Christmas Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Christmas Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers - Intentional By Grace

This time of year always finds my family enjoying Christmas themed activities during home preschool and intentional toddler time! I use Pinterest a lot for gathering ideas, but when it comes time to implement, I like to have all my ideas that I want to try in one place. This post rounds up all the simple Christmas crafts, Christmas themed sensory play ideas, Christmas treats, and more for Continue Reading

Easy Christmas Tree Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Love these easy Christmas tree crafts for my toddler and preschooler! | IntentionalByGrace.com

During the Christmas season, I like to take a break from our regular home preschool curriculum and focus on themed activities. This week in addition to our daily Truth in the Tinsel activity, we've been having a lot of fun with Christmas trees! We put up our Advent calendar, decorated our family Christmas tree, and pulled out our felt Christmas tree for the little ones to enjoy over and over Continue Reading

How to Make a Felt Christmas Tree (and How to Use It for Learning!)

How to Make a Felt Christmas Tree (and How to Use it For Learning) - Intentional By Grace #Christmas #Learning #Activities

A few years ago, I created a felt Christmas tree for my then 18 month old. Each year, I fold it up into a gallon zip top bag and place it in the bin with all my Christmas decorations. For one of our Advent activities every year, we pull it out again and decorate our felt Christmas tree together. Then we leave it up all season for the children to play with over and over again. I post about Continue Reading

Our Favorite Children’s Christmas Books to Read Aloud

25 Christmas Books to read with your children!

It's no secret that my family loves books and Christmas books are no different. Each year our collection of Christmas books grows. We discover old classics, enjoy the familiar, and laugh with the antics of the various Christmas characters we read about. This year I decided to wrap 24 Christmas books to countdown the days of Christmas. We always read stories before bed, and so every night my Continue Reading

31 Family Traditions For A More Intentional Christmas

31 Family Traditions For A More Intentional Christmas | IntentionalByGrace.com

By contributing writer, Jane Do you have any Christmas traditions in your family? Growing up, my family always drank eggnog and listened to Michael W. Smith Christmastime music while decorating the tree. We always got new pajamas on Christmas Eve (my sister and I have been known to beg for this tradition to continue even into our adult years!) And we always made sure to make my great Continue Reading

5 Things I’ve Learned About Pursuing a Dream

5 Things I've Learned About Pursuing a Dream - Intentional By Grace

I believe each of us is made for a purpose, and if we would only allow ourselves to dream, we might discover a path that we didn't even know existed right at our finger tips. My husband and I have always talked about traveling, but until now, we've never really done it. We've always had one hundred and one reasons why it wasn't a good idea right now. We don't have enough money. We don't Continue Reading

How to Create a Family Mission Statement

How to create a family mission statement with free printables. | IntentionalByGrace.com

When it comes to living the Gospel at home, not only do you need to know why God saved you, but your family needs to understand its God-given purpose as well. Your God-given purpose as a family will be a result of your individual life stories. In other words, your story will influence your God-given mission as a family. In addition, your family mission statement will help you determine your Continue Reading

Our Great Need as We Live the Gospel at Home

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I think yesterday's post left something to be desired. Do I profess to know God but deny Him by my works? Do I live the Gospel at home? Better yet ... How can the Word of God fill my home when I don't know but a handful of scriptures from memory? How can I lead my children when I don't even understand the entire Bible myself? What if I'm still figuring out this whole Christianity Continue Reading

Do You Profess to Know God But Deny Him By Your Works?

Do you profess to know God but deny Him by your works? | IntentionalByGrace.com

Our children are leaving the faith in greater proportion as they exit our homes and begin anew in the enormous world set before them. They head off to college with a head knowledge of who Jesus is and what He has done, but nothing more, nothing lasting. As parents, I think we've done a pretty cruddy job at putting action to our faith. We glorify the text that salvation is a free gift of God and Continue Reading

Why Did God Save You?

Every moment of your life has been ordained by God to make up your mission and purpose here on earth. Why did God save you? | IntentionalByGrace.com

  What are you living for? Or a bigger question. Why did God save you? Do you know? How can the reality of God be seen in your everyday life? God calls, enables, empowers, and invites you to live on mission right where He has you. Right in your own home, marriage, church, community, and job. Living life on mission isn't a position or calling for someone else. It's your Continue Reading