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Raising children is a noble profession. In many ways, our future depends upon it. Somewhere along the way, our culture has lost sight of just how important motherhood and fatherhood really are.
Charles Spurgeon said it well:
You are as much serving God in looking after your own children, and training them up in God’s fear, and minding the house, and making your household a church for God, as you would be if you had been called to lead an army to battle for the Lord of hosts.
5 Favorites Gifts
Homeschool moms are notorious for giving educational resources to their children on birthdays and for Christmas. I’ve bought a few such items myself (with mixed responses from my sons depending upon what type of item I purchased.) I thought perhaps I could share with you a few of the gifts I’ve given over the years that my sons thoroughly enjoyed…. Continue reading 5 Gift Ideas for Homeschool Families
“Father…” I choked on the word as Roger and I sang a worship chorus with a small congregation in Kauai. I was a new believer at the time, and I still associated the word with my personal experience.
I love my father, and the Lord brought peace and great healing to our relationship before Dad passed into eternity. But for a very long time our relationship was a source of deep hurt.
DISTORTING THE GIFT
Although God gave us the gift of family, when fathers’ hearts are not turned toward their children, that gift becomes distorted. Such families suffer a loss that is difficult to overcome. For some, it is devastating.
And the pain often carries into the next generations…. Continue reading HEALING BROKEN FATHERHOOD
In a twinkling, all the cares of this world will pass away, and we will stand before the Lord.
In that moment, the only work that will matter is the work done for Him…
Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?” And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
Matthew 25:34-40 ESV
We strive to keep that truth foremost in our minds as we make choices as to how we will allocate our resources.
On this page, we will highlight ministries we have found to be effective in spreading the Gospel and trustworthy in caring for the least of these.
As we have observed various organizations laboring in the Jesus, we have been particularly impressed by the vision and integrity of:
I-TEC supports the Great Commission by assisting the “hidden” church in its journey toward independence under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
For over 40 years, Samaritan’s Purse has done their utmost to follow Christ’s command by going to the aid of the world’s poor, sick, and suffering. They are an effective means of reaching hurting people in countries around the world with food, medicine, and other assistance in the Name of Jesus Christ. This, in turn, earns them a hearing for the Gospel, the Good News of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
You can donate directly to our Samaritan’s Purse Campaign HERE!
A portion of every sale of I’d Rather Be Your Mommy will be directed to support one of these front-line ministries working hard to fulfill The Great Commission.
Have you ever wondered how books are printed?
We’re excited to release our first children’s hardcover book. And we’re praying that mommies everywhere will read it to their little ones at bedtime, and that little ones will fall asleep knowing how precious and chosen they are!
If you’ve ever wanted to take a little peek “behind the scenes,” here’s a little pictorial journal of the printing of I’d Rather Be Your Mommy.
We’re celebrating the launch of this gift-book edition with a giveaway designed to delight mommies! Click here for details!
It seems a little ironic that such an important facet of our lives — our family relationships — often receive so little strategic planning. As Camp Paradise director Tim VandenBos, who hosts annual father-son and father-daughter retreats, explains:
Most men don’t give fathering the kind of intensity that we give work. We don’t set goals. We just hope it happens.
To be a skillful father, you must be intentional.
Every father leaves his mark on his child.
That mark can impact generations.
My father became my dear friend before he passed into eternity, but we had a difficult history. He didn’t become a believer until late in life. Before choosing to follow Jesus, he made some choices that were incredibly destructive to our family. Those choices left marks of anger, rejection, and abandonment.
Consequently, I grew up with a distorted picture of fatherhood. However, when I became a believer, that distorted picture was gradually replaced by one that displayed the beauty of biblical fatherhood. Destructive marks were replaced with marks of grace, acceptance, and faithfulness. Continue reading A Father’s Mark (1)