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A Neighborhood PrayerWalk

This is a hard and difficult season and now more than ever, we can lead our little ones to love Jesus and love others in the midst of this season.

One of those ways we can do that is to prayerwalk our neighborhoods, if you are able. Prayer walking is simply “walking with purpose”, focusing our prayers and being intentional as we walk and talk to the Father. Many of us still have limited freedom to get out and walk around our neighborhoods, so let’s do that with purpose and with safety in mind. Let’s pray for our neighbors, for their physical and spiritual health. Let’s pray for our cities, for small businesses, for homeless and elderly. Let’s make every use of our time and be intentional with our prayers to a Father who loves us deeply and is ever present. Let’s not miss out on chatting with God and hearing from Him during this season.

I’m so thankful for my friendship with Kayla over at Baby Devotions! She recently created a great toddler friendly printable with us and there is even aSpanish version! To download a complete copy of our Neighborhood Prayer Walk printable, click here.

 

How are you praying for your neighborhood during these days?

Is there a day this week that you can grab the little ones and head out and spend time praying together?

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Prayer Meal Idea: Boston

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One of our favorite cities in the US is Boston. It’s such a beautiful city filled with kind people, rich history, and yummy food. But for us, it’s super special because it’s where we went on one of our first family mission trips and where I began to dream and pray about On Mission Moms. It was here in this city that I realized what a blessing and opportunity that serving with my little one could be and how she opened the doors to more conversations and friendships that I wouldn’t otherwise have had.

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We went up to the Boston area in partnership with a really cool church plant, Encounter Church located in Dedham. Our purpose was to help this new church (at the time) love their city. We spent the first day picking up trash off of a field where the city would be hosting a town festival later that weekend. As the morning progressed, my sweet 15 month old grew weary of “picking” up trash and so we headed to the little playground at the edge of the field to play. It was there that we met a sweet grandmother who I was able to befriend and invite to church the following Sunday. If my sweet girl had not been with us, we wouldn’t have had any reason to be at the playground and possibly wouldn’t have met that sweet grandmother. Isn’t it neat that God uses our little ones too!

As we get close to St. Patrick’s Day, I often think about Boston and so I decided to spend some time praying for our friends at Encounter Church, who are thriving nearly 5 years later! (How do I have a six year old now?!?!) We also want to pray for that city rich in beauty, history and knowledge to experience Jesus in a fresh powerful way.  As we pray for this beautiful city and her people, we are looking forward to enjoying two yummy Boston staples: Clam Chowder and Boston Cream Pie. There are all kinds of food ideas as well as how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day over on our Pinterest Page  if you want to join along with us this month!

Boston Prayer Meal Idea:

Boston Clam Chowder in a Bread Bowl 

Salad

Boston Cream Pie for dessert

 

Prayer Points: 

  • Pray for Encounter Church and the work that they are doing in the Dedham area, a suburb of Boston. Pray for continued relationship building with their neighbors and for favor with the city.
  • Pray for the city of Boston and those who call her home. Pray that those far from God would be drawn to Him by His spirit and the testimony of our fellow brothers and sisters who love and serve Him.
  • Pray that as the city celebrates St. Patricks Day in the coming days, they will learn the real story of St. Patrick and his heart for many to know God. For a funny version of St. Patrick’s story, be sure to watch this Veggie Tales video with your kiddos!

 

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Celebrating a New Year and a New Culture

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Up until about a year and a half ago, we never really celebrated Chinese New Year. Honestly, I didn’t really even know when it was or why it was different than when the rest of the world celebrated a new year. That was until I met our Chinese student that we have had the privilege of welcoming through a local program and partnership called Friendship Families. I’ve shared before how we have had the best time getting to know her and are so honored to get to be her “friendship family”.  We’ve learned about a culture that is not our own. We’ve gotten to eat foods and I’ve learned to make foods that are a little different than what we were used to. Who gets to have dumplings at their Thanksgiving dinner?!? They were amazing by the way!! We’ve gotten to enjoy sweet surprises and gifts from her home and family. We’ve been way more blessed than I feel like we’ve blessed her. Isn’t that how God works!?

Our eyes and our hearts have been opened to love not only her, but her culture and her home. But it’s taken intentionality on our part.  I’ll be honest, Chinese New Year was just another day on the calendar, but not anymore for our family.  As we are gearing up to celebrate Chinese New Year with her in just a few short days (January 25th),  we still have lots to learn about this day and this beautiful country and culture, and we are learning and loving in several ways:

1. By reading books together. We have loved the ones that we got from our local library!  Books like Runaway Wok have made us giggle and also pause to see how they decorate, give gifts, dress, and so much more. A New Years Reunion has opened our eyes to what life is like for a working family in that country and how they celebrate the holiday. For a list of other great books to read together and learn about Chinese New Year, be sure to check out our Pinterest page. 

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2.  By seeking out resources and ideas online. Sunny over at Spot of Sunshine has done an amazing job of sharing resources like books, crafts and activities, traditions, and recipes from a personal perspective. Also Kayla over at Baby Devotions has been sharing great ideas each Wednesday with #worldlovewednesday as the holiday draws near. If you’re not following those two ladies, you are missing out! Instagram and Pinterest are filled with so many fun filled ideas to do with our little ones to teach them about a different and new culture! 

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3.  By Spending time with our student! There is no better teacher than a Chinese friend! Ask questions, listen, watch, invite them into your home, learn from them!  If you don’t have a student you can learn from, there are other ways to learn! Stop by and order food from your local Chinese restaurant, chat with the waitresses, get to know them and become their friend. We have the world right here in our backyard and we have so much to learn not just about the Chinese culture but also about countries and cultures and peoples from all around the world. You’ll be better for it, I promise! 

The more we expose our little ones to other cultures and countries and people, the more it becomes natural to them and to us to want to love and pray for those cultures and peoples. And it’s oh so fun to celebrate! Really, who doesn’t love getting some fresh dollar bills in a beautiful red envelope and enjoying yummy Chinese food! 

What are ways that you and your little ones have been learning about a new culture or new country? Share your ideas so we can learn from one another!

Happy New Year to our sweet friends! 

 

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Christmas Card Fun

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I love checking the mail this time of year!! And I love seeing the sweet pics of friends near and far coming in! It’s always fun opening the cards with the girls and watching them rush to hang up the card on our board.  At the end of the Christmas season, I just can’t make myself throw those sweet cards away though!! 

A friend shared with me several years ago that she keeps the cards, puts them on a ring, puts the stack near their kitchen table and each week their family prays for a different family card! 

This is brilliant for a couple reasons!

  1. Your family or friend is prayed for! What’s more important than praying for our friends and family!?! You never know what they may be facing that week when you pick up their card! After you pray, text them or better yet write them a quick note to tell them that you prayed and see how God works! 
  2. Our little ones are focusing on others and learning what it means to pray for others! One thing I’ve been noticing when my girls pray, is that it often times centers around them and about what they want or need. So I’m always looking for ways to help them focus on others through prayer and that takes being intentional. 

So what do you do with those super cute and fun Christmas cards? How can we be intentional with the families that we love and treasure and receive a Christmas card  from each year. 

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Prayer Meal Idea: Afghanistan

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It’s a land that seems so mysteriously beautiful to me. I’ve never been there but have seen it’s mountains and desert hills in pictures. We’ve all seen pics of this country (usually from the news and usually cast in a negative light) but I know there is so much more beauty to this place. There has to be because God created that land and He only creates beautiful. I know there is beauty in their homes as they serve tea and welcome the stranger. Beauty in their villages as they gather to learn new trades to better their world. Beauty in their sweet children playing and laughing and loving life. 

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My sweet friend has been working in this country for several years now leading a group of women to weave rugs by hand so that they can provide more for their families. Their rugs are beautiful but their stories are even more so. We recently returned from visiting this friend (in a different country) and my heart was challenged and encouraged as she shared stories of her dear friends and coworkers who are working hard and are learning and serving and hosting and welcoming. I pray that one day I can meet them. 

 

They recently created Christmas stockings that are absolutely beautiful. They don’t necessarily celebrate this holiday but I pray that one day they will. As we hang our stockings made by their hands this year, we will be preparing an Afghani meal and praying for ladies we’ve never met, for our dear friend who works so hard to lead and love them, and for the Christmas story to be told in that beautiful land that God loves. 

Here are a few links to yummy Afghani dishes that you could prepare too and spend some time praying for our friend serving in a beautifully hard place.

Afhghani Pulao Rice 

Afghani Chicken Pulao Rice

Afghani Pulao 

You can also support the work of their hands by purchasing the beautiful rugs and stockings that they have created over at their online shop, Qadimi Rugs.  Also, If you live local, we will be hosting a PopUp Shop on Dec. 1st from 4:00-6:00pm. Send us a message for more details!
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everything has its season…

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I love the Fall – but I also love the summer and the spring and every time a season changes, honestly.  The change from winter to spring speaks such life and joy in my heart because it reminds me of the fresh and the new. Things start becoming green again and the sun shines longer and my heart rejoices. The changing from summer to Fall though is different and sometimes hard. It’s the dying away of the old. The green begins to turn to beautiful colors of red and orange and yellow. But sadly, it then turns brown. The old  dies…  So while I love the cooler weather, the pumpkins and the apples, and all things fall – it’s a different kind of love. It’s a knowing that things are dying and that’s okay, it’s their season.  The author of Ecclesiastes 3 says it best.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

 

a time to be born and a time to die, 

a time to plant and a time to uproot, 

a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build, 

a time to weep and a time to laugh, 

a time to mourn and a time to dance, 

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, 

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,  

a time to search and a time to give up, 

a time to keep and a time to throw away, 

a time to tear and a time to mend, 

a time to be silent and a time to speak, 

a time to love and a time to hate, 

a time for war and a time for peace.

So, as we head into the new season of Fall, what needs to die or fall away this season in your life so that Jesus can begin to grow a new thing in your heart and life? Just like a farmer has seasons of planting and harvest. He (or she) also has seasons where the things just need to be torn up or simply die – in order for new life to grow. And it’s hard and beautiful and eventually life-giving.

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Summer Reading Fun

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We love summer time and we love reading around here! Our local library has a summer reading program that my girls love to be a part of and they are already filling up their little list of all their fun books that we have read together so that they can turn it in at the end of the summer for a prize. It’s a fun way to keep them excited about reading and it gives us a fun reason to head to the library just about every week.

Of course, reading is so very important for many reasons but one of the reasons that I love the most is that it opens their eyes and hearts to places they have never been before. I strive to be intentional with the books that we check out of the library and get a few books about life in another country or culture so that they can see now as little ones that life isn’t always like their life here in America. I want them to see that children don’t always have lots of toys or that their names are different and foods are different. I also want to be able to walk alongside of them and answer their questions and remind them that even though cultures and countries and people are different, God created all people and He loves them deeply and so should we!

If you are looking for some fun books for reading time this summer with your little ones, here are some fun ones that we have and LOVE!!

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Beatrice’s Goat

Rain School

My Name is Yoon

We All Went on Safari

A Piece of Home

How Many Donkeys

Mama Panya’s Pancakes

Those Shoes

Name Jar

Last Stop on Market St. 

We are always looking to read new books about different places and peoples, so what would you add to the list?

 

*I am not an Amazon affiliate and do not receive anything from your purchase! I just want to share some of our favorite books in hope they will become some of your favorites too!