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{teaching my kids to be BRAVE}

There are a few things that I pray for the most, as I raise my kids {well I pray for so many things…but these desires are at the core of my soul when I think about their lives ahead}. I pray that they learn to work hard, put their faith in Jesus, find contentment in the little things of life, learn to be grateful for what they already have and I really want to teach my kids to be BRAVE. I want them to stand up for what they believe is right. No matter what. If they have a desire to fly to the far corners of the earth to proclaim the Gospel and help those in need I hope I’m their biggest cheerleader. If they want to have a dangerous job because they are gifted at it and feel called to it I pray that my fears do not stand in their way. I want them to pursue and figure out what they believe at young ages without peer pressure to simply accept what is most popular. I pray they have the confidence to swim through all those confusing voices and desires out there to know who they are. I want them to be who they are even if it is not popular, safe or easy. I know that my fears could prevent them from pursuing hard things so I am trusting the Lord will guide me in knowing how to support them. I’m guessing that there will be times when I just need to sit back and pray and cling to these verses to see me through.

when i called

out to you,

you answered me.

you made me

STRONG & BRAVE.

psalm 138:3

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so do not fear, for i am with you.

do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you

I will uphold you with my

righteous right hand.

isaiah 41:10

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A while back I wrote about this when planning BLAKE’S sweet nursery.

You can read more about that HERE.

Can you relate to these feelings? These convictions? How do you want to teach your kids to be BRAVE? What verses do you cling to for strength, courage and bravery? Let’s keep talking about it.

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 {the sweet verse card is from a scripture card pack @ Jones Design Company}

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{friends}

Hey there Friends,

I love you. I love to watch you work all around me. It’s true what they say…it’s good to have Friends! TV shows and songs revolve around friends. Movies and Plays. Books. The list goes on. And the gift of a praying friend is even more rare and special. This week I was so touched by the love and outpouring of generosity & prayer for some of my friends. I want to share their story and be encouraged by their courage. I have known Sarah & Charlie since I was a tween. I have watched their lives off and on for years. Many of our friendships are intertwined by years of youth group friendships, church camp & roommate connection and the list goes on. They are two people who always make me laugh and I feel at ease when I am with them. Last month their lives changed and they faced some hurdles that many of us cannot even imagine. I hope you will take a minute to hear their story {they have had to be very brave, strong and hopeful}. Check out the video below and go to www.bloggingcharlie.com to learn more about these people I love.

Did you watch it? Did you read about it?

In light of their situation two of their friends set out to raise some money to help them with medical bills {through an online resource called gofundme} and look what God did through the generosity of their friends. I took this screenshot last night {see below} of their gofundme account total. In less than a week their friends and community raised over $26,000. Amazing! And I know the support won’t stop there. They are very loved…and prayed for. And I am hopeful for what God will continue to do in and through them as they share their story.

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Why am I writing about this and friendship? I just want to encourage you that there are good things happening all around us. Even in our darkest hours there is good all around. The news is filled with the dark sides of this world…but people are good. And God is good. If you have dear friends in your life {and I hope you do}…hold on to them, encourage them, be there for them in the best way you know how to be…and pray for them. What a gift that is. And if you have a minute please pray for my sweet friends…the Meng family. xo

Your Friend,

*laura*

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