VIDEO: Nicaragua Family Rhythm Conferences 2015

3 11 2015

The teaching of Family Rhythm goes beyond good parenting practices, which it does well. Family Rhythm acknowledges the pain and disconnection, or you could say the absence of rhythm, in our relationships and holds out the hope that we can continuously move closer to better and better relationships by getting caught up in the simple Family Rhythm story (see here). Simple pattern changes over a long period of time can take us either down a path of asynchronous relationships or increasing connection.

Family Rhythm seeks to show families simple ways, ideas, patterns or habits that daily increase the peace and wonder they experience.

Close to 50 people came from around Nicaragua to hear this teaching. The encouragement we all shared as we worked together will, I believe, linger for a long time in our minds and hearts. Young moms and dads, grandparents, pastors, ministry leaders and others came with great enthusiasm and energy as we shared stories, experiences and ideas for daily improving the direction our families are heading.

Here’s a short video I put together that inspires me, as one mom put it, “to grow in the love of Christ.”


Family Rhythm Conferences, Nicaragua, 2015

29 10 2015
If you weren’t able to get to Nicaragua for the Family Rhythm conference (not sure what could possibly hold you back!), here’s what you missed and what some participants had to say:
Session 1
The small choices you make in your family every day leads you on a path. Making better small choices, repeated over time, can direct you in a better way. Participants gained inspiration and a bedrock plan for daily increasing peace and wonder in their family relationships.
“I like what Steve said. A simple change makes a new way.”
Session 2
Values left undetermined leaves families aimless. Participants devoted time to proactively focusing on what’s most important for their family.
“I have so many ideas now, more values that I will teach my daughters.”
Session 3
Pain in our relationships is often ignored or denied. Participants recognized that God is present in our pain and loves to give it purpose when we are courageous to face it head-on.
“I grew up without my dad, but I met Jesus Christ. And he is the best Father ever.”
Session 4
Discipline is more than correction, but a whole system of training that builds great character. Participants considered their parenting style and were challenged to move towards God’s perfect parenting style.
“I have a three year old boy and now that I have been getting this teaching, I’m going back home with other thoughts…to understand my child [and] listen to him.”
Session 5
Working through family conflict is an ongoing and complex challenge. Participants learned a simplified pattern that is easy to recall and effective to implement.
“I realized that this conference has been really simple, practical, but really, really effective for us. I found that in the styles of parenting and the pattern of discipline, I [can] go ahead and do these things with my family and share all of this with the families that go to my church.”
Session 6
This collaborative session generated many ideas for developing peace- and wonder-making rhythms and practices. Participants gained a meaningful and highly practical approach to increasing conversations about God building better bonds.
“I’m really happy. I’m going home like a new guy because what I got from this conference is going to help me a lot in order to be able to have a good family, to have a united family, an understanding family and with better communication.”
Other quotes:
“I didn’t want to come to this conference in the beginning, but actually with time, it was something that really impacted my life.”
“The games connected with the teachings. They were simple, practical but really effective with a very good result and a happy ending.”
(Thanks to Wayne and Hellen Hancock and all the people from Skylark, Threefold Ministries and the churches at home who made this trip possible!)

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.


  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?



Help! My Child is Making Bad Choices!

6 04 2011

As parents, we want to pass on good values to our children. We want them to grow up making right choices. We’d love to see them develop great character, excel in school, have long-lasting friendships and live with wisdom. As complex and pressure-packed as these goals may feel, accomplishing them doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

The Bible talks about having conversations with your children regularly about faith and God’s Word. Talk about faith when you’re hanging out in your backyard, when you’re driving to your camping destination, when you sit down together at dinner, as you help your children doze off at night and during the rush of getting ready for the day (Deuteronomy 6:4-7). Just talk. Tell lots of stories (personal, Bible, missionary, friends), ask open-ended questions (ie. questions that require more than yes or no answers) or give a word of encouragement.

Read on for a great video clip and resource ideas. Read the rest of this entry »

Conversation Starters-Provocative Questions from TableTopics

2 02 2011

Conversation Starters-Provocative Questions from TableTopics.

Stimulate meaningful family discussions around the dinner table, in the car, on date nights and more! Check it out.

Adopted: Children of God (with music video)

2 02 2011

In our small group last night we talked about our adoption into the family of God. This is a powerful picture to me of who all people are apart from the forgiveness Christ offers.







But through Christ, we can be called the children of God. What better Father is there? This is a powerful picture of those who have received forgiveness of sins.







Check out this song by Third Day called Children of God:


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