Fools & Wise | Devotions with Dad

Anger (3 of 3): Right Kind of Mad

For dad only:

Get to the Heart of Anger

Many times a good dad will get boiling mad for the right reason. How we respond, however, makes a huge impact on our children’s lives.

If you see your kid coloring on the pages of the family Bible, you may become furious over such sacrilege. However, you cannot cuss the child out and kick him with your boot. Bridle your anger and ride it productively, not destructively.

In such a situation you may have to order a “Cease and desist” command immediately, then go for a walk to think of a … → Read More: Anger (3 of 3): Right Kind of Mad

Anger (2 of 3): Selfish Madness

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When You Feel Angry

What makes you mad? Do you fear you are a control freak? One blow-up will not make-up for the weeks and months I have wasted by not training my children properly. Kids should not behave out of fear of angering dad.

Loss of control

Most men get angry when life feels out of control. We want to make things happen our way. When we realize our kids will never be perfect, we will have fewer stomach ulcers. When we admit our own blame in the short-comings of our children, we won’t take so … → Read More: Anger (2 of 3): Selfish Madness

Anger (1 of 3)

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How to Be the Best Parent

Being a good parent is less about learning techniques and more about becoming a good person. You become the best parent by becoming a good Christian, a good citizen, and a good example.

Dad, you cannot keep on struggling with lust and anger problems your whole life and think you are going to raise boys who escape the same traps.

Raise anger-free kids

Your children will not have anger issues if you do not. However, if you and I enjoy our daily “angry hour,” we are discipling our young men and … → Read More: Anger (1 of 3)

Who is to Blame? (2 of 2)

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Lame Blame

Guilty people like to make others feel guilty. Like giant yellow tractors, they dump their own dirt onto other’s backs, trying to clear the landscape of their souls. Dad, it doesn’t matter how many earth-movers we have in our homes, they will never be able to remove the grunginess of our own self-disappointment.

When I find myself playing the blame game, I must stop and ask why. Some heavy-duty guilt-loaders publicly berate their children for their flaws and insult their wives for past mistakes. However, the desire to unload our tonnage of problems on others … → Read More: Who is to Blame? (2 of 2)

Hard Work (1 of 2)

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Teaching Kids to Work

I have seen my kids go outside, build a tree fort, and dig a small pond—all in half the time it took them to vacuum the living room. There is no question that kids have the ability to work. How well they work, however, depends on how we give them jobs to do. Most of us give up saying, “I gave them a job to do, but I don’t know why they work so slow and sloppy.” Ah, we have encountered slothfulness. A slothful person doesn’t care. Most children today are … → Read More: Hard Work (1 of 2)

Mystery (3 of 3): Disappearing Crooks

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Building Gold, Silver, Precious Stones

You, Dad, are building a home on the foundation of Jesus Christ. What you build on that foundation can be worthless or eternal.

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. (1 Corinthians 3:11-13)

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Mystery (2 of 3): Dissappearing Rusty

For dad only, devotional about contention and strife, see below for story teaching boys courage and bravery:

The Cross vs. the Rod

Do your kids boss each other around? Do they tattle on each other? Do they nag one another or point out each other’s faults? That what this family devotional’s about. Contention is a symptom of a greater problem.

I was in a car wreck once because I failed to yield when turning left at a green light. I was talking on the phone to someone about my youngest child who was at death’s door, in the hospital. After … → Read More: Mystery (2 of 3): Dissappearing Rusty

Mystery (1 of 3): Dissapearing Aunt

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The Lightning Rod

While helping homeschool my kids, I learned that my thinking was wrong about electricity. I want to apply it to life in this devotional about contention and fighting in the home. I always thought electricity flowed from positive to negative. Instead, it flows from negative to positive.

Lightning strikes from the ground to the clouds, they tell us, because earth builds up a negative charge which is attracted to the positive charge on the bottom side of the clouds. This negative charge builds up by friction.

Lightning rods, then, or buildings with metal roofs, … → Read More: Mystery (1 of 3): Dissapearing Aunt

Initiative (3 of 3)

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Seven Ways to have Heaven on Earth Deuteronomy 11:21 “That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.” You would love to have Heaven on earth, right? I think every parent longs for that. Some days seem to come from the other place. Do you deal with screaming, fighting kids? Do you get stressed out until you think you will snap? Then you probably need to know the seven secrets of this passage.

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Persistence (2 of 3)

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Are You Game for Child Raising?

Some kids grow up hating work because their dad never teaches them how. Others hate work because they have to do all of it. Although some parents swing to the extreme of never demanding anything from their kids, others fly to the other end of the spectrum by demanding that their kids do everything. The age-old question arises again about whether the family is a team or a dictator-oppressed regime.

We have to think of children in an eternal perspective. We are building a legacy which involves more than getting the … → Read More: Persistence (2 of 3)