Protecting Our Children 6: Letting Go

Protecting Our Children Day 6: Letting Go   I’ve written these articles from the perspective of a father with Christian children. I can only imagine the associated worries and thoughts parents have with unbelieving children that are hitting adulthood. I used to let my mind go there prior to our oldest girl’s getting God’s salvation. The relief was as real as the joy. A parent will probably never lose the protective instinct,…

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Protecting Our Children 5: Dating Decisions

Protecting Our Children Day 5: Dating Decisions So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22, ESV) If you’ve read some of my prior material (or if you know me fairly well), you already know this: I have dated exactly one person in my entire life. She’s the last person, too, because I hit the…

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Protecting Our Children 4: Pitfalls of Pornography

Protecting Our Children Day 4: Pitfalls of Pornography   Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8, ESV) I hate writing about this topic. There, I said it. I wish it wasn’t necessary because I really hate talking and writing about it. It’s not because I’m some perfectly righteous man who has never fallen into the trap—I have. And…

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Protecting Our Children 3: Harmful Habits

Protecting Our Children Day 3: Harmful Habits Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, ESV)  When I was in high school, I agreed to go to my old elementary school to speak as part of the D.A.R.E.…

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Protecting Our Children 2: Choosing Friends

Protecting Our Children Day 2: Choosing Friends      Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. (Proverbs 13:20, ESV) If you’ve never seen the movie “Remember the Titans,” that needs to change soon! The excellent commentary on race relations and loving our neighbors is elevated by the focus on football and an incredible performance by Denzel Washington (among others). In the movie, one of the…

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Protecting Our Children 1: Social Media Dangers

Protecting Our Children Day 1: Social Media Dangers Truthfully, this should be part one of a series just on this subtopic. The vast dangers associated with social media will take us down a myriad avenues. And yes, I realize the irony of posting this on social media networks! But while maybe 5-10% of social media comes from a sensible place, the rest is a horror show of stupidity and danger to the…

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Living the Mom Life 7: Loose Hands

Living the Mom Life Day 7: Loose Hands Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. (Psalm 127:3, ESV) So often when you are raising toddlers and babies, in between changing a diaper and looking for a pacifier to soothe a screaming baby, someone will comment about how fast the time goes and to be sure you enjoy it. In that moment, as your hair…

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Living the Mom Life 6: Help Them See You in Me

Living the Mom Life Day 6: Help Them See You in Me And Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the LORD; my horn is exalted in the LORD. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation. There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God. (1 Samuel 2:1-2, ESV). Early on, Hannah shows us that she…

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Living the Mom Life 5: A New Passion for Prayer

Living the Mom Life Day 5: A New Passion for Prayer Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7, ESV) A mom’s plate is usually a very full one. Your calendar is full of appointments, practices,…

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Living the Mom Life 4: A Serious Responsibility

Living the Mom Life Day 4: A Serious Responsibility Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6, ESV) A harp seal stays with her baby for 12 days, and then leaves it. If a black bear only has one cub instead of several, she will often abandon it, as she feels it’s not worth her time. A…

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