When distressed, we naturally react in one of two divergent ways. We tend to deny our feelings, minimize or suppress affect, not allowing others to know the inner turmoil. We say, “I’m fine,” but inwardly struggle, feeling confused and frustrated. The other reaction is to vent or explode in anger. We may lash out at someone or something, angrily yelling and blaming others. We are likely to
As I have shared before, growing up in a small country setting had an abundance of influences along with superstitions. With that statement, a very authentic reality needs to be highlighted. That does not mean, all thoughts related to truth correctly! Each of us still needed to make informed decisions ourselves. One cold October 31st, […]
As a history minor in college, one of my favorite classes was economics. I was hopeful that some day I’d make enough money to warrant the class’ necessity. I am still hoping. I remember the day when our professor told us about advertising campaigns that failed miserably when they were translated into another language. Electrolux, a Swedish company, tried to market their vacuums in America with the slogan, “Nothing
If you have been a Christian for any length of time, you have probably read or heard about the parable Jesus told about the farmer who scattered seeds. After hearing it several times, it becomes very familiar. We tend gloss over it quickly, and not think about it too deeply. We don’t take the time to think about how it relates to us as parents and our children. I want to spend the time to walk through it, and to get you to think about
Last month, I wrote briefly about the intense levels of stress that Jesus endured on earth. Our focus is to recognize and apply the coping strategies that Jesus utilized. Thus, we are observing His lifestyle and hoping to imitate His actions. I believe that what Jesus has modeled for us provides more potent and effective stress reducing methods than modern psychology describes. The first two strategies discussed in the last blog included
Perhaps most of our children were never taught about our National Anthem; its history and significance. We need to teach our children about it, and explain why our nation has been so blessed by God. It is not because American’s are better than other nationalities. It is not that we are more worthy than others, or that God loves us more. God has chosen to bless for His reasons and for His purposes.
The Bible is clear that we should teach our children about God and His word. We shouldn’t leave it up to the Sunday School teachers at our church. As parents, it is our responsibility. It is not always easy to do, and we might ask ourselves why we need to commit a lot of time and effort into doing this. After all we take them to church where they learn about God and read His word. They also see our example as Christian parents living out our faith. So why should we have to spend a lot of time with them reading God’s word and helping them to memorize Scripture? Well here is why.
How do we say goodbye to a beloved family member, friend, mentor or pet? Their time on this earth might have been shortened by a sickness, or a surprise accident, or a natural disaster. Whatever the cause, they are with us any longer. How do we handle emotions of grief? Are our children able to express and release their grief in an appropriate manor?
Most of the advice we give is directed towards parents to help them understand what God and His Word say about parenting. This is great, and definitely needed in a time where Christianity is attacked seemingly everywhere, and at every angle. However, I think it is not only important for parents to understand what God expects of them, but for young children to know as well. Unfortunately most children do not fully understand God’s expectations and commands for them, relative to how they should treat their parents.
Parenting can be stressful. Life is stressful. Certainly there are moments of pleasure and peaceful relaxation, but the daily challenges of life can be significantly distressing. When adversity comes, our degree of happiness is determined by the attitudes we embrace. Let us ponder how Jesus modeled life, so that we can