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7 Disappointments that Might Surprise You on Your Honeymoon

[ad_1] “Our honeymoon will shine our life long; its beams will only fade over your grave or mine.” ~Charlotte Bronte The absolute bliss of lastly kicking off these wedding ceremony ceremony sneakers and driving away in course of a vibrant and nice future, is an thrilling second positively. After all, the weeks of preparation and […]

6 Ways the Holy Spirit Prays for You

Thе thіrd реrѕоn оf thе Trinity саn be thе fоrgоttеn Gоd. Wе оftеn miss His wоrk by ѕіmрlу fоrgеttіng Whо Hе іѕ аnd whаt Hе іѕ dоіng in our lives. Gоd іѕ triune: Fаthеr, Sоn аnd Holy Sріrіt. And аll thе divine аttrіbutеѕ оf Gоd аnd Jеѕuѕ are аlѕо іn thе Holy Sріrіt. When you […]

8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids

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Parenting is hard work!  And with every year that my kids grow older, it seems that we solve one problem just as another makes its way into our lives.  I’m always on the look out for a good parenting book.  When I hard Dr. Todd Cartmell, author of Keep the Siblings, Lose the Rivalry (which I enjoyed), had written another parenting book, I was happy to take a look.

In 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids, Cartmell breaks down each of the eight tools into five brief chapters, with a practical tip at the end of each chapter to help parents remember the main idea and a follow-up thought or action to put into practice that day. For the tool of “Talking“, for example, he encourages parents that their communication style with their kids is vital (no yelling), explains why it’s important to initiate conversations with their kids (everyone put down the phones), and the value of being an easy-to-listen parent.

In the chapter on the tool of “Connecting“, he emphasizes the importance of warm physical touch, getting into their child’s world (yes, down on the floor, putting the Legos together), and explains why a regular family time is one of the most powerful tools a parent can use to build a close and connected family.

Sneaky Squirrel (Family Game Night)

“Family times are vital to the parent-child relationship,” says Cartmell. “For example, when I think back on times with my family when the boys were young, I remember our going around in a circle and saying things we appreciate about the person on our left or right. The busy hustle and bustle of everyday life impedes meaningful, reflective discussions. It is only when you cultivate the regular habit of stopping and reflecting together on the things that are important you get this kind of interaction on a regular basis.”

Planting a Garden  (Raising Great Kids)

Throughout the book, parents also learn the Family Respect Rule, the importance of flexible thoughts, and how their kids are God’s gold nuggets (Are you looking for the gold or the dirt?).

Cartmell also discusses the importance of practicing our faith and weaving it into every part of our lives. He emphasizes the importance of continually living our faith alongside our kids and with our kids so they get a real picture of what a genuine Christian is supposed to look like.

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“These are not tools to use for a while and then discard once your kids are eighteen,” says Cartmell. “My boys are both now in their twenties and I need each of these tools as much as I did when they were three and five years old. These are tools you want to weave into the very nature of your parenting for as long as you’re a parent.”

The chapters are short — perfect for reading along with your daily devotional or during breakfast and each come with a clear application for the day.   Don’t let the short chapters fool you though — there’s a lot packed into this small book and it is something you will want to read again and again as the years go by.

Michigan couple claim they have captured an ‘evil spirit’ on nanny cam after baby gets three deep scratches on her face

[ad_1] A young couple in Michigan claim that their home is possibly haunted by a malicious evil spirt/demon after their daughter appeared to have three deep “purple scratches” on her face. They also believe they have captured the supernatural creature on their nanny cam. Now they are ready to move out. Wouldn’t you? Heather and […]

12 Things Every Dad Should Say to His Kids

[ad_1] Memories with Dad live long and strong. Playing ball in the yard. Twirling in his arms. Wrestling in the living room. Fishing in the pond. Shooting hoops in the driveway. Dancing. Laughing. Racing. Working. Building. Biking. Living. Dads. One of the most important relationships in this life, because it wields such power to shape […]

7 Things to Think about before Firing Your Pastor

[ad_1] This is the most painful subject I ever deal with (and I write about plenty of them). The very nature of church conflict demands that the pastor be found in the midst of the firestorm.  Sometimes, he is an innocent bystander, sometimes he inherited the problem, sometimes he is the problem and at all […]

Why God Doesn’t Tell You What’s Next

[ad_1] I have spent a lot of my life trying to figure out what the next step looks like before it happens. I like to see the big picture. Not that I’m super organized or want to be fully prepared for what’s coming up ahead. I guess it is just more that I want to […]

10 Books of the Bible You’ve Never Read, but Should

[ad_1] “I can’t understand it. It’s boring. It isn’t relevant to my life today.” Maybe you’ve heard these phrases before in conversations about certain books of the Bible. Or maybe, like me, you’ve even been guilty of thinking them yourself. Because let’s face it. Some books are more fun to read than others. Take the […]

Do You Owe Your Pastor an Apology?

[ad_1] Bob is the pastor of a small church in another state. The other day he told me what happened. First, as a layman he was put on the search committee to find the new preacher. Then, they elected him chairman of the team. And then, he began to gather information to present to prospective […]

How to Take Your Prayers to a New Level

[ad_1] Editor’s Note: Pastor Roger Barrier’s “Ask Roger” column regularly appears at Preach It, Teach It. Every week at Crosswalk, Dr. Barrier puts nearly 40 years of experience in the pastorate to work answering questions of doctrine or practice for laypeople, or giving advice on church leadership issues. Email him your questions at [email protected]. Dear Roger, […]

8 Reasons We Don’t Read the Bible

[ad_1] My wife and I have four children, with our oldest in college and youngest in elementary school. Helping them develop their own walk with God is on our minds—a lot! So are questions about why so many young people are walking away from faith, and why parents often have a distant relationship with God. […]

Thinking and Things

[ad_1] I’m doing a lot of thinking – but have too many thoughts to process at the moment! So this blog is partly me processing those thoughts, and partly seeing what other people think too… My thoughts separate into two areas, and both come out of the Faithfull Generation project from Children Matter. What is Faithfull […]