Prayer and the Difference It Makes

Throughout the Bible, believers are called to pray. But what is prayer? What does it mean to “pray without ceasing?” And does prayer really make a difference? Before delving too deeply into the topic of prayer, it will be beneficial to first define the term, as well as the focus of our prayers—God.

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Prayer and God’s Nature

Let’s start with the second part. In order to develop a clear idea of prayer, we must first have a clear idea of God. Biblically speaking, God is a personal being. This is critical to prayer because it means that God is a person we can interact with, that He has a will and that we are able to relate to Him on a meaningful level. If He were impersonal, then prayer would not be meaningful. If He were personal, but uncaring and distant, prayer wouldn’t serve a purpose.  READ FULL ARTICLE

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THE FATHER FACTOR

The Father Factor

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The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. However, it was not until 1972–58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official–that the day honoring fathers became a nationwide holiday in the United States. The importance of a Father Role in the Life of a Child There are more than 70 million fathers in the United States. Fathers are far more than just “second adults” in the home.

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Involved fathers-especially biological are far more than just “second adults” in the home. Fathers-bring positive benefits to their children that no other person is as likely to bring. They provide protection and economic support and male role models. They have a parenting style that is significantly different from that of a mother and that difference is important in healthy child development. Dr. David Popenoe, Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University

FATHERS ARE NEEDED AND WANTED

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Children watch everything parents do so be careful what you are modeling.

Children with Fathers Are Less Likely to Live in Poverty

Children with Fathers Are Less Likely to Abuse Drugs and Alcohol.

Girls will look for men who hold the patterns of good old dad, if Dad was kind, loving, and gentle, they will reach for those characteristics in men.

Boys will model themselves after their fathers. They will look for their father’s approval in everything they do, and copy their behaviors.

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Many of today’s dads say they spend at least as much time with their kids as their own parents spent with them, but most still feel that is not enough. In a 2012 Pew Research Center survey

“I congratulate all the men who are working diligently to be good fathers whether they are stepfathers or biological fathers”.

Keep being present and making an impact. You are needed!

HAPPY FATHERS DAY

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Raising Children That THRIVE

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Raising children is one of the most rewarding and important, yet challenging, endeavors a person can undertake. Making sure you have a balanced schedule for your children will be critical in raising a child that Thrives and who is healthy and well adjusted.

Some Parenting Tips that will help:

1. Monitor Television time

2. Limited time on Social Media sites

3. Schedule technology time

4. Have children engaged in social activities (Play Dates)

5. Make time for creative activities

6. Make time for physical activities

7. Remind them how much you love them

8. Have your children involved in Giving Back

9. Encourage them to do their best in every area

10. Help them to discover their gifts and talents

Make sure to monitor social media and technology time

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Raising children is an enormously important part of life. I think one of the most important, or the most important, period. Eric Braeden

 

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Social Activities are very important for children to learn social skills.

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FATHERS ARE NECESSARY

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Are fathers necessary? Based on the statistics, the right type of father is in high demand. In fact, loving, engaged and committed fathers are perhaps more important than ever before.

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I remember growing and wanting more time with my father. I know that a father has a critical role in the life of their children. As fathers begin to embrace that more we will see a shift in how children interact in all of their relationships. Fathers are necessary and we have to start celebrating it and reminding them that they are needed and wanted.

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What does the research say these days?

According to a report in “Fathers and Their Impact on Children’s Well-Being”: “Even from birth, children who have an involved father are more likely to be emotionally secure, be confident to explore their surroundings, and, as they grow older, have better social connections.

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My father gave me the greatest gift growing up, he believed in me”. Yolanda Shields 

Having a positive male role model helps an adolescent boy develop positive gender-role characteristics. Adolescent girls are more likely to form positive opinions of men and are better able to relate to them when fathered by an involved father.

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A father’s presence and involvement can be as crucial to a child’s healthy development as is the mother’s.

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PARENTING TIPS FOR WORKING MOMS

 

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How can I make mornings go more smoothly?

Follow the same consistent schedule each day if possible. This will help your children know what to expect.

Get up at least 1 hour before your kids do to exercise or have a quiet prayer time and a cup of coffee.

Get dressed before your kids wake up.

Have your children help set out their clothes the night before so there’s no arguing about what to wear.

Prepare lunches and backpacks the night before.

Let children do as much as they can by themselves—get dressed, brush their hair etc. This will help them feel independent while giving you free time to do other things.

Keep breakfast simple and portable and healthy when you can.

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How can I let go of my feelings of guilt about working?

Ask yourself why you feel guilty.

Do whatever it takes to help you feel good about yourself.

Join a working Moms small group

Make sure you are balancing work and family time

Celebrate the fact that your kids are happy and healthy.

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Letters to Our Sons ~ Great Christmas GIFT

GREAT  CHRISTMAS GIFT ~ A Gift that keeps on GIVING

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Letters to our Sons, Yolanda Conley Shields debut book is penned in a heartfelt, entertaining and motivational tone offering scriptural support as well as insightful steps to encourage mothers facing life’s challenges. With diverse, comedic and heartbreaking stories, Letters to our Sons captures the struggles and victories mothers face day-to-day raising their sons, and offers helpful and relatable words of wisdom and inspiration.

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Letters To Our Son’s JOURNAL BOOK August 2015 Release Date

Letters to Our Sons JOURNAL companion to the Book Letters to Our Son’s final proof to be completed this week and then will release and be available on Amazon and many other online book stores. www.Lettertooursons.com

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Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities.– Gary Smalley

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The Importance of Praying for your Children Daily ~ War Room

What happens when we pray? Prayer is what opens the flood gates. ‪#‎Warroom

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Perseverance—”Lord, teach our sons and daughters perseverance in all they do, and help them especially to run with perseverance the race marked out for them.” (Heb. 12:1)

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May our Sons walk in Honesty and Integrity—”May integrity and honesty be their virtue and their protection.” (Ps. 25:21)

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A Father’s Role in Parenting ~ Table Talk Show with Yolanda

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June 25th 6:00 PM CST ~ Table Talk with Yolanda and Special Guest ~ Papa Joe Bradford ~ Scott Chevalier and Marcus Meneese ~ Join us at the Table for a conversation about a father’s role in parenting. These 3 men are also doing great work in the community and you don’t want to miss out on what they will share. ‪#‎fathersday‬‪#‎Dads‬‪#‎Parenting‬‪#‎Fatherhood‬‪#‎Community‬‪#‎Nonprofit‬ To get more information on other show and to purchase the book Visit the Letters to Our Sons

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A Father’s Role in Parenting ~ Table Talk with Yolanda

Table Talk with Yolanda Parenting Family Faith ~ Fathers

June 25th 6:00 PM CST ~ Table Talk with Yolanda and Special Guest ~ Papa Joe Bradford ~ Scott Chevalier and Marcus Meneese ~ Join us at the Table for a conversation about a father’s role in parenting. These 3 men are also doing great work in the community and you don’t want to miss out on what they will share. ‪#‎fathersday‬ ‪#‎Dads‬ ‪#‎Parenting‬ ‪#‎Fatherhood‬ ‪#‎Community‬ ‪#‎Nonprofit‬ VISIT TABLE TALK TO RSVP  The show will air live on Google and YouTube on June 25th. Visit the Letters to Our Sons 

Meet My Special Guests

Papa Joe

Papa Joe Autobiography

Some people would give up, but Papa Joe chose to stand and inspire the world. His is a touching story that can be summed up in four words: a walk of love. He is the founder and director of Elijah’s Heart. In his journey, he has come across people facing extreme poverty and has led him to want to do his part to change this. He is the father of love and is in a journey to ensure people can take the necessary steps to walk their own journey of love. Come hear what he has to say about the father’s role in parenting.

Papa Joe & Michael Ealy

His amazing story was made into a movie http://elijahsheart.com/whoweare/papajoe/unconditional-the-movie/ and the book about his life was recently released http://elijahsheart.com/whoweare/papajoe/awalkoflove/

Scott Chevalier

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Scott grew up in Southeastern Ohio, graduated with a communications degree in 1988 and has never accepted the “norm”.  His passion today is encouraging young people to follow their dreams and achieve their potential. He is a motivational speaker and founder of the Powerhouse Youth Project, an organization focused on assisting every student to recognize their uniqueness and achieve that potential by discovering the best path in life.

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He currently lives in Nashville Tennessee with his wife Valerie and children Zac and Peyton. www.powerhouse.org

Marcus Meneese

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Founder and Executive Director of Stronger than My Father, Inc. a 501(c)(3) organization using faith based principles to uplift and empower fatherless youth currently residing in homes without a positive paternal role model.

Slide1Marcus acknowledges that his life experience, growing up in a two-parent home that was rooted in church, is very much a minority opportunity, considering many young kids are growing up without a father, and some not even knowing who their father is.  Marcus currently host a radio segment every Tuesday on 760 am “The Gospel” entitle “Tough Talk Tuesday” where he focuses on issues that’s affecting our young men. Marcus and his lovely wife reside in Nashville, Tennessee and are proud parents of one son. www.strongerthanmyfather.org

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