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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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Celebrate Creation

Posted by on Apr 13, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Continue to celebrate the resurrection. Jesus gave us eternal life and opened the gates of heaven. April is a time to celebrate the earth God made and all of creation. Look around for signs of new life as spring comes into bloom and rejoice with planting seeds. With each sign of spring chat about how God uses it to reveal His creation and power. Read Romans 1:20 that tells us nature is a witness to God’s existence. Look for creepy crawling bugs. The Bible talks about learning from the ants that work hard and store food for the winter in Proverbs 30:25. Check out the trees and watch for the leaves to open. Find out how to be like a well-watered tree in Psalm 1. Look for blossoms on trees and buds on flowers. Daffodils and tulips are among...

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After the Olympics

Posted by on Mar 29, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

The ancient Olympics began in Greece long before Christ came on earth. They also stopped long before Christ when the Roman Emperor Theodosius banned them. Other sports competitions still took place in parts of Greece, including the Isthmian games. Paul may have watched them when he spent time in the city of Corinth. He wrote about racing and the winner’s crown. The winners in the games in Greece received a pine wreath to wear as a crown. Even though the Olympics are now over, you can still have fun with these activities while watching athletes compete in sports: Hold ice races. Use ice cubes and see who can get their cube to slide down a slope the fastest or melt the fastest. Make some ice figure shapes by freezing water in different containers. Display the ice figures while watching...

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A New Start for Family Devotions

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

A new year means a time to start fresh. Any week is a great time to start doing family devotions. They provide so many benefits: Sharing faith Bonding Developing cognitive skills (reading comprehension, analytical thinking, and building vocabulary). Getting to know God Understanding a biblical world view You can succeed. Just use these ABC tips: Age appropriate: Choose materials and Bible stories that fit your children’s abilities/interests. Be real and Be fun. Let this be a time to laugh as you share stories. Be authentic and if you don’t know the Bible well tell your children you will learn with them. Connect the lesson to your family life. When you read the Bible passage/story chat about how the underlying truth fits today. Don’t give up. You may need to change the length of time spent, or try other materials,...

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