31DOP_Day6

DAY 6 : AFFIRM “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” – Psalm 139:14 {ESV} ****** Affirm: To validate, to assert as valid or confirmed, or to express dedication to. This earthly world does a good job of robbing us of the affirmation […]

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31DOP_Day5

DAY 5 : PURPOSE “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 your God? “ – Micah 6:8 {ESV} To know one’s purpose is to have a life direction – a target at […]

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31DOP_Day4

DAY 4 : AFFECTION “And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.” – Mark 9:36-37 {ESV} There are […]

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31DOP_Day3

DAY 3 : BELONGING “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” – Romans 8: 31-32 {ESV} Belonging […]

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31DOP_Day2

DAY 2 : ACCEPTED “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8 {ESV} One of the non-negotiable needs of every child’s heart is the need for a secure love – the need to know they’re accepted no matter what. This is a […]

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31DOP_Day1

Day 1 : Love  “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” - I Peter 4:8 {ESV} You’d be hard pressed to find a parent who doesn’t emphatically state that they love their children. Parents have, at times, an irrational love of their children. We know this is true, because when our […]

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31 Days of Prayer for your Children

  Some people have the same daily routine which they execute with precision. That’s not me. Every day is different. It’s not that I lack discipline, I have an excess of flavor. And if you’re like me, it won’t surprise you to learn that I do not have a regular time of prayer and I […]

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26
Feb
2015

Sad Joy

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Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel

  When I got the word that our son-in-law’s cancer was back, my heart sunk. It was just last year we’d watched him and our daughter walk through that dark canyon. The initial shock, the sobering implications, and then the up-hill journey through chemo and radiation—with all of their side effects—had gotten them to a […]

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Top Ten Financial Tasks, Marriage, ReMarriage, Laura Petherbridge

My husband, Steve, was a banker for twenty-five years. So when it comes to people and their finances he has seen it all. His signature statement is, “I spent the first twenty-five years of my career getting people into debt, and I’d like to spend the rest helping them get out.”   All couples should […]

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24
Feb
2015

Basic Training for a Few Good Kids

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It’s time for the kids to re up for another tour of duty and get back to navigating the culture wars. Here’s a few training exercises to make sure they are prepared for what they might encounter. 1.  Have the “Talk” or a refresher course. Kids are bombarded with sexual images all day long and […]

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