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Starry Nights

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

“God made the Big Dipper and Orion. He created the Pleiades and the southern stars.” – Job 9:9 “He made the moon and stars to rule over the night. His faithful love continues forever.” – Psalm 136:9 Choose a clear night to stay up late enough to watch the night sky. Lie on blankets and look up. Use an app (like Skyview) or chart to identify constellations. God made the stars and knows them by name (Isaiah 40:26 and Psalm 147:4-5). Stars are massive balls of hot electrically charged gas held together by gravity. The sun is also a big star. It’s the closest star to earth. As light from a star travels through the atmosphere they appear to twinkle. Stars actually have different colors, from reddish to blue, depending on the temperature on the surface of the star....

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Back to School Prayers for Our Children

Posted by on Aug 4, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

When I was growing up, getting ready to go back to school was an exciting time. There were new shoes and clothes to shop for, as well as the traditional trip to buy school supplies. I still get excited about a new box of crayons or freshly sharpened #2 pencils. After we had kids of our own, the excitement changed a little. It was still fun to help them get ready, but there were conflicting emotions now at play. I was looking forward to a calmer schedule with everyone back at school, but also missing the time we’d have to spend together. In the last few years, back-to-school emotions have changed yet again. Now there’s an aspect of fear that goes along with letting our kids go for hours each day. Will they be safe, is at the forefront...

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Teach Your Kids by Cooking with Local Produce

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Summer is a great time to use local fruit and vegetables. You might even have your own garden where you can pick vegetables as they ripen. Or maybe there’s a local place to go and pick, or a great farmer’s market. Teach your children how to tell when a fruit or vegetable is ripe. Tomatoes continue to ripen after picked, but strawberries don’t. Farming is a very old occupation for people, and it started with Adam (Genesis 3:17-19). Jesus told parables about farmers (parable of the sower in Matthew 13:3-8 and the gardener and barren fig tree in Luke 13:6-9). Chat about parables and other references Jesus made to farming. Summer is also a good time to teach kids to cook and make some muffins or breads with that produce. Try the following non-dairy blueberry muffin cupcake recipe. I...

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Prayer that Transforms Hearts to Transform the World

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 1 comment

If you have difficulty motivating your children to assume responsibility, this article is for you. Cruel remarks from a best friend had crushed Melissa Ann’s heart. Hurting with her, we wanted to do something special to help heal the pain. We began considering her desire for a horse that had started when we moved to the country. Because horses require a lot of daily care, we suggested she get up at 5:00 every morning for six weeks to read books about horses (for a minimum of two hours). The books had to be read on the patio table – rain or shine and in extraordinarily cold or hot temperatures because these conditions would be part of the experience of caring for a horse. So what did she do? Without going into details about that experience, six weeks later, we...

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Icy Fun Hot Summertime!

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

That’s how God’s Word vaults across the skies from sunrise to sunset, Melting ice, scorching deserts, warming hearts to faith. ~ Psalm 19:6 MSG Cold ice goes well on hot summer days, especially when incorporated in fun and games. It’s inexpensive fun that can be used to teach about science. Remember that ice can be as hard as a rock, so set some safety rules (like no throwing ice cubes at people). Ice Fun Build with ice cubes. If needed, shake a little salt on cubes to act as glue. Try freezing water in larger molds, too. Let them sit in the sun to melt around the outside edges and then slip them out. Play icy games. Ice cubes are small enough to hold and pass or slippery enough to slide. That makes them naturally fun when used as...

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Sharing with the Chickens

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

My husband often takes the children with him to the chicken coop. They love to come back into the house with their baskets full of freshly laid eggs. Recently he took three-year-old Elisabeth with him. When he can back into the house he was alone. “Where is Elisabeth?” I asked. “She’s out there with the chickens.” “What? You left our three-year-old outside in the chicken coop? Some of those chickens are as big as she is!” “Just look out the window,” he said. I walked to the kitchen sink and looked out the window. There was Elisabeth sitting on top of one of the coops. All the chickens were gathered around her as if she were the queen. “What’s she doing?” I asked. Hubby grinned. “Well, she took a cup full of sandwich cookies with her. She didn’t want...

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