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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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The Myth of Perfect Parenting

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 For anyone who has a child, the thought of perfect parenting elicits a range of emotions, from hope to discouragement to outright terror. We all hope we’ll be good parents, but most of us expect to fail in some ways. And every parent I’ve ever spoken with lives in fear of being such a bad parent they mess up their child permanently. As I took my fear of parenting failure to God, He reminded me that He wasn’t like the animated stork that I’d seen in the Bugs Bunny cartoons I watched on Saturday mornings growing up. He NEVER delivered the wrong baby to the wrong parents. He chose my husband and I as parents for our boys before the beginning of time. And He did it knowing...

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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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Overflowing Praise

Posted by on Jan 14, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

Five-year-old Baylor sat on the kitchen counter. As she stirred the cookie dough she sang. The song never seemed to end and her demeanor was one of pure joy. I didn’t recognize the song but the words were precious words of praise. I wish I had had my hands on the camera record button instead of in cookie dough. Several days later I asked her, “Baylor, would you please sing the song you were singing the other day? I’d like to record it so I can listen over and over again.” “What song?” “The one you sang when you were sitting on the counter the other day. It was about praising Jesus.” “Oh, that’s not a song. I was just making up the words while I was singing. It is not really a song.” Baylor had spent our entire...

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