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Praying for My Child to Flunk Math

Posted by on Jul 5, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

“For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9 (HCSB) Math is not my strong suit and it never has been. It was the subject I struggled with the most during my school years. But I’ve recently discovered that my view of God is filtered through an algebraic mind-set. And when I first noticed the signs, I went into immediate denial. There was no way it could be true. But the evidence was irrefutable. Without realizing it, I’d put God in a box, bracketing Him inside equations. And I’m betting a lot of you may have as well. Let me see if you’re familiar with these two spiritual equations I’m referring to: Following the Rules + Making the Right Decisions = Living a Blessed Life...

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Nonverbal Lessons

Posted by on Jun 28, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

Recently our city had an outdoor fair at a park downtown. It was a beautiful, sunshiny day so we decided to take the children. When we walked in the entrance to the park, one organization was handing out kites. Another was handing out helicopter spinners. Another provided sidewalk chalk. The park was the perfect setting. The children had looked at the helicopter spinners and didn’t quite know what to do with them. Helicopter spinners are straight sticks attached to what looks like a helicopter blade at the top. These were made out of blue plastic. Wooden sticks are sometimes used as well. Only Jeff knew what to do with the unusual sticks. He adeptly put the stick between his hands and began to roll it back and forth. At the right moment, he let it go and it soared...

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Kickstart a Summer of Growth

Posted by on Jun 18, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Jesus became wiser and stronger. He also became more and more pleasing to God and to people. Luke 2:52 The end of the school year, the start of summer, warm lazy days, and more are upon us. Make the most of it with growth as a theme. Plant some carrot seeds or a few herbs in a pot or the ground. They grow quickly. Chat about the fact that just as the plant will grow and thrive with a little care, your family members will all grow better with care. Check out these ideas to encourage growth. Grow Physically Measure each child now and at the end of summer. Check clothing and shoe sizes. See who grows the most. Eat healthy foods and exercise. Consider what backyard sports you can do as a family—things such as volleyball, water balloon...

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The Sounds, Sights, and Scents of Spring and Summer

Posted by on May 28, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Spring and summer seems to fill the air like a warm hug, erasing the coldness of winter. We hear it in a chorus of frogs and the babbling of brooks running free from a winter thaw. We smell it in the scent of blossoms and fresh grass. We see it as trees bud and leaves burst forth. These are all the wonders of new life emerging. We feel it in the warmth of sunshine under blue skies and longer hours of daylight.   Take time to rejoice in spring and summer and use your senses to experience them. Here are a few things to find. Add more to the list related to where you live: Babbling brooks Chirping birds Spring showers Baby animals like fluffy lambs bleating and calves mooing The black and yellow as bees buzz Baby chicks...

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Praying Against the Distractions in My Child’s Life

Posted by on May 10, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

My dad had many pet phrases, and this time of year we’d always hear him announce, “Spring has sprung.” Even in colder climates, kids everywhere have been infected by spring fever. For my kids that was just one more distraction in a world that seemed dedicated to sidetrack my children—and me—from staying on task. That led me to begin praying against the distractions in my kids’ lives—particularly the ones that pulled them away from following God. As I began talking to God and listing different distractions I became overwhelmed. How could I pray effectively when so many things bombarded my family? I couldn’t. But God could. His Word promises me that the Holy Spirit is the one who helps me pray. So I girded up my faith and began a campaign I still wage today—against all the distractions that...

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Symbols of Easter for Ceaseless Prayer

Posted by on Apr 17, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

    Creation celebrates the beauty of a resurrected life – buds and blooms transforming the dreary dormancy of winter into an explosion of color and delight. Everything inspires prayer!     RABBITS I have this adorable set of bunnies on my dining room table as a reminder to pray that the hearts of parents be turned to their children and the hearts of children be turned to their parents (Malachi 4:6). But it’s even more powerful.   Rabbits are known for their prolific reproduction. In fact, using conservative calculations, one female rabbit and her offspring have the potential to produce 184,597,433,860 rabbits in seven years. Yikes![*]   But what if we allow rabbits to inspire us to pray that the church will produce spiritual children (those we lead to Christ and mentor) with the same numeric vitality? This...

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