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Turn Out the Lights or Let Them Shine?

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

I vividly recall a conversation in the women’s restroom among Christian women one chilly October many years ago. I was a new Christian, easily impressed by so many new ideas. They shared that on Halloween they would proudly keep their porch lights off, not offering candy to neighborhood children. As I thought about this, I wondered what Christ would do. As a child, I was among those who donned costumes and knocked on doors for candy. In my early twenties, I continued to don a costume and party with my friends. When our first daughter was a child, Tim dressed as Count Dracula, I was a witch, and Kristina was our baby bat. But our lives were a nightmare, until I picked up a Bible and actually began to read it. I began to embrace what the Bible says...

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Helping After Disaster Strikes

Posted by on Oct 23, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

When a natural disaster like a tornado, hurricane, or flood strikes it causes lots of damages to homes. People called disaster relief workers and case managers help out. They manage supplies and money that are donated so they can put everything to the best use. The following is a true story of a family in the Florida Keys that had their home damaged by a hurricane (from 52 Weekly Devotions for Families Called to Serve). Baby’s New Room Vernon showed up at a FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) transition meeting. No options remained. His family needed help. They were expecting a new baby and everything they owned had been damaged. At the meeting, Vernon listened to Carrie speak about support from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and felt he could approach her. Carrie listened and said, “We...

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Changing Leaves

Posted by on Oct 11, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

Fall is my favorite time of the year. It’s not only the change in weather from hot and humid to cool and crisp, but the beauty of the season that stirs my soul. Our family has always loved driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains and marveling at the myriad of colors found on the trees. When I consider my love of fall, it almost seems out of character. I am a person who detests change—in almost all instances. Yet the season marked by change is the one I like best. As I considered autumn one year, I decided to research what it was that made the leaves turn. What I learned became a turning point for me, and for the way I pray for my children. I discovered that the intensity and brilliance of the colors is virtually unaffected...

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Praying for My Child’s School

Posted by on Sep 17, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

Children and school just seem to go together. Although, school looks very different today than when I was a child. Sometimes it’s held online, or at home, or through a co-op. But however it takes place, it’s an integral part of being a kid. And it’s something we need to bathe in prayer. Many of our ideas about ourselves and others grow out of the experiences we have in school. Sometimes these are positive and affirming, other times . . . well . . . not so much. As parents, those are scary thoughts. But there is one thing we must remember and hang onto. God uses both the good and the bad to bless our children and grow them into the men and women He has designed them to be. While this fall is still young, this is...

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Study in Style

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

  God made you special, including the way you learn best. Read Psalm 139 about how he created you in your mother’s womb. Part of you being special is the way you learn. You are wired to learn best in one of six ways, called learning styles. You can even consider these learning styles as you choose a Bible.  Check them out to find your style and try the ideas that will help you learn best. Auditory (learns by hearing or while listening to music) Read aloud. Listen to a classmate talk about the lesson. Listen to music that matches mood of the passage. Visual (learns by sight and reading or studying charts) Read and then doodle as you reflect or draw the lesson. Close your eyes and picture the passage. Use maps and charts to check out locations...

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Praying Through the Pain

Posted by on Jul 19, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

I fought tears and held back a scream the moment my hammer struck my finger instead of a nail. For days, touching a computer keyboard was excruciating but every time my finger throbbed it provided inspiration for prayer, prayer for those who are in physical or emotional pain all over the world. Let’s explore other ideas that follow this concept. When our youngest daughter lost the tip of her finger in an accident, the doctors discussed the need to amputate. We prayed that God would save the finger next to the one that would display her wedding ring when she met her prince. He did. The needles to numb her finger were far more painful than the injury. We chose to worship and pray for men, women, and children suffering illness, injury, or trauma in the hospital with us....

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