Archives for July 2015 | Devotions with Dad

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More than Gold (1 of 4)

Can you imagine being a dad like Jesus? Think of the father He would be if you grew up in His home. Learn from the mentor-ship example He set by … → Read More: More than Gold (1 of 4)

Farm (3 of 3): The Sleuth

For dad only: The Heart of Potential

Do you talk to your children’s hearts or their heads? Dads ask, how do I get my kids to mind? Head-talk creates guilt or resentment. Heart-talk motivates children to behave without your commanding them.

Talk to the hand

When you find yourself talking to the hand, “Don’t touch that”—“Put that down”—“Get your hands off your sister,” it is because you are just talking to their heads. Head-talk informs. It gives information. Head-talking dads make rules and demand performance.

You can still hear the voice of head-talking people from your life: a teacher, grandma, … → Read More: Farm (3 of 3): The Sleuth

Farm (2 of 3)

For dad only: Cultivate Your Children

You may regret is sending your child off to college to learn how to make money. For one thing, college is a dangerous moral climate, but that is not what I am speaking of in this family devotional on developing character in children. The very idea of living to make money is so shallow it should make you shudder.

Live for more than money

If your son goes off to college thinking he will be happy once he has a career and good income, you are setting him up for disappointment. I talked with … → Read More: Farm (2 of 3)

Farm (1 of 3)

Rusty gets scared to death at the farm. He learns valuable lessons on how to use money. He joins Grandpa and Dad in trying to figure out a mystery. … → Read More: Farm (1 of 3)

Independence Day (3 of 3)

For dad only:

Be the Base By Doug Joseph

In our garage is an old, beat up, plastic 5-gallon bucket with burn marks on the bottom. We also have an old, cracked recycling bin. It also has burn marks on its bottom. Why? Each year we turn them upside down, stack the former on top of the latter, and use them as a base from which to shoot fireworks.

You see, our state’s laws about fireworks put safety as the highest priority. Pretty much anything that “blows up” or “goes up” is illegal to buy or sell. All that’s … → Read More: Independence Day (3 of 3)