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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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Taking Prayer to School

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

It’s a time of preparation, purchasing new clothing and school supplies. But it’s also a time of preparation for life. And since God told us to bring up a child in the way he or she should go, praying and teaching them to pray will equip them for success in anything they undertake. So let’s do this. I’ll provide a list of items and associations, so that when we purchase or use these, we’re reminded to pray specific prayers that will change our families and change the world. PENS, PENCILS, PAPER Father, I want You to write the story of my children’s lives. ERASERS Please erase from their hearts and memories any words that I have ever spoken that hurt them. Erase all our sins, so that they are no longer remembered. RULER I pray that my children and...

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Respecting Authority

Posted by on Aug 21, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

The door clicked shut. Elizabeth put her hand on her little four-year-old hip, swung it out to the side, and put her index finger next to her lips. “Now that Mommy and Daddy are gone…” The giggle that followed said it all. “I’d like you to finish that sentence,” I said. More giggles. I never found out what was on Elizabeth’s mind. But she obviously noticed that the authority figures had left for a little while with the grandparents in charge. Most of us have had similar thoughts at one time or another. The authority figure steps away and boom! We are tempted to take advantage of an opportunity to break the rules, even just a little bit. How can a parent teach children to respect and honor authority? Model respect to them. Allow your children to see that...

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Praying for My Child’s Fears

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

School is starting up and with a new year comes change. Personally I don’t know many people who love change. Yes, we like new things—but usually in the context of what’s already familiar. My kids are the same way, and I’ve noticed that the start of school—with all its inherent changes—can bring some hidden fears to light.   Fear of failure Fear of others’ opinions Fear of change Fear of not being safe As an adult, I know that the one sure remedy to fear is to trust God. But our kids are still in the process of learning that. So this year I’m focusing on asking God to use their fears to draw them to Him and then to banish those things that trouble them. I want turning to Him to be so ingrained in their lives that...

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Prayers for 18 Ages and 18 Stages

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

Let’s back up and begin with pregnancy. Frame an ultrasound photo and attach a piece of yarn, a reminder that this child is being knit together in the womb by God Himself (Ps. 139). Use it as a reminder to pray for wisdom to inspire this child excel and accomplish all God desires of him or her.   One Diapers inspire prayer for physical, emotional, and spiritual purity in this present darkness. And at feeding times, As newborn babies seemingly ceaselessly cry out for milk, so may my family long for You, God (1 Peter 2:2). Two While tying shoelaces and teaching them to walk, May every step move them deeper into Your presence and will. Three While teaching them to talk, Please give this child Your Words to pray and Your words to speak to the nations. Four...

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