How to have a Better Relationship with Your Child

Do you desire to get to the heart of your child...to know how they're really doing in different aspects of life? Jacob directs us to practical, specific ways parents can make that happen. Check 'em out.
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“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’...Read more

Father Daughter Relationships Really Matter

A daughter genuinely does want her dad's approval, and her heart's desire is for him to be her champion! As a daughter, Brenda steers us toward practical ways a father can build his relationship with his daughter.
Daddy and Daughter Dancing
Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing [Jesus,] he fell at his feet and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at...Read more

Dating: Hobby vs Purposeful

Dating...fun or challenging? Now or later? Why or why not? Group or one on one? Him, really? Her, really? All these questions can come to mind as we aim to guide our kids in dating. Mark gives us solid, practical truth to hold fast to as we navigate this stormy sea with our kids!
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"And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is...Read more

Which is Greater...Relationship or Religion?

Religion or relationship…which one wins? This is one of those “both/and” situations. Huh? Read ahead...John gives us points we can use to discuss this (sometimes cloudy) issue with our kids.
Let me show you
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with...Read more

Sportsmanship is Next to Godliness

"Self-controlled", "courageous", "fair"...all words we would love for our kids to be characterized by! Walt shares with us some wise words as to why and how we can teach good sportsmanship, which points us and others toward Godliness as well!
Alpha/Omega
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything...Read more

Responsibility Includes Mistakes...That's OK!

Do you find it hard to trust your child with a big responsibility? What if they don't complete it? What if they make a mistake...even a big one? What if this practice is exactly what they need? Tyler points to how we can teach responsibility. Let's dig in!
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The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he shall not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand. Psalm...Read more

How to Develop Perseverance

What person or situation do you wish would simply disappear from your life to make things easier? As much as we might like to twitch our nose to make that happen, we can also know God knows what is going on and has a plan for the good, the bad, and the hard.
Father/Son
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love...Read more

Why Kids Should Fail

Failure is part of life, but is it part of God’s good plan for our lives? If so, how should we handle failure in a godly way? Walt's words show us how to help our kids with failure.
Omegas Lost
God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble James 4:6 “You are going to fail this course!” These words were spoken to me by my Greek professor at...Read more

The Value of Hard Work

Why should we work hard? Isn't it enough just to "get by"? We all wrestle with this in some area or another. Judah squares us up on this question.
Hard Work Climbing
“ So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 In the Owens house, the definition of hard work...Read more

Conflict Resolution

Arguments. Perhaps the holidays bring more opportunities for these than any of us care for. God knows. Mark points us to the good news about how we can handle conflict in a God (and kinfolk) honoring way.
Tug O War
“…go and be reconciled to them…” Matt. 5:24b Got any hurt feelings and miscommunication with your spouse? Disrespectful or disobedient behavior from your child? Or is your home full of...Read more

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