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Blessing Our Children

Below is part of an article from Steve Ward with insightful ideas about how to help validate the lives and character of our children.  This dovetails well with Dr Larry Crabb’s thoughts on validating our sons.  See link below for more on that.

The Power of Blessing Our Kids

As parents, we desperately want our kids to be happy and safe from harm.

Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to guarantee those things happen. They will face trials and troubles, and we do not control their life or their destiny.

Recently, my older son was facing some tough times, and I felt a strong desire to do something demonstrative and powerful to encourage him. It finally hit me: I should give him my blessing.

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Reasons for Blessing Our Kids

What does blessing our kids mean?

In the Bible, when a person is blessed, it is a sign of God’s grace and presence, an assurance this person has a valuable role in God’s plans for the world.

Dr. John Trent and Dr. Gary Smalley outlined the biblical steps for blessing our kids in their book The Blessing. As described in Scripture, the process includes meaningful touch, a spoken message, and an active and ongoing commitment. And it seeks to convey two main points to them:

  1. Attaching high value to the one being blessed.
  2. Picturing a special future for him or her.

As parents, it is our mission to care for and train up our children spiritually, emotionally, and personally. Blessing our kids is a powerful tool to do just that, and we can use it to help them:

  • Establish healthy feelings of self-worth and emotional well-being.
  • Increase their own personal faith as we strongly profess our own.
  • Develop a hardy resilience for trials and issues they will face.
  • Become all they can be and fulfill their God-given potential.

There was another reason I wanted to bless my son, one more important than the others. Because he was facing some tough times, I was worried, and I longed for his well-being. Therefore, I did what any parent could do: I called on the supernatural power of the Creator of the Universe to be there for him.

Seriously. I wanted to do whatever I could to help my son, and I knew I couldn’t handle that by myself. Only by passing on a blessing from God could I help him the most.

Use this link to get an example at the bottom of the article.

Related:

The Silence of Adam

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Hugh Hefner

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Alone

Hugh Hefner, gone to his reward at the age of 91, was a pornographer and chauvinist who got rich on masturbation, consumerism and the exploitation of women, aged into a leering grotesque in a captain’s hat, and died a pack rat in a decaying manse where porn blared during his pathetic orgies.

Hef was the grinning pimp of the sexual revolution, with quaaludes for the ladies and Viagra for himself — a father of smut addictions and eating disorders, abortions and divorce and syphilis, a pretentious huckster who published Updike stories no one read while doing flesh procurement for celebrities, a revolutionary whose revolution chiefly benefited men much like himself.

Read more here.

Needless to say the obituaries for Hefner, even if they acknowledge the seaminess, have been full of encomia for his great deeds: Hef the vanquisher of puritanism, Hef the political progressive, Hef the great businessman and all the rest. There are even conservative appreciations, arguing that for all his faults Hef was an entrepreneur who appreciated the finer things in life and celebrated la différence.

What a lot of garbage.

Read more here.

Male Prostitute Saved from Addiction

 

 

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Prayer Shaming!

The new Oppression!

Enough is enough. It’s time to take a stand. Today, students at East Catholic High School rise up and declare that we’re more concerned with God than we are with being politically correct. We encourage you to do the same. Please watch our video…then SHARE it with your friends and encourage THEM to SHARE it as well.  Let’s get this powerful message out there. No more prayer shaming. Let’s bring God and prayer back into our lives. You can watch and share this video on our East Catholic High School Facebook page. For more information visit us at – http://www.echs.com/

The Lie of Toxic Masculinity

Houston Rescuers Prove the Lie of ‘Toxic Masculinity’

Men. We are just the worst, with our toxic masculinity and patriarchal privilege. We are

 

A Texas National Guardsman carries a resident from her flooded home following Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Aug. 27, 2017. Army National Guard photo by Lt. Zachary West

 

the source of literally all the world’s problems, from war, income inequality, and “rape culture” to the misogynistic microaggressions of “mansplaining” and “manspreading.” If we are ever to create a nonviolent, truly gender-equal world, we must rip away the false, culturally-constructed façade of masculinity. We must free ourselves from the strictures of macho posturing, embrace vulnerability, and redefine what it means to be strong. Read more of this post

Hating

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I confess, I missed Charlottesville, VA.  Actually I did hear about a protest that was going to happen but for some reason I ducked for the next several days and missed it altogether until today.

I believe Nelson Mandela’s thoughts are mostly right, except for maybe a nuance.  AND, that nuance makes a big difference. Read more of this post

Internet Addiction

This great talk covers many Addictions.  You may not be aware of them.  Do these affect you?

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Play Christ in a Movie and Get Snubbed

Jim Caviezel says he was snubbed by Hollywood after playing Jesus in ‘The Passion of the Christ’ but would still love to be in the sequel.

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Actor Jim Caviezel opens up about the rejection he faced from Hollywood after his role as Jesus Christ, in Mel Gibson’s biblical epic “The Passion of the Christ.”
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Thank God on Earth Day

From Reasons to Believe in 2016:

Every year on April 22, millions of people worldwide will gather on local beaches, streets, and parks to collect trash, plant trees, and honor and celebrate our Earth. In recent years, Earth Day has become almost as popular as Halloween and Christmas, observed by people from diverse religious beliefs and backgrounds. Rather than dismissing the holiday as just another day, Earth Day can remind us of the carefully crafted and fine-tuned home God has made for us. Read more of this post