I’ve found it incredibly enjoyable to raise sons. I think sons need a few things to thrive in their relationship with you. If they get these things, the warmth of your relationship will foster a natural bent toward their being honoring and respectful toward you – with a desire to please and help you. Because that’s the bottom line. RELATIONSHIP. Here are the ones I can think of right now in no particular order:
Get Along Home
June 10, 2014
Living Coram Deo is working and living and moving and breathing right up close and personal with your Creator. It’s feeling His breath when you are rocking a sick child in the middle of the night, driving in rush hour traffic, or buying groceries.
the heartbreaking truth is that violence within the Christian community is as prevalent as it is without … and possibly worse because Christian women notoriously under-report. Countless women, women who have been loved, made righteous, forgiven and welcomed by Christ, are trapped in hate-filled marriages where their souls are systematically bludgeoned with Satan’s lies about their worthlessness and where their bodies are systematically battered by the hands and arms of someone who has promised to love and protect them.
Toddlers are learning that they are separate from you, and this is a healthy part of their development. They need to have more freedom, but they need to have it within secure perimeters. I think it is important for them to know that you are in control (they are secure), but that they have choices (they are free). Here’s how that would look:
The Beginning of Wisdom
October 22, 2014
I’m reading a stack of books right now, including Big Girls Don’t Whine by Jan Silvious. Growing up is a subject I’m working on in my own life, being almost 48 and all (I know, I know—crazy, right? Pick those jaws up off the floor), and I’ve written a little bit about that HERE. […]
July 19, 2014
Facing our brokenness is a breathtaking act of faith in the living God; refusal to face our brokenness is a tragic denial of his existence, power, and goodness. Because the denial of painful reality comes so naturally, it is rarely labeled as sinful. Nor do we recognize how much it dishonors the God who loves […]