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Developing Prayer Strategies with Children

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

The kids were grabbing their backpacks, heading out the door for school when Papa, their grandfather, called for prayer. His truck had broken down in the middle of nowhere, hours from his destination. It just stopped. Various lights flashing, it refused to crank. Their mother Kristina slowed the kids down to share the urgent need. They prayed while pressing on to get to school on time. Down the road from their home, a man in a suit stood near his car, the emergency lights flashing. On this occasion, Kristina felt safe rolling the window down to see if he needed anything. He said that a tow truck was on the way. She then asked the kids what they could learn from this. Their response, “We can pray for everyone whose car or truck has broken down.” Now that’s a...

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Faith for an Angel

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

Hearts were settled. It was never going to happen! Then as Kristina tossed a newspaper into the recycle bin, her daughter Emma Kathryn said, “Don’t throw that away, Mommy. We’re going to need it for the cat.” “The cat? We don’t have a cat!” Kristina responded. Emma Kathryn grinned knowingly, “The cat we’re going to get for Christmas!” Consumed with childlike faith, she talked about kittens with such enthusiasm that what had once been impossible, moved and melted hearts so that the quest for a kitty ensued. You have to be careful when selecting a pet for a family with four young children. When Matthew and Kristina didn’t find that special kitten locally, their search expanded, but with disappointing results. So, they prayed more earnestly. On the evening of December 23, a connection was made that would require a...

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An Advent Strategy that Will Change Your Family

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

Is anyone interested in an Advent strategy for powerful family time? Connect your children with God through prayer—in a way that will touch their hearts and change the world. Using inexpensive Christmas ornaments, assign a Scriptural prayer to each. Wrap them in bags with a pretty ribbon – one for each day of Advent, and hang them on the tree or put them in a pretty box, basket, or gift bag. Each day, gather the family and open one. Here are some of our lessons: REINDEER: Whenever we see a deer or reindeer, we can pray, As a deer pants for water, may our souls desperately long for You, O God. Psalm 42:1 ANGEL: The Bible says that angels rejoice when people surrender their lives to Christ. May our prayers and activities to reach the lost result in powerful...

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Chill in the Air – Fire in Our Hearts

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

    As the weather chills and the leaves turn beautiful colors, let’s use the sights, sounds, and smells of autumn to teach our children to pray. ACORNS The potential within a single tiny acorn is staggering. It may give birth to a ginormous oak, as well as the acorns it produces year after year after year. Each of those acorns has the capacity to produce a tree filled with more acorns year after year after year. May our children and their children be as mighty oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord, producing seed and spiritual fruit that cannot be humanly measured (Is. 61:3). CHILLING TEMPERATURES As temperatures cool, may we be inspired to pray, May our hearts become hot, fiercely devoted to King Jesus and the expansion of His Kingdom (Rev. 3:14-16). CINNAMON May our prayers be set before You as...

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The Making of a True Champion

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

    Do you have a child who sits on the sidelines or do you have one who is in the center of every key athletic play? How can you give your children healthy perspectives about their activities and how can you pray for them?   If they play soccer or basketball, a net reminds us to pray, May our children not be entangled by the things of this world, that they will always desire to please God (2 Tim. 2:4). When running, May they run the race of life with endurance, carrying the gospel at all times and into all nations. When crowds are watching, May our children always remember that they are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses cheering them on. May they throw off every distraction and sin, faithfully running the race You have set...

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Don’t Stop Them!

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

There are prayers we can pray and actions we can take to save our children and ourselves a lot of mistakes and heartache. This strategy has been so effective with our children that I want to share it with you. Let’s pray, Father, please grant my children a passion for Your house. He will. Kristina was ready for church when I arrived home from work, exhausted, saturated with sweat, no makeup. Preparations for the following workday would keep me up until midnight. Walking through our ninth summer, I urged, “Sweetheart, I don’t see how we can possibly make it to church tonight. What if . . ..” As she gently displayed her disappointment, God spoke to my heart with very strong biblical words, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to...

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