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Springtime Prayer – Praying for Roots as Well as Branches

Posted by on May 18, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

Spring is a fun time for families as the weather warms up and outdoor activities are once again the plan for the day. Everywhere around us the trees are budding and the flowers are blossoming. As much as I love this time of years, it also makes me sad. Another school year’s end is in sight. I just can’t stop the clock on how fast my children are growing. Instead of dwelling on how quickly time flies, this year I’m praying for that growth. I’m asking God to do more than help them grow in ways everyone can see. I’m asking Him to grow their roots. Here’s the prayer I’m using. Dear Lord, The seasons have turned and now we’re in the midst of a beautiful spring. With it another school year is drawing to a close and my...

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Beware of Great Lies

Posted by on May 17, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

It’s so important that we guard our children’s hearts, minds, and lives at all times, in all circumstances, and at every stage of life. Being active in prayer and interacting relationally when children are young can save a mountain of broken hearts and relationships; but even when broken, God is able to make all things new. And whether you have obedient children who respect authority, or are faced with children walking in rebellion or making poor choices, our response is the same. We win spiritual battles by using spiritual strategies. Our Bibles are our primary weapon for responding to every deception, distraction, and assault of satan. So let’s use it. When opening my Bible, I plead that my family will have a passion for God’s Word. They do. But there’s more, Father, please grant them discernment in the world....

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Butterfly Fun

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Summer is a time when butterflies flit from flower to flower and share their beauty as they gently flutter their wings and fly in gardens. We can learn from their activities and characteristics and even imitate some. Butterflies network. They spread pollen among flowers to help plants germinate and grow more plants. We network when we connect with people and share thoughts to inspire new ideas. Butterfly wings move in a figure eight motion. They have direction with their moves. We can move in patterns too and even make up dances that help us dart around. Caterpillars can be in such large numbers on a plant that people can hear them munching. It’s a party for them! When you party with your friends, you can make happy munching noises too. Male butterflies do something called puddling. They drink from...

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Are You a Rooster Parent?

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

There was a tremendous commotion in the chicken yard. I looked out the window to see a lone goose about ten feet away from the coop fence. He was just searching for bugs and basically minding his own business. But the chickens were not happy about the goose’s presence. The hens went under the coops or either in the coop to the roosts. Once they were settled, the roosters each assumed a post nearby. In the door of each of the two hen houses sat a rooster. His body filled the open space and the hens remained safely tucked inside. How many times as a parent do we try to be the “rooster” for our children? We see some kind of perceived danger and immediately want to position ourselves between our children and that danger. But is that really...

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Celebrate Creation

Posted by on Apr 13, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Continue to celebrate the resurrection. Jesus gave us eternal life and opened the gates of heaven. April is a time to celebrate the earth God made and all of creation. Look around for signs of new life as spring comes into bloom and rejoice with planting seeds. With each sign of spring chat about how God uses it to reveal His creation and power. Read Romans 1:20 that tells us nature is a witness to God’s existence. Look for creepy crawling bugs. The Bible talks about learning from the ants that work hard and store food for the winter in Proverbs 30:25. Check out the trees and watch for the leaves to open. Find out how to be like a well-watered tree in Psalm 1. Look for blossoms on trees and buds on flowers. Daffodils and tulips are among...

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Praying for My Child’s Safety

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

The world is a pretty scary place right now. The number of school shootings have risen exponentially, bullying is on the increase, and young teen suicide is becoming more and more common. It’s easy to begin to dwell on the difficulties and begin living in fear. When I was young, heading off to school was an adventure filled with new friends, structured learning, and fun-filled days. Now sending a child to school has become a test of faith. What do we do with the anxiety caused by the time in which we live? We take our fears to the One who can do something about it. The God we serve isn’t a giant genie in a bottle, granting favors and wishes. He’s real, and His Spirit walks with us and with our kids. When we place our precious children...

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