Category Archives: Family

That Little Gerbil

So, I finally allowed my daughter to get a gerbil last year. She named it Squirt.

She treats that thing like a queen.

The Gerbil has a penthouse.

Apparently they love eating apple wood. So I went and cut several branches off my apple trees and she loves it.

Oh, and the Gerbil has taken over the doll house toys too.

I suppose it’s a fairly good pet. And it’s easy to clean her cage.

So if you’ve been putting off letting your kids have a Gerbil due to maintenance, go ahead and give in. Its actually much easier than the pet hamster I had as a kid. And the Gerbil doesn’t bite like that evil hamster did.

Basketball Mornings and #CrackerBarrel

Early games mean brunch at Cracker Barrel.

We started off with a big win.

And headed out for brunch.

The fire place is my favorite. I really love sitting in front of a fireplace. Add checkers and special things happen.

She played me to a draw. It was one long 10 minute game. She is getting good at this.

Dear Masculinity #Gillette #Harrys

Folks, your razor didn’t teach you how to be a man. And your razor company won’t teach how to be a better man or father.

No, I’m not jumping on any boycott bandwagon. I happen to believe that big companies do sometimes need to weigh in on issues. But it needs to be done in a way that does not blame only one population group for causing the issue. And it should be universally understood as an issue. Not just something that a few people think is an issue.

It is true that there does exist a population of overly aggressive men. That is true. And there is a pervasive poison in our society that pushes men toward unacceptable behavior of many forms.

Yet, overly aggressive people come in both masculine and feminine forms. That’s truth friends.

If every man in the world became a nervous pile of clean shaven flesh meat, there would still be a sizeable population of people who are overly aggressive.

You don’t have to go far into your Google search to find videos of fist fighting females.

The answer is to allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in your actions and thoughts. And any thoughts or actions contrary to the fruits of the spirit should be avoided.

Do man things. Act in manly ways. Don’t be a pushover, and if you are attacked be prepared to defend yourself. Just always make sure you are not the aggressor whether you are a man or a woman. Treat all people with respect and love your neighbor as yourself. Help protect those who are unable to protect themself. Give generously and without grumbling. Provide for your family physically, emotionally and spiritually.

And remember to allow your emotions to have a healthy outlet. Find a good friend to vent to and allow them to vent as well. Allow your gym time to be an outlet for reducing stress and frustrations.

Pray about fleshly temptations and find ways to keep yourself busy so you don’t focus on those desires. Tame your flesh. Go for a run, go lift weights, get on a bike, do something to focus your body on something other than the temptations that harm us and others.

Take care of yourself through meditating on God’s Word, doing Bible studies, reading books to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses, and then learn how to capitalize on those.

Doing this will help all of us to keep ourselves in alignment with who God wants us to be emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.
Galatians 5:22‭-‬26 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/gal.5.22-26.NASB

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The Legacy Initiative Update

I hope you are all taking time to write in your legacy journals. I’ve written a few special pages for my children in each of their books with some encouraging words and insights.

I skipped a few pages for later additions. Now I’m handwriting the Gospel of John for each child. I know I shouldn’t have a favorite book, but I love the way John relays the message of who Jesus is.

My hand isn’t accustomed to writing manually yet, so I can only write a couple paragraphs in each journal before I get a hand cramp. That will correct itself soon. But I want to make sure my handwriting looks good.

Have you started writing in your legacy journal?

Journals at ChristianBook.com