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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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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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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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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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