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Praying for Our Kids During the Holidays

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

As adults, most of us have come to expect a certain amount of stress and struggle during the holidays. Our to-do lists lengthen to epic proportions as we work to make this a meaningful time for those around us. We get caught up in expectations—real and imagined—and whether we admit it or not, it takes a toll on our families. In the hectic blur of the season, we can overlook the fact that our kids—no matter how young they are—also feel some of the strain. From Halloween to Christmas, it seems that most of the year-end holidays are kid focused. It’s easy to let that fact cloud us to what’s really happening in their young lives.  The changes in schedule, diet, and even our own stress, can increase their anxiety. We can’t always put a halt to the hectic...

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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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Praying for Failure

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

I don’t know about you, but for me, some of the best lessons I’ve ever learned came from trying something and failing. No, failure isn’t pleasant. But the skills I’ve acquired because of failing have made me who I am today. I’ve learned to be more patient, less fearful, and to approach a problem without preconceived ideas. Failure is a completely different issue though, when it comes to my kids. I want them to find success, be happy, and learn all those things without ever having to fail. Yeah…not gonna happen. God pointed that out to me one time through a particularly painful prayer time when one of our boys was struggling. I kept praying for quick success, but God pointed out that the struggle was equipping him for the man he would become. My interference by trying to...

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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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Tell Me Your Story

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

If you’ve ever read the gospel of Luke, you’ll immediately see that it is full of amazing details. Luke wrote those details not as an eyewitness, but as a researcher. Luke, a Greek physician, wrote the books of Luke and Acts, addressed to “most Excellent Theophilus,” and at the beginning states that he did extensive research to get the story right. What did that look like? In my sixth novel, I bring Luke alive, along with others in the book of Acts. In this scene, Luke interviews Zaccheus about his encounter with Jesus. The wee little man just tells his story. And that’s all Jesus asked his followers to do—simply tell their story. I hope you have a Jesus story to tell your children. It will be the most important one you’ll ever share with them. Excerpt from The...

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