2013 Windows of Opportunity

On Jan. 1, the kids, Missy and I held our traditional New Year’s family devotion. This is not some sappy time of making resolutions we won’t keep, but a time to reflect on the previous year’s successes, failures, joys and heartaches. Each person, from my nine year old and up, shares some of their happiest and most exciting experiences as well as the difficult ones they would prefer to forget or not retrace. I prefer it this way, because I know both mountaintops and valleys teach separate... [...] Read More

Start a Tradition

Christmas is a crazy time of year. If you are like me, it's easy to get swept into the hustle and bustle of the holidays. I usually wake up in January asking myself where time has gone. I typically wish I could have the time back to really enjoy the Christmas season but then I end up doing the same busy routine the next year. I really want to encourage you not to miss Christmas this year. Don't miss the reason for the season - Christ's birth - and don't miss the opportunity to enjoy time with... [...] Read More

True Beauty

Television today includes numerous reality shows revolving around wedding nuptials, which stress importance in physical appearance and grandiose events -  everything from TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress" to the Royal Wedding to ABC's "The Bachelor," which encourages couples to visit the altar after only a few short weeks of "dating." These shows are sending a misconstrued message to our culture, emphasizing the significance of a fairytale day rather than focusing on the vital necessity to build a... [...] Read More

Nothing New Under the Sun

"What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun." - Ecclesiastes 1:9 Last December, the Parents Television Council released a survey about teen girls being exploited on TV. The study found that "when underage female characters appear on screen: more sexual content is depicted; the teen girls show next to no negative response to being sexualized; more sexual incidents occur outside of any form of a committed relationship; and there... [...] Read More

Creativity + Biblical Truth

In my years of parenting, I have learned that it is essential to teach children spiritual Truths at home. Sure, they will learn things from Sunday School, VBS or even Christian schooling, but it is our responsibility as parents not to let the spiritual development of our children lie in the hands of others. Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." I have tried to practice this with my own children. I believe it's important not... [...] Read More

Step Up and Be a Man

I recently read an article that discussed a new Hartford Seminary study. The study claimed that "American congregations have grown less healthy in the last decade, with fewer people in the pews and aging memberships." It also stated that in the first decade of the 21st century, the median worship attendance at a typical congregation decreased, from 130 to 108. When I read that three questions came to my mind: Did we stop telling our friends about Jesus and decide not to invite them to... [...] Read More

How to Survive Parenting a Teen

School has started, schedules have begun to get busy and you're dealing with a difficult teenager. You may sit there asking yourself, "How am I going to make it through the year?" As much as teens can be difficult to live with it, it is important to remember that your job is to engage in their lives and help parent them through these vital years. I like to call it the sacred seven to parenting teens.  Be engaged. The first step of alleviating future problems or solving current ones is... [...] Read More

The Most Important Meal of the Day

You may not be aware that eating a meal together as a family could change your children's lives. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA Columbia) at Columbia University found that teenagers who never sit down for family dinners are four times more likely to use tobacco, twice as likely to drink alcohol and two and a half times as likely to smoke marijuana. Those are some pretty scary statistics for parents like myself. I know with today's busy schedules it can be very... [...] Read More

Father-Daughter Discord

Any fool can be a Father, but it takes a real man to be a Daddy!!  --Philip Whitmore Senior In this day and age daddy/daughter relationships have become merely living under the same roof and exchanging "hello" at breakfast and dinner, if the father even has time to make it to a meal. The plethora of songs and movies about girls who never knew their dads further showcases this problem. This has really been on mind lately. I know this is not the type of relationship I want my daughter to... [...] Read More

Explaining 9-11

I don't know about you, but I am very sensitive to 9-11 as we approach the 10-year anniversary. There have been several times this week where I have sat on the sofa watching documentaries about this monumental tragedy and wept. I will never get over it! There are many children who were too young to remember or understand that Tuesday morning a decade ago and may now be asking questions about why such an event occurred. Actually, there are probably many adults who ask the same question. 9-11... [...] Read More