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Bubbles! A Great Family Stress Reliever

Posted by on Jul 23, 2020 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Burst the doldrums and struggles of the year with some bubbly fun. It’s been a difficult year and we need some activities to lighten our days. Let children blow and catch bubbles.  Find simple bubble blowing toys at a dollar store. Bubbles are so light, airy, pretty, and easy to use for fun and also good for inspiring conversation. Watch how they float until they pop. Think of one worry and blow a bubble. Imagine your problem just floating away and disappearing as it pops. Read 1 Peter 5:7 about letting go of worries. Chat about those worries and trusting God so you can let go of anxiety and fear. Discuss some bubble facts. In space there are no bubbles because there’s no outside (exterior pressure) to act against inside pressure. Look for color in bubbles. They appear due...

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Gardening Fun

Posted by on Jun 29, 2020 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

It’s time for planting and fun with gardens. With less travel this summer, check out your yard or planters and consider growing healthy snacks. Use poles to form a teepee frame and plant beans that grown on a vine Tie the poles together at the top. You’ll have a green tepee to crawl inside and hide while you snack. Plant yummy snacks like cherry tomatoes, strawberries, and pea pods you can munch on as they ripen. Add edible flowers like pansies and day lilies to the garden. Add some weed barriers surrounding the base of plants with used newspapers. Replace the papers when they decompose. Grow herbs like parsley, basil, and thyme. Try using them in foods you cook. Dry some too to save for the winter. Read the parable of the sower in Luke 8:5-8 and chat about...

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May is National Rejoicing Month

Posted by on May 15, 2020 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!  Philippians 4:4 Feeling stuck at home? There’s nothing like rejoicing to lift your spirits. There are more than 200 scriptures with the word rejoice. Read verses out loud about rejoicing and chat about why people rejoiced, even when things were not going their way. It’s spring and a great time to see nature spring up with new life. Celebrate new growth and that each day is closer to life going back to normal. Rejoice as you each share accomplishments, dreams, and goals. Rejoice with praising God who is in control and knows all that is happening. Rejoice at being with family. Have a sing-spiration with praise music or just a praise celebration with calling out reasons to be thankful and reasons to praise God. Check out scriptures about rejoicing...

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God’s Little Lambs

Posted by on Apr 13, 2020 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— John 10:14 Little lambs are often born in spring and dot the hills where they live with jumping white balls of fluff. Jesus called us to be His sheep and promises to be our Good Shepherd. I grew up with sheep in the field near my home. They belonged to my grandpa and they ran to him when they heard his voice. A shepherd does a lot to care for the flock. • Shepherds watch and guard the sheep. They protect them from animals and poisonous plants that could harm them like wolves. Jesus watches us and wants to protect us from harm too. • The shepherd shears the sheep in the spring. Sheep do not shed the wool that thickens for winter protection from...

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A Weird Meeting with Leaders

Posted by on Feb 13, 2020 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Great leaders meet together to help their countries get along.  Jesus did that too, but it was pretty weird. He spoke with Moses and Elijah. What’s so weird about that? Well, Moses had died centuries before that day and Elijah had gone into the heavens on a fiery chariot centuries before that day. Both men stood and spoke to Jesus. Jesus didn’t look normal. His face shone and his clothes became dazzling white as he stood with them at the top of a mountain. No one knows what these three talked about. Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt and out of slavery. Elijah, a prophet and spiritual leader, shared news of the coming of Jesus the Messiah. They may have been very excited to know Jesus at last had come and started his work on earth. Even stranger,...

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A Visit from God

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

    Here’s a great poem for you and your family to read together this Christmas!       ‘Twas the very first Christmas a long time ago, The travelers were weary from bearing their loads. No wreaths on the doors of this Bethlehem town… No holiday smells filled the air all around… No packages tied up with paper and bows… No evergreens trimmed out with soft lights that glowed… No carols were sung as they walked through the town… No feasts for the families that gathered around… No toys would be waiting for dawn’s waking light… Yes, Christmas was different this Bethlehem night. So many had come to the city to be counted by number by Caesar’s decree. Their clothing was dirty – they needed a bath. The children were tired – they needed a nap! Thirsty and...

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