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Family Wounds Are Slow to Heal

Family Wounds Are Slow to Heal

Family wounds are slow to heal. I hope your childhood was a happy time when your parents kept everyone fed, safe, and chuckling. I hope your dad came home every day, your mom tucked you in bed every night, and your siblings were your best friends. But if not, you need to know you aren’t alone.

Talking to Kids about Independence Day

Talking to Kids about the Importance of Independence Day

Independence Day with our family is about as cliché as cliché gets! It’s family, food and fireworks. In typical Texas fashion, the weather will be scorching hot.  We will head over to my in-law’s home and the older kids will immediately run into the backyard and jump in the swimming pool. The toddlers will beg for

What Grandparents Teach Us

I look to the family unit as a unit that should not be messed with — it’s that important to me.  A lot can be learned from a tight knit, God-centered family. As the saying goes, families that pray together, stay together and are blessed with unity in many of the things they do in

Allow God to Be God

…hallowed be Thy Name. — Matthew 6:9 When you’re close to death, you tend to see your life flash on the movie theater of your mind. Which I did. But I also saw Jesus. Not in a He-is-standing-right-there way but in a majestic way. I flew from South Africa to Washington, DC, after Cape Town 2010,

Dads Are to Be Earthly Mirrors of a Heavenly Reality

The Bible says our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12). Over the years, God has shown me that the attack on the institution of fatherhood and the strategy to make fathers unloving and

How Long Will You Wait to Forgive?

I hadn’t seen my father for ten years. I had no photographs of him at all and just a vague memory of his face the last time I saw him. When we pulled up to the VA housing complex in Sarasota in our rented van, Duncan saw him first. “There he is.” He tipped his head to point.

Radical Forgiveness

My brother-in-law Jep is the youngest of the four Robertson sons. He was always a pretty good kid who never got into much trouble. But when he turned eighteen, he started hanging around with the wrong group of guys. Even though Jep had never been around drugs and drinking, and he knew better than to get involved in those things, he

Preteen and Teen Years

Raising Daughters of the King – The Preteen & Teen Years

I often hear of how moms struggle to have great relationships with their preteen and teen daughters. Sometimes it’s just the normal stage that many teen girls go through—separating themselves from their mothers to find their own identities. Other times, though, our relationships with our kids are directly impacted by our past family history and

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