Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children

You might find it strange that I would have picked this book up because I do not have any adult children. I decided to read it for two reasons. 

1. What people say is true. It goes so fast. My kids will be adults in the blink of an eye. Why not go ahead and prepare my heart and head to help them fly on their own and support them as best as I can?

2. Sometimes aging parents can feel like adult children and I need all of the prayer help I can get to support them to the best of my ability.

I am truly glad that I picked the book up. It handles a wide range of topics such as blessing & releasing, prayer for spouse, through divorce, a job, health & mental health, prodigal children, and addiction. 

It is a rich encouragement reminding me to daily take my cares for those I love straight to Jesus. I wish I could buy a copy for all of my friends with adult children. Buy it. You'll be blessed. So will your kids.

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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids: Devotionals

I wanted to share some devotionals and a Bible that my girls have been enjoying. My almost 11 year old is loving the Brave Beauty dev. She spends time with it every night before she goes to bed. It takes courage to do beautiful things, to come out of darkness as well as helping others out of darkness. Inside you'll find prayers, quizzes, and calls to courage. It is a well-designed book for preteens and teens. It's part of the Faith Girlz collection written by Lynn Cowell, part of the Proverbs 32 Ministries team. You can buy it here:

Adored 365 is great devotional for teen girls. The layout is beautiful. After each short reading, there is a space to pray or write thoughts. As I read through it, I loved how the author, Lindsay A. Franklin, kept the focus of the reader on the attributes of God. She continually invites the reader back to trust in God. It's a great way to start the day for young women. 

This isn't something I would usually be interested in, but I have a girl who loves Star Wars. I thought it might be cheesy or skewed in some way, but I am actually impressed. The sections have areas highlighting where the wisdom is in the book. One page had a section asking "Why Did Jesus Have To Die?" It goes on to clearly present the gospel. Other than that, it's just God's word. It would make a good gift for any Star Wars fan and could be a good way to start a conversation of faith.

These books were graciously provided for review by Zondervan Publishers.

May your Christmas be full of the beauty of Christ!

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