26
Jan
2015

Being a Man

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dadandbaby

{Originally published in 2012}   One of today’s greatest challenges for men is teaching our own sons what it means to be a man. I was raised in the Judeo-Christian work ethic and taught that I should work hard to become a good provider for my family. Seems easy enough. But my father had a […]

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23
Jan
2015

To the New Mom…

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Family Matters, New Mom

  To the New Mom at the Beginning of a New Year,   I keep thinking about all the things that I want to share with you, a new mother, someone just one small step behind me. There is so much ahead for you, so much to explore and discover about yourself, your family, your […]

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the balance between laughter and tears

{Originally published in 2012}   Do you know who said, “For every laugh there should be a tear”? It was Walt Disney. All of us probably enjoy that thought for great books and storytelling, movies and shows, but for real life, it seems most would prefer laughter and smiles all the time. That makes life more […]

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21
Jan
2015

How to Help the Hurting

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helping friends, grace based relationships, Family Matters

  I am the first to admit it. I haven’t always been great at “being there.” When someone is hurting – I don’t know what to do.   Do they want to talk about their struggle? Maybe, they would rather not.   Should I visit? I will have all of my kids with me – […]

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20
Jan
2015

Her Name was Joy

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joy, guardian angel, childhood depression

  Not many people can claim that they really believe in angels. Most people would say seeing is believing.  I am one of the few that can claim they believe. I believe because I have seen.   As some of you may have read in previous posts, I have battled with depression for quite a […]

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19
Jan
2015
Martin Luther King Jr Day, Family Matters, Grace based parenting

  As we sit back and reflect on this day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we must remember the basics. The golden rule: Treat others how you would like to be treated.   Nothing can explain this more than grace-based relationships. Whether it’s your spouse, your child, your neighbor, a co-worker or a complete stranger […]

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New Years Resolutions, Love God Love Others, Joey Espinosa

Earlier this week I posted my two goals for the year; today is how I will reach my goals.   Pursue.  I’ve already written how Men Must Pursue, as we reject passivity. More than anything else, pursuing my family involves how I use my time. After a long day (or any day), my tendency is […]

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15
Jan
2015

Reluctant Motherhood

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momanddaughter

{Originally published in 2011}   Have you ever had one of the moments where what you were hearing had nothing to do with parenting, but somehow, somewhere, God takes those words and uses them like a mirror to expose something that really, really needs some work? I didn’t think so. But in the interests of […]

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14
Jan
2015
New Years Resolutions, Love God Love Others, Joey Espinosa

  “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 this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12:30-31   I only have two goals […]

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13
Jan
2015

Who’s Your Daddy?

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Family Matters Blog, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Laura Petherbridge, Grace Based Parenting, God's Love

{originally published in 2013}   The “Who’s Your Daddy?” message that I share from the platform is by far my favorite one to deliver. I think it’s because I’ve discovered that everything in life hinges on the answer to that question. During my early years as a Christian I thought I believed in God’s love. […]

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