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A Passion for God

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

It’s something I pray for every day, and it’s highly effective. Father, please give my family a passion for You, Your Word, Your wisdom, Your will, the people of Your world, for prayer, and for holiness. We can find inspirational reminders all around us. Let’s get started. HEARTS I have a few decorative hearts in our home. Seeing them reminds me to ask God to give us a love for Him that consumes all other passions, attaining the highest treasure of life, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. Matthew 22:37 NKJV BIBLES While opening our Bibles each morning, let this activity remind us to pray that our loved ones are drawn into God’s Words as they awaken. Let’s ask God to speak to them specifically in their...

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Cooking with Kids

Posted by on Oct 22, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Make the most of mealtime Read about Jesus and the chat he had with Peter at a beach picnic in John 21:15-22. He didn’t harp on Peter’s past mistake (denial) but asked him about their relationship: Do you love me? Jesus went to the heart of getting deeper and building the bonds between them. Use time together to express love, and ask questions that involve purpose and faith. Laugh together. Share jokes, childhood memories of parents, or baby stories of growing children. Make meals a pleasant affair. Add compliments for each child. Be aware of needs. Ask about everyone’s day and listen to their hearts about what happened and the needs of tasks and schoolwork they need to finish. Be aware of what’s on the calendar for each person, young and old. That helps you root for one another....

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Praying for Our Children’s Attitude Toward Change

Posted by on Oct 5, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

I love autumn. With the crisp weather and beautiful fall leaves, this is my favorite time of the year. It’s also a season that God used to teach me a valuable lesson. I’m a card-carrying control freak, and while it’s something I’m trying to move away from, that change is coming slowly. I’ve always viewed change—particularly when I wasn’t in control—as a negative thing. Any changes in my life were met with a poor attitude and that coping mechanism made life difficult for everyone around me. Until one day as I was out hiking in the fall, God pointed out that change can be a beautiful season. As His truth broke through my belief that change was bad, I felt as free as the beautiful leaves that floated in the wind. That day I began praying that my children...

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What is in the Mirror?

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

“Can we make a video of us?” Two-year-old Baylor came into my office and walked up to my office chair. “Sure. What do you want to talk about?” I pulled her up in my lap. “Just talk,” she said. We turned on the camera and started talking. For a minute we exchanged pleasantries, made funny faces, and conversed about various things. Time came to view our work. I pushed play and Baylor watched intently. She laughed at every antic. “Oh,” she said raising her arm to the top of her head, “I have a bow.” Evidently she hadn’t looked in the mirror that morning after she was dressed. She had no idea she was wearing a bow in her hair even though it was midday. “You look very pretty,” I said. “I love your pretty curls and especially your...

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Math Storytelling

Posted by on Sep 14, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

September 25th is Math Storytelling Day. Math is part of what we study in school. It’s amazing how numbers can be part of a story (The Three Little Pigs) and how often numbers are used in the Bible. Ten Commandment, twelve disciples, three persons in one God, a forty-day flood, and other numbers are part of familiar Bible stories. Jesus told a story about two sons, one who said, “No” and the other said, “Yes.” But then they each did the opposite of what they said. Jesus also told a story about workers a man hired. Every hour he hired more workers and at the end of the day he paid each man the amount of money agreed upon. Those who worked all day grumbled it wasn’t fair and Jesus said the owner could pay those who worked fewer...

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Who is Labeling Our Kids?

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

School is back in session and even if the majority of learning takes place at home—our kids are subject to new influences and influencers on a daily basis. We do our best to make sure those who come in contact with our kids have a positive effect, but we can’t always be there to protect them. One of the most difficult things for me as a parent is when someone else applies a label to my child. Labels are powerful things—for good and for evil. I used to only think of labels in the context of manufactured goods. I read labels on food, medicine, and even appliances. These labels provide important information that help me make wise decisions. There are only two entities that have the right to apply labels to these goods—the one who manufactured them, and the...

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