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A Lovely Idea

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

A lovely idea is rapidly becoming a tradition for many families, and the kids love this one. We haul out the Christmas tree in early October (but you could still do this for Thanksgiving and until you’re ready to decorate your Christmas tree!) and string lights and garlands of artificial autumn leaves on its branches. The photo I’ve shared is a starting point. Let your imagination take you from there, adding artificial fall flowers, pinecones, birds’ nests, and feathers, with other things you find on a walk through the woods. Now for the Advent of Thanksgiving journey. What’s special to you and your family? Because my father died this year, we collected photographs of special memories with him, a sweet time of thanksgiving. Then we used medium-sized clothespins to attach them to a piece of twine draped around the...

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Prepare for Advent-ure

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

  As Christmas draws near there’s more than gift lists to prepare. We need to prepare our hearts. One way is with an advent wreath. Advent begins December 3rd, so prepare ahead by making plans to focus on Jesus during December. It can be fun to light an advent wreath each day. Each candle has a name and meaning that inspire us to act on the word.   Week 1 Hope Read about the hope of Jesus coming in prophecies: Isaiah 9:7 the prophecy of the savior to come from the line of David Micah 5:2 the prophecy of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem Isaiah 7:14 the prophecy of the virgin birth Hosea 11:1 the prophecy of Mary and Joseph fleeing to Egypt with Jesus Isaiah 61:1 and Isaiah 35:4-6 the prophecies that Jesus would perform miracles Bring hope to...

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Praying for Those My Child is With

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 1 comment

I love being a mom. To me, that came as a welcome surprise because I am not a person who’s comfortable with children. During my first pregnancy I worried that I wouldn’t like my child. Of course the exact opposite was true. My greatest joy was—and still is—getting to hang out with my kids. But, I’m ashamed to say that this enjoyment turned to jealousy when they began school and started choosing to spend their time elsewhere. Even though they still loved being with me at times, I felt discarded and replaced. It took a while for me to work through these feelings and the way I was able to exchange jealousy for joy was through prayer. God showed me that instead of worrying about being abandoned, I needed to pray for those my child was choosing to spend...

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Praying for Joy for My Child

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

It wasn’t until I was in my thirties that I clued into the difference between joy and happiness. So often I, like many other people, used those two words interchangeably. But through a long process, I discovered that happiness is fleeting. It changes with my mood and my circumstance. It leaves me without any substance that can affect my outlook. Joy on the other hand has weight. It’s strong enough to build on, anchor to, and get me through the rough patches of life. Once I tasted the strength of true joy, nothing else would satisfy me. Fast forward to my parenting years. I noticed early on that my kids relied more on fleeting happiness than foundational joy. That’s where this prayer comes in. Today I want to share this heartfelt plea as I cried out for God to...

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Contentment

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Do you complain and whine because you want a new game, you are bored, or unhappy? Those are signs that you are not content even though you are greatly blessed and loved. In Philippians chapter 4, Paul said, I know how to live in humble circumstances; I know also how to live with abundance. In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, Paul knew a secret to contentment. He learned to be happy with whatever he had. He could rejoice with gifts, parties, and friends. He could also be thankful on lonely days when he was in prison and had little food. He learned to look at God and thank him for whatever he had. He also trusted God would bless him on other days and would...

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Baking with Kids

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Taking a warm tray of muffins out of the oven fills a room with a wonderful aroma. It’s fun and good training to bake with kids. They appreciate the food once they make it and it builds life skills. After baking, sit and share the fresh bread. Relax and enjoy the time together. Breaking bread together often opens up hearts and conversations. Try an evening with several types of bread and discuss all the many varieties. Add to the experience of baking by reading Scriptures about bread in the Bible: Feeding a crowd with bread (and fish) in John 6 Jesus announcement that He is The Bread of Life and the significance of that (John 6:35) A dream about bread (Judges 7:13) Working for bread/necessities (Genesis 3:19) Jesus and communion (Matthew 26) Prayer for daily bread (Matthew 6:9-13) The...

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