Love Over Time is the One Thing That Matters Most

Love Over Time is the One Thing That Matters Most

It takes a village to nurture kids over time. Sometimes, it is not until we become parents that we realize how much our caring parents and key influencers have loved us over time. Single acts of love are quite powerful, without a doubt. But, experiencing love over years and decades communicates an exponential impact on each of us. Maybe we didn’t always wipe our wet, filthy feet before entering the house, but you loved us anyway. Thanks for the fun celebrations after countless graduations.... Read More
Book Study: Losing Your Marbles/Playing for Keeps, Week 4

Book Study: Losing Your Marbles/Playing for Keeps, Week 4

Fun over Time makes a friendship go deeper. Stated simply, one of the most effective ways to stay connected to your kids is to have fun with them. What if it’s time to stop taking ourselves so seriously and start getting serious about having fun? Your kids surely know that you love them, but do they feel like you love them? Before they can  feel loved, they may need a little evidence that you  like them; and they may never feel confident that you like them, until you starting having fun... Read More
Book Study: Losing Your Marbles/Playing for Keeps, Week 3

Book Study: Losing Your Marbles/Playing for Keeps, Week 3

Tribes over time show us how we belong. We are all trying to fit in somewhere. As a leader or parent, you play a critical role in connecting kids to two primary tribes. Church and Family. Just like love, words, and stories were God’s ideas, so were tribes. People were always part of God’s plan. Maybe that’s why tribes matter so much. They exist to remind us that we belong to God and we belong together. It’s as if God designed us so we would naturally connect in tribes.... Read More
Book Study: Losing Your Marbles/Playing for Keeps, Week 2

Book Study: Losing Your Marbles/Playing for Keeps, Week 2

Words/Time Words Matter: Expand Your Vocabulary We all have a tendency to underestimate the weight of our words—especially as it relates to the kids and teenagers that we care about. The way we see the world is shaped by the words we use to express what we see. We are able to see what we know now to say. Research has actually shown, in order to . . . think a thought, paint a picture, work a math problem, you need words. Without words—the simplest tools of communication—we are limited. So, if... Read More
Book Study: Losing Your Marbles/Playing for Keeps, Week 1

Book Study: Losing Your Marbles/Playing for Keeps, Week 1

At The Orange  Conference this year, I was standing in line waiting to buy two books that I could not wait to read! I had a book that was called “Playing for Keeps” and one that was called “Losing Your Marbles” by Reggie Joiner, Kristen Ivy and Elizabeth Hansen. I proudly walked to the counter and handed over my books, when I realized: Hey wait!  The back of one book has another book title on the back!? Had I hit the jackpot and both books were actually just one book?!... Read More