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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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Singing Over You

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

“Wait. Wait. No.” Three-year-old Elizabeth held up her hand. Never one to go down for a nap willingly, this appeared to be just another stall tactic. I walked over to give her a kiss as my husband held her firmly. “Sleep well,” I said, “so we can play when you get up.” “No.” Elizabeth reached out and grabbed my hand. “I want you. Come sing to me.” Our naptime and bedtime ritual for months had included me sitting beside Elizabeth, holding her hand, and singing praise songs while she fell asleep. It never took long once I took her soft, little hand in mine until she was sound asleep. Occasionally she sang with me for a song or two but it wasn’t long before her eyes became heavy and she drifted off. Did I ever wish she would just...

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An Advent Strategy that Will Change Your Family

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

Is anyone interested in an Advent strategy for powerful family time? Connect your children with God through prayer—in a way that will touch their hearts and change the world. Using inexpensive Christmas ornaments, assign a Scriptural prayer to each. Wrap them in bags with a pretty ribbon – one for each day of Advent, and hang them on the tree or put them in a pretty box, basket, or gift bag. Each day, gather the family and open one. Here are some of our lessons: REINDEER: Whenever we see a deer or reindeer, we can pray, As a deer pants for water, may our souls desperately long for You, O God. Psalm 42:1 ANGEL: The Bible says that angels rejoice when people surrender their lives to Christ. May our prayers and activities to reach the lost result in powerful...

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Prepare Hearts for Christmas

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Advent, the four weeks before Christmas, begins the weekend of Thanksgiving. It’s hard to believe that Christmas is around the corner. Get ready for focusing on Christ at Christmas with daily books, music, and videos. Gather all the Christmas books, videos, and CDs you can find. Giftwrap and count them. Place them in a basket. Then start unwrapping them on the first Sunday of advent and enjoy them with your family. Do one every few days or so, depending on how many you wrap. Plan to do the last one just before Christmas. Read Bible verses as you open the gifts. Check the list below of some Bible passages to read before unwrapping the day’s gift. Chat about them. Some are about prophecies long before the birth of Jesus and others describe what happened the first Christmas. If you’re...

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