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Symbols of Easter for Ceaseless Prayer

Posted by on Apr 17, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

    Creation celebrates the beauty of a resurrected life – buds and blooms transforming the dreary dormancy of winter into an explosion of color and delight. Everything inspires prayer!     RABBITS I have this adorable set of bunnies on my dining room table as a reminder to pray that the hearts of parents be turned to their children and the hearts of children be turned to their parents (Malachi 4:6). But it’s even more powerful.   Rabbits are known for their prolific reproduction. In fact, using conservative calculations, one female rabbit and her offspring have the potential to produce 184,597,433,860 rabbits in seven years. Yikes![*]   But what if we allow rabbits to inspire us to pray that the church will produce spiritual children (those we lead to Christ and mentor) with the same numeric vitality? This...

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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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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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Taking Prayer to School

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

It’s a time of preparation, purchasing new clothing and school supplies. But it’s also a time of preparation for life. And since God told us to bring up a child in the way he or she should go, praying and teaching them to pray will equip them for success in anything they undertake. So let’s do this. I’ll provide a list of items and associations, so that when we purchase or use these, we’re reminded to pray specific prayers that will change our families and change the world. PENS, PENCILS, PAPER Father, I want You to write the story of my children’s lives. ERASERS Please erase from their hearts and memories any words that I have ever spoken that hurt them. Erase all our sins, so that they are no longer remembered. RULER I pray that my children and...

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Prayers for 18 Ages and 18 Stages

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

Let’s back up and begin with pregnancy. Frame an ultrasound photo and attach a piece of yarn, a reminder that this child is being knit together in the womb by God Himself (Ps. 139). Use it as a reminder to pray for wisdom to inspire this child excel and accomplish all God desires of him or her.   One Diapers inspire prayer for physical, emotional, and spiritual purity in this present darkness. And at feeding times, As newborn babies seemingly ceaselessly cry out for milk, so may my family long for You, God (1 Peter 2:2). Two While tying shoelaces and teaching them to walk, May every step move them deeper into Your presence and will. Three While teaching them to talk, Please give this child Your Words to pray and Your words to speak to the nations. Four...

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Raising a Generation Dangerous in Prayer

Posted by on Jun 13, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

What do you think of when you hear a train whistle? Did you know that it’s a thrilling sound that can change the world? When we moved our teen and toddler from Houston to a very small country community, the house was in ghastly condition, requiring extensive cleaning and repairs. With our belongings held hostage by boxes, we worked hard to establish basic creature comforts such as toilets that flushed, running water, and other critical needs. The girls stayed with my parents while we ripped out flea-infested carpet and stripped and painted surfaces throughout the house, working to the point of exhaustion every day. Without the clutter of city lights, the moon and stars were breathtaking. But the nighttime noises! I thought I’d exchange the frantic sounds of the city for soft breezes that moved the trees to whisper...

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