Remember when most households consisted of a married couple and their children? Friends my age who grew up in single-parent homes back in the 60s and 70s have confided to me that they felt the weight of their uniqueness in the pit of their stomachs. By contrast, statistics reveal today the proportion of households consisting of married couples is less than half!
With marriage feeling so very “optional” in our present-day culture, how do we communicate its value and significance to our sons? We may feel as if we are walking a semantic tightrope when we hold marriage up as the ideal context for raising children and building a home, for fear that we might offend someone who has made different lifestyle choices or wound a friend who is living with the result of a very-much-unwanted divorce. In a world where “family” means something different to everyone, how can we teach our sons to value marriage and to aspire to be loving husbands and involved fathers?
Parents communicate their own attitudes toward marriage in subtle and surprising ways, and if it’s your goal to raise young men who will reverse the troubling cultural trend toward fatherless homes, if you want to parent emotionally healthy men, good husbands, and strong fathers, consider reading my article over at the Joyful Life Magazine. CLICK HERE for a deep dive into three areas of growth in your own life that will communicate volumes to your growing boys.
In partnership with our husbands, we are privileged to be the hopeful visionary, the marriage cheerleader who speaks blessing over our son, preparing him to launch into a promising future as a man of character with solid family values.Tweet
And Now Let’s Talk Books…
Marcy Gregg’s story begins with the happy ending: her first solo art show and the loving support of family and friends. Who would have guessed that twenty-five years before, Marcy woke up from a coma with no memory of her husband, her two sons, her new baby, or anything about the past thirteen years of her life?
When her memory failed to return, the continual pressure of bluffing her way through life shook Marcy to the core and rendered all her coping strategies useless. Her healing process began when she recognized her weakness.
Marcy’s interest in painting emerged like a lost memory. Loading huge canvases with paint became a spiritual practice and put the truth of Philippians 4:13 on display: In Christ’s strength, she was able to believe that her painting would be a tool for spreading God’s Word.
Blank Canvas is an uncluttered memoir in which the author shares her story without becoming bogged down in self help or “devotionalizing.” The blank canvas of memory loss proved to be a devastating challenge, but trust in God freed Marcy to look beyond the blank canvas and to see a new beginning.
What “missing pieces” from your own life could become, instead, a space reserved for God’s creative work?
Holding you in the Light,
While God had saved Marcy Gregg’s life, he did not save 13 years of her memories. #BlankCanvas is a challenge to see the missing pieces of your life as a space reserved for God’s creative work. @TyndaleHouse #bookreviewTweet
Is It Time for You to “Get to Know God?”
What is your concept of God?
I recently heard from a reader, awake at 3:00 a.m., and downloading my latest free resource: “Although I have been a follower most of my life I have never really tried to get to know God.” She had decided that Isaiah 43 was a good place to start.
How about you?
This guided meditation based on Isaiah 43 highlights the truth that we live and work according to our concept of God. What if you began every day with the conviction that God, YOUR God identifies himself as the God who does a new thing, who makes a path through the wilderness, who blots out your transgressions and says, “Fear not!”
I’m committed to the truth that women can become confident followers of God and students of his word, and it’s my goal to provide resources to help you along that path. Subscribers receive them automatically, and you can receive your copy by simply entering your email and then clicking on the button below…
Many thanks to Tyndale House for providing a copy of this book to facilitate my review, which is, of course, offered freely and with honesty.
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