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Responsibility (1 of 3)

For DAD Only:

Over Worked

Is your wife run ragged being nursemaid and slave to your children? If so, Dad, you’ve not done your job of teaching them to carry their part of the load. Some people have marveled about our “big family” (although personally I do not think five kids constitute a big family). They look at their two children who consume all their energy and say, “I couldn’t imagine having more than two!”

Regarding functionality, the number of children doesn’t matter as long as they know how to work. Workless kids have a worthless future. “The soul of … → Read More: Responsibility (1 of 3)

Be responsible

For DAD Only:

Father’s Little Dividend

Do you have an IRA, a 401k, or a mutual fund? If so, perhaps you will be financially secure some day–especially once your children stop spending all your money on shoes and dental work (and then auto repairs and college fees). However, you can get a better ROI than from any of the above mentioned opportunities. (ROI means either “return on investment” or “really outrageous income” but I can’t remember which.)

There is a field of speculation which opens a wide zone of risk, worry, and potential disappointment. Yet a most rewarding ROI. No, … → Read More: Be responsible

Robbing Mom and Dad

Kids sometimes like to destroy things. They may start by smashing toys. Later, they may try graffiti. They could grow up to smash mailboxes or do greater damage. Using scripture make sure your children do not turn out this way by … → Read More: Robbing Mom and Dad

Emotion (3 of 3): The Art of Rejoicing

For dad only:

Dinner Time is Family Time

Do you feast? I know many Bible-believing dads practice fasting. In my own life, I have thought myself more spiritual for fasting than for feasting. However, there are more records of Jesus feasting than fasting. The old-covenant believers enjoyed seven times as many feasts as they did fasts. I think God likes eating.

To enjoy feasting we have to understand the purpose of a multi-course meal: to enjoy other people’s company. Personal, microwaveable meals are an abomination compared to the art of feasting. God created good food for us to enjoy, not … → Read More: Emotion (3 of 3): The Art of Rejoicing

Emotion (2 of 3): The Art of Silence

For dad only:

Time to Shut Up

Enjoy this devotional on teaching children the importance of keeping quiet. I grew up being told that “shut up” was a bad word and was warned never to say it. One day a preacher said, “It’s just like fire, shut up in my bones!” My three-year old cousin spoke up, loudly enough for people to hear a few rows back, “He just said a bad word!”

Perhaps, though, the idea of shutting up is not so bad after all. I have saved myself a lot of trouble by shutting up. I have helped … → Read More: Emotion (2 of 3): The Art of Silence

Emotion (1 of 3): The Art of Solitude

For dad only:

Time to Chill Out

Whining babies, bratty boys, and needy girls might wear you down. Many dads get to the point of snapping at their wife, children, and the dog.

When things get to you and you just want to get away, it may be an indication that you are not spending enough time alone. You may need to get away. I do not mean go off for the weekend, but that should not be ruled out either.

Alone time is not punishment but restoration. This devotional on solitude should help you see your need for quiet … → Read More: Emotion (1 of 3): The Art of Solitude

Faith, Hope, Love (3 of 3)

For dad only,

a devotional on the five languages of love:

Love

You cannot raise a child for God unless you love him or her. Of the three qualities, love trumps faith or hope. It takes the power of the Spirit to have a home full of love. Love does not come from you, God dwells in you and grows it.

Loving language

Have you ever caught yourself being rude, accusing, insulting, or angry with your children? Too many of us waste time trying to control our mouths so we do not make the same … → Read More: Faith, Hope, Love (3 of 3)

Faith, Hope, Love (2 of 3)

For dad only:

Hope

I used to get up grumpy every day. I would have rather let him sleep. Then, I realized I was the one making this child frustrated. Thank God I discovered His gift of hope.

Every morning as I rally my crew out of slumber land, I try to set before them some sense of hope. Instead of irritating them right from the get-go, I look for things they will be excited about. “Hey, sweetie, get up so we can go check on that new puppy” or, “Hey, man, we’re having waffles for breakfast, you do … → Read More: Faith, Hope, Love (2 of 3)

Faith, Hope, Love (1 of 3)

For dad only:

Faith

We had to admit my three-month-old daughter to the hospital when she came down with a rare disease. I remember the first day I was able to hold her. Her body was limp from paralysis and about all she could do at the time was open her eyes and look at us. I held that little bundle close in amazement.

In your Father’s arms

My walk with God has to be like my daughter in my arms. Faith means coming to Him and not bringing my agenda or my abilities to the table. He scoops … → Read More: Faith, Hope, Love (1 of 3)

Mission Trip (3 of 3): Serving One Another

For dad only: The Minimum Amount

by Rev. Franklin Buchanan, II

“And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.”

Matthew 5:41-42 (NKJV)

 

The cost of an item often influences the final selection of a purchase – and rightly so. Our checking account balance (or lack thereof) impacts shopping choices as one pursues the lowest price, the best deal, and the bargain while rummaging through the clearance racks. This search can be … → Read More: Mission Trip (3 of 3): Serving One Another