One Sunday morning I remember being encouraged from the pulpit to be “kingdomly minded.” Hmm, it sounded good—but also a little grandiose. What was I doing as a mother to further the kingdom of God?Read More
When God gives us children, he entrusts to our care little eternal beings. Each one of them will spend eternity in either heaven or in hell. There is an unparalleled sobriety that rightly accompanies such delegated responsibility. Here are four practices for being faithful stewards of little eternal beings.Read More
I am a daddy of two daughters—a four-year-old and a three-year-old. Because I love my children so much, it has been all too easy to make them into idols. I do not say that lightly or throw that term around. Am I willing to trust God with my girls? Do I really believe that God is good?Read More
I remember the day I determined to teach my firstborn how to clean her own room, rather than to continue to do the task myself. What would have taken me five to ten minutes to accomplish took closer to forty minutes that day; but it turns out that in the long term, the extra time was worth every second.Read More
Moms, you may be worshiping an idol right now without even realizing it. In “Idols of a Mother’s Heart,” author Christina Fox shares some helpful things moms can do to keep their focus on developing—and keeping—a godly heart.Read More
One area of parenting hits me right in the heart. It's painful to watch and hard to endure, but it's part of life and something through which our children need us to disciple them. What is it? Failure. Here are four ways to turn failure into growth in your child’s life.Read More
Correcting little ones for the same things over and over gets exhausting. Have you ever found yourself thinking, “Why are my children doing this again? They were just disciplined for this yesterday!” Here's why you can thank God for these interruptions and see them as moments of grace.Read More
The colossal calling of parenthood is made up of zillions of seemingly insignificant events. Something happened recently that encouraged me regarding how the habits we create in our homes can—by God’s grace—make a life-changing impact on the hearts of our little ones.Read More
Despite bedtime prayers, careful church attendance, family Bible reading, and a firm commitment to living out the faith, neither of our two adult children is currently following Christ. I hope to see others avoid such an outcome. In that light, here are seven parenting errors that can influence adult children to leave the faith.Read More
In Ephesians 6:4, Paul identifies the father’s primary role in the spiritual training of children. When we look closely at this verse, we see four principles for every Christian father. In this post we focus on the first principle: Fathers are to be fair.Read More
If there is one thing that young children lack, it is self-control. Here are five reasons why parents should lovingly establish and faithfully implement a consistent sleep routine.Read More
There are three basic approaches that most fathers use—knowingly or not—in raising their children. As opposed to the authoritarian and permissive parenting styles many of us experienced during childhood, here’s why being forthright is the biblical approach to fathering.Read More
Some dads try to be disciplinarians and end up being harsh. Other dads try to be loving and end up being permissive. In Ephesians 6:4, the apostle Paul instructs fathers on the need to be firm in a measured and biblical way. Here is some practical advice on how dads can lovingly bring up their children "in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."
The father of old was to hold himself above outward displays of emotion, especially where the kids were concerned, and was to be above question regarding his decisions as well. Yet, a biblical dad needs to be flexible by being willing to show how he feels and also willing to admit mistakes when he is wrong. Here is some practical advice for fathers as they seek to fulfill God’s mandate amid the realities of daily family life.
As parents, we can get caught up primarily in correcting negative behavior, which—don’t get me wrong—is very much needed at times. Encouraging positive actions as well to replace negative ones is essential in changing the way children interact with one another. Here are three ways you can foster kindness among your children today.Read More