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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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Don’t Bypass God

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

I waited in the game room at church for Grace to come out of her Wednesday evening activities. Her weekday school teacher, Miss Wanda, was in the same room and she and I chatted while we passed the time until Grace and her class were dismissed. It wasn’t long until we heard the children coming down the hall. The adults turned toward the door. I smiled when I saw Grace come around the corner. “Hey, Grace!” I said as I opened my arms. Grace rushed past me straight over to Miss Wanda. “Miss Wanda!” Grace, and all the children, love Miss Wanda. Grace threw her arms around Wanda and smiled straight up into her eyes. She turned around, looked at me and said, “Oh, hi, Rose.” “Hi, Grace. How was your class?” “Good. Did you see Miss Wanda is...

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Love When It Hurts

Posted by on Mar 13, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

With tears streaming from her eyes, Kristina ran from the bus into my arms, devastated by the remarks of a friend. Jessie had said some very cruel things. When her words were spent, I asked how she would respond. She was puzzled, not knowing what to say. Silently praying for wisdom, I recognized this opportunity to teach these sixth graders how to handle conflict, not only now, but when it strikes the families they build in the future. I calmly instructed my daughter’s tender heart, “Pick up the phone, call Jessie, and tell her you love her.” It didn’t make sense, but she was obedient. When Jessie answered, Kristina simply said, “I love you.” Jessie burst into tears, apologizing, and telling her that she loved her too. Sometimes I wonder if Jessie remembers that incident. Did it impact her...

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Praying for My Child to Stay the Course

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

The dreariness of winter still lingers, and with it my industry lessens. If it’s hard for me to concentrate and put in full effort on my tasks, it’s a thousand times harder for my children. They’re tired of cold, wet days and the drudgery of school work. But they’re also learning valuable life lessons during this less-than-exciting season. God is using this time to show the value of staying on track even when they’re weary. As time passes, they’re discovering that nothing—not even the boredom of winter—lasts forever. So during this season, I’m praying for these lessons to take root and give them a firm foundation to stay the course during trying times. Dear Lord, I know this has seemed to be a long winter and it’s taken a toll on my children. They’re grumpy and tired of school....

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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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Follow the Light

Posted by on Feb 5, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

Our chickens love to run free in the yard. Occasionally one decides to rebel and not join the others when they go back into the chicken yard at dark. Such was the case with Jewel. Jewel sat on the top fence rail seemingly confused about which way to go. From the outside looking in, it seemed that all she had to do was leap off and fly right back into the chicken coop. But it seemed the thought of going either way had paralyzed her. My husband went out to close the coop doors and Jewel still sat on the fence. She looked behind her and in front of her trying to decide what to do. Her body language shouted fear and indecision. Hubby gently lifted her from the fence and put her inside the chicken yard and Jewel...

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