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In Everything, Give Thanks

Posted on November 16, 2018 · Posted in Gratitude, Holidays

The Thanksgiving season is upon us. Next week will bring the busiest travel days of the year, families will be together, fantastic turkey dinners will be consumed, all done in the name of giving thanks.  But then, almost immediately after Thanksgiving dinner ends, the crush and rush of Black Friday begins!  The frantic race to Christmas is on. However, before the Christmas season begins, let’s take a few moments to consider why giving thanks is such an important part of life. In truth, every day needs to be Thanksgiving Day… read more

Talking to Your Children About the California Fires

Posted on November 14, 2018 · Posted in Current Events, Gospel

It would not be surprising for your children to ask, “Why is God allowing these terrible fires to hurt so many people and destroy their homes?” You may even be asking yourself that same question!  Here are three possible attempts to understand these catastrophic fires ravaging California and God’s involvement in them. 1. The Fires are random circumstance The first way is to attribute the fires to a random collection of circumstances that sparked these fires and led to the awful results. In this construct, God had nothing to do.. read more

A Promise to Combat Burnout 

Posted on November 8, 2018 · Posted in Parenting

If you are a parent, you can likely identify with feeling of being burned-out.  Other terms such as exhaustion, fatigue, tired, and weary are also a regular part of parental vocabulary. What is the answer?  Does being continually burned-out have to become the normal reality if you are a parent? Exhausted parents, Jesus calls out to you. Listen to his loving entreaty in Matthew 11:28-30: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and.. read more

Today an Election – Tomorrow Thanksgiving!

Posted on November 6, 2018 · Posted in Current Events

Today the fast and furious chaotic mess of the midterm will be over.  Many think these midterms are the most important in American political history. So, there is much uncertainty and turmoil about which party will win control of the legislature. But tomorrow, the efforts of man to influence election results will be over, at least for the next 24 hours!  However, despite all of the human uncertainties God, will continue to exercise his dominion over the political arena. This means that nothing will happen today that will stop the.. read more

The Golden Rule: The Biblical Response to Self-Pity

Posted on October 31, 2018 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Parenting

Sin is devastating. An eight-year-old tries to be kind to his older sister. She responds with, “That was stupid!”  Michael is crushed. He tried so hard to be nice and got trashed in return. Michael is tempted to engage in self-pity. Thankfully, Michael’s mom observed the confrontation and took quick action. After Mom addressed the poor response of his sister, she asked Michael this question: “How cool would it be if you and your sister were happy with each other?” Michael responded, “I would love that.” “Michael, that’s wonderful! Did you.. read more

Self-Pity: The Subtle Sin

Posted on October 30, 2018 · Posted in Parenting

Your six-year-old has become so obsessed with wanting his brother’s new toy that he has convinced himself that he is being treated with extreme cruelty because he can’t have it. By allowing self-pity to grow this child’s parents are raising someone who will become a slave to lust. This is the reason the Holy Spirit warns against grumbling and complaining. This  scenario does not seem as shocking as the story of a teenager obsessed with pornography. However, the attitudes that fuel the teenager’s lust and obsession are the same ones.. read more

Fall arrived today

Posted on October 27, 2018 · Posted in Worldview

God ordered that Fall would arrive on schedule in late September. And, it did. But once the sun moved past the equator changes began to happen as the intensity of sunlight shifted southward. Each year the impact of Fall is realized, at least for me, sometime after the equator is crossed. So today, I sense the spirit of Fall has come.  Today a damp, cold rain is preparing the leaves for their annual display of color signifying the beauty of death and renewal. The spirit of fall speaks of hope.. read more

Motivation and your teenager

Posted on October 23, 2018 · Posted in Parenting, Ruling Desires, Sanctification, Teenagers

Kevin, a teenage boy, has an opportunity to be alone with Tiffany, a girl that he is attracted to. If he thinks that he might get caught and his parents will find out, or that he might get a sexually-transmitted disease, he might decide not to be with her. However, suppose he thinks no one will find out and he can use protection to keep him safe. In addition, he and Tiffany have devised the “perfect” plan to hide their encounter. Thus, the fear of consequence fades against the powerful.. read more

To shield or protect?

Posted on October 22, 2018 · Posted in Parenting, Worry

Protecting your children is the obligation of a faithful parent. However, there is the false notion that children should be protected from every danger and uncertainty of life. That simply is not possible! There is too much uncertainty in life, too much which is beyond your control to protect .  Yet, the temptation to worry about all of the things from which you cannot protect your children persists. You cannot shield your children from life itself or even from their own hearts.  The storms in Matthew 7 come to the.. read more

Homeschool Parenting Summit featuring Tedd & Margy Tripp and Paul Tripp

Posted on October 19, 2018 · Posted in Uncategorized

“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” (Psalm 127:1) Are you ready to stop laboring in your own strength to build a strong homeschooling family and instead see the Lord build your house? Then sign up for the free Homeschool Parenting Summit (October 22-27, 2018), an online event with 25+ video sessions with top speakers who will encourage you to turn your heart to God’s ways for your family’s joy and give you practical steps for faithful action. Get registered now at http://bit.ly/HSSummit. Featuring.. read more

The fear of the Lord is your refuge

Posted on · Posted in Godward Orientation, Parenting

Your middle-schooler wants to hang out with friends that are not a good influence for her. She is unhappy.  Your teenager is frustrated with restrictions that you believe are wise. He thinks you are being unfair and has no problem letting you know about it. In response, you don’t want to communicate you are ultimate authority. You just want to be a safe refuge for your kids. But you know the choices your children make are not always the best ones. And you know that God has tasked you with.. read more

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Why We Wrote “Treasure in the Ashes”

Posted on October 16, 2018 · Posted in Counseling and Discipleship

We are heartbroken by the number of women and men in our churches who suffer silently. For so many of us, the silence is deafening. Our hearts’ desire is that Treasure in the Ashes will be a voice of hope for those who suffer (whom we call learning friends) and a means of equipping those who want to help (whom we call leading friends). Our workbook is an instrument for local churches and Christian friendships to discover places of refuge and healing as we learn to bear one another’s burdens,.. read more

Discipline and Anger: A Toxic Mix

Posted on October 15, 2018 · Posted in Gratitude, Sanctification

“There, I told them that was the last time! I finally got fed up and did something about their disrespect and disobedience. Maybe this will change their attitude. Yes, I was angry, but something needed to be done!” Mom might feel good for the moment, but she has actually made things worse. Human anger and biblical discipline do not mix. Your anger will not bring about the righteous life that God desires. (James 1:20) God did not give you your children so that you could teach them to follow your.. read more

Safety and your children

Posted on October 13, 2018 · Posted in Parenting, Teenagers, Worry

“Be safe!” This is frequently the last thing you say to your children when they leave the house. Often the plan for their safety doesn’t go much beyond theses words. Yes, you have taught them to be good drivers, you have told them which situations they should avoid, and you may have even encouraged them to pray for God’s protection. But in your heart, if you think too long about it, there is a nagging fear for your children’s safety, a fear that goes beyond just physical safety. You hope.. read more

Is that enough for you?

Posted on October 11, 2018 · Posted in Worry

Janet was fussing at her children. Well, actually, she was fuming. But the reason for her upset had nothing to do with the kids. She was in charge of planning a special luncheon for the ladies at church. Two women had not yet called her back to confirm that they had their responsibilities taken care of.  Suppose one or both of them couldn’t come through! What was she going to do? Janet was worried and stressed and she didn’t have time for any drama with kids. Everyone believes that worry.. read more

The power of gentleness

Posted on October 8, 2018 · Posted in Communication

Parents, how would you answer these questions: • Do you want your children to see you as someone they can trust? • Do you want your spouse to take comfort in just being with you? • Are you easy to talk to? • Is your family hesitant to talk you when they are hurting? • If someone in your family messes up or is in trouble are you the person that helps him feel secure and safe, the person that she knows will help make things right? • Do you.. read more

Three huge questions

Posted on October 5, 2018 · Posted in Communication

  Another frustrating conversation!  Sometimes it seems that there is no way to have positive communication with your family. Here are three questions you should ask yourself about your communication with those you love. Your answers will provide insight into the areas where your conversations must grow in depth and in maturity so that God is honored and your family helped. First question: Do your spouse and your children have confidence that they will be able to say all that is on their heart without fear of your response? Is.. read more

Does God Need Reminders?

Posted on October 3, 2018 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Worldview, Worry

Jesus was on a boat with his disciples. He decided to take a nap. While he was sleeping, a fierce storm came up. Waves were crashing over the top of the boat. The disciples feared for their lives so, in a panic, they woke Jesus shouting, “We are going to drown!” Let’s pause the story for a moment. Can you identify with the disciples? It appeared the boat was about to sink and there was Jesus, sleeping! The disciples acted as if they didn’t alert their master, he wouldn’t know.. read more

Do you live for your children?

Posted on October 2, 2018 · Posted in Parenting

Seth came home with a heavy heart. He had just been demoted to second-string. He was no longer a starter. He would still be playing a lot, but the coaches decided to give another player the starting job.  He was disappointed, but this is not why his heart was heavy. Somehow he would have to tell dad he was no longer a starter. That was the moment he was really dreading. Seth’s dad was always a star at whatever he did in sports. He never failed to remind Seth that.. read more

The Pledge of God’s Wisdom — A Thought from Tedd Tripp

Posted on October 1, 2018 · Posted in Godward Orientation

God’s wisdom is not pledged to make us happy in the fallen world or to make us comfortable in our weakness and petty heart idolatries. God is at work with exquisite wisdom to continue his work of grace in us, by transforming us into people who will love him, honor him, praise him and delight in him. So he is at work with wisdom in the wonderfully ordered and complex events of our lives to make us grow in grace and the likeness of Jesus Christ. Sometimes that glorious work.. read more