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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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Praying for My Child and the Busyness of the Holidays

Posted by on Nov 16, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 1 comment

I really struggled with the title for this post. At first I wanted to use the word choices, but it’s really too broad for how I’m currently praying for my sons as we head into the busiest season of the year. Don’t get me wrong—I always want to them to make wise choices and pray for that daily. But during this season, I want them to learn how to choose wisely in regard to over-commitment and busyness. They don’t have a very good role model in me. And that worries me. I’m not modeling the behavior I want them to follow. I’m too easily distracted by the joy of gathering together and going and doing that I don’t make wise decisions. I want them to learn how to savor an afternoon of play and time giggling with friends. Most...

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A Passion for God

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

It’s something I pray for every day, and it’s highly effective. Father, please give my family a passion for You, Your Word, Your wisdom, Your will, the people of Your world, for prayer, and for holiness. We can find inspirational reminders all around us. Let’s get started. HEARTS I have a few decorative hearts in our home. Seeing them reminds me to ask God to give us a love for Him that consumes all other passions, attaining the highest treasure of life, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. Matthew 22:37 NKJV BIBLES While opening our Bibles each morning, let this activity remind us to pray that our loved ones are drawn into God’s Words as they awaken. Let’s ask God to speak to them specifically in their...

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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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Praying for Our Children’s Attitude Toward Change

Posted by on Oct 5, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

I love autumn. With the crisp weather and beautiful fall leaves, this is my favorite time of the year. It’s also a season that God used to teach me a valuable lesson. I’m a card-carrying control freak, and while it’s something I’m trying to move away from, that change is coming slowly. I’ve always viewed change—particularly when I wasn’t in control—as a negative thing. Any changes in my life were met with a poor attitude and that coping mechanism made life difficult for everyone around me. Until one day as I was out hiking in the fall, God pointed out that change can be a beautiful season. As His truth broke through my belief that change was bad, I felt as free as the beautiful leaves that floated in the wind. That day I began praying that my children...

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What is in the Mirror?

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

“Can we make a video of us?” Two-year-old Baylor came into my office and walked up to my office chair. “Sure. What do you want to talk about?” I pulled her up in my lap. “Just talk,” she said. We turned on the camera and started talking. For a minute we exchanged pleasantries, made funny faces, and conversed about various things. Time came to view our work. I pushed play and Baylor watched intently. She laughed at every antic. “Oh,” she said raising her arm to the top of her head, “I have a bow.” Evidently she hadn’t looked in the mirror that morning after she was dressed. She had no idea she was wearing a bow in her hair even though it was midday. “You look very pretty,” I said. “I love your pretty curls and especially your...

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