God & the little girl.

“A young girl is sitting on her grandfather’s lap as he reads her a bedtime story.
From time to time she takes her eyes off the book and reaches up to touch his wrinkled cheek, then she strokes her own cheek then his again.
Finally she speaks up.
“Granddad, “she  says,”did God make you?”
“Yes darling,”the old man replies,” God made me a long time ago.”
“Oh,”the little girl says.
Then after a pause, “Granddad, did God make me too?”
“Yes,indeed poppet,”he says,”God made you just a little while ago.”
After stroking their respective faces again the little girl says,
“God’s getting a whole lot better at it,isn’t he?”
Don’t you just love Children?

She Calls Me Daddy

She Calls Me Daddy,
7 Things You Need To Know About Building a Complete Daughter” by Robert Wolgemuth

This is going
to be the most
unbelievable project
you’ve ever tackled.
5 out of 5 stars

This book, which was originally released in 1996 and has sold over 300,000 copies, has now been updated by the author with over 40% of the book being comprised of new material.  The book was great back then and its even better now.  Having built (raised) two daughters of my own I can tell you that if there ever was a owners manual on how to raise a daughter, this is it!

Wolgemuth artfully explains that there are seven critical foundational elements in building a complete daughter.

  1. Protect your daughter
  2. Teach the art of conversation
  3. Express affection
  4. Discipline appropriately
  5. Create laughter
  6. Instill faith in God
  7. Demonstrate proper conduct

Each chapter ends with a Builders Checklist which summarizes the tools you need to build the foundational element in the chapter.  I thought this part was a brilliant idea.  I wish I could tell you my favorite, or the most important foundational element in building a complete daughter, but I can’t, they are all equally important and Wolgemuth shows you why each one is needed to build your complete daughter.  Miss one element and your daughter will be incomplete.

Being the father
of a girl can be a
journey into the great
unknown, and it makes
no sense to go it alone.

Every new father needs to read this book, and even if you are already a father of a son and you find yourself blessed with a little pink bundle, you need this book just as much as the new father.  Girls are different, trust me I know.  In the pages of this book you will find encouragement, and the practical guidance you will need on your journey of growing a confident, God-honoring woman who will (still) call you daddy.

You can get the book HERE, and you can read an excerpt of the book here

I am blessed to have received a copy of this book for free from Tyndale Publishers for review purposes.  I received no other compensation and the review is my own honest opinion of the book.

Parents of two daughters and grandparents of five, Robert and Bobbie Wolgemuth are the authors of more than 20 books. Robert’s best-selling titles include She Calls Me Daddy, the notes to the Devotional Bible for Dads, and The Most Important Place on Earth. Bobbie’s books include the Gold Medallion best seller Hymns for a Kid’s Heart, coauthored with Joni Eareckson Tada.
They have had the privilege of nurturing their own children’s faith. Now Robert and Bobbie celebrate as the next generation is being led to Jesus Christ.

 

Dad’s Pump Up Your Kids!

 

photo via theupbeatdad.com

Kids are energized and determined to press through challenges when encouraged…especially when it comes from you, Dad.

“Good job, Son” and “I’m proud of you” go a long way in boosting your kids’ confidence. I urge you to encourage your kids regularly. Each day, find something good to say to your kids and say it. All Pro Dad wants to inspire you to help your kids in this area!

For the month of June All Pro Dad is challenging you to pump ‘em up! If you find yourself running out of new ways to encourage and affirm your kids, use these 5 creative and fun ways to encourage your kids and Pump ‘Em Up.

1. For the child whose love language is physical touch.

Create an elaborate hand shake. Then, when your child needs some encouragement partake in your new secret handshake. I have one with my kids and they love it. It takes us about 15-20 seconds to complete it.

2. For the child whose love language is receiving gifts.

There is no better way to encourage this child than to take them to the store to buy the toy they’ve been wanting for some time, or anything new for that matter. Receiving a gift will go a long way with him.

3. For the child whose love language is quality time.

Whether he’s done something great or just needs a pick-me-up, set aside some time for just the two of you. He’ll be encouraged when you love him this way.

4. For the child whose love language is acts of service.

Maybe his room has gotten way out of control, or he is having a hard time with some schoolwork. Jump in and get hands on with your encouragement. Don’t do it for him, but help him with the task.

5. For the child whose love language is words of affirmation.

Shower him with “Good job,” “I’m proud of you,” and “You are the best!” The list is endless. Find as many ways as you can to verbalize encouraging words to him.

No matter what love language your child prefers, he can always use encouragement. Be consistent and do it as often as possible.

Huddle up with your kids tonight and ask: “What do I say that makes each of you feel good?”

 

My wife is the most amazing woman I know.

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My wife is the most amazing woman I know.  The main reason that my wife is so special is that she possess’s all the amazing traits of both her mom and dad.  It is because of these incredible parents that she lives a constant life of love that she has displayed to not only our family, but to everyone that crosses her path.

This life of love is displayed in many ways, but one that stands out the most  is the way that she prays for our family. One of the greatest memories I have of my wife is her tucking our daughters into bed at night and praying over them. I am confident that it was those prayers that protected our daughters from danger, wrong paths, and even poor decisions.

The second attribute that really stands out about my wife is how she gives. For as long as I have known her, she was always giving, whether it be in acts of service, generosity, or compassion. She has always been the type of woman that pours out love in tangible ways to others. I have often heard people say that when my wife walks in the room, you just feel loved. She portrays this love with her warm embrace, sweet encouraging words, and selfless attitude. I can truly say with everything in me that our daughters carry on this amazing trait.  We need more women like them in this world that is in growing need of love, encouragement, and compassion.

The most beautiful thing about my wife is that I don’t even have to be around her every day to know how she spends her time. I know by the fruit that is growing in her life that she stays connected to the ‘vine’ and author of life, who is Jesus. Because of her rich and vibrant heart for the Lord, His life flows through her onto others in a beautiful and effortless way.

It has been said that being a mom is one of life’s most rewarding jobs, all while being the most difficult at the same time.  My dear wife, I want to encourage you that every prayer you have ever prayed for your family has not gone in vain. Even when it seemed like it wasn’t really doing much or that you weren’t seeing the fruit, I can promise you that every time you prayed a prayer of protection, that those prayers shaped our daughters destiny’s…and they are powerful!

I want to encourage you that your constant giving is making a lasting impact on your family and those around you.. You might feel some days like you have nothing left to give, but I can promise you that every ounce of love, encouragement, compassion, and comfort is never wasted. Whether you know it or not, every time that you give of yourself, you are shining Jesus in a tangible way…which I can guarantee stands out in this world today.

And last but not least, I want to encourage you that the Lord sees you. He sees your heart and He knows how hard you work for your family every single day. He doesn’t look at your imperfections or even your less than perfect actions, but He looks on your heart. He knows that your greatest desire is to be the best mother to your family. For this, He is so proud of you, and not a day goes by that He is not cheering you on!

To my wife and all mom’s every where, Happy Mothers Day!

My Time With Grandma

Grandma’s sit up and take notice, Phil A. Smouse has taken a few major stories from the bible and has rewritten them in a way that you and your little grand-kids will find entertaining and enjoyable.  The beautiful illustrations by Ela Jarzabek are so bright and vibrant that they will truly bring a young ones imagination alive.

My wife and I  read the book and fell in love with it.  My wife then sat down for story time with our 2yr old grandson and he loved every minute of it.  His eyes told the story as they lit up with every turn of the page to reveal another story and beautiful picture.

Each story is told in a 2 page spread with a Love Note from grandma on one page and a Love Note from God on the other.  I thought these notes were perfect tidbits to make the stories and the time spent together reading them more personal and special.

The following notes are the ones you’ll find at the end of God Is Our Father (Genesis 1:1-27)

 

Love Note from Grandma
God made the sun and the moon. He made
the earth and the stars. He made the plants
and the animals and every good thing. But
God knew something was missing. So he
made the most wonderful thing of all. Do you
know what it is? That’s right—he made you!

Love Note from God
You are God’s child.
Galatians 4:7

My grandson Lincoln gives this book a 5 out of 5 stars, and I have to agree.  This book should find itself on every little ones bookshelf as well as every grandma’s.

You can read an excerpt of the book HERE

You can purchase a copy of My Time with Grandma Bible Storybook at Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and Tyndale.com

Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for the sole purpose of this review.  This review is my own honest opinion of the book.

Our children need to understand that they are to be
servants to others, especially to those who are hurting
and to those who have never had the privilege of living
with a mother and a father. Before we can expect this
of them, however we as a family must actively show
grace to others.