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The Acute Pain of Trust

This year, there will be three backpacks. Three lunch boxes Three kids dropped off at the entrance to the elementary school. And one empty house for several more hours a day. All three of our children, for the first time, will go to school this year. This will be the last first day of school. [...]

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One of the Most Powerful Parenting Ally

I took my daughter to see Cinderella last week. We had talked about it for months, and both of us were excited. We waited through the previews and then the movie started, and about 10 minutes into the show something remarkable happened. Unprompted, she reached over and held my hand. And I felt like I was [...]

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Lord, Make Me a Generous Father

“Lord, make me a generous father.” This is a prayer I’ve been praying recently. I started praying it because I read Jesus’ description of our heavenly Father in Luke 11:11-13: “What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish? Or if he asks for [...]

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The Imagination is a Muscle

In the last two weeks, during Christmas vacation, our family has had conversations about good and evil, conformity and individuality, space and time travel, physics, and mind control. That’s because we are about three quarters of the way through reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle. It’s a book I read when I was in [...]

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7 Things to Pray for Your Children

Encourage post from Jon Bloom here about how to pray for your children: 1. That Jesus will call them and no one will hinder them from coming. Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children [...]

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Actors Audition for Dad

Maybe a bit cheesy, but it still struck a chord with this dad:

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My Favorite Prayer My Wife Prays for our Children

Jana prays for our kids a lot, and in a lot of different ways. As a matter of fact, if you came into our kitchen, you would see a set of notecards on the windowsill. Each notecard has a specific characteristic on it – things like courage, faith, purity, gentleness – these are things she [...]

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I Want to Be a Dad who Sings

I’m with you, Trevin: Am I going to be a Dad who sings?  As a kid, I spent a half hour or so every morning in the van with Dad and my younger siblings heading to school. Some of my musical preferences today hark back to the soundtrack of our morning commute. From the guitar-driven [...]

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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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