Archive for March, 2010

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Enter to win a copy of The Christian Atheist

March 22, 2010

Craig Groeschel’s newest book gets released tomorrow and I would love to read this book. So I am being a bit selfish here and doing what I can to try and win a copy for myself 🙂

 

The Christian Atheist, by recovering Christian Atheist Craig Groeschel, is an honest, hard-hitting and eye-opening look into the ways people believe in God but live as if he doesn’t exist. From his own lapses in faith as a young man to the painful self-admission he had to make as an established pastor, Groeschel’s own journey will immerse you and challenge you into a deeper, Christ-filled life. – from http://christianatheist.com

 

So, take a chance yourself and see if you can win a copy. Go to http://bit.ly/bgmsOa and enter to win. And if you win a copy and I don’t, can I borrow yours?

 

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Are your parents involved in your kids lives?

March 15, 2010

I subscribe to the Moments Together for Couples daily devotional from Dennis and Barbara Rainey and thought it was pretty good. Read it and I will comment at the bottom.

 

The Lifeline of Connection

Leviticus 19:32
You shall rise up before the grayheaded, and honor the aged, and you shall revere your God; I am the Lord.

Jack Turpin of Dallas, Texas, is a busy man, but not too busy for his grandchildren. Several times a year he picks up some of his grandchildren who live in the Dallas area for what he calls “Grandpa Day.” Starting at 7:00 A.M., they go to a traditional spot for breakfast and then to his office. There he has a closet filled with games and books that the grandkids enjoy. After the trip to the office, they go to the sanctuary of their church and sit. They have lunch and then return home.

A few years ago, when one of his daughters became ill, Jack had “Grandpa Camp” for four days. Jack is purposely involved in his grandchildren’s lives.

Let me ask you: Why are so many old people bored? Why are many of the elderly under-challenged? What keeps them going as they approach the end of life? Why do so many waste so much time chasing little white balls around a golf course?

I believe one key reason is that many grandparents are not like Jack Turpin. They are isolated from their families and are not involved in passing on a legacy.

Something tells me the problem in many cases may be their relationships with their adult children. If you were to say to me, “I wish my parents would start making time to be grandparents” I would ask, “How much time are you spending with your parents?” Or, “Are you pursuing a relationship with them?” Perhaps if we value the older generation by honoring our parents, they will value the younger generation by getting involved in their grandchildren’s lives.

Do your parents feel close to you? Do they feel loved, appreciated and needed? And if they are needed, is it for something other than just baby-sitting? If they did, perhaps they would make the effort to be involved.

God gives grandparents a special role in a child’s life. A child may learn some character qualities more from his grandparents than from his parents. That’s the type of vision I’d like to give grandparents-helping to build another generation. And you can help make it possible by maintaining that connection.

Prayer: For your children to experience a great relationship with their grandparents.

Discuss: How involved are your parents with your children? What steps can you take to help strengthen that connection?

 

I feel like Misty and I are lucky. My parents watch the boys for us at least once a year when we go out for a weekend together. Our weekend is coming up at the end of month and we are taking the boys down. My parents always love having them for a couple of days. Of course we have to deprogram them when they come back but that’s ok. Sometimes, that what grandparents are for. I need to remember down the road how important those times were to Misty and I and be happy when asked by our kids to watch their kids. Of course that is way down the road.

It’s important for couples to have time away together and Misty and I make it a priority to do so at least once a year. This year though, I am aiming for 2 🙂

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Yea. I did it again.

March 13, 2010

So I went another 4 or 5 months without a post. I know. What else would you expect from me? 🙂 I really want to post more but time is just to valuable with my family. Three sons and an amazing wife and they all deserve my time. But maybe that is what I need to blog about. I started with just family and church and then kind of moved to weight loss but that….  Well we won’t go there. At least not now.

So lets get back to the whole family and marriage thing. This is something that has been on my mind a lot lately. Won’t go into a lot of details but the enemy took a huge swing at me and my family last summer and I could tell a big bulls eye was painted. But thanks to the “Voice of Truth” the attack was put down. But it also brought my vision back into focus. I have seen the enemy attack the marriages of some friends of mine lately and know for a fact that is where the enemy is focusing on.

Misty and I are headed to Family Life’s “Weekend to Remember” at the end of the month and we would like to invite you to join us. It is in Nashville so find someone to watch the kids and head south with us. It’s time for us to take back our marriages and glorify God in the process.