I have to admit that I stink horrible at New Years Resolutions. I am not one to make them just to be honest. I wish I were better. The first step to fixing a problem is admitting that there is one, right? Perhaps in another world. I will say that I am looking forward to 2015. Though we are just a few days into it, I know that there are great things that lay ahead.
Many of you will try and lose weight. Some will try to give up smoking. A few will give up pornography. Whatever your vice may be, you will be ready and willing to have a goal and a vision. Zig Ziglar is credited in saying “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” And I agree. There are times where I feel that I have nothing to aim at and then there are those times that I feel that there are way too many goals to aim at. But today, I am aiming for one thing and that is to intentionally on a weekly basis have a family night with my kids and wife. Some of you are perfect dads. You can have these at the drop of the hat. For me, I have to work at it. It is easier for me to put in a movie and call it a family night.
Perhaps we can say that this is my resolution. Then again, you would all hold me accountable and we can’t have that here, can we?
What’s your goal for the year?
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It’s Christmas morning and you are probably up with your cup of coffee getting ready for the kids to get up if they haven’t already beat you to it. This day is a day that all kiddos wait for all year long. I often wonder what life would have been like without Christmas day. What would have become of us as a people if we had no hope that God sent His Son to the world to redeem us? It’s truly a reason to celebrate. This morning, as you sip on your cup of coffee and watch the kids open their toys, I hope that you are granted a lot of peace and tranquility in knowing that we are a blessed race.
I know what you expect out of Christian based site to hear that Jesus is the reason for the season. And that would be right, but I think it would be too close to a “Jesus Juke” as Jon Acuff would call it. Sara and I were at our kid’s Christmas program when our director made a statement that I thought was fitting for our blog for today; “Jesus is the reason for the season and we were the reason.” As we get ready to open gifts and watch our kids run through the house, I hope that this Christmas will be the best one yet for you and for your Godly family. Why? Because YOU were the reason that Jesus came to the world.
I could drone on and on, but I am getting ready to see my kiddos get up and get excited about the day that lies ahead. I am sure you
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Ever feel like giving up? These little ones that are in your life, look up to you to provide for their needs and the pour out the never empty ATM for them can drain a man. You carry the weight of the finances, the care of your children, the love for your wife, and so much more. To call the Godly Daddy a slouch would be an insult and the offender should be…well, never mind. The point being, there are times when a Godly Dad is done. He’s cooked. He’s ready to be served for dinner. There are times where the Godly Dad just can’t handle the pressure any longer.
There are days when a dad just has enough. He wants to take off his “dad hat” and put on his “I don’t want to be responsible for one more thing” hat. Sure, you’re perfect so I will just write to myself on here. I have moments, like some of you honest men, where I wonder what it would be like to be a heathen and just give up this walk. I would never do it because I know I love my God so much and what He has done for me is priceless. But there are moments where you start to think; “Gee….I wonder what it would be like to…” and you can fill in the blank.
But what I have had to do is to be perfectly honest with myself and with God. It was at this point when I realized that if I didn’t get honest, I would completely lose my head to the thoughts that run a muck. I want to challenge you, Dads, to get someone to talk to. A man who will listen. I don’t want you to be alone in this fight. It can be safe to say that our culture has labeled the man a wimp if has any sort of weakness, yet we don’t have a way to support them when they are having a rough time or when they are ready to give up. I want to encourage you to find that person today. Get it off your chest and out in the open.
Now, how does this relate to the Scripture?
“Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.” Proverbs 15:22 NLT
Get the advisers that are going to be entrusted to help you get through the rough patch, help others get through that patch, and just to be a fellowship of men who can help one another be the Godly Daddy that you are made to be!
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From time to time, I love to review the books that I read that I want to share with you. It is rare that I get to know the author in a one-on-one friendship, but this is one time that I can say that.
Kyle Winkler is a dynamic speaker who is dedicated to share the love of Christ to a world who is in need of His love more and more everyday. He recently released the book Silence Satan. Kyle talks about the different strategies to silence the attacks of the enemy. Speaking about his own life’s experience, he recalls of a time when he was battling with thoughts of worthlessness and identity crisis. God, through His word, led Kyle to the road of peace in showing him ways to Silence Satan.
In the beginning, Kyle reveals that strategy and the set up of the enemy’s tactic to cause you to think that you could never amount to the love and grace of God. He helps bring you to a place of victory, talking about the the blood of the Lamb that takes over the tactics of the enemy.
From this point, Kyle takes his new app into place to living in a place of victory. Kyle takes the practical application of the Word of God to defeat the enemy of his attempts to take the believer out. In the final chapters, Kyle reveals the complete armor of God which is the uniform of the righteous. I found it to be extremely important to talk about the armor of God for the believer because we, as a general term, do not completely understand where we stand before God.
Kyle also pinpoints the voice of truth. So often, as believers, we hear the voice of defeat more than we have heard the voice of truth. Kyle reveals the true voice of God. So often, we see God as this big monstrous creature in the sky who is ready to pound us at our every sin. The Voice of Truth tells us that God is crazy about us and desires to see us succeed.
Kyle finishes up this great book with the introduction of The Shut Up Devil! App. Kyle reveals the vital importance to speaking the word of God towards the tactic of the enemy using the story of Jesus and His temptation in the desert.
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My three-year-old daughter Penny is already a legend.
Her exploits are so widely known that friends I’ve barely seen since high school will stop us in public and say, “Wow, your daughter is so funny! She must be a handful.”
What they mean, of course, is, “I’m glad I don’t have to deal with all that!”
When Penny was a tiny fragile baby in the NICU for two weeks, we imagined her in a few years as a sweet girl who did nothing but giggle, cuddle and dress like Disney princesses.
You know the joke, if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.
There’s nothing like a strong-willed child to make you doubt that you’re doing this parenting thing the godly way.
If she was in the Bible, our Precious Penelope would haven taken Esau’s birthright. If she was one of Jacob’s kids she would have tossed Joseph in the well. Delilah? Amateur.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 guides us to share godly thoughts with our kids at all times, “when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
I really try. I do. Alas, too many of my words when I’m in my house come out like, “Penny, why did you do that?” “Penny, you’re going to hurt yourself/me/Mommy/Cooper.” “No Penny, you pull the pin and then you throw the grenade.”
When we found out our second child was a girl we envisioned a life of tea parties with stuffed animals. While she enjoys that girly stuff, Penny also likes to leave three inches of water on the floor during baths, climb to the top of her closet, and abandon half-eaten strawberries in every nook and cranny of the house.
When we talk about the “terrific twos,” I mean that she’s been going at it for two years already.
I joke that Penny is a Bond-villain-in-training, which will be funny until I find out about the secret lair she’s been digging under our house that has the full capability of taking over all international intelligence operations.
One thing that I had had to adapt is my attitude towards patience. I don’t mean my patience, but yours. You need more of it to deal with me dealing with her.
You know that child on the playground that is into everything, and every other parent knows their name because her parents keep yelling it? Yeah. Penny.
Of course, I say this mostly in jest, and while there’s a lot of truth in what I write about living with Penny, I’m also so very thankful for her. She may be wild, but she’s my wild child.
And after all, it’s up to me and Darling Valerie to set her straight. We’re the example. Proverbs 20:7 says that when the righteous live blameless lives then their children will be blessed.
Hopefully someday this will going beyond people watching us struggle and shaking their heads saying, “Bless their hearts.”
Proverbs 22:6 famously says to “train up a child in the way he should go,” but it does not go on to explain what to do in the moment your daughter rips up all of your son’s Thomas the Train tracks and tosses shoes in the toilet.
Maybe that’s in Habakkuk. I’ll check that later but right now Penny is under the Christmas tree and I foresee a National Lampoon disaster coming.
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Have you ever had that moment when a smell triggered a memory? I was just sitting here with a cup of coffee and a flood of memories came back to me. I can remember us getting into out Granddaddy and Mammaw’s van to travel across the country and the smell of coffee filled the air as they began to take off. I can still see his old, silver thermos between the seat in the front and his beige coffee cup sitting in the cup holder.
It was here I flashed over to my aunt Judy’s house. I was sipping my coffee and looked over at the book I am reading and it just reminded me of all the times I would go over to her house and sleep in that loft on Friday night.
In just a short time, we will have our nostrils filled once again with the smells of Thanksgiving. That brings me back to the days when we kids would get to Granddaddy and Mammaw’s house for lunch. All of us would gather in the kitchen around that huge island. Someone would inevitably ask my Dad to pray for the food. Following suit, all the kids would run in and get their plates to eat and the parents would talk for a bit until the chaos died down. I know it was then that Mammaw felt that her hard work paid off. Until this day, I know that she enjoys watching her family come together and enjoy a great meal. It is an aroma I won’t soon forget.
Just those thoughts alone brought back good memories. I was reminded of Paul who wrote to the churches in Corinth, “Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing.” 1 Corinthians 2:15. Our lives are an aroma that is spread all over the world and it is pleasing to God. All throughout the Old Testament, we read how there were sacrifices and each of them had aromas that were “pleasing to the Lord.” Our lives are a sacrifice that is pleasing to the Lord. What have you and I done to make our lives pleasing to God?
As we lead our families to the cross, my prayer is that our lives will be a pleasing sacrifice and a sweet aroma unto the Lord.As we gather today with Thanksgiving, may we remember that our lives are being a pleasing aroma to the Lord be spread to all those in our lives.
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As a parent, we have a lot of opportunities to teach our children patience and trust. Either that or they teach us that patience and trust. I will say either way, we learn that at the end of the day, God has it all at hand and He will complete the work He started. The other day, Maleah was having a full fledge meltdown. When she’s tired, the world is against her in her eyes. She apparently was tired because everyone and everything was wrong in the world. There was a point where she wanted to finish a project and had asked Sara to help her with it. Sara let her know that it was already done. Maleah started throwing this big fit that she needed to get it done. Sara tried to reason with her that it had already been finished.
It drove home the point for me. So often we, as believers, strive to be perfect for God and to work for our salvation. The problem is that it has already been finished. In Hebrews 10:14, we read “For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy. “ When you and I decide that we want to work it out on our own, we are in essence telling Christ that His sacrifice and blood were not enough for our redemption so that means it is all up to us. Friend, if Jesus died for your sins there is no point in going around the mountain over and over again to get His approval that you are forgiven.
Today, I want to encourage you to take this lesson and go with it. YOU cannot do enough to make it right with God. HE makes it right; YOU make the decision to follow HIM. He’s not surprised with your shortcomings as a parent, as an employee, as a Christian, or as a man/woman.