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Ann Dunagan

With a passion for the Lord and the lost, Ann is an international minister alongside her husband, a homeschooling mother of seven, and the author of several books including The Mission-Minded Family.

Posted 12/3/10 at 9:28 AM | Ann Dunagan

Hanukkah . . . and JESUS!

This year, the dates for the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah are December 1st through 9th, 2010.

In the history of Hanukkah; there are types and shadows that point to our Messiah, Jesus Christ. He is our Light of the World, and God desires for each of us to be lights for Him. FULL POST

Posted 11/29/10 at 12:34 AM | Ann Dunagan

Parenting from God's Perspective

Mission-Minded FAMILIES with Ann Dunagan 

If we really desire to be a "better parents" with a "better families" we need to look at life from God's perspective. Yes, God deeply loves and cares about our families. However, the end goal is not to produce amazing role-model kids, so others can put us on a pedestal.

The goal is not for our families to "look good" or to impress others. The goal is far-more than just being happy. As Christian parents, our mission should be God's mission.The purpose for our life,and for our families, is to know God and to glorify Him.

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Posted 11/25/10 at 10:42 PM | Ann Dunagan

Black Friday, Money, and Missions

As families, how we spend our money is a direct reflection of where our heart is focused.

In the United States, the day after Thanksgiving is referred to as “Black Friday.” It’s often the CRAZIEST and busiest shopping day of the year. For many families, it’s the beginning of busy Christmas preparations, and annual traditions of giving . . . yet unfortunantly, often needless overspending. It’s a good day to realign our priorities and our pocketbooks to line-up with God’s purposes, and to remember what’s really important.

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Posted 11/25/10 at 8:26 AM | Ann Dunagan

A Mission Thought for Thanksgiving!

“Why should anyone go back to the table for second’s or third’s, before everyone’s had a first helping?” —

Imagine your whole family sitting down for a scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner.

All of the relatives are eager to eat . . . but as you survey Grandma’s extra-long dining room table, complete with all the extension-pieces brought in from back of the entry closet, you can’t help but notice the lop-sided food layout.

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Posted 11/4/10 at 7:29 AM | Ann Dunagan

Training Our Kids to Be Thankful

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it's a perfect time to remind our families about the importance of being grateful to God for His blessings and to train our children to be thankful.

But as parents, it's not always easy.

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Posted 7/21/10 at 12:46 PM | Ann Dunagan

PARENTS: Can you find time to PRAY? - Part II

Do newlyweds on their honeymoon need to be pressured to spend time together? When kids are in the midst of a fun game with friends, do they need to be pushed to spend more time with each other?

Or think about it this way: if the whole point of life is to fulfill the purposes God has planned for us, then it's simply common sense to take time to check-in with Him, so He can show us His direction and daily agenda.

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Posted 7/20/10 at 3:12 PM | Ann Dunagan

PARENTS: Can you find time to PRAY? - Part I

As parents, do you ever feel like there's too much to do, and too little time? Do you often feel stressed out, wondering how you'll ever accomplish all that needs to get done? As Christian moms and dads, we need to stop a second and take a time-management lesson from our Lord Jesus.

Have you ever stopped to consider about how much He did, in such a short time?

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Posted 7/9/10 at 3:42 PM | Ann Dunagan

FAMILIES: Let's Seek God's Kingdom, not Selfishness!

Releasing Your Family to God's Destiny
Releasing Your Family to God's Destiny

Often, parents and teachers ask their children, "What do YOU want to be when you grow up?" In a world that is increasingly self-seeking, self-centered, and self-absorbed, the answers are consistently more egocentric-"a movie star," "a rock star," "a dance star." Even within the church, this present generation is fixated on obtaining fame, wealth, and pleasure. But shouldn't we be encouraging our children's willingness to surrender to God's plans for their futures? Shouldn't our question instead be, "Oh, I wonder what awesome plans God has for your life! When you grow up, will you do whatever GOD wants you to do?"

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Posted 5/3/10 at 10:44 PM | Ann Dunagan

Balancing a Heart for Missions and Family

How can we balance our passion for missions with our hearts for our homes? Do we have to choose between "raising our kids" and "reaching the lost" -- or is it possible to do both? As parents, we're called to raise our kids; and as Christians, we're called to reach the lost. We really can't fulfill one of these callings, if we choose to neglect the other.

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Posted 4/21/10 at 2:37 PM | Ann Dunagan

Family Giving: "Can't you do just a little bit more?"

Can't you do just a little bit more?
Can't you do just a little bit more?

As Christian families, we need God's perspective on finances, and a vision for how our resources can help to expand His kingdom - especially in tough times.

In our family's living room, a small handcrafted treasure chest displays simple coins from around the world. Most of the pieces are dull and worn, while some are new and shiny. FULL POST

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