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A Lesson for My Children: True Empathy

“Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others’ joy], and weep with those who weep [sharing others’ grief]” – Romans 12:15 AMP

I try and always be mindful of life lessons that I want to make sure I impart to my children. Not just practical things such as how to change the oil in a car or dinner table manners but deeper spiritual things.

The other day while studying Romans, the Lord brought one of those life lessons to my mind.

Let me explain. Continue reading “A Lesson for My Children: True Empathy”

Prison’s of Our Own Making

“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” ~ Romans 8:14-15

Relationships are the most valuable currency we have. Life is about connection. It’s about establishing trust. Nowhere is this connection and trust more important than with our family and friends.

But for many men, this connection of trust can be hard. It’s not because they don’t want those connections, it’s not that they don’t want to trust people but because of the hurts and heartaches that they have suffered, they’ve built walls around their hearts. Continue reading “Prison’s of Our Own Making”

Speak Blessings Over Your Family

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
– Proverbs 18:21

For those of you who follow An Every Day Dad, you know that I’m been absent over the past year. I took the time off to focus more on my family and to put more action behind the things that God has shown me about being a husband and father.

At least that was my intent.

Continue reading “Speak Blessings Over Your Family”

Where Did I Go?

“Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.”

It has been a little over a year since my last post on “An Every Day Dad,” and some of you may be wondering where I went. Well, the truth is I had no intention of dropping off the radar for so long, however, this past year has been a busy one both personally and professionally. In addition to the everyday busyness that we all face, my wife and I are renovating our home and I am in the process of starting my own business and earning my professional accreditation. Each of these activities takes a lot of time, so with the little spare time that I had left I felt it was best to practice what I preach and spend it focused on my family. Continue reading “Where Did I Go?”

Gospel and Life Entwined

“Preach Christ continually…”

There is a quote by Francis Assisi that I have always loved, it says, “Preach Christ continually and when necessary use words.” At no time in life has this quote become more poignant then since I have become a father and a husband. Too often my go-to for conveying changes or desires that I think are necessary for my family to draw closer to Christ has been through my words but sadly my actions haven’t always matched up. Continue reading “Gospel and Life Entwined”

The Student Becomes the Teacher

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”  – Angela Schwindt

When I first found out I was going to be a dad, I began to dream about all the things I wanted to teach my son. What I had not prepared for were all the things my son would teach me. Continue reading “The Student Becomes the Teacher”

You Must Choose Wisely

“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”

Growing up one of my favorite movie franchise’s was Indiana Jones. Toward the end of the third film, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indy is in search of the Holy Grail when he encounters an ancient Knight Templar who poses a choice to Indy. He is shown several cups ranging from the simple to the richly adorned and he must choose which is the Grail. Choosing the wrong cup would have dire consequences. Continue reading “You Must Choose Wisely”

Generation of Chaos

“For God is not the author of confusion…”

I know what I’m about to share isn’t going to be popular with a majority of the world. I know not everyone shares my Christian values, although if you are following a Christian blog, I assume you do. But I have to be honest and speak from my heart. It’s my duty as a man and as a father. As the old adage says, you must stand for something or you will fall for anything and my heart breaks for what this world is becoming — in the name of becoming more tolerant, we are losing everything that makes us civilized. Continue reading “Generation of Chaos”