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Prepare for Advent-ure

Posted by on Nov 26, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

  As Christmas draws near there’s more than gift lists to prepare. We need to prepare our hearts. One way is with an advent wreath. Advent begins December 3rd, so prepare ahead by making plans to focus on Jesus during December. It can be fun to light an advent wreath each day. Each candle has a name and meaning that inspire us to act on the word.   Week 1 – Hope Read about the hope of Jesus coming in prophecies: Isaiah 9:7 the prophecy of the savior to come from the line of David Micah 5:2 the prophecy of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem Isaiah 7:14 the prophecy of the virgin birth Hosea 11:1 the prophecy of Mary and Joseph fleeing to Egypt with Jesus Isaiah 61:1 and Isaiah 35:4-6 the prophecies that Jesus would perform miracles Bring hope...

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Cooking with Kids

Posted by on Oct 22, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Make the most of mealtime Read about Jesus and the chat he had with Peter at a beach picnic in John 21:15-22. He didn’t harp on Peter’s past mistake (denial) but asked him about their relationship: Do you love me? Jesus went to the heart of getting deeper and building the bonds between them. Use time together to express love, and ask questions that involve purpose and faith. Laugh together. Share jokes, childhood memories of parents, or baby stories of growing children. Make meals a pleasant affair. Add compliments for each child. Be aware of needs. Ask about everyone’s day and listen to their hearts about what happened and the needs of tasks and schoolwork they need to finish. Be aware of what’s on the calendar for each person, young and old. That helps you root for one another....

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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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Berry Good Fun

Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Summer is time for various berries to ripen. Have fun picking if you have a farm that allows picking or or if you have wild berries near your home. Otherwise visit a farmer’s market and look for fresh grown berries. They’ll be juicy and colorful. Use the berries for many treats: Wash and eat them raw. You can dip raw fruits in whipped cream, caramel, or chocolate Make a berry shortcake Slice up some berries and use them to top ice cream or cake Make a berry pie Make a fruit salad Make berry turnovers Make berry slushies by mixing ice and squished berries Make a berry salsa to dress up chicken Make berry skewers Make berry dessert sandwiches by placing sliced berries between two slices of pound cake or wafer cookies Cut fruit shapes with cookie cutters and...

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SMILE Power

Posted by on Jun 7, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

June is National Smile Month.  June 15th is Smile Power Day. When you flash your pearly white teeth at people it can brighten their day. A smile shows kindness, offers hope, and can ease a person’s anger, fear, or sadness. Check out verses on asking God to smile on you: Psalm 4:6, Psalm 31:16, and Psalm 119:135. If you’re not sure you’re ready to smile, pause and think of the blessings in your life for home, family, country, God, and friends. Think of the beauty outdoors and take a walk to listen to birds sing, see squirrels dart about, and watch the leaves dance when the wind blows. Think of ways to add joy and laughter to go with a smile. Tell a knock-knock joke Give someone a compliment Add a hug or fun handshake to the smile Share...

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Butterfly Fun

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Summer is a time when butterflies flit from flower to flower and share their beauty as they gently flutter their wings and fly in gardens. We can learn from their activities and characteristics and even imitate some. Butterflies network. They spread pollen among flowers to help plants germinate and grow more plants. We network when we connect with people and share thoughts to inspire new ideas. Butterfly wings move in a figure eight motion. They have direction with their moves. We can move in patterns too and even make up dances that help us dart around. Caterpillars can be in such large numbers on a plant that people can hear them munching. It’s a party for them! When you party with your friends, you can make happy munching noises too. Male butterflies do something called puddling. They drink from...

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