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Praying that My Child Learns That Words Do—and Don’t—Matter

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

Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you. I don’t think there was ever a saying that’s more untrue. Words do matter, and words can inflict some of the most intense, long-lasting damage we’ll ever see. And the hurt caused by words can seldom be smoothed over and healed quickly. This type of injury usually has a long recovery time. As a parent, some of my greatest challenges were how to help my sons process unkind and even vicious verbal attacks. Sometimes the speaker intended to lash out and cause as much hurt as possible. In other instances, the words were spoken in haste or without thought. It didn’t always matter which situation I faced, the devastating effects of hurtful words left wounds that took a lot to heal. I’ve tried to instill wisdom...

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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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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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A New Start for Family Devotions

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

A new year means a time to start fresh. Any week is a great time to start doing family devotions. They provide so many benefits: Sharing faith Bonding Developing cognitive skills (reading comprehension, analytical thinking, and building vocabulary). Getting to know God Understanding a biblical world view You can succeed. Just use these ABC tips: Age appropriate: Choose materials and Bible stories that fit your children’s abilities/interests. Be real and Be fun. Let this be a time to laugh as you share stories. Be authentic and if you don’t know the Bible well tell your children you will learn with them. Connect the lesson to your family life. When you read the Bible passage/story chat about how the underlying truth fits today. Don’t give up. You may need to change the length of time spent, or try other materials,...

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Prayers for My Child’s Inheritance

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 2 comments

Many of us don’t give much thought to what our children will inherit from us or from others. I hadn’t really thought about it until I caught sight of my son’s school picture next to one taken at a similar time in his daddy’s life. Except for the difference in clothing, they could have been twins. That evening I watched my son and his father interacting and realized he had inherited more than just his father’s facial features. He also had the same mannerisms. This made me think long and hard about what else our sons were inheriting from us. That in turn led to this prayer, asking God to make sure I was leaving a godly legacy in our children. Dear Lord, What an awesome—scary—responsibility You’ve given me with these children. They are so precious to me. I...

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Christmas Trees – Decorating to Praise God

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

…..  “I am the one who answers your prayers and watches over you. I am like a fir tree that is always green. Your fruit comes from me.” Hoseas 14:8b-c We decorate trees and the tradition dates back hundreds of years to Germany. To continue using a tree we should consider ways that it can glorify God and help us draw closer to Him. God created trees and even compared himself to the evergreen tree. Make tree decorating a family time to celebrate the reason for the season. Put up the tree and read Hosea 14:8. Then add the lights and talk about how Jesus is the Light of the World described in the first chapter of the gospel of John. Talk about how Jesus wants us to be lights too. As you add ornaments look up verses from...

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