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Let Go of the Reins

Posted by on Feb 9, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Many years ago, my son, Mark, who was 14, planned to fly alone for the first time from California to Florida to attend a Christian golf camp. As I explained how he should find his connecting flight in Dallas, Mark exclaimed, “I know, Mom, I’ll be okay.” But I knew he didn’t know how to “read” the arrival/departure monitor. “He’ll never find the correct gate,” I moaned. Several hours later about the time Mark would arrive in Dallas, I knew the phone would ring with Mark telling me he had missed his connecting flight. Suddenly I sensed God whisper in my heart, “You want him to fail. You want to be needed but let him need Me instead.” I was shocked, but realized it was true. That evening, the phone rang and it was Mark—in Florida. He had arrived...

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Praying for My Child’s Joy

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

Have you noticed how artificial life has become in the past years? It seems that more people than ever are searching for self-worth in their looks, validation in what they accomplish, and joy in what they possess. I find myself having to fight against this. Sometimes I get so weary of having to constantly battle the world’s definition of who I am and what’s important. This struggle has given me a new place to pray for my children. I know if I’m fighting this influence, so are they. So I’ve taken this battle to the Lord, asking Him to intervene and make sure my children are protected from all the false definitions the world is trying to apply to them. Dear Lord, I want my child to be happy and learn to be satisfied. Actually, I want even more...

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Family Travel

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

A person said to me, “Why would you want to travel with children? It’s a nightmare having to pack all the clothes, toiletries, medication, and snacks, planning children activities, and making sure the house is in order before you leave.” Whew! The reason we travel with our children is because it creates bonding time, makes memories, gives a sense of direction, and helps us with understanding other cultures and races. In addition, travel gives us a way to exhale and unwind from our everyday responsibilities. It’s a great time to nurture their creativity, direction and ministry. We teach about road signs, reading the GPS, helping us with navigation, and learning how to read maps. And they tell us how many miles it will be before our next exit or the next freeway/highway. Even at airports, we have them to...

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Everything is Awesome

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 2 comments

I like to think of my son’s brain as a rolodex. It’s constantly flip, flip, flipping through ideas, phrases, and impressions. His rolodex contains a plethora of obscure facts about cars, trucks, Teddy Grahams, and LEGOs. Especially LEGOs. He even dreams about LEGOs. In fact, when we tuck him in at night, he squeezes his eyes shut and tells us he’s going to dream about LEGOs. I lovingly refer to him as my little LEGO-maniac. Every day I hear lyrics about everything being “awesoooooome” belted at the top of his lungs. He learned the words from The LEGO Movie. Never seen it? Don’t tell my son. He’ll come find you and force you to watch it, leaving you with the song on constant repeat in your brain. He’ll also recite the entire movie to you in real time. The....

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Beware of Great Lies

Posted by on Feb 2, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

Beware of the great lies, “boys will be boys” and “girls will be girls.” Or “They’re teenagers (or adults) and so I no longer have influence in their lives.” Eli’s refusal to restrain his sons had a devastating impact on his family and the nation of Israel (1 Sam. 3). It helps to define parenting goals. Some parents live to launch their children from the family nest. Others want their children to be successful by the world’s standards in education and profession. But shouldn’t our ultimate goal be to strive for God’s approval for a job well done in raising His children to love, honor, and serve Him and others? How do we achieve this? The Holy Spirit must govern our lives and theirs. So let’s pray about it, Father, Please help us to pray life-defining prayers over the...

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