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Life, Sweet Life

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

Our houseguests sat at the kitchen table catching up on email. Addi sat at the counter. She was singing at the top of her eight-year-old lungs while cutting soda cans in two and taping them around the top to create pencil holders. Her seven-year-old brother, Liam, had a new remote control car and it raced around the kitchen island, through the chairs that our guests sat in, made a loop in the family room and finally crashed into the bookcase. Liam righted the car and began the loop again. And I sat in the middle of it all, writing. What’s it like at your house? To me, the house guests at the table let me know that I have good friends. I love having them visit. Addi‘s sweet praises at the counter kept me focused on what mattered. Liam’s...

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Healthy Hearts

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

February is American Heart Month as well as the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day. The second week of the month is also International Friendship month. Love helps keep our hearts healthy and happy. God made you, including your heart fearfully and wonderfully. You are a marvel! For a healthy heart, be sure to exercise, especially aerobic and cardiovascular exercises that get your heart beat going. Take family walks and take turns leading some calisthenics. Hold a dance night to get hearts pumping and laughter going. Play some wii sport games that get everyone moving. Also chat about the importance of a good diet for the heart. Avoid too much salt and experiment with spices and seasonings to add flavor to foods. Eat more fresh produce and less packaged foods. Visit a farmer’s market and let kids choose fruits and...

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Developing Prayer Strategies with Children

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

The kids were grabbing their backpacks, heading out the door for school when Papa, their grandfather, called for prayer. His truck had broken down in the middle of nowhere, hours from his destination. It just stopped. Various lights flashing, it refused to crank. Their mother Kristina slowed the kids down to share the urgent need. They prayed while pressing on to get to school on time. Down the road from their home, a man in a suit stood near his car, the emergency lights flashing. On this occasion, Kristina felt safe rolling the window down to see if he needed anything. He said that a tow truck was on the way. She then asked the kids what they could learn from this. Their response, “We can pray for everyone whose car or truck has broken down.” Now that’s a...

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Snow Fun

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

White fluffy snow is a sign of winter. The Bible also talks about snow. It tells us that God sends the snow and even keeps storehouses of snow (Job 37:6, 38:22 and Psalm 147:16). Jesus’ face and clothes glowed white as snow (Matthew 28:3 and Revelation 1:14). A mother who buys or makes warm clothing for her children does not fear snow (Proverbs 31: 21). And best of all, the Bible tells us that no matter how bad a sin, God will clean us and make us white as snow (Isaiah 1:18 and Psalm 51: 7) Each snowflake is unique if you study them under a microscope. You are unique too! Have fun in the snow: ¨     Make snow angels. ¨     Enjoy a snow treat by pouring maple syrup over clean snow and eating it. ¨     Make a snow...

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Is There Room for Jesus?

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Finding God’s Fingerprints | 0 comments

Materials Needed: Calendar Scripture Reference: Revelation 3:20 Christmas is over and 2016 has ended. The new year has arrived—and that made me think about some things. Through the Christmas festivities we often think about symbols that can be associated with the birth of Christ. We remember a baby born of a virgin who is the promised Messiah, the angels proclaiming “Glory to God” as they sing, the shepherds and how they made haste to see the new born king, and the wise men who had been studying and looking toward the birth of a king. We think of a stable and manger with animals and the star. Jesus was born this way in the city of David, Bethlehem. This birth has been the most celebrated birth in history. This Christmas, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart about something we...

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Faith for an Angel

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

Hearts were settled. It was never going to happen! Then as Kristina tossed a newspaper into the recycle bin, her daughter Emma Kathryn said, “Don’t throw that away, Mommy. We’re going to need it for the cat.” “The cat? We don’t have a cat!” Kristina responded. Emma Kathryn grinned knowingly, “The cat we’re going to get for Christmas!” Consumed with childlike faith, she talked about kittens with such enthusiasm that what had once been impossible, moved and melted hearts so that the quest for a kitty ensued. You have to be careful when selecting a pet for a family with four young children. When Matthew and Kristina didn’t find that special kitten locally, their search expanded, but with disappointing results. So, they prayed more earnestly. On the evening of December 23, a connection was made that would require a...

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