How Strong is Your Family?

Happy BabyI am a big proponent of play. I think it is vital in our lives, especially as adults because it is easy to get side tracked and begin to take life too seriously. I think that’s part of the reason that I dove so deep into the hobby of table top games; they are an easy way for an adult to play.

Don’t worry, this isn’t another post recommending board games. But I think that some people have forgotten how to have fun – or they have simply forgotten the value of fun.

I’ve mentioned before that I want our children to want to spend time with us. And I know that children are wired to have fun (another time maybe I’ll argue the case that adults are too). So, it’s a disadvantage to our vision, of being able to speak into our children, for our home not to be fun.
Determine your family’s strength »

What your child wants…

More than anything else your child wants your time. They want to spend time with you without an agenda other than enjoying being together. They’ll enter your world to spend time with you, but they’ll be much happier to have you enter theirs – and theirs is a world of play.

Recently I dove into a world of play where both adults and kids can have a great time – the world of board games. Games are an excellent way to spend unhurried, enjoyable time together; a chance to escape the stresses of the day and enter a new land. Over the past 3 months I have played more than 120 board games with my family. Sometimes just the boys, sometimes just a one on one. That may sound like a borderline obsession, (ok, maybe it’s full blown) but there are a number of benefits of this kind of gaming.
The Benefits of Board Games »

AHA: A review

I’m not sure anyone should ever take a break from reading, but after enjoying 52 books last year I decided that I would be much more selective about my reading this year and spend time doing other things that I enjoy as well. My target this year is a rather simple 20…but that does mean picking and choosing.

When David C Cook offered Kyle Idleman’s new book AHA for review, I took the chance. His other book, Not a Fan, has been on my want to read list for a while and has had some pretty solid reviews. I assumed that AHA would be in that same vein and worth to add to the limited list that I would read this year.

When I review, I have two hopes in mind: put myself in the seat of the main audience that the writer intends and, while being real, try to give a positive review.
My Review of AHA »

Play Your Way to a Better Family

It may sound childish. It may seem too simplistic. But I’ll say it anyway:

If you want to improve your relationship with your family, Go Play.

Jim Burns once said, “the family that isn’t ‘working’ is the family that isn’t playing together.” He’s right – play has a ton of benefits.

When families play together they begin to laugh – and laughter actually makes you healthier. Stress levels go down, family memories are built and inside jokes are created. In other words, play leads to lifelong memories. And to a happier, healthier family.

One of our goals for our boys is that as they grow, they will want to spend time with us. We know they will form outside friendships and that there will be a natural pull away but if we are to continue to be lifelong influencers for them we need them to want to hear us; to want to spend time with us.

That means we need to be proactive. We need to give them a strong sense of belonging and we need to keep the lines of communication open. Play is the catalyst that will do both of these things.

So that raises the question: What should we play?
What should we play? »

How to Teach When Things Go Wrong

I am the main storyteller during our children’s church service. This means, that more often than not I get to share God’s Word with a large group of children each Sunday. I love the chance to do this – it’s an awesome job to be used by God to make His story come alive.

Each year, we walk through the Big God Story each year using a curriculum published by David C. Cook. While they do a great job in framing the stories I usually take the story in a different direction. I do this because we use their Sunday School curriculum as well which also tells the same story (in a different way) and many of the children attend both programs.

Last Tuesday as I read through the scripture and the curriculum I decided I would tell it pretty much as David C Cook did. It was the story of the paralyzed man being taken to Jesus by his friend. The idea was to use a sheet to carry a child, some books or bricks to talk about the weight of sin and a few other nifty ideas to use as object lessons.
Read on to see how my teaching time goes south »

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