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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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Indicatives and Imperatives in Parenting

Parents love imperatives. I know I do. Just take a close look at the parenting vocabulary and you’ll find it riddled with imperatives: “Eat your broccoli.” “Don’t hit your sister.” “Quit setting the dog on fire.” That kind of thing. The imperatives are commands. They are statements of direction, made with authority, that have a [...]

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How to Know and Pray for Your Family at the Deepest Level

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Father, Please Help My Children Submit Prayer Requests

One of the great privileges I have in serving as an elder in our church is that I get an email every week with the prayer requests that have been submitted to the church throughout the last several days. And I’ve found myself, as I read and pray through them, taking special notice of those [...]

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Redeemed Characteristics in Your Children

Think with me for a minute about that one thing in your child. That one thing that can both lift your heart and make you roll your eyes. That one thing that might even be a mirror of yourself. That one thing which, among many other things, makes your child unique. That they get so [...]

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Does That Bookshelf Really Have to Be Perfect?

I’m not a master craftsman. Come to think of it, I’m not really a minor craftsman. Our house and yard are full of things that are “passable.” It’s the retaining wall that isn’t quite straight. It’s the baseboard painting project that almost got all the nail holes covered. It’s the entertainment center with one upside [...]

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Engaging Your Kids in Discussing Their Day

“Fine.” Sometimes I wonder if that’s the response that Adam got from Cain when he asked him throughout his life, “So how was your day, son?” I can almost see in my mind Abraham, at over 100 years old, walking into the tent, laying down his cane, and saying the same thing to Isaac, “So, [...]

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