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God’s Love

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

Jesus came to save us. Lent and Easter remind us that Jesus had a purpose when He came to earth. John 3:16 says that God loves the world so much that God the Father gave His only Son, Jesus, so that we could have life everlasting. That means God sent Jesus so we could live forever. God knows everything and he knew Jesus would die and also that he would rise and live again. A little after that verse, the Bible says that God knows men often choose darkness instead of light. That means that people choose to do bad things instead of good things. Sometimes kids make choices that break God’s rules. Sally chose to say unkind things and hurt a friend. Billy chose to ignore his mom and not clean his room. Those two kids chose darkness....

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Life Is a Prayer List

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

The sights, smells, sounds, and activities of life can guide us in powerful, unceasing prayer for our families and for families throughout the world. Let me explain. When I open my Bible each morning, I pray, Father, please grant my children, family, and friends (that includes you if you’re reading this article!) a relentless passion for Your Word. Please release Your spirit of wisdom and revelation so that they comprehend great and wonderful things that will inspire them to pursue You more diligently. When preparing a cup of coffee or tea, Father, may those I love and people who love You throughout the world be relentlessly “hot” in their deeds and actions. May You and the watching world never perceive our hearts as lukewarm. When preparing meals or saying the blessing, O God, may my family’s favorite food be...

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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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