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Are You a Rooster Parent?

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

There was a tremendous commotion in the chicken yard. I looked out the window to see a lone goose about ten feet away from the coop fence. He was just searching for bugs and basically minding his own business. But the chickens were not happy about the goose’s presence. The hens went under the coops or either in the coop to the roosts. Once they were settled, the roosters each assumed a post nearby. In the door of each of the two hen houses sat a rooster. His body filled the open space and the hens remained safely tucked inside. How many times as a parent do we try to be the “rooster” for our children? We see some kind of perceived danger and immediately want to position ourselves between our children and that danger. But is that really...

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Celebrate Creation

Posted by on Apr 13, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Continue to celebrate the resurrection. Jesus gave us eternal life and opened the gates of heaven. April is a time to celebrate the earth God made and all of creation. Look around for signs of new life as spring comes into bloom and rejoice with planting seeds. With each sign of spring chat about how God uses it to reveal His creation and power. Read Romans 1:20 that tells us nature is a witness to God’s existence. Look for creepy crawling bugs. The Bible talks about learning from the ants that work hard and store food for the winter in Proverbs 30:25. Check out the trees and watch for the leaves to open. Find out how to be like a well-watered tree in Psalm 1. Look for blossoms on trees and buds on flowers. Daffodils and tulips are among...

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Praying for My Child’s Safety

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

The world is a pretty scary place right now. The number of school shootings have risen exponentially, bullying is on the increase, and young teen suicide is becoming more and more common. It’s easy to begin to dwell on the difficulties and begin living in fear. When I was young, heading off to school was an adventure filled with new friends, structured learning, and fun-filled days. Now sending a child to school has become a test of faith. What do we do with the anxiety caused by the time in which we live? We take our fears to the One who can do something about it. The God we serve isn’t a giant genie in a bottle, granting favors and wishes. He’s real, and His Spirit walks with us and with our kids. When we place our precious children...

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After the Olympics

Posted by on Mar 29, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

The ancient Olympics began in Greece long before Christ came on earth. They also stopped long before Christ when the Roman Emperor Theodosius banned them. Other sports competitions still took place in parts of Greece, including the Isthmian games. Paul may have watched them when he spent time in the city of Corinth. He wrote about racing and the winner’s crown. The winners in the games in Greece received a pine wreath to wear as a crown. Even though the Olympics are now over, you can still have fun with these activities while watching athletes compete in sports: Hold ice races. Use ice cubes and see who can get their cube to slide down a slope the fastest or melt the fastest. Make some ice figure shapes by freezing water in different containers. Display the ice figures while watching...

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Praying that My Child Learns That Words Do—and Don’t—Matter

Posted by on Mar 2, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you. I don’t think there was ever a saying that’s more untrue. Words do matter, and words can inflict some of the most intense, long-lasting damage we’ll ever see. And the hurt caused by words can seldom be smoothed over and healed quickly. This type of injury usually has a long recovery time. As a parent, some of my greatest challenges were how to help my sons process unkind and even vicious verbal attacks. Sometimes the speaker intended to lash out and cause as much hurt as possible. In other instances, the words were spoken in haste or without thought. It didn’t always matter which situation I faced, the devastating effects of hurtful words left wounds that took a lot to heal. I’ve tried to instill wisdom...

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Praying for My Child’s Joy

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

Have you noticed how artificial life has become in the past years? It seems that more people than ever are searching for self-worth in their looks, validation in what they accomplish, and joy in what they possess. I find myself having to fight against this. Sometimes I get so weary of having to constantly battle the world’s definition of who I am and what’s important. This struggle has given me a new place to pray for my children. I know if I’m fighting this influence, so are they. So I’ve taken this battle to the Lord, asking Him to intervene and make sure my children are protected from all the false definitions the world is trying to apply to them. Dear Lord, I want my child to be happy and learn to be satisfied. Actually, I want even more...

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