March 2017 Posts

SPRING by Ellen Elliott


Spring is upon us.

And trust me, I’ve been waiting. I’m not so much a fan of that winter business. In fact, I dislike winter immensely. My spirits in December are usually sustained by the excitement of the Christmas season. But long about January, my patience with dark, cold weather runs out, and I disappear under a pile of fuzzy blankets. It is only after I hear the faint chirping of robins that I emerge from my blanket hole, like a suspicious, cranky groundhog.

There’s just something about the springtime season. Spring has long been associated with life, renewal, birth . . . yes, a fresh start. After fighting through months of frosty windshields and cold toes, there is a certain relief that comes with the sprigs of green grass under our feet, the white dogwood trees blooming on our daily drive, the daffodils peeking their yellow petals up toward the warmth of the sunshine. There is a new joy and optimism that greets our days.

However, as lighthearted as we may feel with our newfound warm weather, we must remember that it’s not spring everywhere. On the other side of the planet, it’s autumn. The weather is growing colder, the days are shortening and the leaves are falling off the trees. Porch flowers are dying, and nature is shutting down for a long winter’s hibernation. That’s the way seasons work . . . there’s always one coming or going.

The seasons of our life can also be full of times of joy and celebration—or grief and loss. In Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 (NLT), King Solomon points out: “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.” Sometimes in life, we get the blooms. Sometimes, we get the shriveled-up leaves.

But whatever our current life season, we don’t have to go it alone. God is there beside us through our highs and our lows. He also knows that we need each other, no matter what our season of life. In Romans 12:15 (NLT), Paul instructs us to “be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.”

So celebrate the springs of your life! Dance with those who are joyful. Sit in the sunlight. Make clover chains and unabashedly wear them around your neck. But remember those who are in a season of loss and grief. Reach out to those who are struggling. Wrap your arms around those who mourn. Make their load just a little bit lighter.

Remember, whether high or low, warm or cold, happy or sad . . . this too shall pass. But our God is forever constant.

ELLEN ELLIOTT graduated with an art degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She works in a variety of mediums—from acrylic and watercolor to collage and digital—and is continually inspired by her favorite artists, including Mercer Mayer, Tomie dePaola, Jim Henson and many mid-century modern illustrators. Ellen has illustrated children’s books and created gift products for DaySpring Cards and Worthy Publishing. She likes laughter, feeding ducks, obsessive research, baby bellybutton lint, coffee and creating stories. She does not like Brussels sprouts, trigonometry, jerks, diet colas, rejection and cold toes. Ellen remains neutral about Switzerland. She lives in Arkansas with her two well-behaved kids and a rude cat.




Ellen is also author and illustrator for Be Bold, a  coloring devotional for teen girls! Click here to download FREE coloring page samples from this devotional, or click here to purchase your copy of Be Bold today!

Kids Easter Giveaway!


Easter Sunday is around the corner, and we’re giving away this HUGE prize pack with endless hours of Easter-themed learning and fun!

In addition to Easter stickers, stories, and activity books, this grand prize giveaway includes the following NEW Tyndale Kids releases:



The Story Travelers Bible Join Lana, Munch, and Griffin on the adventure of a lifetime as they travel through the Holy Land and learn about the stories, cultures, people, and places of the Bible.




Your Magnificent Chooser The choices kids make every day play a large part in forming who they grow to be as adults. Author John Ortberg addresses the ability to choose in a whimsical way by inviting children to use their “magnificent chooser” that God gave them to make godly choices daily.





A Patch on the Peak of Ararat Noah follows God’s plan, resulting in his rescue from destruction. A Patch on the Peak of Ararat is one of four books in The Faith That God Built series by Gary Bower. This series uses the same whimsical style of storytelling as The House that Jack Built, using rhyme to introduce kids to favorite Bible stories.



Here’s how to enter to win these perfect Easter Basket stuffers for your little loved ones:

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We’ll pick the winner on April 4th, in time for the winner to receive the books for Easter!


Easter Giveaway

7 Facts about Saint Patrick and His Faith

TyndaleKidsFriday is Saint Patrick’s Day, everyone’s favorite day to wear the color green and drink Shamrock Shakes. But what do you know about the man the holiday is named after? Saint Patrick lived less than five hundred years after Jesus, and he spent forty years traveling throughout Ireland, spreading the gospel to the Druid people.

While celebrating the patron saint of Ireland with corned beef and cabbage and the wearing o’ the green, share some of these facts with your kids!

  1. We celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17, which isn’t his birthday; it’s the day he died. We’re celebrating the day he got to heaven!
  2. Legends say Saint Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland, but it’s more likely that there were never any snakes on the island. Today, the only reptile native to Ireland is the viviparous lizard.
  3. Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock (a young clover sprig) to explain the Trinity–the three persons of God—since it has three leaves growing off of one stem.
  4. The shortened version of Patrick is Paddy not Patty. Patty is a woman’s name; Paddy is short for the Gaelic name Pádraig, which is where we get Patrick.
  5. Saint Patrick wasn’t actually Irish! He was born in modern-day England, to parents who were Roman citizens.
  6. When Patrick was sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland, where he learned about the people of that land. When he was twenty-two, he escaped back to England, where he dedicated his time to studying his faith until he returned to Ireland.
  7. Traditionally, people wear green to celebrate the holiday, but in the earliest depictions, Saint Patrick is shown wearing blue.




Would you like to learn more about Saint Patrick with your kids? Read Challenge on the Hill of Fire by Marianne Hering and Nancy I. Sanders, book ten in the Imagination Station series from Focus on the Family.

Making Choices Can Be Fun & Delicious!


We all have choices to make every day, even the youngest children. The choices we make play a large part in forming who we grow to be as adults. For kids, those choices can include whether to be obedient or disobedient, to share or be selfish, to have a good attitude or not, and more.

John Ortberg addresses the ability to choose in a whimsical way by inviting children to use their “magnificent chooser” that God gave them to make right choices daily in his new book, Your Magnificent Chooser.

Take time to teach your child about making Godly choices with the following activities. Enjoy learning through prayer, memorization, and praising the Lord together!



To learn more about Your Magnificent Chooser or to find more children’s storybooks and Bibles, visit


101 Questions We All Ask about God

How do I know God is real?

Where did God come from?

Has anyone ever seen God?

No one has ever seen the face of God, but we can be sure He is near.

Has Anyone Ever Seen God? uses cheerful artwork with a modern whimsical style to give honest, easy-to-understand answers to your toughest questions about God, the creation, and the Bible.

Click on the images below to download samples!




Browse the entire 101 Questions Series, including What Does God Really Promise? and Can I Really Know Jesus? by Carolyn Larsen, on