Be encouraged as Ann Dunagan, author of The Mission-Minded Family and mom or 7, brings a word of encouragement and practical advice, especially for busy-at-home moms, to spend time with the Lord in prayer (without condemnation).
How can we pray more effectively as busy moms? Ann Dunagan looks at strategic keys for busy moms from the Lord's PRAYER -- from Matthew 6:9-13. How did Jesus teach us to pray? How can we pray more effectively? How can we be more honest before God in prayer? Join Ann for this week's episode of Mission-Minded Families.
Note: Bible memory pictures (teaching pages and flash cards) are available for these verses of The Lord's Prayer -- at http://daringdaughters.org/bible-pictures and also on iTunes.
This question comes from a young couple from FINLAND, just expecting their first baby: What are a few parenting keys, as we're just starting our family? Ann shares from a recent video call from this precious mission-minded couple from Europe.
Redeeming Childbirth with Angie Tolpin, known as The Courageous Mom (book and blog for pregnancy and delivery, and a new Christian postpartum course). http://RedeemingChildbirth.com
I Peter 2:2
In today's episode, Ann Dunagan shares from PART 1 of her book, The Mission-Minded Child: Raising a New Generation to Fulfill God's Purpose, including "Releasing Your Child to God" (Chapter 1) and "Raising Your Child for God" (Chapter 2).
The Mission-Minded Child is the first book in our 3-part "basic-foundation-set" for Mission-Minded Families (including The Mission-Minded Child, The Mission-Minded Family, and The Scarlet Cord: Nothing but the Blood of Jesus).
Our mission-minded books are available from Mission-Minded Families http://MissionMindedFamiles.org and also from Amazon, Christian Book Distributors, and from our publisher, InterVarsity Press.
In this episode, Ann Dunagan introduces a book for parents and teachers, The Mission-Minded Child, all about training your child to have a heart for God and for others.
The Mission-Minded Child is available from Amazon, Christian Book Distributors, and from Mission-Minded Families. http://missionmindedfamilies.org
And here's the 3-D Kids Course: Raising Daring Doing Disciples http://missionmindedfamilies.org/p/3-d-free
In this final Mission-Minded Families interview on Revive Our Hearts (hosted by Nancy Leigh DeMoss - now Mrs. Nancy Wolgemuth), Ann Dunagan talks with Nancy about family stories and the importance of raising our children as arrows for God's purposes. Topics include balancing missions and motherhood, releasing our kids to God, and wholehearted surrender to the Lord.
"I was naked and you clothed me . . . "
On today's episode, we're featuring Ann Dunagan's interview with Nancy Leigh DeMoss - Now Mrs. Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth on Revive Our Hearts (part 2 of 3). The focus is encouraging Mission-Minded Families, and having a heart of compassion for orphans and the poor, highlighting the words of Jesus, "I was naked and you clothed Me..."
In this previously recorded interview with Revive Our Hearts (an international women's radio ministry hosted by Nancy Leigh DeMoss - now Mrs. Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth), Ann Dunagan shares the vision for Mission-Minded Families. This session, Part 1 of 3, is focused on "Releasing Your Children's Talents." As parents, let's remember that "Missions is not just for missionaries; God's call is for all."
Are you mission minded? Today, international missionary Ann Dunagan recalls what first drew her toward missions and talks about the privilege of taking part in the Great Commission. Hear how her family of nine is reaching out to the lost across the globe. (This episode is Ann's Mission-Minded Families interview with Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine, as recorded on FamilyLife Today.)
In this episode, we're completing our study through the book of Titus, today in Titus 3:8-15. The focus is how to MAINTAIN good works. How do we keep doing what God has called for us to do? How do we even go beyond the maintenance-mode of cultural Christianity and truly ENJOY loving and serving the Lord?
Two key verses are 3:8, "be careful to maintain good works" and 3:14, "and learn to maintain good works."
We're not saved by our self-efforts or by merely doing good things, but God does have "good works" prepared for us to do for His kingdom and His glory.
As we continue our verse-by-verse Bible study, today in Titus 3:1-7, our focus is being prepared for every good work, by putting our hope in God's grace and the blood of Jesus Christ. This edition includes an introduction to The Scarlet Cord, Nothing but the Blood of Jesus (a concise call to world missions, by Jon & Ann Dunagan, available as a FREE eBook download -- http://harvestministry.org/the-scarlet-cord -- listen for details and the DISCOUNT CODE on the podcast).
Highlights in this episode include teaching about daring to OBEY (including an encouragement to wives about attitudes at home), to be READY for every good work, to be SWEET, to be free from sin, and to be full of HOPE.
Titus 3:1 "...to be ready for every good work."
The Q & A section is addresses a few questions from a mom in Oregon -- about discontentment, comparison, and how to work together as a husband and wife.
In this episode, our focus is a mission-minded Bible study in the second-half of Titus Chapter 2, (verses 9-15). Highlights include a few quotes from Elisabeth Elliot, plus a Bible study focus on "exhorting" moms, God's grace and salvation through Jesus, keeping a focus on eternity, and being ZEALOUS for good works.
Following our verse-by-verse study, Ann Dunagan also addresses several practical questions from real-life moms from Louisiana, Indiana, and Washington.
"Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people zealous for good works" (Titus 2:13-14).
As we continue our verse-by-verse study through the Book of Titus, today beginning chapter 2, Ann Dunagan discusses the balance between DOING GOOD as busy-at-home moms (in raising and loving our children and families) along with having a passionate heart for the needs of the world. Are we called to love the Lord, or to raise our little ones? Or is it possible to do both?
A key verse is Titus 2:7 which says, "in all things, showing yourself to be a pattern of good works..."
Be sure to see our "P.A.S.S.I.O.N. & Clarity Course for Women" - with training videos, PDF downloads and personal assessment tests -- all FREE. https://missionmindedfamilies.org
In this second episode in the series, Ann Dunagan goes verse by verse through the second half of Titus 1. The focus is not only KNOWING GOD, but obeying Him, being submitted to God, keeping our hearts pure and doing the good works (by Grace) that God has called for us to do.
The podcast also focuses on finding your "PASSION" for God's purposes, looking through an acronym, P.A.S.S.I.O.N. along with Q & A's from real-life moms.
Here's a link to the course recommended (FREE) https://missionmindedfamilies.org
In this episode, we look at the overall theme of the Book of Titus, starting with the first half of Chapter 1 (verse-by-verse, going through Titus 1:1-9). Ann Dunagan shares practical insight for busy-at-home moms, with a practical focus on finding a MISSION statement for your life, and followed by Q & A's from moms.
A key verse is Titus 1:5, "...that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I have commanded you."
Learn how this verse can relate to you as a busy mom learning to train your kids to seek God personally in their lives.
The Dunagan family has been homeschooling all seven of their children, K-12, for over 27 years. In this quick Q & A, Ann Dunagan shares a few reasons why her family chose homeschooling for their children's education.
A busy mom asks,
"How can I guard my marriage, when I'm so busy with little ones?"
In this mini-episode, Ann Dunagan answers this question with encouragement about the priority of marriage in our busy lives as moms.
Question from a mom in Oregon:
"A big question for me is, how do you have a focus on missions when you are in the trenches with a lot of littles?"
Ann Dunagan answers this question by encouraging moms in the value of their role, and how they can be a part of the big-epic mission, even with little ones.
As we finish up our verse-by-verse study through the Book of Philippians, we're looking at Chapter 4, which is filled with some of the most encouraging scriptures:
Also, we're looking at Aiming our Children as Arrows, specifically to HIT the bulls-eye of God's purpose for their lives, not on the NO-side of legalism, but on the YES-side of God's LIFE!
As we continue our verse-by-verse study through the Book of Philippians, we're in Chapter 3, with a focus on relying on God's grace not our own works, living for heaven, and knowing God personally.
We talk about weeping for the lost, praying earnestly for people who need Jesus, and aiming our children as ARROWS for God. In this lesson, we focus on a 3rd part of an arrow, the SHAFT (which needs to be straight and solid), representing the solid WORD OF GOD.
Two key verses from Philippians 3:
In today's episode, we're continuing our verse-by-verse Bible study going through the Book of Philippians, in Chapter 2, verses 1-30. We talk about the surrendered life of Jesus, coming to earth and going to the CROSS out of love for this world, and raising our children to follow His example.
Key thoughts include the power of the Name of Jesus (and teaching our kids to pray "in Jesus' Name"), living lives with self-sacrifice and total surrender to God, obeying God when no one is looking, and as a mission-minded family, the importance of honoring those who have sacrificed for the sake of the Gospel.
We also look at the 2nd part of the ARROW, the 3-vein "fletching," which allows the arrow to spin in flight with accuracy and stability -- representing the importance of training our children to have a personal living and vibrant relationship with our God (the Trinity): God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
"That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under th earth, and that every tongue shold confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." --Philippians 2:10-11
"Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure." --Philippians 1:12-13
In today's episode, we're beginning a brand-new Bible study, starting verse-by-verse through the Book of Philippians, Chapter 1, verses 1-30. Key thoughts include being "BONDSERVANTS" of Christ and "SAINTS" (verse 1), living by God's GRACE (verses 2 and 6), and living everyday for God's GLORY (verse 11). Special focus is also about living with NO FEAR, and raising our children to be ARROWS for God.
"Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ." ---Philippians 1:6
(Full-length episode -- 27 minutes)