Family Friday Links 3.2.18

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Here's the online content that got us thinking this week:

Rooted Families had a post on courageous parenting. In the midst of the fear based society we live in the post reads, "...  the key to courage: courage does not begin with us. Just as it all begins with God’s steadfast character, even the courage He commands us is not something we can manufacture in and of ourselves." The author of this post works through Psalm 27 to illustrate his point.

Scott Kedersha had a post ways to develop martial intimacy. He reads in part, "... intimacy doesn’t happen accidentally. You must be intentional to increase intimacy in your marriage." His list of 10 way to increase intimacy are spot on and worth your time.

Download Youth Ministry had an important post for both youth and children's ministry leaders to think through on the topic of working with parents. In order for ministry to the next generation to be truly successful, we have to involve parents in the process. Here are some helpful hints to be thinking through.

What have you benefitted from online lately? Leave us a link in the comment section and we will check it out.

Family Friday Links 3.6.15

Here's what we've been reading online this past week:

Dale Hudson had a post on pastor's kids. He wrote tragically, "People carry deep wounds from growing up in homes where ministry came first and family second." Pastor's, ministry leaders - take this warning seriously.

LifeWay Kids had a great post on leadership development. It reads, " Leadership Development is about an outcome.  Jesus, through His ministry, showed us an incredible model of investing in and developing leaders. So how can we develop potential leaders?  We have to build the foundation, just like Jesus did." Are you developing leaders? Are you developing yourself?

The Rooted blog had a great post the importance and impact of parents. It reads, "Parents, you matter more than you realize. The impact you have on your kids will last for generations, and that’s not an exaggeration. Moms, you play a hugely important role in your children’s lives; be encouraged and know that this piece on dads is in no way meant to diminish your significance. Dads, show your kids what a strong and godly man looks like: how he plays, how he works, how he puts other people’s needs before his own, how he protects, and how he prays. The example you set for your children is something they will never forget." Parents, be encouraged.

Ed Stetzer had a post contrasting the statistics of youth dropouts vs. disciples. He says, "When teenagers see an active, practiced faith in their parents and other positive examples at church, they will stop being dropouts and start being disciples." This should encourage both parents and pastors to be intentional with the time they have.

Don Whitney wrote a post on the family worship practices of C.H. Spurgeon. Whitney concludes the post this way, "Despite his innumerable and important responsibilities, Spurgeon made the privileges and delights of family worship a priority. How about you?"

Jen Thorn had a post on boredom. She wrote, "The problem lies in my thinking. Since God creates my days and everything in it I should view all things that I do as spiritual. They are all assignments from God, from sharing the gospel to unclogging the toilet. All of it is work created by God for me to do this day." Great perspective we all need.

Jonathan Parnell had a post on what it means to be a parent. It reads, "There is a war on children, and we are all, in one way or another, playing some role in it. Every time we move forward as faithful parents (or care for kids in any capacity, including advocating for the voiceless not yet born, and volunteering for nursery duty on Sundays), we are wrestling demons — because there is little the demons hate more than little children." Are you prepared to fight this battle?

What have you been reading online this week? Leave a comment and maybe even a link for us to check out.

Family Friday Links 2.20.15

Here are a few of the things we've read online from the past week. We could call this week's edition, "For Parents".

Aaron Armstrong wrote a post on his blog about books kids should read. He starts out by saying, "I love reading great books - and really love introducing new books to my kids." If you are a parent of a reader, this is a great place to start them reading some things that may not be on your radar.

Ron Brooks had a post on the topic of teaching kids about faith. He defined faith this way based on Hebrews 11:1, "Faith is believing in something you can't see." Parents we need to be helping our kids understand spiritual things. Pastor Brooks goes on to explain why, "You do not have to have all the answers. The important thing is you spend time in discussion, and that you try." You'll never do it perfect, but that doesn't diminish our responsibility to be faithful.

I (Pat) wrote a post on my personal blog on the topic of becoming better parents. It's based on a book I'm reading by Craig Jutila called Faith and the Modern Family. I highly recommend this book to parents.

What have you been reading online? Leave us a comment (and maybe even a link) for us to check out.