Did Jesus Battle Depression? {pastors.com}

10 04 2015

This link is a helpful perspective for anyone fighting through various degrees of depression.

Did Jesus Battle Depression?.





Pray

11 03 2015

We can wish. We can manipulate. We can modify behaviour.

But we want better than that. We want God. We need God. God is our Creator and Sustainer and Transformer.

Let’s pray for our children.

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Separation Anxiety

3 03 2015

Watching your child become anxious when he is left with “strangers” is difficult for both you and your child. Yet doing so (as described below) matters for helping your child navigate the difficult world filled with anxiety at every turn. God doesn’t want us to be anxious and he wants parents to provide opportunities to trust. Trust you, trust trustworthy caregivers, volunteers, coaches, teachers, etc. and trust him above all. Allow worries to disappear as this trusting relationship with God and his people deepens.





Boundaries

24 02 2015

My post last week on love is an important foundation to provide for children who make many messes. A loving relationship is crucial for any rules or boundaries put in place. Enforcing rules outside the context of deep caring can lead to deep resentment.  But rules, nonetheless, matter and are important to understanding how to best live according to God’s design.





Love

17 02 2015

I found a mess today. Actually, I seem to find a mess everyday. Sometimes I clean it up, sometimes I avoid it. Sometimes I cause the mess, other times it’s my children. As the messes compound, I find the urge to become a little more irritable, more easily put into a state of frustration. But then I remember love. LOVE. I take my eyes off the problem and focus on my God who is love. When I do, while the messes will still be there, at least the relationship will still be there too.





Win

10 02 2015

In relationships, winning can be difficult to identify. In ministry, to me, winning relationships are marked by the presence of Christ. I’m not talking about flashes of light or some awesome supernatural experiences, which on occasion throughout history have happened. I just mean the simple awareness that God is close and making us a little more like Jesus. That gives me hope as I spend time with children.

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Dream

27 01 2015

When I was young, I can recall three things I wanted to become:

  1. A rock star
  2. A basketball pro
  3. An astronaut

Today, I can say I’ve accomplished all of those. I rock out musically every Sunday with children. I tear up the court twice a week with buddies. I can count down from ten. You may disagree, but don’t rain on my parade.








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