Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family (Book Review)

Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family (Book Review)

Ever since attending the Gathering in California back in 2012, I've been a huge fan of Michelle Anthony and her ideas of spiritual formation within the family.    It's a delight to hear from her each year and I really enjoyed her book, Dreaming of More.  So, of course I signed up for the chance to read and review her new book, Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family. During the first few chapters, I was concerned that this book wouldn't be as powerful and impactful as her previous few … [Read more...]

Question and Answer Session: Michelle Anthony, Doug Fields, and Jim Burns

For this session at the Gathering, Michelle Anthony interviews Jim Burns and Doug Fields about the family and ministry.  Here's some of the questions and answers. Michelle: What can you say about this generation?  What is going wrong? Jim: I think divorce is a major issue.  Here in California, the divorce rate is 72%!  However, if we bring the rate down by only 1% that's millions of kids who now have a dad and mom in the home.    What we are now doing is more premarital things.  We are … [Read more...]

Parenting Resource Round-Up

Parenting Resource Round-Up

Here's some great parenting resources I found while surfing around the internet this week.  From devotional ideas to craft projects, there's sure to be something you can use.  Leave me a comment and let me know what your fave is from this list and if you've got another great resource to share! Mark Merril's Blog: 5 Surefire S's of Successful Parenting Creating Boundaries for Your Kids 5 Ideas for Effective Discipline A Different Way Blog: Top Parenting Concerns Talking to … [Read more...]

What if my child doesn’t want to go to church?

What if my child doesn’t want to go to church?

I've met some great bloggers through our Ministry Blogger Challenge, and Joey at A Different Way is one of them.  He's got one of the best parenting blogs I've seen out there.  Recently, he published a great article about what to do if your child is resisting going to church.  Here's an excerpt from his post: Has your child ever said, “I don’t want to go to church”?  We have been fortunate to be a part of a great church, with a fun and meaningful Children’s Ministry.   Even in the process … [Read more...]

Helping Your Child Get into the Bible

Helping Your Child Get into the Bible

As Christian parents, we desire for our little ones to read and appreciate God's Word, but it sometimes seems like an overwhelming task.  How do you help your children to get into the Bible?  It's not as hard as you might think.  Here are few suggestions to get your starting. Do It Yourself Make sure your kids see you reading the Bible.  Modeling is the most effective teaching method.  As a child, I remember coming up the stairs every morning and seeing my parents sitting at the table, reading … [Read more...]

Preschooler Checklist for Spiritual Growth

Preschooler Checklist for Spiritual Growth

What Should I Be Teaching My Preschooler about God? Are you a checklist oriented person? Want to make sure your “on the right track” with teaching your preschooler about God? The following guide (starts on page 55 of Raising a Modern Day Joseph) will help you to evaluate your child’s growth and perhaps choose an area to focus on. KNOWLEDGE: My child understands… ___ God created the earth ___ Dad and Mom also have to obey authority ___ God talks to us through the Bible ___ … [Read more...]