7.2 Million people have watched this video…and you should too

Dads our impact is more than we think. Don’t believe me? Check out this link (http://fathers.com/wp39/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/fatherlessInfographic.pdf).  Yesterday I preached to dads, especially on how to bless your kids. The influence you have cannot be overstated. And yesterday afternoon, Kenny and Emily Elkins shared this video. It is a gripping reminder that kids whose dads are behind bars long for their father’s blessing. 7.2 million people have watched it. When you watch it, you’ll know why they did.

So if you missed yesterday’s sermon, here it is. Download it this week and take time to listen. And put it into practice. (http://graceforall.org/grace-sermons/). It is never too late to begin to bless your kids.


If I Could Only Read One Book on Parenting

Parenting books abound.  From Dr. Phil to Dr. Dobson, you can find almost any topic addressing any kind of child in any circumstance.  This is both a blessing and a curse.  The blessing is having a wealth of information at our fingertips.  The curse is sorting through the mountain of information.

That reality makes me realize the weight of what I’m about to say.

If I could sort through the wealth of parenting advice and only read one book on parenting it would be The Blessing by Smalley and Trent.  They write,

Some people are driven toward workaholism as they search for the blessing they never received at home.  Always striving for acceptance, they never feel satisfied that they are measuring up.  Others get mired in withdrawal and apathy as they give up hope of ever truly being blessed.  Unfortunately, this withdrawal can become so severe that it can lead to chronic depression and even suicide.  For almost all children who miss out on their parents’ blessing, at some level this lack of acceptance sets off a lifelong search.

Smalley and Trent then describe five elements of the blessing, how parents are uniquely able to bless their children and ultimately how someone who has never received the blessing can give what he or she never received.

Sunday night at 5 pm I will present a one-time seminar on The Blessing.  Please join me.  You can sign up (just so we know space and child care needs) by emailing robin@graceforall.org.  We will meet in the main building.