Society’s Forge

The question is not whether or not societal change starts in the home; the question is, What sort of change will happen and by what means? Caution: this post gets heady. Deciphering the times With everything going on right now—deep unrest, injustice, clashing ideologies, chaos—where did it all start? While the answer to *where* is complex, I can say…


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Short vs. Long-View Parenting

Everything good takes time, including molding the character of the next generation. As parents, we must have a long-term view of our roles in our children's' lives while also trusting in the long-term fruit of instructing them in God's way. It can be helpful to contrast the two views to understand why one approach is more sustainable than the other.…


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The Power of Presence

Being present is truly a form of self-discipline...and one that is difficult to master! But every moment we're present our children is a moment well invested. Does this mean your kids must have your complete attention every second of the day (or every second you're home)? Does it mean that if you're not playing with them or otherwise entertaining them,…


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The Work that Happens in the Home

Somewhere along the way, as a society we began devaluing the work that happens in the home. Sure, home is the place where we unwind, spend time with family, cook good meals, and enjoy entertainment, but what of the work that happens there? Note, we're not talking about home improvement or chores. The work that happens in the home is the best work there…


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Seeing vs. *Seeing*

Nothing replaces seeing our kids. It's easy to get so caught up in the day-to-day of parenting that we forget to stop, see, and appreciate the little differences in personality in each child. This is true whether you have one or many. As parents, it's a challenge, a joy, and a privilege navigating the personality developments in our kids. There are…


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Building Strong Children

The other day I came across this insightful quote: It's easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. (Frederick Douglass) This quote speaks to two profound opportunities shared by parents: (1) to introduce our kids to Jesus, and (2) to raise our young men and women to be people of strength and character. What is a "broken man", and what…


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The Myth of Legacy

A friend once told me a freeing truth. He said, "Legacy is a myth." At first it grated on me. "What!? Of course legacy is real... and it's super important!" I thought. I was deflated and indignant. Then I considered the legacy of my own great grandparents. Sadly (and to my shame), I don't even know their names. I don't know where they lived or where…


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