Prayers Grow In Patience And Grace

8 Helpful Prayers that will Bless Your Parenting – Counting My Blessings

Prayers Grow In Patience And Grace

“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” ~ Anne Frank

We’ve learned a lot of wisdom from this young woman whose life was cut short at the tender age of 15.

This quote really hit me. When my children were young I firmly believed that great input in parenting would always bring about great results from their children.

I’ve grown up and so have my children

Today, as I look around at our peers and their grown children, and ponder our experience I can honestly say, “it ain’t necessarily so.”

I’ve known many great parents whose children decided to ignore their words and example to try a more challenging path.

I know. If you have young children that wasn’t very encouraging. But…

Don’t give up!

I still believe parents should give the important job of parenting all they’ve got.


Don’t be too hard on yourself. There is no such thing as a perfect parent. You probably know that already!

Mom guilt is something that goes with the job and I believe dads suffer from it too.

Today I want to encourage you and give you a little advice.

And just to get you started, I have 8 prayers you can pray now.

1. Thank you for my child

Every child is a blessing, ask God to help you enjoy each day with gratitude.

Father, Thank you so much for my child. Help me to celebrate this awesome every day, even the hard days. Help me celebrate my child’s unique personality and abilities.

I believe You made her exactly the way You wanted and that You will use her for Your plans and purposes. Thank you. I am humbled that you would entrust this precious child to me.

Help me show them and You daily how thankful I truly am. Amen.

2. Please forgive me. 

Every parent makes mistakes, ask God to forgive you and thank Him for His grace and mercy.

Father, please forgive me. I want to guide my child according to Your will but I fall short. I lose patience, I get angry, and I miss opportunities to show them Your love. Help me, Father, I want to honor this awesome responsibility You’ve given me. Help me to do better. Amen.

3. Help me embrace forgiveness. 

Everyone needs forgiveness, receive God’s forgiveness, forgive yourself (no more guilt), forgive your child and be blessed by your child’s forgiveness.

Father, thank you for Your merciful forgiveness. You say you have removed our sins as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12) I praise you. Help me forgive as I have been forgiven.

My child and myself. Help me ask my child for forgiveness when I hurt him/her. We all sin. We all need forgiveness.

I believe that with Your help I can let go of past offenses and go into this day with hope and joy. Amen.

Come, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to respect the Lord. Psalm 34:11

 4. Give me the courage I need each day. 

Everyone parent has to make difficult decisions. Pray for the courage to obey God’s will under pressure.

Father, today was hard. It would so much easier if I could just pull the covers over my head and ignore this problem. But my child needs me to stand strong on Your truth.

He needs me to point them toward Your commands and remind them of the potential consequences of their choices. It’s even harder to let him live out the after effect of foolish choices already made. Help me Father.

I need Your guidance and strength. Amen.

Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Deuteronomy 6:6–7

5. Bless me with wisdom to parent well

Every child is unique, pray that God will give you the wisdom to meet your child’s personal needs.

Father, I need Your help. I need wisdom. Please by the power of Your Spirit help me parent my child. How I wish I had a personalized set of instructions. It seems some things work with one child and they don’t with another. Please give me wisdom. I want to parent this wonderfully made child You’ve given me well, not for me but for her good and Your glory. Amen.

A refusal to correct is a refusal to love; love your children by disciplining them. Proverbs 13:24

6. Help me parent my child with patience. 

Parents and children need patience, pray to be slow to get frustrated and angry.

Father, I need patience. Sometimes I’m reticent to ask for it because I don’t want anymore challenging opportunities to practice it. I just want You to magically give it to me.

Help me remember that You are always with me and that You want to give me all I need. Bless me with the patience I need to love my child well.

Make me slow to get angry and help me remember to laugh when possible. Amen.

7. Fill my home with respect and kindness. 

We all want a peaceful home. Pray to make speaking with kindness and respect a priority in your home.

Father, forgive me for the times I’ve allowed snarkiness in my home. I’m guilty, too. Please help me measure my words and speak with respect to my spouse and my child. May we remember the importance of having a gentle spirit and using a kind tone of voice. By Your grace, help me model this for my child and carefully remind her when she forgets. Amen.

Fathers, do not be so hard on your children that they will give up trying to do what is right. Colossians 3:21

8. Fill my home with peace and love. 

A happy family. Everyone wants one.  Ask God to fill your home with joy as you celebrate His peace and love.

Father, I ask You to fill my home with joy. Help us celebrate your many blessings. Big and small. Thank you! You give us all we need and give us contentment. Keep our focus on You. Help us faithfully study Your Word, join together in prayer, and worship together. Grant us Your peace and fill us with Your love. Amen.

Oh, my dear friend, this comes as a word from someone who has been in the trenches of parenting. I prayed a lot for my children and the one thing I would do differently . . . I would pray more.

You just can’t possibly pray too much for those precious gifts God has entrusted to your care.

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Daily Prayers

Prayers Grow In Patience And Grace

Therefore since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus…and since we have a great High Priest over the household of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and full assurance of faith…

Praise, worship and Trust

I praise and worship you gracious God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for you are full of  glory, holiness, power, justice, beauty, love, mercy, grace, compassion, and faithfulness.

I praise you gracious Father, for your creation and preservation of the world, for your mercy to us in the atoning death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, for your truth revealed by your Holy Spirit in the Bible, for your church, for your gospel plan for the nations, for the hope of Christ’s return, and for the glory of your coming kingdom. I praise you for your great and precious gospel promises in the Lord Jesus Christ, for the gift of forgiveness of sins, salvation, and eternal life, for adoption into your family, for the gift of the Holy Spirit, and for fellowship among your people. Heavenly Father, I trust your love, grace and acceptance, and that you created and saved me to live for your glory. I trust in your Son Jesus Christ as the saviour of the world, and your gospel as your power for salvation for all who believe. I trust in your Son Jesus Christ as the loving, powerful and generous saviour, head, lord, and judge of his church. I trust you as the just judge of all people, and that you will bring glory to yourself in the church and in Christ Jesus.  

Living for you and serving you

Heavenly Father, you have made me in your image, and you are transforming me into the image of your Son, by the power of your Spirit, from one degree of glory to another. Help me to trust you in times of weakness and frailty: help me to repent and pray each day, and not fail through moral lapse. Renew my inner nature day by day by your Spirit.

Help me to pour out my heart to you when I am distressed, stressed, disappointed, hurt, or depressed, and to find your compassion and comfort in times of trouble. Give me self-discipline in eating, drinking, sleeping, reading, working and exercising. Please help me to grow in patience, wisdom, humility, grace, love, trust and openness.

Please rid me of jealousy, competition, bad temper, self-pity, and constant regrets. Guard my tongue, and keep me from slander, lies, untruth, unbalanced or un-pastoral truth, and from causing unintentional hurt.

Help me see that this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, and help me to look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

Please protect me and my ministry by the blood of Christ from Satan’s accusations, lies, and tricks, and help me stand in the power of Christ’s death and resurrection. Please help me to trust you for every aspect of my life and ministry, past, present, and future, and to roll all my anxieties on you, for you care for me. 

Even when I am old and grey, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come. May the favour of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands. 

I pray that I may:

Believe in Christ, proclaim him, boast in him, suffer for him, and rejoice in him always.

Live for Christ that he may be magnified in my body, in life or in death.

Live in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.

Have the mind of Christ in service, humility and obedience.

Count everything as loss for the sake of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

Gain Christ and be found in him, having the righteousness that comes through faith in him.

Know Christ and the power of his resurrection, share his sufferings, and be him in his death, that I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

Press on towards the goal for the prize of our heavenly call in Christ Jesus.

Eagerly await the coming of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Do all things through Christ who strengthens me, so that I can be content in any and every circumstance.

Trust that you will fully satisfy my every need according to your riches in Christ Jesus.

Know the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ in all of my life and ministry.

Every day

Please make me the person you want me to be, prepare me to do the good works you want me to do, and help me to do them. May I live today by these words of Paul: ‘For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain’.

Today I offer myself to you, to love, worship and serve you. Please help me serve you today in all that I plan to do, and in the unexpected opportunities you send.

Please increase my proactive love, friendliness, tolerance and generosity, and my sympathy, patience and forbearance.

Please increase and multiply the effects of my ministry and prayers, as the people I teach, train, pray for and encourage, continue to teach, train, pray for and encourage others as well.

I trust you: to provide all the gifts, time, energy and health for me to live for you and do the good works you have prepared for me to do; to place me where you want me to serve you; to use my life and ministry; and to hear and answer my prayers.

May this day be my best day of knowing, loving and serving you, and living for your glory, through Jesus Christ, Amen. 

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Prayers to Grow in Faith and Virtue

Prayers Grow In Patience And Grace

We have a tendency to believe that we need to be in control of our lives and, oftentimes, of the lives of our family, our coworkers, and our neighbors. We build up burdens upon ourselves and when we are completely stressed, then we run to God.

But God says, “come to me,” “trust in me,” “have faith the size of a mustard seed,” before you are worried and weak. He wants it all. He can handle it and he can give us the grace we need and the strength we need to follow his will. Trust in him and, above all, have faith. 

Letting Go

True surrender requires unwavering faith and humility. We are called by God to trust completely. We are called to let go and allow him to take control. He will send us all we need and we must humbly accept the help of others.

Lord, as I confront the challenges of my day, help me to know that together we can handle anything. All worry and all stress I lay in the palms of your hands.

Lord, lift the weight of the day from my shoulders. Help me to remember to allow others to help. You gave us community so that we would not have to do it all ourselves.

Teach me humility. I do not have to do this alone. Take this day into your hands, and show me your way. Give me the grace I need to let go. 

In Times of Great Doubt and Despair 

Do not lose your peace. Continue to embrace our crucified Lord, and give him your heart and consecrate your mind to him with your affections just as they are, however languid they may be. —St. Francis de Sales

Lord Jesus, I need you now more than ever. I have hit bottom. I cannot trust myself or anyone else. Take my hand. Pull me from this present darkness.

I need you. Lord, I need you.

In Serious or Chronic Illness

Over and over we pray, thinking we are not heard as we grow weaker. We contemplate the Sorrowful Mysteries and all we can do is unite ourselves with the sufferings of Jesus and pray.

Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done. Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. —Luke 22:42, 43

Lord, I am questioning where you are in all of this. Give me faith. Give me strength. If it is your will, take this burden from me, for I am weak and tired, and I need to feel your healing touch. If I must endure this pain, help me to accept each day with grace and dignity.

Help me to feel your presence. Help my unbelief.

For Healing of Family Relationships 

Many of us struggle with family relationships. In our relationships with family, we must learn to admit our failings and ask forgiveness. And we must learn to forgive in return. For only then can relationships heal.

Lord, family is a special gift, but even the best families at times can struggle with one another. Now is our time. We should be building one another up, but life has turned us around, and we are hurting one another.

Help us to forgive quickly so that we do not waste life in regret. Holy Spirit, guide us in mind and in heart. Help us to let go of our pettiness and heal our family.

Lord, you have made me part of this wonderful family filled with differences of opinion and strong wills. Help me to let go of my self-righteousness. Help me to forgive first. Teach me your virtues of humility and charity and kindness, so we may live in peace and unconditional love.

Holy Spirit, be our guide and our healer.

Prayers to Grow in Virtue

The proper ordering of lesser loves places us in a position to receive and embody a greater love for both God and our neighbor. Turning away from vice allows the growth of virtue.

Virtue is not only the fruit of our discipline and effort but the fruit of our relationship with Christ himself.

 —Ralph Martin

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that virtue “allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself ” (CCC, 1803).

As we give our best, as we turn to God in faith and hope and love, and as we learn to detach ourselves from the things of the world, we grow in virtue. As we grow in virtue, we grow in our relationship with Jesus.

For Courage (against Fear)

Though the path is plain and smooth for people of good will, those who walk it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty if they do not have good feet, courage, and tenacity of spirit.

 —St. John of the Cross

Lord, give me courage in my everyday life. Courage to speak your truth and to defend the faith. Courage to follow your commandments and to live your beatitudes.

Courage to live a moral life, even if it means losing friends. Courage to pray. Courage to love others, especially the poor. Courage to visit the sick and the lonely.

Lord, may I not fall back in fear, but may I do your will, strengthened by your love.

For Compassion (against Harshness)

Often the world pushes us to be tough, to go against our natural instincts of gentleness and kindness. We are called to help calm the storms—and transform the world through love.

Lord, preserve my gentle spirit, especially in the midst of chaos.

The world pushes, and I want to push back. Help me to be more you: forgiving and loving, yet strong. Teach me kindness and gentleness in all I do and say. Give me the strength to handle the ways of this world with love.

Lord, I trust in your ways. Come Holy Spirit, fill me with compassion for others. Ignite in me the fire of God’s love. Help me to reach out to those who will cross my path today. I want to participate in your compassion. 

I want to reach out with your heart, with your power of mercy and love. I want to do more. Come, Holy Spirit, fill my heart, so that it may overflow with compassion for all I meet today.

For Charity (against Self-Centeredness) 

Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you. —Luke 6:30–31

Lord, teach me true charity. So often I give when it’s easy to give or when I know others see. I want to be more than that to others.

Teach me your way. Show me how to give without being asked, how to let go without wanting in return.

Help me to treat others as I wish to be treated, with respect, with kindness, with love. Lord, help me to see your face in those in need today.

For Patience (against the Need to Control)

Be patient, not only under the great and heavy trials which come upon you, but also under the minor troubles and accidents of life.                                                               —St. Francis de Sales

Jesus, I have very little patience. Teach me your ways. Your apostles struggled to trust you. You showed them patience. 

The Sadducees and the Pharisees tried to trick you. You showed them patience. The scribes and Pharisees brought you the woman caught in adultery. You showed them patience.

Help me to be patient with those who question my actions or who purposefully misquote my directions or judge me. Show me your ways, Lord, that I may be a good example to my coworkers, my neighbors, my friends, and my family.

For Trust in God (against Distrust)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

  —Proverbs 3:5–6

How often do we question ourselves when we are trying to do the right thing? How often do we find ourselves fearful of the consequences of our actions despite our best efforts? In the words of St. John Paul II, “Do not be afraid!”

The God who loves us enough to die for us, can be trusted to care for our every need. All he asks in return is acknowledgment. 

Offer this little prayer of St. Faustina Kowalska’s.

Jesus, I trust in you. Jesus, I trust in you. Jesus, I trust in you.

For Wisdom (against Ignorance)

Happy are those who find wisdom, and those who get understanding, for her income is better than silver, and her revenue better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.

Long life is in her right hand; in her left are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called happy. —Proverbs 3:13–18

Lord, I seek wisdom.

Teach me your ways and guide me to do your will. Help me to be persistent, to be salt and light, strong in my beliefs so that I can witness to the faith.

May what I learn change lives, bring peace and understanding to the world, and bring glory to you, O Lord.

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9 Ways to Grow in Your Faith

Prayers Grow In Patience And Grace

The Bible lists nine fruits of the Spirit. Each one can help us grow in our relationship with God.

This article is part 3 of a 6-week Summer Soul Refresher series from BGEA. Read part 1: 5 Ways to Replenish a Burned-Out Soul; and part 2: How to Dive Into Your Walk with God.

When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, the Bible says we receive supernatural help from the Holy Spirit. Because of that help, we can become more Jesus, showing nine key characteristics—the fruits of the Spirit—in our daily lives.

1. Love

It’s no coincidence that love is the first fruit listed in Galatians chapter 5. Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God and love one another (Mark 12:30-31). When we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and love our neighbors as ourselves, we show the world we belong to Jesus.

  • Until you know God loves you, it will be difficult to love God and love others. Whether you’ve never heard that God loves you or you just need a reminder, watch this short, powerful video about God’s amazing love for you.
  • Our culture uses the word “love” so casually (“I love your dress!” “I love cheeseburgers!”), it can be hard to identify the kind of love Jesus spoke about in the Bible. What does it look to love God with all we have? any relationship, love means setting aside time. Take time to talk with God and get to know Him through the Bible.
  • Once we love God, we can love others. But love isn’t just something to talk about; Jesus taught us to show our love through actions. Find ways to love people through acts of service. Even a simple phone call can make a difference. Then share God’s love with others. Know someone who’s hard to love? This Answer from Billy Graham may help.

2. Joy

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). It’s easy to rejoice when things are going our way. It’s a different story when life is hard. But followers of Jesus are called to have joy all the time—not just when life is good.

  • One of the keys to being joyful is knowing why we rejoice. We don’t rejoice in our money, jobs, vacations or even our relationships. We must rejoice in the Lord. Billy Graham’s audio message, The Secret of Joy in Tribulation, addresses how to have joy even in the toughest times.
  • Billy Graham said, “Only the forward-looking Christian remains sincerely optimistic and joyful, knowing that Christ will win in the end.” Is your focus on the problems of this world, or the eternal joy that is to come? If you find yourself focusing on negatives, redirect your thoughts to Jesus and the promise of heaven. Watch the video, Heaven.
  • If Christ followers are called to be joyful, why are some Christians so grumpy? Billy Graham’s Answer.

3. Peace

the word “love,” “peace” is a word that has become casual and hard to define. But true peace comes from God, and there’s nothing it.

  • “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Jesus spoke those words thousands of years ago, but they’re still meant for us today. Check yourself. Does your peace come from trusting Jesus, or does it come from your circumstances?
  • It seems more people than ever suffer from anxiety. But you can have peace when you train yourself to focus on God instead of yourself or the world around you. Start with reading and memorizing Philippians 4:6-9, which explains how to replace anxiety with the peace of God.
  • Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9). In this Answer, Billy Graham talks about whether world peace is possible. We should pray for peace throughout the world, but we also can’t forget about our own backyard. Is there strife within your own family or workplace? Be a peacemaker there.

4. Patience

Living in this fast-paced world can give you a short fuse. Still, impatience isn’t something you want to brush off as a minor personality flaw. If you find yourself getting annoyed, worried or intolerant while waiting on people, imagine how much more those negative emotions can escalate while you’re waiting on the Lord.

  • Don’t think you have what it takes to be a patient person? All the more reason to submit this tough area to God. See what the Bible says about patience and why you can’t develop this trait on your own.
  • In some translations, the word “long-suffering” is used in place of “peace” in Galatians 5:22. Both patience and long-suffering deal with endurance—a necessary companion for your faith walk. In this Ruth Bell Graham writing, she uses the example of windsurfing to show the importance of patience, endurance and divine guidance.
  • God exercises more patience than we ever could. No matter how many times you mess up, God won’t run patience with you. This answer from Billy Graham is a great reminder of God’s unfailing love.

5. Kindness

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Philippians 2:3-4 says, “count others more significant than yourselves” and “look to the interests of others.” Kindness is about more than being cordial. It’s an intentional act that requires effort and genuine concern. These reminders can help you become a kinder person.

  • Make room to be kind to others. Give compliments. Talk to strangers beyond saying, “Hello.” Make extra effort this week to recognize opportunities to demonstrate kindness, and then follow through. Take note of how it impacts you and others.
  • “People take my kindness for weakness.” Sound familiar? There’s nothing weak about being kind to others. In fact, it takes a great degree of humility to consistently live this way. Read Billy Graham’s devotion on the strength of having compassion for others.
  • When you totally give your life to Christ, your old ways no longer matter. With the help of God, you can embody the attributes of a kind person. Listen to this 1-minute audio message from Billy Graham that explains the new life you can live.

6. Goodness

To practice goodness, you must first know what God considers “good.”

  • God calls us to have true, right and pure thoughts (Philippians 4:8). Billy Graham once gave this answer on controlling bad thoughts.
  • God calls us to love everyone, including our enemies. “The Bible declares that we who follow Jesus Christ should be just as much in love with each other as God was in love with us when He sent His Son to die on the cross.” —Billy Graham in a sermon on love
  • God calls us to do the right thing for the right reasons. This battle starts with the heart. Listen to the Hour of Decision Online radio program, “Heart Disease.”

7. Faithfulness

Do you have someone to turn to with the most important things in life? Someone who sticks close by through the ups and downs? A loyal friend isn’t to be taken for granted. You can be that kind of person, too.

  • God is faithful. Are you faithful back? He wants us to be good stewards with what He’s given us—time, talents, money, relationships. Can He trust you to treat or use these things wisely?
  • Being faithful to God also means not putting other things above Him. The Bible calls these idols—anything you worship or give “god-” status to. An idol isn’t necessarily a bad thing in and of itself—it could be work, social position, entertainment, looks—but can be a distraction when God doesn’t come first. Is He at the center of all you do? Read more about idols.
  • Our relationships are important to God. Are you loyal to those around you? Can people trust that you’ll do what you say you’ll do? James 5:12 says, “Let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No,’ lest you fall into judgment.”

8. Gentleness

Harsh. Abrasive. Overly critical. Angry. That doesn’t exactly describe the kind of person you want to be around, does it? Here are some ways to approach your own relationships with gentleness.

  • Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let no corrupting talk come your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Build others up, don’t tear them down. Believe the best, don’t assume the worst. Distance yourself from harmful gossip.
  • Anger may be justified, but how you deal with it can make or break relationships. It can also lead to bitterness, which gets you nowhere. Read short Q&As on coping with anger.
  • Constructive criticism can be helpful, but be wary of criticizing others to the point of belittling them. Balance your feedback with compliments. Be mindful of your tone of voice and who’s around when you offer input. Have a hard time accepting criticism? Read more.

9. Self-control

With so many day-to-day temptations and frustrations, it can be hard to maintain self-control. Whether you’re at home, at work or on the road, here are a few things to keep in mind.

  • We’re all tempted, but we don’t have to give in. Sometimes we need to distance ourselves from whatever is tempting us. Here’s how to stay strong when faced with temptation. As 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “…(God) will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
  • Maybe you lack self-control when it comes to food. Maybe it’s hard to keep your cool when the kids are crying. Or maybe the issue is lust. Whatever it is, try taking a break. Count to 10 and refocus. Call a friend for encouragement. Read a Psalm to calm your heart and focus on God. Take a walk. Find tips on overcoming addiction.
  • Willpower alone might not be enough. Ask God for His power to maintain discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

Want more of our Summer Soul Refresher series?
Part 4: ‘A Time to Laugh’: 5 Ways to Add Laughter to Your Life
Part 5: 3 Keys to Sharing Your Faith

Part 6: How to Shine Your Light for Christ

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