The Value of Work – Genesis 2:5-18

A short time before Kathy, an older woman in our church, passed away, she told a friend she wouldn't be worried about her children any longer. She felt she had fulfilled her purpose, that God was pleased, and now she could rest. After God had created a bunch of amazing things like planets, the fireball of a sun, a moon for a nightlight, oceans and … Continue reading The Value of Work – Genesis 2:5-18

I Taught my Son to Worship a Dog – Psalm 25:4-5

Our new puppy Max was no god. The shepherd mix was my 5-year-old's favorite playmate when his brothers weren't around. Seth's early experiences with his friend, however, were painful. Max nipped at fingers, making Seth pull his hand back. My son soon came inside with a frown, sliding the glass door between him and his pet. Dog Training 101 I reminded … Continue reading I Taught my Son to Worship a Dog – Psalm 25:4-5

Parenting Tip #5 – Teach God’s Ways

Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to help our children avoid making the same mistakes we made? I think there are guides for accomplishing this in the Law given to Moses and in following Jesus' example. "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. … Continue reading Parenting Tip #5 – Teach God’s Ways

Let Children Come to Jesus – Matthew 19:13-14

My mother says I came home and reported to her that I'd asked Jesus in my heart at an after-school program. With great reverence I said, "I felt Jesus all over me." I love how children explain things that they haven't tried to express before. In my child-like understanding I knew my life had changed. … Continue reading Let Children Come to Jesus – Matthew 19:13-14

Boundaries are a Good Thing, part 1

Under honey-blonde bangs my captivating four-year-old raised imploring eyes to me and once again asked if she could pet the horse. And once again I reminded her how the electrified fence had made me jump, emphasizing the gravity of my injury with “Owie, it really hurt me.” I rubbed my shoulder for emphasis. She studied … Continue reading Boundaries are a Good Thing, part 1