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”

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”

From “Not the Momma” to Superman

“My dad was Superman to me, and in my mind he always will be.”

A child goes through many transitions in the first 12-months of their life. Most of those transitions will involve their mom, as a baby naturally relies on her for most of his or her needs. For a dad, it can be hard at times to look at the bond building between mother and child in that first year and not feel a little pang of jealousy. Continue reading “From “Not the Momma” to Superman”

I Am Not the Dad My Son Deserves

“A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.”

Since early childhood, I’ve dreamed of being a dad. A year ago, that dream became a reality with the birth of my son. In the year since his birth I’ve discovered one inescapable truth, I am not the dad my son deserves. Continue reading “I Am Not the Dad My Son Deserves”

Odd Moments and Scraps of Wisdom

“What we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments…”

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” -Proverbs 22:6

It’s a big world, at times a scary world and some day I’ll watch as my son steps out into that world. My son is only 1-year-old, so I have a bit of time before this happens but when I sit and think about all the things I want to teach him first, 18-years doesn’t seem like enough time. Continue reading “Odd Moments and Scraps of Wisdom”

The Law of the Garbage Truck

“What you allow is what will continue.”

We have all been there at one time or another.

The morning held such promise but then on the commute to work, you get cut off and given the one-finger salute. You walk into work and a colleague who is two busy texting to watch were they are walking bumps into you, spilling your morning coffee down the front of you shirt.  Your boss then calls you into his office to unload a tirad that clearly has more to do with his unhappiness than it does with you or your work.

With each encounter you feel a weight of descend on your shoulders. You notice that every little inconvenience throughout the day just causes you more frustration and disappointment.  Continue reading “The Law of the Garbage Truck”