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A Lovely Idea

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

A lovely idea is rapidly becoming a tradition for many families, and the kids love this one. We haul out the Christmas tree in early October (but you could still do this for Thanksgiving and until you’re ready to decorate your Christmas tree!) and string lights and garlands of artificial autumn leaves on its branches. The photo I’ve shared is a starting point. Let your imagination take you from there, adding artificial fall flowers, pinecones, birds’ nests, and feathers, with other things you find on a walk through the woods. Now for the Advent of Thanksgiving journey. What’s special to you and your family? Because my father died this year, we collected photographs of special memories with him, a sweet time of thanksgiving. Then we used medium-sized clothespins to attach them to a piece of twine draped around the...

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Planting a Forest One Seed at a Time

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 2 comments

Because of being wounded at church, my family stopped attending when I was a child. As a teen, I occasionally went with a friend. It’s been many years, but I remember clinging to every word as a pastor shared how God spoke to him following a personal tragedy. While preaching a revival, someone didn’t see that his son, Luke, was in the parking lot. The child was struck and killed. This pastor and father breathed the oxygen of agony until his heart was able to receive the seed that changed his life and mine. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NKJV About three years later, this verse kept me from taking my life when facing a devastating trauma...

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Prayer that Transforms Hearts to Transform the World

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 1 comment

If you have difficulty motivating your children to assume responsibility, this article is for you. Cruel remarks from a best friend had crushed Melissa Ann’s heart. Hurting with her, we wanted to do something special to help heal the pain. We began considering her desire for a horse that had started when we moved to the country. Because horses require a lot of daily care, we suggested she get up at 5:00 every morning for six weeks to read books about horses (for a minimum of two hours). The books had to be read on the patio table – rain or shine and in extraordinarily cold or hot temperatures because these conditions would be part of the experience of caring for a horse. So what did she do? Without going into details about that experience, six weeks later, we...

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Prayer Walking the Zoo

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 1 comment

We can change our families and change the world simply by teaching our children to associate prayer with animals while visiting the zoo. I’ll share a few examples to get you started. LIONS: They’re my favorite because of two great Bible stories we can share with our kids. David had the courage to stand against Goliath because he remembered protecting his sheep from a lion and a bear (1 Sam. 17). And God protected Daniel when he was forced into a lions’ den because he refused to stop praying to Him. They also remind us that satan, our enemy, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet. 5:8-9), but that the righteous are bold as lions (Prov. 28:1). Pause at the cages and discuss these stories and how lions can be a visual reminder...

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Overwhelmed by the Overload

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

Exhausted mothers are huddling together, sharing the tension that’s causing their families to snap. Parents and children are overwhelmed by the overload of activities as they rush from school, through homework, to other activities such as soccer and ballet. They’re racing to the finish line, eager to get through this season of the year. But it’s also a once-in-a-lifetime season of life. So relax. Take a deep breath. Pray with me, Thy will be done. Jesus taught us to pray this way, and it’s crucial that we teach our children as well. But for our family to succeed before God and man, let’s put first things first. In the same message from Matthew 6 where Christ gave us The Lord’s Prayer, He told us, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things...

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Power in a Plastic Egg

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

Break open your words, let light shine out… Psalm 119:130 MSG Just as many will hide Easter eggs for children this year, the Bible speaks of hiding God’s Word in our hearts (Ps. 119:11). So this year I’m sending my children and spiritual children on a treasure hunt—treasure that will change their lives, and as it is properly applied, will change the lives of countless others. Want to join me? You’ll need a Bible, plastic eggs, small candies, colorful paper, and a pen. You can use your favorite Scriptures or download the document on my website. Instead of traditional Easter references, I’m using personal application verses that will help them focus on how they can live for Christ and influence others. For younger children, print or write out a complete verse. For older children, write the reference and have...

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