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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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Praying for My Child to Stay the Course

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

The dreariness of winter still lingers, and with it my industry lessens. If it’s hard for me to concentrate and put in full effort on my tasks, it’s a thousand times harder for my children. They’re tired of cold, wet days and the drudgery of school work. But they’re also learning valuable life lessons during this less-than-exciting season. God is using this time to show the value of staying on track even when they’re weary. As time passes, they’re discovering that nothing—not even the boredom of winter—lasts forever. So during this season, I’m praying for these lessons to take root and give them a firm foundation to stay the course during trying times. Dear Lord, I know this has seemed to be a long winter and it’s taken a toll on my children. They’re grumpy and tired of school....

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The Myth of Perfect Parenting

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 For anyone who has a child, the thought of perfect parenting elicits a range of emotions, from hope to discouragement to outright terror. We all hope we’ll be good parents, but most of us expect to fail in some ways. And every parent I’ve ever spoken with lives in fear of being such a bad parent they mess up their child permanently. As I took my fear of parenting failure to God, He reminded me that He wasn’t like the animated stork that I’d seen in the Bugs Bunny cartoons I watched on Saturday mornings growing up. He NEVER delivered the wrong baby to the wrong parents. He chose my husband and I as parents for our boys before the beginning of time. And He did it knowing...

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Praying for My Child and the Busyness of the Holidays

Posted by on Nov 16, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 1 comment

I really struggled with the title for this post. At first I wanted to use the word choices, but it’s really too broad for how I’m currently praying for my sons as we head into the busiest season of the year. Don’t get me wrong—I always want to them to make wise choices and pray for that daily. But during this season, I want them to learn how to choose wisely in regard to over-commitment and busyness. They don’t have a very good role model in me. And that worries me. I’m not modeling the behavior I want them to follow. I’m too easily distracted by the joy of gathering together and going and doing that I don’t make wise decisions. I want them to learn how to savor an afternoon of play and time giggling with friends. Most...

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Praying for Our Children’s Attitude Toward Change

Posted by on Oct 5, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

I love autumn. With the crisp weather and beautiful fall leaves, this is my favorite time of the year. It’s also a season that God used to teach me a valuable lesson. I’m a card-carrying control freak, and while it’s something I’m trying to move away from, that change is coming slowly. I’ve always viewed change—particularly when I wasn’t in control—as a negative thing. Any changes in my life were met with a poor attitude and that coping mechanism made life difficult for everyone around me. Until one day as I was out hiking in the fall, God pointed out that change can be a beautiful season. As His truth broke through my belief that change was bad, I felt as free as the beautiful leaves that floated in the wind. That day I began praying that my children...

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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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