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Chapter 13 – Oh Brother! (and Sister) – page 68

I read somewhere about a little 4-year-old girl named Lauren who said: “I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.”

hopeful.gif     Awwwwww… isn’t it cute how much she trusts her older sister, but doesn’t really “get it” that her sister isn’t necessarily being generous… she’s just happy to get new stuff!

How many brothers and sisters do you have? Two? Five? None? What about step-brothers or half-sisters or adopted siblings? I have an older sister (we’re 6 years, 10 months and 26 days apart). Most of my close relatives have had just one or two kids, but I have friends who come from much bigger families and other friends who are an “only child”. My church supports a missionary in the Philippines who had six kids (four girls and two boys) and they just had twin baby boys!

Some kids get along great with their siblings and they can be like best friends, while others don’t. What about you?

As you read this week’s chapter in Designer Genes and do the daily devotions, I hope you’ll get a good idea of how God wants us to get along with our brothers and sisters. And for someone who’s an only child, those principles can be applied to friendship, too!

Hey… I want to hear from you! Drop me a line at and let me know what you’re up to, or tell me about your siblings, or send me your questions. I promise to write back. 😀

Have a great week!



Chapter 12 – Parents Are People Too! – page 63

This blog has gotten an amazing amount of traffic the past two days. Know why? People are finding it when they do a search for “friendship”. I thought that was cool! 😀

This week’s chapter in The One Year Designer Genes Devo is all about parents. As I’ve mentioned in the book, many kids don’t have the “traditional” set of parents (their biological mom and dad living with them). Some live with step-parents, some with only one parent, some with other relatives taking care of them, some in foster homes, etc. And even those who live with both natural parents may not always feel close to them. Parents come in as many shapes and sizes as kids do!

It’s not always easy to respect our parents — and sometimes we just don’t feel like it because we’re a little selfish and want what we want. Right? I pray that as you do the daily devotions this week, God will help you to have an attitude toward your parents that pleases Him.

No matter what your situation is, remember that you have an awesome Father in heaven (God) who loves you to pieces! Check out His amazing qualities:

  • He is always there. He’s never too busy with other things or other people to talk to you. In fact, He wants to spend time with you!
  • He completely understands you. He knows why you’re hurting, why you’re happy, why you’re scared, why you’re angry…
  • He wants to give you everything you need (and He can!) Not everything you want, but everything you need.
  • He may not stop bad things from happening in your life, but He will always be there to walk through them with you. He won’t run away in bad times like friends sometimes do.
  • He loves every little thing about you, even the stuff you don’t like about yourself — your squeaky laugh, your clumsiness, your frizzy hair…
  • When you admit to Him that you’ve sinned and ask for forgiveness, He not only forgives you but He also erases your sin and never reminds you about it!
  • He has an amazing plan for your life, full of wonderful blessings and surprises. You just have to follow Him as He leads you.

Father’s Day is still about two months away, but why not take some time today to thank God for being your special Father? And then thank Him for your earthly parents, too, and pray for them — wherever or whoever they are!

Have a great week!


Chapter 11 – Everyone Needs a Friend – page 57

"Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait to hear the answer." 

Did you know that, in many countries, the first Sunday in August is celebrated as International Friendship Day? I didn’t! That’s pretty cool. Although… it kind of gives me the same feeling as Valentine’s Day or Thanksgiving or Mother’s Day… just one day? Shouldn’t every day be Friendship Day? 😀

This week’s chapter in Designer Genes talks about how we can be a good friend. I think the best example of a good friend we have is Jesus! John 15:13 says: “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” What that means is that Jesus proved His love and friendship toward us by sacrificing Himself on the cross so that we can be forgiven for our sins. With Easter coming up, that’s something we should all think about and thank Him for!

I’d love to hear about a special friend you have! Or tell me how you showed someone friendship this week. Please write to me at I promise to write back! 😀


Chapter 10 – From This Day Forward – page 51

I found some fun things on the Internet that young kids have said about marriage…

What exactly is marriage?

“Marriage is when you get to keep your girl and don’t have to give her back to her parents” — Eric, age 6

Is it better to be single or married?

“I don’t know which is better, but I’ll tell you one thing. I’m never going to have sex with my wife. I don’t want to be all grossed out.” — Theodore, age 8

“It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need somebody to clean up after them” — Anita, age 9

“It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I’m just a kid. I don’t need that kind of trouble.” — Will, age 7

What is the right age to get married?

“Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.” — Camille, age 10

“No age is good to get married at. You got to be a fool to get married.” — Freddie, age 6

“Once I’m done with kindergarten, I’m going to find me a wife” — Bert, age 5


 How can a stranger tell if two people are married?

“Married people usually look happy to talk to other people.” — Eddie, age 6

“You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.” — Derrick, age 8

How do you decide whom to marry?

“You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.” — Alan, age 10

“No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with.” — Kirsten, age 10

“You flip a nickel, and heads means you stay with him and tails means you try the next one.” — Kelly, age 9


Of course, some of the answers above are just plain silly. The idea of marriage can be confusing for adults sometimes, so it’s no surprise that kids don’t always understand what it’s all about! What about you?

This week’s chapter in Designer Genes will help you get a better understanding of what God teaches us about marriage through the Bible, His Word. If you have any questions, please write to me at and I’ll do my best to answer them!

Here’s something to do this week: If your parents are still married, pray for them! Ask God to make their relationship stronger so that they continue to love each other when difficult times come. If they’re divorced, or if one of your parents has died, pray that God will heal their broken hearts. Your prayers can be a big help to your parents!

Here’s something else: If you think you’d like to get married when you grow up, ask God to help you become the young lady He designed you to be so that you will be ready to be a good wife and mom one day. And it wouldn’t hurt to pray for your future husband, too, even though you don’t know who that will be yet!

Have a great week!


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