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Busy All the Time

Great post here from Cameron Cole about the epidemic of the over-scheduled family: As a suburban youth pastor in a context where nearly all of my students attend college, I witness every day the madness and fallout from the frenetic, overloaded schedules of these children. Parents feel helpless and trapped in this lifestyle, while kids [...]

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The Love of God is Not Naive

I think sometimes about when our first child was born. They were days of firsts. First cry; first bath; first dirty diaper; first feeding; first sneeze; first outfit. It was amazingly cute at every moment. Pictures were taken to memorialize everyone of those instances and more. And then we went home. Fast forward about 2 [...]

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5 Minutes

“Daddy, can you…” And you can fill in the blank with the rest, can’t you? Color this with me, look at the battle I set up with Lego’s, read me this book… and the list goes on and on. This is the life of the parent; it’s the constant stream of requests without, for the [...]

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18 Things You Won’t Regret Doing with Your Kids

This is a great post from Tim Challies. Click over to read his elaboration on each: 1. Praying with them for them. 2. Reading books to them. 3. Kissing them goodnight. 4. Taking them to church. 5. Taking them out for breakfast. 6. Letting my friends be their friends. 7. Doing family devotions. 8. Disciplining [...]

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A Letter to my 9-year-old Cancer Survivor

Dear Joshua: I know September is just another month in the year to you. It’s not yet Christmas; and it’s not your birthday month. I’m pretty sure Labor Day means little more to you than just one of “those” days when you don’t have to go to school. But it actually means something else to [...]

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A Challenge for the Dads This Football Season

It’s finally here, and I’m not going to lie: I’m excited. Nope, that’s wrong. I’m VERY excited. For months, we have lived in the barren wasteland of sports between the end of the NBA playoffs and the end of August when college football begins. But tonight, many of us dads will settle down in a [...]

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When You Pray With Your Children, You Are Teaching Your Children to Pray

From Tim Challies: Every night my girls want me to pray with them and for them. If I do not tuck them in at night, or if I forget to pray when I do tuck them in, I can be sure that sooner or later I will hear feet coming down the stairs and then [...]

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A Letter to My Son on His 9th Birthday

Dear Joshua – Let me start with this – the thing that I hope you know every talk we have starts with – but something that I should be saying more often: “You are my beloved son; and I am well pleased with you.” That’s the truth, buddy – I love you very much, and [...]

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An Unhurried Life is a Life Lived in a Series of Moments

Let me paint the picture for you. It’s 8 pm. The dinner is over, the homework is done, and it’s time for the kids to put on the pajamas, use the bathroom, brush their teeth, use the bathroom, read the books, and use the bathroom. And almost nightly, there’s me – the dad – losing [...]

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A Father’s Day Challenge

My children are very, very different. Take, for example, the things that we do together. If I went to Joshua, my 8 year old, and said, “Son, we can do anything you want to do for the next hour.” He’s probably either going to have us building a battle constructed of Lego’s or playing some [...]

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