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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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Prayer Walking the Zoo

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 1 comment

We can change our families and change the world simply by teaching our children to associate prayer with animals while visiting the zoo. I’ll share a few examples to get you started. LIONS: They’re my favorite because of two great Bible stories we can share with our kids. David had the courage to stand against Goliath because he remembered protecting his sheep from a lion and a bear (1 Sam. 17). And God protected Daniel when he was forced into a lions’ den because he refused to stop praying to Him. They also remind us that satan, our enemy, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet. 5:8-9), but that the righteous are bold as lions (Prov. 28:1). Pause at the cages and discuss these stories and how lions can be a visual reminder...

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Philip and the Ethiopian Object Storytelling & Crossword Puzzle

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

(based on Acts 8:25-40) Supplies: Large bag or basket with the following items: Angel Road map Crown and coins Toy wagon Paper Dove Running shoe/sneaker Small Bible Toy sheet Cross Heart Water Party Hat (write rejoice on hat) Philip was an early believer in the church. Using these objects will help tell what happened with Philip and the Ethiopian. Explain that for every story part, there’s an object to hold up. Enjoy this and then make up your own Bible story object lessons. The early church chose Philip to be a deacon. After that Philip’s life took off in new directions. Philip became a great preacher, amazing even his friend, Simon, with signs and miracles that took place wherever Philip went. Many people listened to Philip and believed in Jesus. Wow! Now it was Philip’s turn to be amazed....

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