In all things give thanks. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
In all things give thanks. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
As winter is winding down, I wanted to share with you a delightful series of children’s books I read from a native of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Her name is Soraya Diase Coffelt. She has a diverse background. Her delightful children’s books share both historical and biblical truth about our traditions.
Soraya graduated from Cornell Law School and returned home, where she established her private law office and, with her late husband Gordon Coffelt, developed a variety of commercial businesses and properties, including One Stop, the island’s first gas stations and convenience stores. She was appointed as a judge of the Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands in 1993 and she was the first female and Hispanic from St. Thomas to serve as a judge. While she served as a judge, Soraya developed and then oversaw the V. I. Moot Court Competition, an annual interscholastic competition for high school seniors that was sponsored by the Court and the V. I. Bar Association in commemoration of Law Day. The competition celebrated its 21st year of success in 2015 and hundreds of students have competed with many winning college scholarships.
In 2012, Soraya established a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation – As the Stars of the Sky Foundation, Inc. – to assist with the physical and spiritual needs of children, and especially promoting literacy. All the proceeds from the sale of her books go to the Foundation.
In 2014, Soraya became a published children’s author and now has three books in her “Love Letters” book series: It’s Not About You Mr. Santa Claus – A Love Letter About the True Meaning of Christmas; It’s Not About You Mr. Pumpkin – A Love Letter About the True Meaning of Halloween; and It’s Not About You Mrs. Turkey – A Love Letter About the True Meaning of Thanksgiving. She has also been a lay children’s minister for over 15 years.
Soraya has two sons who were born and raised on St. Thomas: Zachary, who followed his mother’s footsteps and is a lawyer; and James, who will be attending medical school.
She has also participated on mission trips providing food, medicine, clothing and other necessary items to people in need in Honduras and the Amazon River Region of Peru. She frequently helps feed homeless and hungry people in the U. S. Virgin Islands and whenever she travels.
Disclaimer: No compensation was received for the review of her books. Just passing along good reads.
Please welcome Soraya. ..
One of the Most Important Ways to Show a Child Love
Many parents believe that showering their children with gifts is an important way to show their love. In other words, buy them something. We buy all sorts of electronic devices to entertain them, many of which drain our pocket books. We buy expensive shoes and clothing as well. While it is true that physical gifts are one way to show our love, I believe that a more wonderful way is spending time with our children. Our time is free as it does not cost us anything, is irreplaceable, and is of unlimited value.
If you haven’t noticed, our children are constantly seeking our attention. With our two sons, my late husband and I had special times just for them – primarily early in the morning and at night as we were putting them to bed. Both those times were dedicated to reading to them. Often, our sons would pick out their favorite books to read (or have read to them). Other times, we had a new one to read. It may have been a book about dinosaurs, or Star Wars, or taking baths – it didn’t matter what the subject was. What was important was that we made this reading time very special for each of them. Notice how I used the word “made” the time, because unless you purposefully set aside the time to do this, something else will usually steal this time away from you and them.
We made reading time enjoyable too. We laughed, we changed our voices, we tickled – whatever we could do as adults to help our sons feel special and want to read, we did. In fact, I still have some of their favorite books as keepsakes and fondly remember those days! My sons are now in their 20s. When they get married and have children, I’ll be reading those same books to my grandchildren.
Speaking about grandchildren – grandparents have such important roles in their grandchildren’s lives and can have life-long influences on them. As a grandparent, showing your grandchildren love also involves your time. And what better way to spend your time with them than in activities that involve reading. What do you know about your family tree and the countries from where family members came, including you? Help your grandchildren learn about their roots. One way is to visit the public library with them and research books about the different countries. Perhaps you have old letters from family members laying around. Read these to them and help them to understand what it was like when you were growing up. They will soon develop an appreciation of where they came from and who they are related to.
With the internet, there is a plethora of information available of activities that involve reading. The goal should be to spend the time and develop the love of reading in your children and grandchildren that will be with them their entire lives.
Now it’s your turn to read It’s Not About You Mr. Pumpkin, It’s Not About You Mr. Turkey and It’s Not about You Mr. Santa as we’re giving away one FREE copy of each. We’d love to hear from other Moms and Dads seeking to raise their sons and daughters with godly character. Simply tell us about how share God’s truth with your little ones. Your name will then be placed in our drawing.
On April 4, 2016, we will randomly select a winner. The winner must live in the continental US and supply his/her mailing address to us no later than April 11, 2016. Onecopy of each will then be shipped directly to the winner’s address provided.
As Thanksgiving approaches, I wanted to share a wonderful story I will never forget.
And my God will supply all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
– Phillipians 4:19 NASB
On a crisp Thanksgiving morning in 2012, I awoke to my four-year-old daughter crying.
“Mommy, I don’t feel good.”
“Uh oh, you have a fever. Get some rest sweetheart.”
Now, what will I serve my family for our Thanksgiving dinner? After all, we were invited to eat at my brother and sister-in-law’s house.
I phoned Greg, “Sorry, we can’t make it this year. Alicia has a fever of 101.”
“No problem Sis. I hope she feels better. We’ll get together soon.”
I cuddled up on the couch with my six-year-old son and husband to watch the holiday parades.
A few hours later, there was a knock at our front door. Who could that be? To my surprise, Greg and Connie stood there with arms brimming with bags.
My jaw dropped, “Hi, what are you two doing here?”
“We thought since you guys couldn’t join us for Thanksgiving, we’d join you.”
That afternoon, we feasted on turkey and all the trimmings and fellowshipped. It amazed me how they drove sixty miles to share a scrumptous meal together.
There is so much to be thankful for this season. What are you thankful for?