Christmas Quiz

There’s a great Christmas preparation resource for families on famtime.com! You’ll find it under the Resources tab and within the “Featured Family Activities” link. If you look at December’s activity, you’ll find the Christmas Quiz! I have used this activity with my children, elementary school Sunday school, and my youth [...]

Christmas Quiz2021-12-08T08:04:32-07:00

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

When God gave me a passion for family ministry it was so exciting to learn about resources that others had benefited from for years. There were many times when I felt like I was late to a party. This was true when I first discovered Shepherding a Child’s Heart by [...]

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp2021-12-06T13:29:46-07:00

Christmas Memories

There’s just something about the sights and smells of Christmas that floats childhood memories to the front of our minds. When I think about my childhood Christmases, I think about family get-togethers, even in big snowstorms, and sitting in front of our big radiator drinking hot chocolate, eating cookies, and [...]

Christmas Memories2021-12-01T20:59:04-07:00

Thankful for (K)indeness

If you’ve followed this month’s blog series, you’ve probably put the puzzle together that I wrote about being Thankful for: (TH)ings, (A)ctive life, and  (N)o. So this week finishes off our (THANK)ful series with being thankful for… (K)indness. In Romans 2, Paul talks about us passing judgment on one another [...]

Thankful for (K)indeness2021-11-16T14:15:45-07:00

Thankful for (N)o

I don’t like to say or hear “no.” I do what I can to respond to my children with “yes” answers about playing things they like, connecting with people, and eating fun foods. I do this in part because I used to be a “No” mom. My default was to [...]

Thankful for (N)o2021-11-16T14:05:32-07:00

Thankful for an (A)ctive life

Snap-Crackle-Pop I’m middle-aged these days. My knees and ankles remind me about it when I’ve not exercised in awhile. I have snap-crackle-pop joints my first time back to High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) videos after a hiatus. I played a VERY short stint of sports growing up and I wasn’t active [...]

Thankful for an (A)ctive life2021-11-10T08:46:27-07:00

Grounded in the Gospel: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way

  Any time I see the name, J.I. Packer on a book, I become instantly interested. If you have never heard of this man, google his name. Hop on to YouTube and watch some videos. I bet you’ll begin to see why I admire the legacy this man left for [...]

Grounded in the Gospel: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way2021-11-05T08:48:52-06:00

(TH)ankful for (TH)ings

Recently our fridge broke and leaked into our basement. The leak happened behind our fridge because our floor slants, so we didn’t see it. The broken fridge warped and destroyed the floor beneath. We spent a month sorting out all the details in our first insurance claim. We got a [...]

(TH)ankful for (TH)ings2021-11-03T08:44:08-06:00

The Real Husband

Recently, I was scrolling through social media and began seeing a quote by D.L. Moody repeatedly shared by many of my friends. It was the typical situation of one of us finding a quote that we liked and then agreed with the statement by sharing it. My friends were quoting [...]

The Real Husband2021-10-28T13:42:26-06:00

Taking Thoughts Captive

It can be scary to think about our children being soldiers in a war, but it’s our reality as believers. We are all in a war. Our thoughts are extremely important. What we think becomes our beliefs and our beliefs become our words and actions. “Out of the overflow of [...]

Taking Thoughts Captive2021-10-28T11:24:49-06:00

Demolishing Strongholds

Let’s continue the conversation of fighting like Jesus does. Last week we read, “ For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does,” 2 Corinthians 10:3 Verse 4 of 2 Corinthians 3 says, “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of [...]

Demolishing Strongholds2021-10-13T08:40:29-06:00

“These are tough times to raise children in this world.” It’s true that there are so many things our children must deal with that we never did. They face integrity decisions at an early age. Deception rages and disillusion deceives due to loss of moral standards spreading all around their [...]

2021-10-05T08:30:32-06:00

Gospel Family: Cultivating Family Discipleship, Family Worship, & Family Mission

I met Dr. Williams years ago through a recommendation from a mutual friend. I was in an early season of exploration in family ministry and I was hungry for guidance. Our first meeting was over a Zoom call in which I asked him too many questions. However, he was gracious, [...]

Gospel Family: Cultivating Family Discipleship, Family Worship, & Family Mission2021-10-05T08:00:52-06:00

Being Situationally Aware

September 26th is National Situational Awareness Day. It’s a great time to teach your children to be aware of others. BIG IDEA Serving others includes being attentive to them and how they feel. KEY SCRIPTURE Matthew 7:12 MATERIALS None needed PREPARATION 1. Make 5 changes to things in the room [...]

Being Situationally Aware2021-09-21T10:16:53-06:00

Family Snack-tivity

September 20th is National String Cheese Day. Here’s an activity your family can do to celebrate in a snacky way! BIG IDEA We can support and encourage people by standing up for them. KEY SCRIPTURE 1 Samuel 17:17-18 MATERIALS supplies to make your cheese stick snack PREPARATION  1. Choose one [...]

Family Snack-tivity2021-09-15T09:03:27-06:00

Encouragement Activity

September 12th is National Encouragement Day. Here’s an activity your family can do to encourage one another. BIG IDEA We should encourage each other as a family. KEY SCRIPTURE 1 Thessalonians 5:11 MATERIALS Enough Sticky notes for each person to give to everyone else in the family, markers PREPARATION 1. [...]

Encouragement Activity2021-09-07T12:58:12-06:00

Parenting With Kingdom Purpose by Ken Hemphill & Richard Ross

Here again I find myself recommending one of the few books that I’ve read more than once! Two amazing Christian leaders, Dr. Richard Ross Ph.D. & Dr. Ken Hemphill Ph.D., collaborated to produce, for churches and families, a seemingly one stop shop on the topic of family ministry. After reading [...]

Parenting With Kingdom Purpose by Ken Hemphill & Richard Ross2021-09-05T22:08:10-06:00

September 9th is National Teddy Bear Day! Here’s a fun Family Time Activity you can do as a family to teach your children about comfort this week! BIG IDEA God comforts us so we can comfort others KEY SCRIPTURE 2 Corinthians 1:4 MATERIALS your favorite stuffed animal PREPARATION 1. Find [...]

2021-08-31T23:02:56-06:00

AFTER Hannah dedicated her son to a life of serving God at the temple learning from Eli, she rejoiced in God. She praised Him. She called Him her horn, which is a symbol of strength. Without God’s strength and provision, she would have never been able to entrust her son, [...]

2021-08-25T07:34:28-06:00

Learning from Hannah: Entrusting

By this time, you have likely entrusted your children to teachers to begin the new school year and are a couple weeks into your new routine. Let’s think about Hannah and her courageous step of entrusting her son into God’s hands. She made the commitment that if God gave her [...]

Learning from Hannah: Entrusting2021-08-18T07:48:21-06:00

Learning from Hannah: Praying

There are many more things to learn from Hannah and her parenting journey. Last week we talked about her longing for a child and the importance of our children knowing they are gifts in our lives. Today, let’s talk about what she did about her longing. Sometimes when people long [...]

Learning from Hannah: Praying2021-08-18T06:52:47-06:00

Family Ministry and the Church: A Leader’s Guide for Ministry Through Families By Dr. Chris Shirley

Chris Shirley was one of the reasons I returned to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for training in family ministry. He serves as the Associate Dean of the Jack D. Terry School of Educational Ministries and is a professor of educational ministries. His expertise includes, but is not limited to, family [...]

Family Ministry and the Church: A Leader’s Guide for Ministry Through Families By Dr. Chris Shirley2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

Learning from Hannah: Longing

It’s back-to-school time again. The first day of school used to be one of my favorite days of the year when I was in school myself. I loved the smell of new crayons, the feel of brand-new clothes, seeing all my classmates again, and being in my new teacher’s class. [...]

Learning from Hannah: Longing2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

Savoring the Last Drops of Summer

You know when you are drinking a milkshake and there are just a few last drops left in the bottom of the glass? That’s what the end of July feels like to me. You’ve got to get your straw and savor it! So why not pick one or a few [...]

Savoring the Last Drops of Summer2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

A Father Who Can Rest

A few years ago, my wife started noticing that I had the ability to fall asleep basically anywhere! Also, when I would fall asleep in random places, I often looked pretty funny. So, in good humor, my wife started documenting these random sleep moments and the funny faces I would [...]

A Father Who Can Rest2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

What is Family Time? Eternal Value

If you don’t teach your children what the Bible says, who Jesus is, and the life and eternity God wants for them, they may never learn. If you rely on your church’s children’s and student’ ministries to teach your children these truths, you are at the mercy of ministry scheduling. [...]

What is Family Time? Eternal Value2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

Deal with the Dilemma of Distance

Deal with the Dilemma of Distance Thanks for joining us again as we work our way through the Legacy Coalition, “My Declaration” for Grandparents to unpack key ideas in being a grandparent who will guide their grandchildren to know and love Jesus by example. In our global society with technology [...]

Deal with the Dilemma of Distance2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

What is Family Time? Parent and Leader Partnership

In continuing my study through Jenna Hallock’s book, What is Family Time? Exploring God’s Plan for Engaging in Biblical Home Discipleship, the second chapter talks about the beautiful partnership that can exist between parents and those other people in our children’s lives who invest in their spiritual growth. One of [...]

What is Family Time? Parent and Leader Partnership2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

The Legacy Path: Discover Intentional Spiritual Parenting by Brian Haynes

When I was initially exposed to prominent family ministry voices, Brian Haynes came highly recommended to me. At that stage in my growth, I was like a sponge. I loved reading as much as I could in this new (to me) world of family ministry. Authors like Brian were blowing [...]

The Legacy Path: Discover Intentional Spiritual Parenting by Brian Haynes2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

What is Family Time? Intentionally Passing the Faith

I have been going through Jenna Hallock’s book, What is Family Time? Exploring God’s Plan for Engaging in Biblical Home Discipleship. There are some awesome things I’d like to highlight. The entire book is so good and I highly recommend it! It is short enough to read in one sitting [...]

What is Family Time? Intentionally Passing the Faith2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

As Long as it is Called Today

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13 What is the last compliment you paid your daughter? Stop for a moment and really thing about it. A compliment many parents pay their daughters [...]

As Long as it is Called Today2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

Building Up in Love

From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:16 When my family goes to the beach, each of us has a part in getting settled in a good spot on the beach. Each person [...]

Building Up in Love2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

A Legacy Worth Imitating

As a child of the 90s, I grew up in a great era of basketball heroes. I just knew that one day I would be slamming the ball like Shaq or confusing defenders with super-human dribbling skills like Iverson. Unfortunately, I’m only 5’9” and can’t jump very high. Although there [...]

A Legacy Worth Imitating2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

Grandparent 3: Affection

Thanks for joining us again as we work our way through the Legacy Coalition, “My Declaration” for Grandparents to unpack key ideas in being a grandparent who will guide their grandchildren to know and love Jesus by example. Today’s topic is abounding in affection. Being an intentional Christian grandparent is [...]

Grandparent 3: Affection2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

The Truth in Love

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. Ephesians 4:15 As you and your child face those cultural “waves” together, you are teaching him how to face them head on, and assess the best [...]

The Truth in Love2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

Rewriting Fathers by Brandon Cave and Preston Cave

Rewriting Fathers by Brandon Cave and Preston Cave If I’m honest, it has always been hard for me to get excited about books that are targeted to fathers. I love the topic, but so many of the books, I see on the shelves, seem to market ideas that don’t really [...]

Rewriting Fathers by Brandon Cave and Preston Cave2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

No Longer Tossed

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Ephesians 4:14 In the midst of all sorts of waves of teaching and cultural upheaval, our [...]

No Longer Tossed2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

Summertime Theme Months, Weeks and Days

If I am not intentional with my children’s summer (fall and spring) breaks, the time flies and screen time wins. Here are some ideas I have used with my children to use our time together well during the summer months: 1. Pick a theme for each month of your summer. [...]

Summertime Theme Months, Weeks and Days2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

Leading Your Flock

We covered the importance of tending to and guarding our flocks as shepherds in our homes. Today we’ll cover the importance of being an example to the flock in our homes! 1 Peter 5:2-3, says “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers – not [...]

Leading Your Flock2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

Open Book Fatherhood

I’m going to jump out there with an assumption...You kids probably don’t know enough about you. Now, again, I know I’m assuming things here, but its something that I’ve noticed over the years. For many children, the lives and backgrounds of their fathers remain a mystery, but who cares? Family [...]

Open Book Fatherhood2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

Guarding Your Flock

Last week we talked about the importance of tending to our flocks as shepherds in our homes. 1 Peter 5:2-3, says “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; [...]

Guarding Your Flock2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

Nurture Their Nature

Thanks for joining us again as we work our way through the Legacy Coalition, “My Declaration” for Grandparents to unpack key ideas in being a grandparent who will guide their grandchildren to know and love Jesus by example. What does it mean to “nurture their nature?” Having raised your own [...]

Nurture Their Nature2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

Tending Your Flock

In 1 Peter 5:2-3, Peter trains the elders in the scattered early churches to “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to [...]

Tending Your Flock2021-08-13T09:49:25-06:00

“Raising Worry-Free Girls” by Sissy Goff

  "Raising Worry-Free Girls" by Sissy Goff I’ll never forget the moment that I found out I was going to be a dad. I was on a church staff retreat in Broken Bow Oklahoma. It was an early morning, and my pastor was cooking us breakfast. My wife and I [...]

“Raising Worry-Free Girls” by Sissy Goff2021-08-13T09:49:26-06:00

Benefits

Last month we talked about hurdles to getting started having intentional home discipleship with your children. It’s so important to know what those hurdles are and how we can get over them! Sometimes all it takes to get over a hurdle is to hear a new perspective, recognize that you’re [...]

Benefits2021-08-13T09:49:26-06:00

Discipleship Map – Reading the Bible

In the last 2 posts, I shared a Discipleship Map helping us train our children in the next steps in their faith. I gave you the opportunity to answer these questions: 1. Has my child ever accepted God’s gift of salvation through Jesus? 2. Does my child know how to [...]

Discipleship Map – Reading the Bible2021-08-13T09:49:26-06:00

A Uniting Dad

A Uniting Dad I’ve always been interested in music. During my adolescent years, I focused an enormous amount of time on the different tones that guitars and amps could provide. I had a certain tone that I loved and always sought to imitate that tone within my own equipment setup. [...]

A Uniting Dad2021-08-13T09:49:26-06:00

Discipleship Checklist – Prayer

We are working through a Discipleship Map in this 3-week series! In the last post, we answered the question: 1. Has my child ever accepted God’s gift of salvation through Jesus? I shared some options based on your answer to that question for each of your children. Please go back [...]

Discipleship Checklist – Prayer2021-08-13T09:49:26-06:00

Grandparents

In our first exclusive Grandparent blog post, we talked about showing God’s grace to our grandkids. Over the next several months, we’ll be using the Legacy Coalition, “My Declaration” for Grandparents to unpack key ideas in being a grandparent who will guide their grandchildren to know and love Jesus by [...]

Grandparents2021-08-13T09:49:26-06:00

In our first exclusive Grandparent blog post, we talked about showing God’s grace to our grandkids. Over the next several months, we’ll be using the Legacy Coalition, “My Declaration” for Grandparents to unpack key ideas in being a grandparent who will guide their grandchildren to know and love Jesus by [...]

2021-08-13T09:49:26-06:00

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