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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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Contentment

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Do you complain and whine because you want a new game, you are bored, or unhappy? Those are signs that you are not content even though you are greatly blessed and loved. In Philippians chapter 4, Paul said, I know how to live in humble circumstances; I know also how to live with abundance. In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, Paul knew a secret to contentment. He learned to be happy with whatever he had. He could rejoice with gifts, parties, and friends. He could also be thankful on lonely days when he was in prison and had little food. He learned to look at God and thank him for whatever he had. He also trusted God would bless him on other days and would...

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Baking with Kids

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Taking a warm tray of muffins out of the oven fills a room with a wonderful aroma. It’s fun and good training to bake with kids. They appreciate the food once they make it and it builds life skills. After baking, sit and share the fresh bread. Relax and enjoy the time together. Breaking bread together often opens up hearts and conversations. Try an evening with several types of bread and discuss all the many varieties. Add to the experience of baking by reading Scriptures about bread in the Bible: Feeding a crowd with bread (and fish) in John 6 Jesus announcement that He is The Bread of Life and the significance of that (John 6:35) A dream about bread (Judges 7:13) Working for bread/necessities (Genesis 3:19) Jesus and communion (Matthew 26) Prayer for daily bread (Matthew 6:9-13) The...

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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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Don’t Be Afraid of the Bears

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

“Sh!” Baylor turned to me as we went up the steps. “Be quiet so the bears won’t hear us.” The bears? Baylor and I had just left my office and were heading up toward the sanctuary. “Are there bears in the church?” I asked. “Sh! They might hear us. Walk softly.” Although I wasn’t convinced it was necessary for me to crouch behind this three-year-old and be on the lookout for bears, I complied. As we came to the curtained area where cameras were hidden on Sunday, I asked, “Should I look behind the curtain for bears?” Finger still to her lips, she shook her head and motioned for me to follow her. We continued on high alert for bears until we reached our destination—the church history room. Relieved that we didn’t see any bears and feeling safe to...

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