How to Care for Aging Parents: Practical Tips

It happens to all of us – if we’re lucky. When you were a newborn, your parents prayed for the chance to make it to old age. They spent the first several decades of their life caring for you.  Until the tables turned a few decades later.Now as they become aging parents, you are the one caring for them. And with that change can come significant challenges.For the last seven years, my wife has helped care for her grandparents who were blessed with years well into their nineties. My pre-t … [Read more...]

See How to Teach Your Kids to Put Their Strengths to Work

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I believe that God has created each of us to be better at some things than others. It's a simple truth that, if embraced, changes how we teach our kids to put their strengths to work. Lately, I've taken to referring to it with our kids as discovering our superpowers.For one thing, we actually get intentional about discovering our own strengths so we can model the process for them. [ See my post 5 Resources to Now Discover Your Strengths ] For another, we get intentional about helping our … [Read more...]

Why Some Families Almost Always Have Peaceful Car Rides

It's Spring Break time for many families and I know what some of them are thinking. Peaceful car rides? Are you kidding?"Are we there yet?" "He's touching me!"  "Daddy. Daddy. Daddy. Dad--" You get the idea.The most common solution? Crank up the sappy, mindless, pop music a little louder and hope to minimize the injuries. At least you increase your own chances of surviving the trip and staving off more drastic measures.Our family has been intentional about having peaceful car rides. W … [Read more...]

Why We Give Easter Baskets to Our Children

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Maybe you're one of those families that gives Easter baskets to their children to celebrate some defunct Roman deity. You know what I'm talking about. The eggs, the beans, the chick, the bunnies -- they're all signs of your secret allegiance to some long-forgotten fertility goddess. Admit it! You're a secret Satan worshipper!Or maybe it's just the chocolate.Having lived my entire life in Evangelical Christian circles, I've heard all the arguments for and against giving Easter baskets … [Read more...]

Easter Sermon Audio: Everything Changes When Jesus Speaks

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Celebrate Resurrection Day with a listen to my recent sermon based on John 20, exploring the first few interactions people had with Jesus following his triumphant rising from the dead.Everyone Jesus encounters is confused, fearful, and or doubting. Maybe you can relate. Not surprisingly, everything changes when Jesus speaks.Listen. Learn. Believe. He is risen!  … [Read more...]

About that Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Silliness

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About that Supreme Court Same-sex marriage silliness....Last week I came across something I had never encountered before. It has fascinated me ever since. Ants.Not ants, per se. I have, in fact, seen those once or twice in my lifetime. It wasn't the ants themselves, but the silliness of where I found them that befuddled me.I've know animals to do some strange things. I know of someone who once found a snake coiled up around her computer cables. Nice. I once found a baby opossum in m … [Read more...]

How to Delegate Like a Pro

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It's hard for me to delegate because it's hard for me to let go.As a parent, it's easier for me to just do something than to give my kids a shot at it. As a leader, it's more comfortable for me to hold on to a task I know I can do well, than to delegate it to someone else.Come to think of it, learning to delegate effectively is a walk of faith. [ See my post The Secret to Living by Faith ] So I guess it's appropriate that we talk about it here at FaithWalkers. Lessons from Jethro I … [Read more...]

Learn How to Pass the Faith Test

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Most of us cringe somewhere deep within when we hear the word -- test.School taught us that tests are events to be feared. Red pens. Snickers from our classmates. Numbers not up to expectations. For far too many of us, tests are pre-cursers to failure. And that's a shame, because the only way for our faith to grow is for it to pass the test. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let s … [Read more...]


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