Throughout the Bible, believers are called to pray. But what is prayer? What does it mean to “pray without ceasing?” And does prayer really make a difference? Before delving too deeply into the topic of prayer, it will be beneficial to first define the term, as well as the focus of our prayers—God.
Prayer and God’s Nature
Let’s start with the second part. In order to develop a clear idea of prayer, we must first have a clear idea of God. Biblically speaking, God is a personal being. This is critical to prayer because it means that God is a person we can interact with, that He has a will and that we are able to relate to Him on a meaningful level. If He were impersonal, then prayer would not be meaningful. If He were personal, but uncaring and distant, prayer wouldn’t serve a purpose. READ FULL ARTICLE
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Letters to Our Sons
The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. However, it was not until 1972–58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official–that the day honoring fathers became a nationwide holiday in the United States. The importance of a Father Role in the Life of a Child There are more than 70 million fathers in the United States. Fathers are far more than just “second adults” in the home.
Involved fathers-especially biological are far more than just “second adults” in the home. Fathers-bring positive benefits to their children that no other person is as likely to bring. They provide protection and economic support and male role models. They have a parenting style that is significantly different from that of a mother and that difference is important in healthy child development. Dr. David Popenoe, Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University
FATHERS ARE NEEDED AND WANTED
Children watch everything parents do so be careful what you are modeling.
Children with Fathers Are Less Likely to Live in Poverty
Children with Fathers Are Less Likely to Abuse Drugs and Alcohol.
Girls will look for men who hold the patterns of good old dad, if Dad was kind, loving, and gentle, they will reach for those characteristics in men.
Boys will model themselves after their fathers. They will look for their father’s approval in everything they do, and copy their behaviors.
Many of today’s dads say they spend at least as much time with their kids as their own parents spent with them, but most still feel that is not enough. In a 2012 Pew Research Center survey
“I congratulate all the men who are working diligently to be good fathers whether they are stepfathers or biological fathers”.
Keep being present and making an impact. You are needed!
Raising children is one of the most rewarding and important, yet challenging, endeavors a person can undertake. Making sure you have a balanced schedule for your children will be critical in raising a child that Thrives and who is healthy and well adjusted.
Some Parenting Tips that will help:
1. Monitor Television time
2. Limited time on Social Media sites
3. Schedule technology time
4. Have children engaged in social activities (Play Dates)
5. Make time for creative activities
6. Make time for physical activities
7. Remind them how much you love them
8. Have your children involved in Giving Back
9. Encourage them to do their best in every area
10. Help them to discover their gifts and talents
Make sure to monitor social media and technology time
Raising children is an enormously important part of life. I think one of the most important, or the most important, period. Eric Braeden
Social Activities are very important for children to learn social skills.
Are fathers necessary? Based on the statistics, the right type of father is in high demand. In fact, loving, engaged and committed fathers are perhaps more important than ever before.
I remember growing and wanting more time with my father. I know that a father has a critical role in the life of their children. As fathers begin to embrace that more we will see a shift in how children interact in all of their relationships. Fathers are necessary and we have to start celebrating it and reminding them that they are needed and wanted.
What does the research say these days?
According to a report in “Fathers and Their Impact on Children’s Well-Being”: “Even from birth, children who have an involved father are more likely to be emotionally secure, be confident to explore their surroundings, and, as they grow older, have better social connections.
“My father gave me the greatest gift growing up, he believed in me”. Yolanda Shields
Having a positive male role model helps an adolescent boy develop positive gender-role characteristics. Adolescent girls are more likely to form positive opinions of men and are better able to relate to them when fathered by an involved father.
A father’s presence and involvement can be as crucial to a child’s healthy development as is the mother’s.
How can I make mornings go more smoothly?
Follow the same consistent schedule each day if possible. This will help your children know what to expect.
Get up at least 1 hour before your kids do to exercise or have a quiet prayer time and a cup of coffee.
Get dressed before your kids wake up.
Have your children help set out their clothes the night before so there’s no arguing about what to wear.
Prepare lunches and backpacks the night before.
Let children do as much as they can by themselves—get dressed, brush their hair etc. This will help them feel independent while giving you free time to do other things.
Keep breakfast simple and portable and healthy when you can.
How can I let go of my feelings of guilt about working?
Ask yourself why you feel guilty.
Do whatever it takes to help you feel good about yourself.
Join a working Moms small group
Make sure you are balancing work and family time
Celebrate the fact that your kids are happy and healthy.
GET MORE PARENTING TIPS FROM THE LETTERS TO OUR SONS BOOK
Letters to Our Sons JOURNAL companion to the Book Letters to Our Son’s final proof to be completed this week and then will release and be available on Amazon and many other online book stores. www.Lettertooursons.com
Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities.– Gary Smalley
AUTHOR of Letters to Our Sons