daughters, daddy’s, and God’s glory

I have three little jewels. They came to me as blessed gifts from above.  Each jewel has unique facets and glimmer with unending beauty.  Their beauty rises from within and shines throughout, mixing the temporal and eternal.  I simply enjoy holding my jewels and can look at them for hours upon hours.  I cherish them. …

God’s grace on display in my childhood

I was born to two teenage parents. My parents submitted to their parents and married while I was still in the womb. Their marriage lasted two years, but they remained close. I bounced between apartments and my grandparents. It was frustrating and heart-aching for me not to have consistency in the home, but I imagine…

Lessons for parents from Jesus’ parents

We don’t often think of Jesus being a child, teenager, or even a tween, but He was one. I suppose the reason is that there isn’t a lot of material written about Jesus’ childhood between His birth and late-twenties. What was it like to parent a young Jesus? Perfect right? No tension, no discipline, no…

bringing the gospel home (book review)

I ordered this book out of curiosity. Sharing the gospel with family is tough! First, I have unsaved family members that I really desire to share the gospel with, but direly fall short of doing regularly. I really love and care for them and want to see them in heaven someday too. This is a…

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Is the internet ruining your brain? How to deal with the loss of a spouse. That’s not fair. Sweet gadgets for the one percent who can afford them. Do pets go to heaven? 10 of the most difficult theological issues Christians must face today. How to lead a child to Christ? The secret life of…

4/14 Window

What is the 4/14 Window? The 4/14 Window refers to all children between the ages of 4 to 14. During this decade or “window,” most children in this demographic develop their moral and spiritual foundations. Why is this age group so important? There are 2.3 billion children on earth under age 15 and they represent…

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Fight sin is tiring. The gospel of art. 8 ways to protect your children from sexual abuse. 5 reasons God said “NO.” Why daylight savings time is pointless. Harold Camping admits sin and doomsday predictions. Be careful what you say to your pastor. Why imposters love church. 3 Little Pigs. If it were told today…

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5 Ways Wives Can Encourage Their Husbands. An Open Letter to Christian Wives with Unbelieving Husbands. 20 Things a Husband Could Say to Defuse an Argument with His Wife. Don’t Know How To Act When Someone Corrects You? Your Worries Are Over! How to Honor your wife. Treating your woman like a queen. Parenting Wisdom…

consider adoption

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.—James 1:27 Considering adoption? [great sites to start your search] Adoption 101: God’s heart and our call A biblical view of adoption Q&A on Adoption: Countries and…

what is man?

I am sure the untimely and inconvenient news was a shock to the two unwed teenagers the summer of 1979. The news, “You’re pregnant!” Abortion might have been an option, but both their Catholic parents discouraged it and encouraged the baby to be born. I am grateful my two parents decided on the side of…

the sanctity of life

January 22nd is the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. As a result, today in the US, 1 unborn child is killed every 23 seconds. When you stop to realize that the US only accounts for 3% of abortions worldwide, you realize that there is a relentless global slaughter underway. May God exercise both his mercy…

inside a toddler’s brain

Thanks to a family friend we are passing on this funny, but spot on look into the brain of a toddler. [HT]

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Beholding the beauty of Christ in Wal-Mart What Tim Tebow can’t do? Some want to make him super man, but he’s not. The Devil’s playbook. And how he aims to defeat you. Lessons for the church from Joe Paterno. Listen up young and old. How to be better prepared for your next major presentation. Are…

joyful Justus

Today my baby girl surprised us all by growing way too fast. As of 4:30am this morning she has breathed 365 days on this earth. Each of those days have been a joy and blessing. Here is a letter Justus’ mom and I wrote for her today, Dear Justus, We are so glad that you…

parenting is sanctifying

I am only 11-months into being a parent. Already my little girl is teaching me many things about God: 1. Giving up rights of sleep and other freedoms are just temporary sacrifices but big opportunities to invest in a new life. Parenting is a temporary stewardship, which I think also means a temporary loss of…