How To Persevere When You Need To Conquer Obstacles

Over the past several weeks, I have found myself struggling to prepare a blog post. I always want the satisfaction of having a beautifully written piece published, but it can be a challenge to make it happen.

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With the whirlwind of life, I have not been reading as much idea-provoking material or putting enough thought into blog topics. I have noticed that this has made a difference in my creativity. As I was preparing to write this week, I was inspired with the thought, “keep persevering”. It was a quiet and quick motivation that sparked my spirit.

How do you celebrate the 4th of July?

With the approaching July 4th holiday and the recent news I heard about the financial struggles of Colonial Williamsburg (one of our family’s favorite places!), I am again contemplating the importance of history. If we fail to remember our heritage, we begin to lose the appreciation of liberty. The majority of people throughout history have not lived enjoying the freedom that life in the United States provides.

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Last year our family heard a suggestion to read aloud the Declaration of Independence on the 4th as a way to remember the history and honor the proclamation that led to the country we have today. This year we will revive that tradition and read it aloud again as a family. Of course, some of the content is difficult to understand, but the idea is to open up discussion about the larger concepts and themes in the document.

Daring To Believe That You Are “Talent On Loan From God”

There is a well-known radio host who uses the phrase “talent on loan from God” to describe himself. I am often uncomfortable with his repetition of this phrase. It brims with a confidence and self-assuredness that I lack. Yet, there is something in the statement that always resonates with me.

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Wrestling with my own self-worth has been a challenge for many years. Attempting to measure up to a mythical standard that only exists within my mind seems to be an endless journey. Just when I think I have kicked the ball far enough and in the right direction the goal posts move. Trying to feel good by pleasing others is a recipe for frustration.

Are You Missing the Magnificence of Fatherhood?

Last weekend I traveled with my oldest son to a father-son event. It was a wonderful enrichment opportunity for our relationship as he grows into a young man. Almost 15 years have passed since I became a father for the first time. Where has all that time gone?

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If you are anything like me, the days roll by much too quickly. The speed at which we move down life’s highway makes it easy for significant moments in life to become lost in a blur. My role as father is something I cannot take for granted. I encourage you to slow down and think about being a father or ponder the impact of a father or father-figure in your life.

Is It Time To Celebrate A New Beginning?

One year ago this week I published my first blog post. Wow! I really find it hard to believe it has been a whole year since I started. I am SO VERY GLAD to have reached this milestone!

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Over the past year, I have published a post every Monday. My writing has encompassed a variety of subjects but primarily focused on personal development. The weekly discipline of writing has been challenging and but definitely worth it. I have received feedback from more than one person that the writing has improved over time. Thank you! I agree and I appreciate those of you who have noticed.

The Fundamentals of the History of Memorial Day

Our founding documents codified the principle that every person is “endowed by their Creator” with certain rights, one of which is the right to liberty. This commitment to liberty stands in stark contrast to the history of the rest of the world. Most people throughout time have been subject to royalty, dictators, or some other type of tyrant. We are the exception to what is commonplace around the world.

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For much of the history of this country, the U.S. military has fought to defend the cause of liberty around the globe. Today, Memorial Day is a day to commemorate those who have died while serving in this fight.

Are You Fluent In The 5 Love Languages?

During our premarital counseling my wife and I took a test to determine our “love language”. It was one of the ways that our pastor used to help us get our marriage off on the right foot. A “love language” is the way that people speak and understand emotional love. The concept was originated by Dr. Gary Chapman who wrote the book The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts.

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The topic of the love languages comes up in conversation in our household with some frequency. Sometimes it revolves around how our children receive love. Other times it is because my wife or I feel an urgency to re-connect in a way that meets our emotional needs.

Six Special Traits Of Mothers To Be Celebrated

Prior to Mothers Day in 2014, American Greetings created the video below about the “World’s Toughest Job” – motherhood. To date this video has been viewed almost 27 million times! This is a testimony to the truth contained in the video and the way that it pulls at our heartstrings. Take a look and see if you can resist getting a little misty eyed.

Yesterday was a day to honor mothers. I determined I would continue that theme today. Here are six traits I have observed that are worthy to be celebrated in our moms.

How To Enjoy Quality Time With Your Children

This weekend I had the privilege of attending a Major League Baseball game with one of my sons. As we planned the trip over the past couple of weeks, his enthusiasm increased with each passing day. Our journey was several hours down the road, and we ate lunch together along the way. With each passing moment he continued to express his joy at getting to go on this trip with Dad. His excitement was contagious!

The experience of this trip with my son is not something he will forget anytime soon. And neither will I. Watching his enjoyment of our time together fulfilled a part of my heart. As a father I desire to give good gifts to my children, and this baseball adventure qualified. I also want to spend meaningful time with each of my children. Making fun memories together helps to tie the bonds of our relationship tighter.