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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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How Did the Wise Men Know to Look for a King?

Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

You’ve sung “We Three Kings” all your life, but have you ever wondered how they knew to look for a king after they saw the star? And were they really kings? They actually were magi, which translates to wise men, not kings. But part of their job description was to appoint and approve kings. So how did they make the leap of seeing the brightest star anyone had ever seen, and know to bring gifts to worship a king? It must have been because they studied the prophecies about this unusual newborn King of the Jews. Perhaps they read Isaiah’s words that “Vast caravans of camels will converge on you, the camels of Midian and Ephah. The people of Sheba will bring gold and frankincense and will come worshiping the Lord.” In my third novel, I novelize the Christmas...

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And Then There Was One

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

Do you read the Bible aloud with your children? There can be no sweeter time of “training your child in the way he should go” than to spend time in God’s word. What goes into the first of life goes throughout all of life. I would encourage you to pick up a children’s Bible to make it easy and fun to understand. Have you ever wondered exactly how the New Testament came together—not just a group of guys deciding which books to include, but the actual writing of each and every book? I decided to tackle this question with books five and six. I extensively researched each and every book in the New Testament and novelized how those words were originally penned. Selfishly, I enjoy writing these books for my own education. I learned so much! And now the...

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