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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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What I Learned When My Wife Went on Vacation

My beloved Jana (perhaps now more than ever) went on a well deserved vacation this past week. And when I say vacation, I mean it. She was gone for 5 days to the beach. No children. No me. Just a few other ladies hanging out, eating crab legs, and sitting on the beach. And I [...]

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What My Children Are Teaching Me About Idolatry

I’ll admit that 3 out of every 5 times we sit around the kitchen table in the morning for family devotion it’s like herding cats. But then there are the fourth and fifth times. Then there are the times when the Spirit of God shines through the mist of all the competing attention grabbers of [...]

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Clinging to that Which is Holding You

There’s a lot of swimming going on in the Kelley house right now. Our older two kids are on the summer swim team, and the two year old has finally decided that he likes the water, too. I don’t mind telling you that I take quite a bit of pride in watching these kids swim. [...]

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Are You Tired of Getting Things for Me Yet?

A couple of weeks ago, my 7-year-old had some minor but potentially painful surgery. We spent much of the day Wednesday at the children’s hospital before returning home after 8 that evening. Because he was still woozy from the anesthesia, there wasn’t a whole lot for us to do that night: just wake him up [...]

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