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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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Good Choices

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

Sunday morning my husband received a text from our son. Dad, can you come get Lisabeth? She doesn’t want to go into her Sunday School class. Because our Sunday schedules are different, we occasionally leave church just as our son’s family is coming in. Once or twice we have taken Lisabeth home with us. However, this particular day, we were staying for our Sunday School class. Sure, I’ll be glad to come get her. She can stay in our class with us, my husband texted. My husband left and went down to the children’s area of the church to pick up Lisabeth. When he got there, Lisabeth was in her class playing happily with her friends. “What happened?” my husband asked. “I thought she didn’t want to go into her class.” “She didn’t,” my son said with a grin....

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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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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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