The Heart of Intentional Parenting

What does it mean to be intentional in our parenting? For us, as parents, we have the joy of watching our children grow up. We walk beside them through their entire lives and watch them grow from small babies into adults. This overarching view can help us keep things in perspective…

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How to Find Stillness

Most believers can quote, “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10), but what this verse is really saying is that until we know stillness, we don’t know God. Not only that, but if stillness is where we know that He is God then without stillness, we can easily start thinking we are…

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God is in a Good Mood

About eight years ago, I took my first trip to South Africa to teach on what I call “The Four Most Important Things”. If you’re familiar with that teaching, you know that number one on the short list is, “God is in a Good Mood.” There was a young man in that audience who reached out to me recently (8 years later) and shared with me how much his life changed from hearing that.

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Managing our Energy as Parents

Most people live a good part of their lives by a schedule, but a lot of us tend to schedule things that drain the life out of us and not enough things that give us life. We get home at night and wonder why we're so drained, even if we are good at time management. It’s because there is an important second side to that coin - energy management.

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Sometimes we're Doing too Much

Simon Sinek says, “The problems millennials are facing, and the challenges their employers are facing right now, are all a result of failed parenting strategies.” To say this another way…society is forced to correct (or adjust to) whatever parents mess up. As parents with younger children, I (and maybe you) need to quickly realize what this means for us.

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The Hassle Timer

As long as it's not dangerous, I allow my children continue yelling or doing whatever it is that I don’t want them to do. I just keep an eye on the time, and let it rack up. Let’s say it takes them two minutes to calm down. They now have two minutes of hassle time.

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Do you Need Held?

One day, I was walking through the living room while my daughter was in the chair, and she had been there for quite some time. She was crying harder and was visibly very upset. As I passed her, this thought popped into my head, “Can you calm down on her own, or do you need to be held?” Sure enough, she told me that she did need to be held in order to calm down.

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Meditating Scripture with Kids

Psalm 1:3 says this about people who meditate on scripture, “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.” And isn’t this what we all want for our children (and ourselves)?

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How God is Like a Carseat

Lately I’ve been meditating on the scripture Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You”. We were actually singing a song about this in the car, so I was asking God to show me a way to convey this verse to my children.

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You Say that Repeatedly

I had a great conversation with my daughter recently. As she was leaving my room, I hugged her and told her I love her. She looked at me and said, “Dad! You say that repeatedly (she just learned the word ‘repeatedly’ so she’s currently using it all the time).I told her, “For the rest of your life, out of all the things I say to you, ‘I love you’ is going to be the thing I repeat to you the most, because it is the most important thing of all.”

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Spiritual Warfare and Children

Recently, I was asked the question, “What do I do when my kids give too much attention to the devil?” It was written by a children’s pastor who has a child who is fascinated with destroying the devil. He draws pictures of bombing him; he talks about it all the time, and it is constantly being brought up.

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Let’s lower our “Parenting Pain Tolerance”

Oftentimes, we think of pain as physical pain. You fell and scraped your knee, or your grandmother tripped and broke her hip. There are other types of pain as well. There is a certain degree of “pain” when your family life isn’t going well or doesn’t feel peaceful. My wife and I have a super low “pain” tolerance when it comes to parenting.

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Loving God Isn’t Hard

Our love for Him is always a response to His love for us. “We love Him because He first love us.” (1 John 4:19) Jesus released forgiveness to us on the cross. He forgave us for everything first before we ever even loved Him.

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