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.

 

Dear Son by Dave Bruskas

Whether we want to admit it or not we are living in a time where young men aren’t encouraged to grow up, put their God given talents to good use, and be the role model that young boys need.  Face it, more and more young men are growing up as fatherless sons.  In his book Dear Son, Dave Bruskas does a brilliant job of taking on the fight of a fatherless nation by giving a fathers insight for men on some of life’s most significant milestones.

Dear Son is a collection of letters to Dave’s son, who he lost to a congenital heart defect twenty years ago.  The letters expand to all the advice, insight, wisdom and love that he would have given his son if he had lived.  He touches on everything from first jobs and dates, to graduations,weddings, and so much more.  This book is filled with encouragement, encouragement that young men desperately need to grow up to be the men God intended them to be.

Paul’s best gift to young Timothy was being his spiritual father through the gospel of Jesus. Gospel, as you may know, literally means Good News.  Much like Paul, I believe what young man like Timothy – and you – need today is Good News from God.

If you or someone you know is growing up in a fatherless situation, I encourage you to get this book.  Dave will show you that there is a better future out there for you.

You can read an excerpt of the book HERE.

I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Tyndale House and the review is my honest opinion of the book.

Dave Bruskas serves as an executive elder of Mars Hill Church. He is the teaching and network pastor, overseeing all lead pastors at each Mars Hill location.Born in Albuquerque, Dave planted City on a Hill Church in his hometown in 2001. He pastored that church for 10 years before transitioning into Mars Hill Albuquerque, the first Mars Hill outside of the state of Washington. He remained lead pastor until moving to Seattle in 2011, to take on the role of executive elder.He’s a graduate of Texas Tech University and Dallas Theological Seminary, where he won the Harry A. Ironside Award for Expository Preaching. He’s a proven, seasoned pastor and gifted teacher. He frequently teaches at all 14 Mars Hill locations as well as the Resurgence Training Center (ReTrain). He’s been married to his wife, Kara, for 26 years and has four lovely daughters.

be a blessing

Dad’s Pump Up Your Kids!

 

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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!

Men, Have The Courage

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Men these are things to ask your wife and children to pray for you. Have the courage to ask your family to help hold you accountable for these things.

Love Christ first.

By your sacrificial example, encourage your wife to love Christ first.

Love your wife so that she is confident, you understand her deepest thoughts and moods.

Love your wife by honoring her in the presence of your children.

Love your wife by joyful sacrifice to enable her spiritual growth. Also love your wife by being sacrificially involved in the daily household needs.

I miss you Dad.