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Plan Park Pleasures

Posted by on Jul 13, 2021 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

This summer add fun at parks to your list of activities. Check out local and state parks and look up facts about National Parks. If there’s a national park near you plan a trip to explore it. Be sure to use sunscreen or protection from bugs if needed. Play at the park. Bring balls or games, enjoy playgrounds, and explore nature trails Hold a park cleanup day. Bring garbage bags and gloves and pick up trash. Take photos surrounded by natural beauty Take part in recreation offered at the park Volunteer if that’s available (check with park rangers) Bring a bird or plant guide and see what you can identify Play hide and seek Bring snacks or a picnic meal and enjoy eating outdoors Before heading out, let everyone fill a zip bag with trail mix. Put out fixings...

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Math and the Bible

Posted by on Mar 23, 2021 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Pi day isn’t about eating pies although you might have wanted to have one to celebrate on March 14th. It’s a day to celebrate math and numbers. Pi is a ratio between a circle’s circumference (distance around the edge) and its diameter (distance across the middle). Circles and numbers are all around you. Numbers are also in the Bible. Jesus had twelve disciples, fasted for forty days (that’s why we have forty days of Lent), named the two greatest commandments, and is part of the triune God (3 persons in one God). Look at a few number facts that make life great:   God subtracts all your sins (down to zero) when you confess and ask for forgiveness.   He multiplied bread to feed many (John 6) and can still perform miracles.   He measures according to your giving...

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Loving Family Bonds

Posted by on Feb 15, 2021 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

The one area where we should always be extravagant is in expressing and showing love to our family members. A month when we celebrate love is also a great time to strengthen our family relationships. Try these ideas: Involve everyone in some decision making. Hold a family pray-and-plan or bring up one decision at dinner every few weeks. This helps members feel accepted and valued. That gives them a sense of belonging. Plan some family theme nights such as a country of the world. Start with countries of your ancestry. Try different foods from that country, explore facts, customs, and traditions. Play a game related to the country. This helps your family accept and celebrate people around the world and to appreciate their heritage. Invest time with family by scheduling family nights or stay-cations. This shows you cherish members,...

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Thanksgiving Fruit Salad

Posted by on Nov 16, 2020 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Thanksgiving is a celebration of thanking God for a good harvest and a good year. It’s the end of the season of harvesting apples, pumpkins, watermelon, and other fruits. The Bible talks about different types of fruits. Jesus taught that we are to be fruitful in good deeds. There are fruits of the Holy Spirit like peace, joy, and goodness. Make a fruit salad as a reminder of the harvest. Add in cherries that have the pits removed to remember that God takes away the pain of hard times. Add in some dried fruits like raisins. Dried fruits are one of the ways pilgrims kept fruits over the winter. The fresh fruit is placed in the sun to dry. Then the fruit lasts a very long time. After all, all the apples that fall in the autumn cannot be...

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Celebrate All Babies on National Pro-life Cupcake Day

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Pink and blue frosting atop a lovely cupcake with heart sprinkles or other decorations reflect joy and party time. Alas, many babies never have a single birthday. Some pass on to heaven before birth in a miscarriage while others die in an abortion. Watch this prolife cupcake day video about the day and importance of life. For every three children who have a first birthday, one child did not. It’s a big number. Fifty million babies who never came into the world to receive a kiss or have a cupcake. Blow kisses to heaven as you pray that the lives of other babies will be spared. A cupcake, like a baby, is small and sweet. Look at baby pictures of family members and talk about how we change as we grow. The best change is to open our hearts...

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Decision Making

Posted by on Aug 17, 2020 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

  Our country made many decisions to fight a virus this year, and we make decisions every day. Chat about decision making.   Before making a decision, do the math:     Ask, will my decision add      + joy to someone’s life? subtract      –  sin or temptation in my life? multiply      ´  love or opportunity to share Christ with others? divide      ¸  my time with God? If the first three answers come up yes and the last one no, that = the right decision Don’t just flip for the answer… Some people toss a coin to make a decision. That’s okay for a game, in deciding who takes the first turn, or other unimportant decisions. But to make decisions when it counts, pay heed to the message of the coin instead. A coin contains important words....

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