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5 Ideas for Fathers

Fathers sometimes get a bad rap. It feels like there are more negative statistics surrounding fathers and their influence (or more accurately – lack thereof), yet again and again the research proves that parents are the number one influence in their child’s life. So use your influence for good, Dad! Simple acts of reaching out to your children can make a significant difference in their lives. One area I see a disconnect between parents and kids is in the realm of technology. Parents feel like they can’t or don’t want to understand it, and kids feel like it is free game. In February, I was ministering in Australia, and one gentleman shared an excellent concept with the group during my team’s Tech Talk. He said in his house, tech world is open world. Meaning, his children (who were a little older – I don’t suggest this approach if you have

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Stranger Danger

I’ll never forget our conversation. We were snugly sipping hot tea at my kitchen table. Night was falling as blizzard snow fell from thick Cumulus clouds. While our children played nearby, we swapped stories from our journey of motherhood, laughing at how precocious our kids were even as toddlers. The conversation turned serious – my friend’s eyes grew sad, and I knew something was wrong.  “with Kelley growing and being 8 and all, I sat down with her last week to share with her about her body changing” she began. My friend shifted in her seat and continued, her gaze far off. “She closed up. Freaked out. She was scared. Scared. Why would my daughter be afraid of this topic?”. My wise friend went on to tell me she had gone to her daughter’s room and grabbed a Barbie doll. “Holding her doll up, I asked her to point to

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What is a Rite of Passage?

A rite of passage is a formal invitation for a child to enter into adulthood. It is a specific time where the adults in a child’s life say “We recognize you as an adult now. You are now responsible for the choices in your life and we are here to help you behave like an adult!” In other words, it is a blessing you speak over the future of your growing child. Because of our lack of a formal rite of passage in our modern culture, young people are looking to other things to affirm their adulthood. And more often than not, the places they are looking are not good, and the rites they engage in drive them away from God and further from their purpose and destiny in Him. This is where you as a parent can have a tremendously positive effect on the future of your child. When

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His Grace is Sufficient

It’s a pretty common verse, 2 Corinthians 12:9. God tells Paul, “My grace is sufficient” What does sufficient mean? The dictionary says, “adequate for the purpose; enough” His grace is adequate for the purpose. What purpose? Every purpose. I am nearing the half way point of my last semester of college, and I have to tell you, it is exhausting. I am a leader on the track team and campus ministry and church worship team and trying to write my enormous research paper and do other classes and enjoy my friends because in less than three months, this will all be gone. I am tired. And this is where the enemy tries to sneak his way in. He crawls in at nighttime, reminding me of the past. He tries to tell me that I have earned my time to do with as I please, even if that movie isn’t the

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