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Berry Good Fun

Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Summer is time for various berries to ripen. Have fun picking if you have a farm that allows picking or or if you have wild berries near your home. Otherwise visit a farmer’s market and look for fresh grown berries. They’ll be juicy and colorful. Use the berries for many treats: Wash and eat them raw. You can dip raw fruits in whipped cream, caramel, or chocolate Make a berry shortcake Slice up some berries and use them to top ice cream or cake Make a berry pie Make a fruit salad Make berry turnovers Make berry slushies by mixing ice and squished berries Make a berry salsa to dress up chicken Make berry skewers Make berry dessert sandwiches by placing sliced berries between two slices of pound cake or wafer cookies Cut fruit shapes with cookie cutters and...

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Lessons from Houdini

Posted by on Jul 3, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

“Houdini’s out again!” Addi pointed out the window. All the other children ran to see. “Yep,” said Jeff. “There she is!” Houdini is our escape-artist, our chicken escape artist. She flies to the top of the small coop, jumps over to the fence rail, then flies to the ground. She never ventures far and the odd thing is that she never seems to mind going back into the chicken yard. Houdini loves Bud, however, and the minute he comes out the back door, Houdini runs as fast as she can up the hill to the house and falls in step with him. In the beginning Bud had to take bread and create a crumb path back to the coops. But it didn’t take long for Houdini to follow Bud just about anywhere he is working in the yard. Houdini...

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Summertime Prayer

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

So I commended enjoyment because there is nothing better for man under the sun than to eat, drink, and enjoy himself, for this will accompany him in his labor during the days of his life that God gives him under the sun. Ecclesiastes 8:15 (HCSB) The weather tells me that summer is in full swing. As I spend time outdoors, I can’t help but remember my own childhood. It felt like I burst out of school and ran full-blast, downhill into summer fun. I spent every moment I could outside, either playing or reading. These fond memories have led me to today’s prayer for my children. I’m asking God to give them the time to be kids. In this over-scheduled world, that’s not as easy as it used to be. And I’ve learned that being on too tight a schedule...

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Fire Building and Children

Posted by on Jun 26, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

Recently my husband and I went on a mini vacation. Being a good Trail Life leader, he was spending his time learning new fire-building techniques from an online video. Being a good wife, I sat down on the couch beside him and watched. As I watched, I realized just how much fire building is like raising children. First we have to get the spot ready. Hopefully, before we ever have children we have prepared our home with a foundation of love and faith. The success of the fire depends on the type of foundation that is laid. The video suggested two strong logs as the basis for your fire building. Mom and Dad are those strong logs which hold everything else up. Once children come into the home, you begin building upon that foundation. Fires must be built so...

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Raising a Generation Dangerous in Prayer

Posted by on Jun 13, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

What do you think of when you hear a train whistle? Did you know that it’s a thrilling sound that can change the world? When we moved our teen and toddler from Houston to a very small country community, the house was in ghastly condition, requiring extensive cleaning and repairs. With our belongings held hostage by boxes, we worked hard to establish basic creature comforts such as toilets that flushed, running water, and other critical needs. The girls stayed with my parents while we ripped out flea-infested carpet and stripped and painted surfaces throughout the house, working to the point of exhaustion every day. Without the clutter of city lights, the moon and stars were breathtaking. But the nighttime noises! I thought I’d exchange the frantic sounds of the city for soft breezes that moved the trees to whisper...

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SMILE Power

Posted by on Jun 7, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

June is National Smile Month.  June 15th is Smile Power Day. When you flash your pearly white teeth at people it can brighten their day. A smile shows kindness, offers hope, and can ease a person’s anger, fear, or sadness. Check out verses on asking God to smile on you: Psalm 4:6, Psalm 31:16, and Psalm 119:135. If you’re not sure you’re ready to smile, pause and think of the blessings in your life for home, family, country, God, and friends. Think of the beauty outdoors and take a walk to listen to birds sing, see squirrels dart about, and watch the leaves dance when the wind blows. Think of ways to add joy and laughter to go with a smile. Tell a knock-knock joke Give someone a compliment Add a hug or fun handshake to the smile Share...

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