Does your job affect your parenting? It’s a question that all parents should ask on a regular basis. Not necessarily from the standpoint of providing financially or allowing for time with your kids but rather your attitude and character. The question could be asked this way. Do the skills, values, daily habits, and character qualities of your job make you more or less able to raise happy, healthy, respectful, successful children?
This year I set a goal to read 40 books. For some that might seem like a lot, but relative to some I greatly respect, it is not that many. Below are the books I have read so far this year, with a brief description of each. You might want to pick one or two of them up. Every month or two, I’ll update this list.
Boys should be able to describe what a godly man looks like, having watched one from the time they were a little boy. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for most. For many boys, a godly man is something like Superman or Big Foot. It is not something that can be grasped.
Good is the enemy of great,” according to Jim Collins in the well-known opening line of Good to Great. Collins’s best-selling book has been a favorite guide for business leaders and has been equally influential for many leaders outside of business, including those in the church.
Jesus turned meadows into classrooms. He took the ordinary environments and experiences of the people around him, and used them to help communicate his message. What would it look like for us to do the same thing today?
Do you ever find yourself quoting Bible verses to someone, only to stop and think if you really believe what you are quoting? In those moments, we are faced with the question of whether or not we believe what we know.
The number one cause for divorce in America is fighting over finances. I can understand why. When two people come together in marriage, they bring with them different views of handling money. The result of such a combination is frustration that leads to isolation.
Do you have a specific plan for how you are going to connect with your child’s heart?
Every leader knows that there are things you plan for in your week and then there the things that are unplanned. I come to the end of some weeks and realize I have been gone from home (especially nights) more than I’ve been there. Meetings, counseling, unexpected hospital trips, kids’ activities, etc., can easily push out the time at home in the evenings. I have found that even when we are at home there is homework and stuff around the house that keeps us all busy until bedtime.
Being a foster family provides many opportunities for good pictures. We currently have two foster kids. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, I hope pictures like these help give you a glimpse of what it looks like around the house.