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Kickstart a Summer of Growth

Posted by on Jun 18, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Jesus became wiser and stronger. He also became more and more pleasing to God and to people. Luke 2:52 The end of the school year, the start of summer, warm lazy days, and more are upon us. Make the most of it with growth as a theme. Plant some carrot seeds or a few herbs in a pot or the ground. They grow quickly. Chat about the fact that just as the plant will grow and thrive with a little care, your family members will all grow better with care. Check out these ideas to encourage growth. Grow Physically Measure each child now and at the end of summer. Check clothing and shoe sizes. See who grows the most. Eat healthy foods and exercise. Consider what backyard sports you can do as a family—things such as volleyball, water balloon...

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The Sounds, Sights, and Scents of Spring and Summer

Posted by on May 28, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Spring and summer seems to fill the air like a warm hug, erasing the coldness of winter. We hear it in a chorus of frogs and the babbling of brooks running free from a winter thaw. We smell it in the scent of blossoms and fresh grass. We see it as trees bud and leaves burst forth. These are all the wonders of new life emerging. We feel it in the warmth of sunshine under blue skies and longer hours of daylight.   Take time to rejoice in spring and summer and use your senses to experience them. Here are a few things to find. Add more to the list related to where you live: Babbling brooks Chirping birds Spring showers Baby animals like fluffy lambs bleating and calves mooing The black and yellow as bees buzz Baby chicks...

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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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Two Great Love Stories

Posted by on Feb 13, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Jesus told us the two greatest commandments center around love. The first is to love God completely. The second is to love other people as we love ourselves. We see these commandments being lived out in two love stories. The book of Ruth shares a great love story about a poor woman named Ruth. She loved her mother-in-law, Naomi, and both were widowed. Their husbands had died. Ruth chose to stay with Naomi and to follow Naomi’s God. Ruth chose to work hard and serve Naomi, sweating and bending over all day in fields to pick up the little bit of wheat left over after the men harvested the wheat (called gleaning). The owner of the field she gleaned in noticed her. His name was Boaz and he showed his love for God in following God’s laws and caring...

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Important Firsts

Posted by on Jan 21, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

January is the first month of the year, so let’s look at a few important firsts with a man named Philip. He was among the first to serve others in a ministry. He served food to widows daily (Acts 6:1-8) He was the first follower to preach outside of Jerusalem (Acts 8) He was the first to share the gospel with a Gentile (Acts 8) He was one of the first directed by the Holy Spirit He was the first man in the New Testament to be transported to another place (from the desert to Azotus (Acts 8:39-40) Read the story of Philip or retell it in your own words (or use the one below). Discuss some firsts for this year to choose to serve others and share your faith. Chat about the Holy Spirit and how you can...

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Neighborly Christmas Cheer

Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

The second most important commandment is like this one. And it is, “Love others as much as you love yourself.” Luke 22:39 Christmas is a great time to show love to your neighbors. I have always made Christmas bread that I shape into candy canes, trees, and hearts for the people on my street. I’ve had neighbors send over cookies, mail cards with their family photos, or to stop by and invite me to go caroling. I’ve also lived where the neighborhood held a party. Whatever you do, use the time to be kind and pray for those around you. As a family consider a few ways to express joy: Make extra cookies or candies to give a small plate of them to a neighbor with a Christmas card. Make cards and pass them out. Pass out candy canes...

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