We are about to celebrate Thanksgiving – the day we set aside to express gratitude. Though the Bible says that gratitude should be a lifestyle, we often fall short of this ideal. So, how do we stop our chronic complaining and build a life of gratitude?
Back to school! Today marks the beginning of another school year for most of our children. Consequently, the school year fills me with a smidgen of anxiety. I know my kids will face all kinds of temptations this year. I desire them to make good and godly choices. If you are anything like me, I know you wish that for your children as well. Therefore, as parents who follow Jesus, let’s pray for our kids in several areas this school year.
There is one sentence that I think could change the way we live our lives. It could change the way we treat our families, spend our money, do our jobs, and even relate to and interact with God. When you read and say it, you will want to shrink back. Don’t. Lean in. Embrace it. Live it. I believe it is a game changer.
I think it’s a blessing for a husband to put his hands on his wife. If a husband tells me he has never put his hands on his wife, I would ask, “Why not? You must not love your wife.” If a wife tells me she has never put her hands on her husband, I would honestly question her love for him. It is unfortunate that more spouses aren’t putting their hands on one another. I think there is a benefit to spouses putting their hands on one another.
Twenty-two years ago, today, a beautiful and smart woman named Tonia, said yes to my proposal and agreed to marry me. I was nothing special. But, she said yes. And, two decades later, we are still together. I often think if I had to do it over, would I bypass all others and take her hand again? So, I dedicate these lines to my fine wine.
I had scheduled another blog post for today – Village Talks: Advice I Gave My Black Sons Regarding the Recent Police Shootings. But, when I woke this morning the horrific news that snipers had killed 5 Dallas police officers last night, troubled me deeply. So, I called an audible and am releasing this post first. In light of what has happened in the last several days, how should we respond?
I believe when God’s people pray, he hears and answers. I believe God is a good, good Father, and when we ask him for bread, he doesn’t give us a stone. I know he gives good things to his children. My trust in God and you is the reason why I am asking you to pray for Micah and the Williams Family over the next 28 days.
Discipline is important in the parent-child relationship. Yet, the way parents discipline their children has always been a controversial topic. The national spotlight shone on issue again last week when police arrested thirty-year old Shaquana Spears for physically disciplining her children after they broke into a neighbor’s home. Was Ms. Spears right or wrong in the way she disciplined her children? When does parental discipline become abuse?
Dads, Happy Father’s Day! I hope your children celebrate you in a big way. You deserve it. Dad, you have great influence on your kids, and I know you want to help them navigate life better. Here are some lessons that I think can help children sidestep the landmines of life.
As I heard about the disgusting and outrageous tragedy this morning, at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, my heart sank, and I began to weep – 50 dead and 53 injured. This mass shooting is the deadliest in United States history. The shooter has been identified as Omar Mir Seddique Mateen and officials have identified it as a terrorist attack. As I am sitting here with my family, listening and watching the reports come in, I am asking: How should Christians respond to this tragedy?