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Thanksgiving Fruit Salad

Posted by on Nov 16, 2020 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Thanksgiving is a celebration of thanking God for a good harvest and a good year. It’s the end of the season of harvesting apples, pumpkins, watermelon, and other fruits. The Bible talks about different types of fruits. Jesus taught that we are to be fruitful in good deeds. There are fruits of the Holy Spirit like peace, joy, and goodness. Make a fruit salad as a reminder of the harvest. Add in cherries that have the pits removed to remember that God takes away the pain of hard times. Add in some dried fruits like raisins. Dried fruits are one of the ways pilgrims kept fruits over the winter. The fresh fruit is placed in the sun to dry. Then the fruit lasts a very long time. After all, all the apples that fall in the autumn cannot be...

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Celebrate All Babies on National Pro-life Cupcake Day

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Pink and blue frosting atop a lovely cupcake with heart sprinkles or other decorations reflect joy and party time. Alas, many babies never have a single birthday. Some pass on to heaven before birth in a miscarriage while others die in an abortion. Watch this prolife cupcake day video about the day and importance of life. For every three children who have a first birthday, one child did not. It’s a big number. Fifty million babies who never came into the world to receive a kiss or have a cupcake. Blow kisses to heaven as you pray that the lives of other babies will be spared. A cupcake, like a baby, is small and sweet. Look at baby pictures of family members and talk about how we change as we grow. The best change is to open our hearts...

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Decision Making

Posted by on Aug 17, 2020 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

  Our country made many decisions to fight a virus this year, and we make decisions every day. Chat about decision making.   Before making a decision, do the math:     Ask, will my decision add      + joy to someone’s life? subtract      –  sin or temptation in my life? multiply      ´  love or opportunity to share Christ with others? divide      ¸  my time with God? If the first three answers come up yes and the last one no, that = the right decision Don’t just flip for the answer… Some people toss a coin to make a decision. That’s okay for a game, in deciding who takes the first turn, or other unimportant decisions. But to make decisions when it counts, pay heed to the message of the coin instead. A coin contains important words....

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Bubbles! A Great Family Stress Reliever

Posted by on Jul 23, 2020 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Burst the doldrums and struggles of the year with some bubbly fun. It’s been a difficult year and we need some activities to lighten our days. Let children blow and catch bubbles.  Find simple bubble blowing toys at a dollar store. Bubbles are so light, airy, pretty, and easy to use for fun and also good for inspiring conversation. Watch how they float until they pop. Think of one worry and blow a bubble. Imagine your problem just floating away and disappearing as it pops. Read 1 Peter 5:7 about letting go of worries. Chat about those worries and trusting God so you can let go of anxiety and fear. Discuss some bubble facts. In space there are no bubbles because there’s no outside (exterior pressure) to act against inside pressure. Look for color in bubbles. They appear due...

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Gardening Fun

Posted by on Jun 29, 2020 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

It’s time for planting and fun with gardens. With less travel this summer, check out your yard or planters and consider growing healthy snacks. Use poles to form a teepee frame and plant beans that grown on a vine Tie the poles together at the top. You’ll have a green tepee to crawl inside and hide while you snack. Plant yummy snacks like cherry tomatoes, strawberries, and pea pods you can munch on as they ripen. Add edible flowers like pansies and day lilies to the garden. Add some weed barriers surrounding the base of plants with used newspapers. Replace the papers when they decompose. Grow herbs like parsley, basil, and thyme. Try using them in foods you cook. Dry some too to save for the winter. Read the parable of the sower in Luke 8:5-8 and chat about...

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May is National Rejoicing Month

Posted by on May 15, 2020 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!  Philippians 4:4 Feeling stuck at home? There’s nothing like rejoicing to lift your spirits. There are more than 200 scriptures with the word rejoice. Read verses out loud about rejoicing and chat about why people rejoiced, even when things were not going their way. It’s spring and a great time to see nature spring up with new life. Celebrate new growth and that each day is closer to life going back to normal. Rejoice as you each share accomplishments, dreams, and goals. Rejoice with praising God who is in control and knows all that is happening. Rejoice at being with family. Have a sing-spiration with praise music or just a praise celebration with calling out reasons to be thankful and reasons to praise God. Check out scriptures about rejoicing...

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