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Strong Boys

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Yesterday we had the pleasure of having 13 boys age 5-10 at our house.  They are the group we call “Strong Boys,” which is a part of the Children’s Ministry at our church.  A couple months ago the “Agape Girls” came over, and the boys thought that it was about time that they got their turn.  The agenda for a boys’ day is a little different.  We had hotdogs, played kickball, Frisbee golf, Bible-Trivia-Frisbee-Tic-Tac-Toe (yes, that’s a thing), and quarterback challenge.  We made superhero chalk drawings and ate ice cream with a bunch of toppings.  Good boy activities that tap into the natural masculine spirit of a boy.  We want to make our faith come alive in ways that are interesting for a boy, and this was a great chance to do that.   During the 2 teaching times, I shared with the boys two topics:

1)      God wants us to be strong.

2)      What to do when we don’t feel strong. 

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Merry Christmas!

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For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on His shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

I was reminded of this verse by a dear friend this last week. Of course I see this verse at Christmas time every year – in a card, in a song or on a Christmas decoration. But this year the verse has really struck me.  I have finally listened to the actual words and it has brought joy and comfort to my soul.

Holidays are full of emotion. Sometimes they are wonderful emotions. It can be a time where the family gathers, traditions are completed, love is exchanged and memories are made. Other times holidays can be full of pain and turmoil. The loss of a loved one is heavy on your heart, feelings of hurt and pain rise, opinions are made known, sickness steals and frustrations surface. But as I think about this one verse, I am overwhelmed by the promise of what we were given on that miraculous night 2,000 years ago.

That night that Jesus was born, we were also given a…. Continue reading

Character Card: Contentment versus Complaining

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Today we are giving away the fifth Character Card in the series: Contentment versus Complaining

The other Character Cards are: Continue reading

Daddy Daughter Dates

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Tuesday night I took my daughters on a date.  A friend at work was singing in a competition at the Blue Room, and it was advertised as ‘kid friendly,’ so we took the opportunity.  I am very glad that I did.

When I got home from work that evening, I was met by two beaming girls!  They were very, very excited for the night that was ahead of us.  They had been anticipating our evening together all day.  Together they had picked out a casual outfit (shorts and a nice shirt) and a more dressed up outfit.  (Depending on what kind of date it was going to be.)  They also picked out my outfit for me, a habit which I assume they inherited from their mom.

This preparation reminded me of 3 facts:     Continue reading

Character Card: Meekness versus Anger

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Today we are giving away the fourth Character Card in the series. The first Character Card talked about Selflessness. The second was Boldness and the third one was Self-Control.

This Character Card discusses the difference between meekness and anger. We will all face situations that we feel are unjustified and unfair. It is how we handle those situations that allow us to be a good or bad witness to those around us. It is so important to help our kids work through unfair treatment in a godly way. Continue reading

Okay Bay-Beh!

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Today’s story is about my (then) 3 year old son. One day we were driving along, driving along in our Suburban, and Dana asked Luke to do something.  With a good amount of gusto he replied with, “Okay, baby!”  To get the correct pronunciation, you need to say “beh-beh,” or maybe” bay-beh” or “babe-eh.”

Dana and I looked at each other in shock…what did he say?!?

We informed him that it was not appropriate for him to call his mother “babe-eh.” He was to call her Mom or Mommy.  Not, ahem, “beh-beh.”
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Character Card: Self-Control vs. Self-Indulgence

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Today we are giving away the third Character Card in the series. The first Character Card talked about Selflessness. The second Character Card talks about Boldness. This one will talk about Self-Control.

It is so important to teach our children at a very young age to have self-control. Remember, to actually change,the kids need to know that God is ready and able to help them learn how to control their self.  It does not come naturally, it has to be taught. Continue reading

I’m Throwing in the Towel!!

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There are many opportunities to do life on your own and not seek God’s counsel. One area that am I growing in is learning how to seek God in my parenting. I so deperately want my kids to love God with all their heart and to serve Him well. But it seems I am not always getting to the root of the issue. Sometimes I grow weary with the same constant battles. Have you been there before? Parenting can be tiring and trying. You can get frustrated and even angry because you are constantly saying the same things over and over. You are constantly disciplining for the same exact reason you had to three minutes ago. You ask yourself,  when will this end? When will you finally get through? Is it me? Am I the failure here??

Oh, how children can bring us to our breaking point and oh, how quickly they humble us! Continue reading

Vital Words for My Girls

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“I Love You 100!”

I am blessed to be the father of two wonderful little girls.  When they were little they didn’t have a concept for numbers, and to them 100 was the biggest possible number.  (Now Luke thinks that “Affidion” is the biggest number, but that is for a different blog post.)  I made it a point to read Bible stories with them each night and tuck them in, often after singing songs and telling them a story about Samantha the Snail.  And as I tucked them in, I would tell them “I love you 100.”

My girls are growing fast, but they are still young and innocent and wonderful.  When I am at work or driving home I often think about how blessed I am to have them as my daughters.  It is so rewarding to watch them grow up and gain confidence and independence.  I know that they have a bright future ahead of them.  As we’ve said before, we enjoy dance parties at our house.  Sometimes when I play Mercy Me Shake or the Chicken Dance or Meet in the Middle I join in with them.  (Curtains closed to foil the paparazzi.) But sometimes I just sit in the chair and watch.  I take delight.  My heart is happy and I simply enjoy them for who they are.  My children delight me!  In short, I am delighted with my children. Continue reading

Character Card: Boldness versus Fear

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Today we are giving away the second Character Card in the series. The first Character Card talked about Selflessness. The second Character Card talks about Boldness.

It is so important to equip our children at a very young age with ways to combat fear. Remember, to actually change,the kids need to know what the Scriptures say about it.  If they understand the ‘Why’ then they will be able to apply the principle in a variety of situations as they get older.

This is where Character Cards are so helpful. We tried to break down each trait and find the root.  Why are we constantly having issues with this?  What is the character trait?  Then we looked for Biblical examples of the positive and negative sides of the character trait.  Kids (and adults) learn best from stories, and by making the stories relatable, we are: Continue reading