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Proverbs 2:6

For The Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

If you had one wish or one thing to ask of God today when you pray…ask for wisdom.

God is giving it out; all we have to do is ask for it.

Think of all the decisions that we make on a daily basis. Some are more important than others, but what if God was helping us with those important choices that we make each day and the words that we speak to others. Wow! The world would be a better place.

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10 Keys to Successful Parenting

Looking back over 15 years of parenting so far, the following is a list of decisions that we have made concerning our kids that we believe has had the biggest impact.

Here is the quick list and below are explanations of why I believe that each are important.

1) Believe and trust in God
2) Pray together
3) Go to church (consistently)
4) Eat dinner together
5) Be there for them
6) Take lots of pictures and videos
7) Educate yourself
8) Sports and Music
9) Stay together
10) Have fun and make memories

1) Believe and trust in God
God must be number one in our lives and we must show our kids that we believe such. That is why the first 3 keys to successful parenting deal with your faith and belief in one who is higher than us all.

2) Pray together
A great way to teach your kids the importance of God in our lives is to spend time daily with them in prayer. Pray with them before they head off to school. Pray together at dinner. A simple bedtime prayer together is also a great habit to get into with your kids. Becky and I have prayed with each of our kids at bedtime since they were babies. They look forward to bedtime prayer and if you try to skip, they’ll remind you. There is something about praying before bed that gives you and the kids peace of mind to close your eyes and sleep soundly.

3) Go to church (consistently)
Find a good church and then take them consistently. Don’t skip church for ball games or days out on the lake. Schedule events around church, not church around your events. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

4) Eat dinner together
Dinner time is a great time to bond as a family. At our home everyone is involved in the whole dinner process, from setting the table up to cleaning up afterward. Eating together should be a daily tradition that is not skipped. Turn the TV off, set the phones and other electronics to the side and enjoy some quality time together.

5) Be there for them
If at all possible, one of you should stay at home with the kids. When our first child one born, we decided that being at home with the kids was more important than making extra money, especially during the first 5 years of their life. Once they were all in school, Becky went back to work, but has always worked a job that was flexible enough to allow her to be there for the kids when they returned home from school. Your must be there for your kids.

6) Take lot of pictures and videos
Kids grow up fast and along with growing up comes change in how they look. Enjoy the moment, but also take lots of pictures and videos. Both you and the kids will love being able to look back, when they are older, and cherish the moments that you had together.

7) Educate yourself
We all spend about 13 to 17 years of our lives going to school and learning just about everything you will need in life, except how to raise children. Kids don’t come with instruction manuals, so it is necessary to educate yourself in some way about how to raise kids. Read books, talk to and learn from others that have been there already, pray, read the Bible. We have learned a ton from reading books about kids and how to raise them. As they get into the teenage years you will find yourself searching for even more than when they were younger.

8) Get them involved in sports and music
There are many benefits of getting your child involved in a team sport. They learn how to interact with others, how to work together as a team, how to control their emotions, develop motor skills and much more.
Every child should be given the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument. I can’t tell you how many times that I have heard someone say, “I wish that my parents would have made me learn…”. If your child learns how play an instrument, that is something that they can keep the rest of their lives. It’s not easy making them practice every day, but in the end both you and they will be glad for it.

9) Stay together
Your marriage will be tested many times throughout the parenting years. There will be times when you feel like giving up, but don’t.
Diamonds are formed under pressure. If you can stick it out to the end, both you and your kids will be better for it. I am very thankful for my wife. There are many days, when I think about all that she does for us. How I could do it without her, I have no idea. And vise versa. Husband and wife must compliment each other and work together to make the family run. I feel for all the single parents out there and their kids. They have to be under a huge load that I cannot understand.

10) Have fun and make memories
Amongst all the hustle and bustle of life, take some occasional “time-outs”, put life on pause for a moment and enjoy some time together. Play a board game, cards, roll around on the floor with your toddlers, and get away when you can.
One thing that my wife had to teach me concerning vacations was that it is all about making memories. Often times I would get all caught up in how much it is was costing. Gas, hotel, tickets and other things have a price, but memories are priceless. When you spend time together, either at home or on a trip somewhere, focus on having fun and making memories.

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God bless you.


Are You Making Time for God?

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We are all busy. So much to do and so little time to do it.
At the end of the day we are exhausted and ready to get some sleep so that we can get up the next morning and do it all over again.

Did you make time for God? Was he left out?
While laying in bed, do you now take the time to say a quick bed time prayer?

How does God fit into your schedule or does he even have a spot?

If you are a faithful christian and belong to a church then you likely believe in tithing and giving the first of your finances to the church.
You were taught that this should be at the top of your budget.
You don’t wait and give what is left over at the end; you give to God first and then everything else comes after.

This tithing principle should also apply with our time for God.
Are you giving God the first of your time or the last?
Is God just getting the leftovers, if there are any?

Put God at the top of your daily To-Do list.
Spend the first part of your day with with Him in prayer and reading the Bible.

Give Him the first part your day and he will give you the rest.


What Our Nation Must Do To Be Blessed

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Psalm 67

1 God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

2 That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.

3 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.

4 O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon the earth. Selah.

5 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.

6 Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.

7 God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

America has been blessed because this country was founded with God as the center and we give Him the praise that he deserves.  It will continue to be blessed only as long as our praises to Him continue.

Please pray for our country, that it will never stop praising God.

Please share this with others and help me to spread this beautiful Psalm.


Things I Thank God for Every Day

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God is so good to me that I couldn’t possibly cover it all, but here are some basic things that I like to thank Him for each and every day.

  1. Jesus
    First of all I am thankful to even know Jesus, for without Him I would be lost, without direction and just aimlessly wondering and searching for purpose and happiness.
  2. Family
    I am so blessed with the family that I have been given. My wife and kids mean everything to me. They are my reason for living other than God.  I am also thankful for parents that raised me in the church and taught me the importance of loving God.
  3. Shelter
    I am thankful for a place to call home. A place where our family can live, eat, sleep and spend time together.
  4. Food
    I am thankful every day for the food that we have to eat. Not only do I thank God before meals, but also thank him in my daily prayer time as well. I want him to know that I do not take even the basic needs that have been provided to me for granted.
  5. Transportation
    I thank God every day for the cars that he has given us to drive. They get us to and from our home, jobs and the church.  Every time I get in, turn the key and it starts I say “Thank You Jesus”.
  6. Health
    I thank God every day for good health.  If I am not feeling well, then I thank him for just being alive.
    Every morning I thank God for allowing me to wake up and giving me another opportunity to serve him and hopefully reach out to someone.
  7.  Church
    I thank God every day for the church that we are a part of.  I thank him for a pastor that loves and cares for us and for the friends and fellowship that we have made.
  8.  Job
    I thank God every day for the job that he has given me that allows me to provide for the needs of my family, the church and others.

These are just some of the basics that I start my pray time off with.

If you are ever struggling with what to say when you pray, start with thanking God for meeting your basic needs.


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