How to Really Send the Kids Back to School & Out into the World

26 08 2014

Daily life with children soon becomes memories. What will your memories be when you ship your child off on their own?

A good read for sending your children back to school:

A Holy Experience – How to Really Send the Kids Back to School & Out into the World.





The One Story to Tell Your Family

9 05 2014

For me, I get overwhelmed sometimes when there are too many choices. We have a phrase in our culture when we have a question: “Just Google it.”

For wise and discerning people, that can be somewhat helpful. But I need more than a quick tip or a rabbit trail of opinions, I want a guiding principle for my family.

As a husband and a father, I want to have a single pursuit. I want to keep it simple. When there are too many good targets it can be hard to choose which one to shoot for. Let alone all the unhelpful targets that distract.

But when I know there is one great target, then I can train and focus on it and get better and better at hitting it.

That’s what Family Rhythm is: the strong, regular, repeated focus on one target or one story, really.

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Here’s the story: Hebrews 1:1-2 says, “Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son.”

All of Scripture, really tells one story and that’s the story of God’s ongoing sacrifice to bring us into a restored relationship with himself through Jesus Christ.

How will you tell this story at many times and in many ways with your family?





Letter to a Tired Parent – Connected Families

7 05 2014

Letter to a Tired Parent – Connected Families.

I needed this…and maybe you do too. In the messes remember that with Jesus joy, peace, hope and reconciliation are possible.





Why Families Are Attending Your Church Less Frequently and 6 things you can do to change it ~ RELEVANT CHILDRENS MINISTRY

3 04 2014

Why Families Are Attending Your Church Less Frequently and 6 things you can do to change it ~ RELEVANT CHILDRENS MINISTRY.

I think fewer families are attending church in Canada as well as in the US for similar reasons as listed in the link. The question is, “How important is regular connection to a local church for your family?” And, “Why do you think families are attending with less regularity?”





The “Peace Process”: Teaching Reconciliation in Your Home – Connected Families

18 03 2014

The “Peace Process”: Teaching Reconciliation in Your Home – Connected Families.

This is a fantastic blog on working through conflict with your children. Check it out!





Five Actions for Forming a Strong Family Rhythm

22 01 2014

Below are five simple action steps for each part of the Family Rhythm cycle.

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  1. Right relationship: establish core family values. 
  2. Relationship broken: acknowledge realities and eliminate “sap suckers!”
  3. Repercussions: understand life-stage development, then discover and apply relevant and effective training methods.
  4. Repentance: model and expect authentic transformation more than just the flippant, “I’m sorry.” 
  5. Restoration: keep a constant view to your legacy. Will it be one of restored or broken relationships?

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Why Letting Kids Argue Can Be a Good Idea – Connected Families

21 01 2014

This is an excellent article for helping people, especially children, work through conflict. I know the anxiety and stress Jim speaks of as my children woke me up this morning with a little spat. This is difficult work, but the extra communication it takes to work it through reaps long-term benefits for the health of family relationships.

Why Letting Kids Argue Can Be a Good Idea – Connected Families.








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