Are You Raising Kids or Godly Men and Women?

Some days it is hard. Very hard.

As a parent of 4 and someone who worked in Christian organizations it was easy to find myself buried in an avalanche of “have to’s” and “emergencies.” On the parenting front I wanted to set goals and have objectives to keep the greater purpose and long term outlook in the front of my thinking so I could love, teach and respond to my children with those goals in mind.

But somehow having to survive always took precedence! Maybe a better way to put that – the “Survival Lion” would outrun, crush and eat the “Goals Antilope.” Continue reading Are You Raising Kids or Godly Men and Women?

Did Christ Influence Our Nation’s Founding?

The Thanksgiving special at CBN News highlights several stories from the Pilgrims to our Nation’s Founding in Philadelphia and more.

I think this is a great 23 minute program to watch and talk about with your elementary to young high school student. Continue reading Did Christ Influence Our Nation’s Founding?

Keep Your Daughter’s True Beauty Shining

I have three daughters and three granddaughters. There is something special about girls. While I find boys fun and adventurous and enjoy roughhousing, those girls can melt my heart faster than fast. Their ability to notice the little things in life, their inner strength but at the same time often so sensitive, I just love them!

But for us men, and women can get caught up in this as well, we are especially impressed by the sight of physical beauty. Our default is to notice and then subsequently comment on physical beauty that catches our eye. But as fathers and grandfathers (and mothers and grandmothers) we need to resist the natural tendency to make our daughters think that their real beauty comes from the physical. Continue reading Keep Your Daughter’s True Beauty Shining

The Quest to Have Our Children Firmly Rooted In Faith

Proverbs Chapter 22: verse 6 advises us, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is older he will not depart from it.”

We train up our children in the same way that we would train up any young sapling by firstly ensuring that they are firmly rooted in soil that is best suited for their optimal growth. Continue reading The Quest to Have Our Children Firmly Rooted In Faith

What Every Christian Boy Should Know

Can I be honest? Many Christian boys seem to think their p*nis (modified spelling so as not to be flagged by search engines) is a bad thing. It is a body part that causes shame and embarrassment and is taboo to speak about in front of one’s parents. All the while he is subjected to a constant source of crudities, jokes, jeers, etc. among his peers.

He gets advice about his body from peers, the media and school, but almost total silence from parents and the church. He is generally only told to “stay pure for marriage” but the thought that his p*nis could be very purposeful in God’s design and even part of God’s earthly example to help mankind understand a very spiritual matter is never discussed. Continue reading What Every Christian Boy Should Know

Are Organized Sports Always Good For Children?

I was 11 or 12. I had never had an adult so blatantly insult me before. Not ever. I did not tell my parents what he said until I was an adult. To this day it still bothers me to think about the words spoken to me that day.

My dad was big into baseball. I heard the stories growing up. He was the sandlot league leader in homeruns and often led his team in batting average. We heard the story of one gentleman who would watch my dad’s sandlot games and as soon as my dad hit a homerun this gentleman would get up from the stands and say “I have seen what I came to see!” then walk home. Military service ended my father’s sandlot career but he kept his two bats and glove and they were a constant reminder to me of his “glory days.” My father coached little league for 2 years until his second child arrived. This only added to his legend. My dad’s team never lost a game while he was coaching. Their only two losses happened when my dad was away.

So you can imagine the pressure. Continue reading Are Organized Sports Always Good For Children?

Thanks Veterans!

A shout out to all the veterans and a prayer for all active military families.

Ellen and my prayer for those presently serving: Continue reading Thanks Veterans!

Why Do People Keep Dying?

It is just such a shame.

People keep dying, but they don’t have to.

This is becoming as bad as drunk driving.

I have watched moms do this in school zones when dropping off their kids. I have watched tradesmen do this in their trucks. Even I have done it! But we need to stop. Continue reading Why Do People Keep Dying?

When Dreams Die

This is one mom's experience when her son tested as having a low percentage chance of achieving "school success." Through her determination and dedication the outcome was totally unexpected! It took 20 years, but you won't believe how this one turned out.

Please note: This mom has requested to stay anonymous. Her and her husband were close friends of my wife and me when our sons were young and did activities together.

My heart sank.  Panic set in.

The test results showed “poor chance for success in school.” The principal kindly encouraged me but I heard nothing.  My husband, a tenured professor and I a post-grad library media specialist had a child that had, in my thinking at that moment, NO FUTURE!

Tears.  Fears. Continue reading When Dreams Die

Thankfulness Tree

This is a Thankfulness Tree.

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I saw it a few years ago on Pinterest, and I knew I wanted to make one. Fall is a season of “getting” in our family. My son has a September birthday, so of course he gets presents. Then it’s on to Halloween and church Harvest Fests when he gets tons of candy. Then Christmas when he gets presents again. Oh, and there’s a blip of a day in there where we’re supposed to be thankful. I saw this tree as a way to possibly turn it around. Continue reading Thankfulness Tree