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  We have been parents for 14 years now, and have made plenty of mistakes with our three children. (Can “Our Worst Parenting Decisions” can be a follow up blog post? Maybe not. After all, I try to limit my posts to only 700 words.) Despite making more mistakes than I care to admit or […]

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Grace Based Parenting, Inside Out

  I can be pretty rough as a parent. I could blame it on my childhood, learning to be tough as I played with boys older and bigger than me. I could blame it on a lack of examples of men who themselves were able to show emotions appropriately. But I know that I am […]

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10
Jun
2015

Gospel-Positive Correction

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Grace Based Parenting

  When your child sins, can you correct him in a positive manner? Can you rebuke his actions in a way that  affirms him in Christ?   Of course, there is nothing fun about disciplining and correcting our children. But we can use it as a tool to communicate God’s truth, and even to encourage […]

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20
May
2015
Grace Based parenting

  My daughter gave me a wonderful birthday gift a few weeks ago. It wasn’t just that she raced downstairs to give me a hug before my early-morning departure for work. And it wasn’t just that she gave me a handmade card. My precious daughter gave me words of encouragement that I dearly needed. As […]

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08
Apr
2015
School uniforms, Grace Based parenting, Family matters, Joey Espinosa

  You probably have opinions about school uniforms. I know I did when I was in school (I detested the idea!). This issue recently came up in our family, as our we looked into school options for our daughter. One of the schools required a uniform, and as free-spirited, art-loving,  teenage girl, you can probably […]

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marriage, grace based parenting, joey espinosa

  When I was a kid, I never thought about getting married. I think that’s typical of most boys, and many girls, too. Even if a child talks about getting married, he or she doesn’t fully understand what that means. I don’t know if my children will get married in the future. I know that […]

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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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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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innkeeper, christmas, family matters, grace

  Christmas is ahead of us, and I feel like I need to speak out on a very important issue. It’s time for this “War on Christmas” to be over. No, I’m not talking about keeping Christ in Christmas, (or, if you will, keeping the X in Xmas.) It is time to stop despising the […]

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17
Nov
2014

Not Automatic

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football, not automatic, family Matters, grace based parenting

  I was an assistant high school football coach for a couple of years. Although I played football through high school and college, I never thought much about coaching. However, now that I’ve done it, I realize how great of an opportunity it was – both to have fun and to teach some young men […]

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