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Protecting and Cultivating Our Kids’ Sense of Wonder

To delight in something means to find great pleasure in it.  Children are wired to delight. Have you been around small children lately? Spend the day with my two-year-old, and you’ll quickly re-enter the realm of easy delight: This girl squeals at every single dog she sees, each time her Papa…


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3 Ways My Kids Help Me Delight

It’s funny how the things that have the potential to frustrate me the most about my kids are also the things that remind me what really matters. Here are three ways my children help me delight in the simple things: 1. Literally stop and smell the roses.  Many years ago, when my oldest daughter…


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No Greater Joy

Confession: Anyone close to me knows how much I disliked “Dad Life” in the baby, toddler, and early elementary school days.  Our sons cried too much. They drained our bank account. And they frustratingly wouldn’t comply with my every wish and command.  Date nights went by the wayside. Fun vacations…


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When We Lose Our Joy

I dare say that almost every Christian parent in the world has found it a little harder to keep a joyful spirit at home over the past year. I don’t think joy-losing is a problem unique to a worldwide pandemic. It’s a struggle that every believer has to face because we live as redeemed children of…


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“Not Everyone Can Be a Foster Parent…”

“Not everyone can be a foster parent, but everyone can help foster kids…” It was our first night as foster parents. That well-known radio ad was playing overhead at midnight as I desperately wandered the baby section at WalMart. Picking up and putting down baby supplies like a zombie—  I was trying…


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Finding Home Educations Resources: 3 Helpful Questions

If you’re new to home education, or even a seasoned veteran entering new territory, finding the right resources can be daunting. The sheer volume of available resources feels like a tidal wave of information. One internet search can leave you feeling adrift, maybe even questioning decisions you…


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What are Your Priorities— Really?

Imagine with me that someone asks you to write down your priorities, starting with the most important first. Would your list look something like this? God Family Church Work Social life/extracurriculars That’s kind of the universally accepted “biblical priorities pattern.”  Here’s the question…


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3 Steps to Better Family Scheduling Decisions

Any parent knows trying to keep up with the proverbial Joneses is flat-out exhausting.  Athletic coaches tell you your kids need to play on select travel teams. Voice coaches inform you your child won’t make all-state choir if they don’t keep up their lessons. And if your kids don’t take the…


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How is Partial Attention Impacting Your Disciple-Making?

As parents, our primary role is to disciple our children to Jesus. Our technology habits, however, can make it really difficult to be as present as we need to be if we intend to disciple our children well.  If we aren’t prayerfully pursuing our children’s hearts, this season of soft soil will pass…


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It’s Good to Require Obedience

It’s challenging to require obedience from our children.  Just like us, our kids are sinful and naturally resistant to any will other than their own.  Additionally, many of us struggle to exercise good and healthy authority because we know we aren’t perfect parents. Those internal…


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