On my desk, right above my computer, are two jars. One holds marbles and the other holds pennies. At this current moment, there are about 700 marbles in the jar of marbles and 800 pennies in the jar of pennies. Each week I take out one marble and one penny. Each week I am reminded that the time I have with my children is shrinking, not growing. With Zach, I only have 700 weeks left until he graduates from high school. Zoey only has 800 weeks before she graduates. Each week I am reminded that I must be intentional with the time I have with my children.
One of the biggest changes in our family was when we went from one child to two. Zach went from being the only child to a child. For those of you who have experienced this before, you know there is a monumental shift in the world of the first born when this happens. Everything is no longer about them.
Students who are connected to adults in their church are the most likely ones to stay connected to a church after they graduate high school.
Read that sentence again and let it sink in.
You may have heard about a popular series on Netflix called 13 Reasons Why. It depicts the life of a teenage girl who commits suicide, but before she does she leaves behind 13 tapes of why she did what she did. To be completely honest...
One of the things I am learning about having small children is that they are always listening. It doesn’t matter if they are in the corner of the room or on the other side of the house they are always listening. Don’t believe me, try mentioning words like Chick-fil-a, Moe’s, or beach in a three mile radius of my kids. They will come running because those are their three favorite places (probably in that order). It is amazing the things I have seen them pick up from Natalie or myself. It is a constant reminder that the words we use matter and what we talk about matters.
“Who do you say that I am?” Jesus asked the disciples (Matthew 16:15). Did Jesus ask this question because He was going through an identity crisis? No. He asked because ...
Family. We've all got one. What does the Bible say about families? How should they live together? How should they treat each other? How can we glorify God through our family?
I remember the day I graduated from seminary. I finally had all the answers to being a student pastor and all of life… and then I got married… and then I had kids of my own. Somehow, in all the training and education I received, my kids and life were the exception to everything that I had all the answers for just a few short years before. What I wake up everyday trying to continue to learn is that I do not have all the answers, but I serve the One who does. If I keep following Him I may not get it perfect, but I will continue to point my family in the right direction. And the right direction for my family is making sure they become lifelong, fully devoted followers of Christ.