2013 Windows of Opportunity

January 3, 2013

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 [...]

Start a Tradition

December 21, 2011

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 [...]

True Beauty

November 8, 2011

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 [...]

Nothing New Under the Sun

October 20, 2011

“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 [...]

Creativity + Biblical Truth

October 18, 2011

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 [...]

Step Up and Be a Man

October 11, 2011

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 [...]

How to Survive Parenting a Teen

October 6, 2011

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 [...]

The Most Important Meal of the Day

October 4, 2011

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 [...]

Father-Daughter Discord

September 14, 2011

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 [...]

Explaining 9-11

September 8, 2011

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 [...]