3 Reasons Doing “Devotions” with Your Spouse is Difficult and 6 Ways to Help

3 Reasons Doing “Devotions” with your spouse is difficult and 6 ways to help   Living a mutually beneficial life of devotion to Jesus as a couple is a beautiful thing to see. I’ve seen many couples do this and asked some of them how and if they do devotions together. Many do, and they enjoy the time of study together and if that is you, I’m excited for you! There…

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4 Unexpected Ways to Put Children First: Hint- It’s All About Your Marriage

4 Unexpected Ways to Put Your Children First Hint – Its all about your marriage The second highest demographic for divorce is people who are married 25-30 years!   Does this shock you?   We have couples regularly telling us stories about how disconnected they are, how they don’t date anymore and in some cases describing finding their needs met in others, whether physical or emotional. They reminisce on the…

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Redefining Boredom Part 4 – Opportunity for Spiritual Growth

Boredom as Opportunity for Spiritual Growth Redefining Boredom Part 4 Boredom = Time for spiritual development and relationship with Jesus Boredom, the word and the typical feelings related to the word, is starting to become a word with positive associated feelings for me. Instead of the usually associated feeling of emptiness and needing something to do to fill the time, it’s become an opportunity for REST, CREATIVITY and RELATIONSHIP. There…

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Redefining Boredom Part 3 – Opportunity for Creativity

Boredom is Opportunity for Creativity – Redefining Boredom Part 3   For Part 1 click here For Part 2 click here For Part 4 click here   In my pursuit to change our response to the word “boredom” in our home, I continually find more benefits of unscheduled time, particularly in our children’s lives as they work toward maturity and independence.   This is the third part in a series…

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Redefining Boredom Part 2 – Time to Heal

Boredom = Time for Healing Boredom in Our Kids’ Lives Is Actually Time to Heal Our kids’ sadness can be unpleasant and hard for us to deal with ourselves but its necessary.   I’ve written in the past about the value of boredom for our kids. When they talk about needing something to do or one of my kids even starts chanting “bored, bored, bored”, I tell them that I’m…

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Santa Clause: Child like faith at Christmas…

One of my favourite movies to watch at Christmas is “The Santa Clause 2”. I love it for a few reasons, the magic and mystery of the fantasy of Santa is one, it’s fun and entertaining and we can watch it as a family. But the biggest reason I like it is because of one scene in particular.   Spoiler alert!   The scene is where Santa is on a…

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When Someone Saves Your Life, You Throw Them a Party!

This was a quote I heard recently in a Christmas production. The point of the production wasn’t related to this quote at all, but somehow it stood out and deeply impacted me.   Imagine for a moment that your family – whether that be wife or kids or parents etc… – are in danger. A known killer has broken into your home and is holding them at gunpoint while you…

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Rethinking “Family” This Christmas Season

Rethinking “Family” This Christmas Season   For most of us, when we think of Christmas, we think of family. When I was growing up I remember looking forward to the break, but even better was the opportunity to be with family. Sometimes we would drive to Toronto (from Windsor) to spend time with my cousins. We’d all gather together for a big family photo, which we’d then get printed on…

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Your Child’s Good Character Won’t Save Them

The world has changed, things are complicated and danger lurks in ways that we as parents would never have imagined when we were growing up. Did you know that most children are looking into whether Jumper Media is an Instagram bot or not, how to gain the most amount of followers and researching what to post to make them the most famous? No, probably not. The world of social media…

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Boredom – Making Room for Relationship with Our Children – Redefining Boredom

Relationship over Activity Have we lost sight of what relationships with our children should look like? I can’t count the number of times that my wife, Melissa, and I have been so caught up in our hectic lives that we have needed to take a step back and ask each other whether what we have involved ourselves and our children in is actually benefitting our family or simply overwhelming us….

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