Help, I Have to Read to my Child (part 1)



The very fact that you are reading this article means that you are passionate about seeing your child become a strong reader! And why shouldn’t you?! Reading is one of the surest ways to improve ALL areas of your child’s cognitive, academic, and emotional development (just to name a few). The BONUS is that you also get to make some wonderful memories together! Win Win!

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Five Minute Friday – BUILD

I’ve just joined a special group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES every Friday. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE. This week, the prompt word is BUILD… Go!


Build - wideBuild. Even the word evokes a smile in me. I have strong memories of sawdust and raw materials, working alongside my carpenter dad in the garage. I LOVED making stuff. I loved starting with nothing and ending up with a masterpiece.

But isn’t that the beauty of building… to create something out of nothing?

  • 5MF- Build(1)Musicians build a repertoire
  • Artists build a portfolio
  • Lawyers build a case
  • Birds build a nest
  • Campers build a fire
  • Couples build a life together
  • Husbands and wives build a family

Sometimes, we get to start with something, and then we build upon it to make it even better…

  • Build your reputation
  • Build up your courage (Deut 1:38)
  • Build up hope (1 Thess 5:11)
  • Build up faith (Jude 1:20)

When we do this to a house, it’s called a renovation… and it’s actually very MESSY! Read more

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It’s time!

I can hear the music playing in my mind… It’s my time // It’s my day // It’s my season for breakthrough. 


Welcome to Blaaklist Writers! I trust you will be inspired and encouraged by what you read and experience here!

No, those words weren’t written specifically about me. They were written by the sexiest songwriter on earth (read between the lines, I’m referring to my husband) to declare the greatness of God and that He is, indeed, our Waymaker!

But I’ll take them. I’ll use them. In fact, I desperately need these words. You see, it IS time. For far too long, I’ve hidden away behind countless excuses: busy wife, busy mom, kids need me, husband needs me, friends need me, people need me, church needs me, the world needs me. And besides, who cares what I have to say anyway?

Well, the truth is… I care. I care very much. I care what I have to say. I care that there are words burning within me, aching to get out. Not just opinions, but words. Not just random emotions, but words. And not just any words, but Words! Because regardless of how tired I am, or how many things call for my attention, I can still hear the Living Word speaking inside of me throughout the day. I can hear Him gently whispering love and life to my heart. I can hear Him speaking Truth concerning the issues that swirl around me.

And what a beautiful gift that is! To hear the voice of the Holy Spirit, our Comforter, our Guide, whisper sweet ‘everythings’ in my ear!

One of my favourite Scriptures says this (and I’m going to paraphrase it because that’s what Holy Spirit sounds like to me)…

“When you must decide between going right or going left, you will hear a Voice behind you saying, ‘Go this way…’ or ‘Go that way…’ (Isaiah 30:21 SBV*).

Isn’t that amazing? That Almighty God would whisper in our ears?! God WANTS to speak to His children. Us! We don’t need to beg and plead, or threaten to sell our firstborn to get a Word from God. He’s simply waiting for us to stop. and. listen.

That’s it.

Just stop the busyness and the noise, the fretting and the worrying, the moaning and the complaining, and just BE present. He wants to whisper in your ear. And He wants you to speak His Words to those around you who can’t quite hear what He’s saying. Speaking in your own voice, whether that be through talking, or singing, or baking, or cooking, or crocheting, or cleaning, or organizing. What does your voice sound like? How will you speak His Word to the people around you?

For me, one of my voices (hidden for far too long) is writing.

It’s time!

*SBV = Shauna Blaak Version (No, it’s not copyrighted yet but you are welcome to it.)