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When the Plan Changes

Posted by on Aug 26, 2020 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 1 comment

Lean in close, I have a secret to tell. “I am a recovering control freak.” Seriously. Life is good when things go according to plan, when nothing too crazy happens, and when people behave themselves. But if things start to veer too far off course, I get anxious. God has grown me a lot in this area over the last few years, though. I’m learning to raise the white flag, to trust Him and listen to His voice when things seem out of control. I had an opportunity to practice this recently. My child was very loudly and quite passionately objecting to the word no. I knew I couldn’t give in to the tantrum. Such behavior was unacceptable. I needed to make the child stop. But all my efforts were in vain. Every discipline or redirection seemed to make things...

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Affirmation at the Top of the World

Posted by on Aug 24, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

This is a very old story, but it involves fifteen seconds worth remembering. Many years ago, I made an extremely wise decision and married a wonderful young lady. Part of our honeymoon was a visit to Walt Disney World. We splurged and stayed in a nice room on-site. At dinnertime, we rode the elevator to the top floor to fulfill our reservation to dine in the “Top of the World” restaurant. There we enjoyed a tasty meal and an entertaining show. At the table next to ours sat a young man. I’d guess he was nine, perhaps ten. He was dressed in a suit and tie. Sharing his table for two was his stylishly dressed mother. Due to our close proximity we could easily overhear their conversation. He was polite, articulate, and respectful of both his mother and the...

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Please Go to Sleep!

Posted by on Aug 21, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

“Not again! It’s your turn,” mom says to dad. “I put her back to bed three times while you were in the bathroom. You get the next three!” Nothing can be more frustrating than looking forward to that small break between their bedtime and yours, only to realize that, instead, you are called on for even greater patience, skill, and inexhaustible energy to keep them there. Usually this challenge starts when your little ones realize they have the power. So when they crawl over the crib, or crib extender, it’s onward to a toddler bed, and now it’s “game on.” Several things are helpful at this stage: Hopefully you already have a bedtime routine.  If not, implement one. Most routines should be no longer than 15-30 minutes. Something like—read/cuddle, prayer, kiss, tuck, “night night.” Keep your voice soft, yawn...

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Little Cards for Tuck-Me-In Time

Posted by on Aug 19, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Bedtime had arrived for our preschooler, Kim. She reached under her pillow the moment she jumped into bed. Then, wearing a wide grin, she retrieved and opened a zip-locked bag stuffed with little cards. Each card featured one question. “What does it say?” she’d ask, handing the card of her choice to her dad. One evening the question read, What’s the best way to eat spaghetti? “With my hands,” Kim answered. “Why not chopsticks?” asked her dad. “No, not chopsticks,” said Kim. “The noodles would fall off!” “Maybe an ice-cream scoop,” he suggested. “No, Silly. Scoops are only for ice-cream,” said Kim. “Ice-cream is cold but spaghetti is hot, so a scoop won’t work.” The preschool logic made her dad smile. Their banter ended, and Kim returned the card to the bag. Then she crawled under her covers, said her bedtime...

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Decision Making

Posted by on Aug 17, 2020 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

  Our country made many decisions to fight a virus this year, and we make decisions every day. Chat about decision making.   Before making a decision, do the math:     Ask, will my decision add      + joy to someone’s life? subtract      –  sin or temptation in my life? multiply      ´  love or opportunity to share Christ with others? divide      ¸  my time with God? If the first three answers come up yes and the last one no, that = the right decision Don’t just flip for the answer… Some people toss a coin to make a decision. That’s okay for a game, in deciding who takes the first turn, or other unimportant decisions. But to make decisions when it counts, pay heed to the message of the coin instead. A coin contains important words....

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