"BELIEVE" - a word that is used by people of all ages in all cultures.  We believe in Santa Claus.... we believe in certain causes that are important to us... we believe that the world is darkened by sin.  But more importantly, we believe in God and that He sent His only Son, Jesus to save each one of us!  If you were the only person in this whole world, God would've still sent Jesus to be your Savior.  God created each one of us in His image! - for His purpose.  
Each one of us is His Masterpiece.

In today's world, so many of us struggle with our identity and the ways of this world.  Our children, especially the teenagers of today, long for security, love and attention.  God gave our children to us to care for them...to love them...to make them feel secure, but ultimately, to get each one of them to heaven. 
Everyday our children are faced with decisions - many choices we didn't have to make when we were younger. They search Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and so much more trying to find their place in the world...longing to be accepted by friends and peers.  As parents, our job is to guide and teach our children that they are priceless because they were created by God in HIS IMAGE!  This is so powerful - a God that loves each of us so much, that He chose to create us in His own image.   If we don't teach our children this, the world will tell them the exact opposite. 
As a mom of 6 children, ages 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, & 19, I know that parenting is not an easy task.  However, Ricky and I know that every single issue, lesson learned and difficulty is an opportunity for us to assure our children that they were created for GREAT things in this world and that Heaven is our eternal reward.  Everyday is an opportunity to help our children grow in faith, love and hope in Jesus.  
The number one reason that teens gave for making the right decisions in their life, from treating others kindly to abstaining from sexual relations, was that their parents BELIEVED in them! 
 Yes, we believe, but 
do we let our children know how much we Believe...

5 girls and a boy 

The other day one of my girls asked if I was alive when the world didn't have any color.  I answered as any loving mom would answer and simply replied, "What??!!"  She said, "you know, like when all the pictures were black and white." 
 I asked her if she thought that the world was seen in only black and white at the time those photographs were taken. 
She sweetly answered, "yes."  I went on to explain that the world has always been in color but the cameras at that time were only able to show the images in black and white.

I also informed her that I was NOT born when only black and white images were available in photography :)   

Children are blessings to us all - their simplicity, their innocence and their thirst for truth!  Our children are the foundation of change in the world.  
Yes, life is black and white, but God's gift of children, "Color our World Beautiful"...