Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Edited by Dee DeWitt

When Fathers are among the constellation of heroes in our lives, God’s best plans are working. God intended for fathers to be heroes for their children. Fathers do this best by living & modeling God’s ways as the way for their children to live.  

 

Consequently, the pathway of heroes in general – and the high calling of Fathers in particular – is highlighted in the Scriptures.  God inspired the biblical stories to be written in light of people’s strengths & weaknesses, which means we are entrusted to learn from their successes & failures.

 

Nowhere is this more evident than in the lives of King Saul & his son, Jonathan, and King David & his son, Solomon.

 

Saul was a double-minded man because his heart was divided.  He trusted God, but didn’t trust God. He was glad to be King, but resented God for anointing him as King.  He loved Jonathan, but didn’t trust Jonathan’s love for David.  Saul cared for David, but feared David’s popularity with the people. Saul passed on his best characteristics to Jonathan, but felt inferior when Jonathan’s best surpassed his own best.  Lessons learned by Jonathan became lessons applied, which is why he became a great hero.

 

David was a shepherd boy who became Israel’s greatest King.  However, his self-inflicted character flaws put his children at risk.  His sons & daughters would need to learn equally from what their father did right and what he did wrong.  However, when David’s life was headed in the wrong direction, he would listen to his heart love for God, and then correct his behavior. Read More »

Posted on 26 July, 2010 in Inspirational Stories, Parenting, Spirituality
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From “Lessons from My Father, Lewis Marler

 

Article by Malcolm Marler, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

My father and I shared the love of sports when I was growing up.  We tossed a football in our yard on a regular basis.  He taught me how to catch a football and baseball.

 

We went to major college football games, which in the deep South rivals any religious commitment.  We cheered for our favorite team, but we also talked during the game and afterward about particular plays or players in the game, and what made them stand out.  We’d also listen to games on the radio together (before the days of cable TV and multiple channels).

 

Before you think my father lived his life through me in sports, I never experienced pressure from him to play …

 

One day, I came home frustrated after a bad practice and told him I was quitting.  He listened to the reasons why I wanted to quit.  He then let go and said, “If you decide you do not want to play football anymore, that is ok with me.  All I ask is that you try one more time tomorrow and see if you still feel the same way.”  The next day was a new day, and I kept playing for years.

 

Some of the life lessons my father taught me from sports were: 

Start with humility;

Make sure you show up, and; 

The value of teamwork. Read More »

Posted on 14 May, 2010 in Inspirational Stories, Motivation, Parenting
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Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

Time is a family gift. Time is a God-provided resource for us to use purposefully.  Time is a way of measuring the meaning of our lives.  Time is for love, worship, work, and re-creation.  

 

Of the 24 hours in each day, the average amount of television watched by an individual recently increased 3 minutes per day to 4 hours & 35 minutes (Nielsen Media Research).  That is more than one day per week that people sit in front of a TV set. 

Therefore, let’s talk about time, faith, and the television. Read More »

Posted on 21 January, 2010 in Finance & Family, Parenting, Spirituality
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“I wonder if my experience of life wouldn’t be richer if I engaged all of my senses in this process of being … eyes and heart fully open.”

 

Article by Mary Bea Sullivan

 

Jenny sees funny things the rest of us miss.  Her humor is never mean-spirited, she simply sees irony everywhere.  One time, she was in church and the fire and brimstone minister was exuberantly singing, “When the roll is called up yonder I’ll be there!” … all the while, jabbing his pointed finger toward the ground. That one, it makes her laugh until she cries!

 

Jenny is at college now … and the other day she sent me a text message I only half understood about the guy in the cow suit for Chik-Fil-A who was waving in the wrong direction.  What I did understand was the end of her message, “Tell me this is not the funniest planet ever!

 

My reply was, “It is if you live awake like you do.” Read More »

Posted on 14 October, 2009 in Gratitude, Inspirational Stories, Parenting
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Article by Judy Mosley

 

Already I have walked away, four times, from the computer screen.  It’s quiet time.

 

Last year, quiet time meant that all little people went to sleep.  Now, the definition of quiet time has changed to, “Stay in your room for at least an hour so that I can get something done.”  Sometimes they fall asleep, but mostly they stay awake.  It makes for a dreamy bedtime.  However, my middle child is still working through the concept of staying in her room.  So I’ve gotten up, again, to remind her that she needs to stay there.

 

It’s a work in progress.

 

Teaching kids how to live is not an easy task. And knowing whether or not you are doing a good job can be difficult to figure out.  Some days you can feel like the super hero from a story book.  Other days can leave you feeling like the worst parent in the world.  But there is always tomorrow … and it’s a relief to know that whatever you did yesterday can be transformed today.

 

Here are some guidelines of my own that I have gathered from my experience as a parent. They’ve helped me to know if I am on the right track with my children.

 

1. Be Clear (and Consistent) About Your Expectations.

This includes telling, showing, and modeling for them what you would like them to be doing on a daily basis.  Whether it’d good manners at the table, behaving a certain way in public, or picking up their rooms, children need to be taught how to do this. And just as importantly, they need to see you do what you expect from them.  Be the leader and show them how you want them to behave.  If you are clear about what you want, it makes it easier for them to follow what you say. Read More »

Posted on 8 September, 2009 in Parenting
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