12 Outrageously Fun Road Trip Ideas for OLDER Kids

My family is going on a long car drive soon…

Which got me thinking… How can I keep my “older” kids (10, 10, and 7) happy in a car for over 5 hours?

Going on a family vacation, Sunday School outing, or youth group trip with older kids? Here are 12 Outrageously Fun Road Trip Ideas for Older Kids.

Here are 12 Outrageously Fun Road Trip Ideas for OLDER Kids. These ideas are perfect for family vacations, Sunday School outings, or long drives with your youth group.

The Sneaky Lie About Hard Work and Success

Are You Believing This Lie?

I recently realized that I have been believing a lie.

It’s one of those sneaky lies that sounds so right, so noble on the surface – and yet the more that I look at it, the more that I realize how dangerous it is.

Do you ever find yourself believing this lie: "If I work hard enough today, tomorrow will be so much better."? Here's what the Bible says about our work.

Maybe I have been prone to believe this lie because I grew up with parents who taught me to eat my peas before I could have dessert.

Maybe its because of the constant barrage of advertisements promising immediate results if I just follow their 5 step program. (Lose Weight Forever in Three Weeks with These 5 Easy Steps!)

Or, maybe its because God hard-wired me as a future thinker.

Whatever the reason, I find myself frequently thinking, “If I just work hard enough today, tomorrow will be so much better. Then, I will be able to rest and enjoy ‘success’ – a life that is made easier by financial stability, more independent children, a clean house, etc.”

Have you ever thought this?

3 Ways to Find Rest When Your Soul is Weary and Your Schedule is Hectic

Can I be completely honest for a moment?

In the words of Bilbo Baggins, “I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.”*

Are you weary? Do you know that you need to slow down and simplify, yet don't know where to start? Here are 3 Ways to Find Rest When Your Soul is Weary.| Path Through the Narrow Gate

It seems like everyone around me is gearing up for the excitement of a new school year, a new season, a new schedule, even the coming national elections.

But, my soul feels no excitement – only weariness.

Are You Protecting Your Family?

Recently, I heard about an attempted robbery at a home not far from where I live.

The would-be-robbers entered a home while the home owners were present. Thankfully, the husband had a shotgun and chased the robbers out of his home. What could have been a horrible situation ended with no injuries.

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This incident occurred during a week when my husband was out of town on a business trip. The robbers escaped. So, naturally, I panicked.

5 Surprising Truths You May Not Be Teaching Your Kids About Resiliency

I often pass a school sign that has this message for their students in giant letters:

Have a safe and fun summer.

Somehow, this sign strikes me as slightly ludicrous. Are these really our two highest values for our children?

Often, with all of our focus on “safety” and “fun”, I am afraid that we are giving our children a very false idea of life. Because, let’s face it, real life is not exactly safe. Or fun.

Are you teaching your kids these five important truths that will help them to develop resiliency as they face experience life's hardships?| Path Through the Narrow Gate.com

To the Mom Who Cannot Handle One More Interruption, One More Request, or One More Demand

Lessons from the Life of Jesus

As a woman and a mother, my life is filled with demands. I am surrounded by little people who want food at least three times a day. And clean clothes. And to know where I left their soccer cleats.

Do you feel like you are going to snap if one more person asks you to do one more thing? Here's some encouragement from the life of Jesus for those moments.

I am surrounded by little people who want me to meet their every need, to cuddle with them, to comfort them when they are hurt, to entertain them, to find things for them, and to give them my undivided attention.

I am also surrounded by adults who have their own ideas about what I should be doing and how I should be using my time.

On top of this all, I have my own expectations of what I should be accomplishing each day.

And, far too often, I get tired. Like, REALLY tired.

3 Secrets About Hospitality – That Your Mother Didn’t Tell You!

I come from a family that prioritized hospitality. My Grandmas, my aunts, my mom – they invited people into their immaculately clean homes every Sunday afternoon to share a pot roast dinner and homemade pie for dessert.

Talk about a lot of pressure to live up to.

Looking at my mom’s hospitality, I can easily see that I don’t measure up. But, does that mean that I am failing in hospitality?

Nope! Because there are some secrets to hospitality that my momma didn’t tell me.

Do you feel overwhelmed by the thought of hospitality? Here are three secrets that make hospitality much easier, that your mother may not have told you!|Path Through the Narrow Gate

Is There More to Life than Having Fun?

A Shocking Secret Many Parents Aren't Telling Their Kids...

Would your children be shocked to hear that there is more to life than having fun?

Many of us desperately want to make sure that our children enjoy “fun” childhoods. While this desire is not inherently bad, we can easily make the pursuit of “fun” far more important than it really should be.

Are you inadvertently teaching your kids that life is all about fun?|Path Through the Narrow Gate

Could it be that you and I are teaching our children that “fun” is the ultimate measure of something’s worth?