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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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What If—Not a Place for Parents or Children

Posted by on Apr 9, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

Several years ago, our family had quite a scare. Our youngest son visited a trampoline park with friends. He landed wrong and broke his back. Fortunately, there was no spinal cord damage. Now, I’m good in a crisis. The situations that cause other people to panic create in me the ability to act clearly and decisively. So when they brought him home, I was woman-in-control. I was able to be calm and clear-headed in that nightmare scenario. At least until the crisis was over. Then I spent several days as an emotional wreck. The slightest thing brought uncontrollable sobs. It sounds strange, but my crisis point is always delayed. And it’s always brought on by taking up residence in the place of what if. I’m sure you’ve visited that nightmare place too. It’s populated by the unending refrain of...

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Hide and Seek?

Posted by on Apr 8, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 1 comment

Not too long ago we added on to our house. The addition was built in the side yard so the process began with new foundations being poured. Once they were set, it was fun to see progress each day. One day after the studs were erected, one of my grandchildren came running in the house. “Hey, Rose, let’s play hide and seek in the new house.” I looked out the window. “In the new house?” “Yes, come on, it will be fun.” So we went out to the new construction. The children decided who was “it” and the game began. I looked at those studs. Most were 2” x 4.” I looked at those skinny little boards. I’m not sure what my dimensions were at the time but I wasn’t sure how I was going to find any space...

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The Hope of Lent

Posted by on Mar 20, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Lent is a time to remember Jesus chose to die for us and that meant He would suffer. It’s also a time for hope and remembering Jesus rose. That gives us hope all year. We can hope as we pray, and we need hope when we’re sad or to face tough days During lent, read scriptures on hope as well as ones related to Jesus giving his life for us. Put these verses or references on slips of paper to fill a little hope chest. Add in symbols that are reminders of the road to the cross and resurrection—such as a little nail, thorn, and more. When you need hope, pull out a verse to read and an object. Then thank God for hope and replace the items in the chest. Scriptures on hope: Hebrews 6:19 Romans 15:13 Romans...

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Don’t Bypass God

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

I waited in the game room at church for Grace to come out of her Wednesday evening activities. Her weekday school teacher, Miss Wanda, was in the same room and she and I chatted while we passed the time until Grace and her class were dismissed. It wasn’t long until we heard the children coming down the hall. The adults turned toward the door. I smiled when I saw Grace come around the corner. “Hey, Grace!” I said as I opened my arms. Grace rushed past me straight over to Miss Wanda. “Miss Wanda!” Grace, and all the children, love Miss Wanda. Grace threw her arms around Wanda and smiled straight up into her eyes. She turned around, looked at me and said, “Oh, hi, Rose.” “Hi, Grace. How was your class?” “Good. Did you see Miss Wanda is...

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