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Posts with the category “family-discipleship”

4 Signs Your Kid is Losing Confidence
by Mike Hurt on May 10th, 2021
From the Parent Cue Kids seem to be born confident creatures. They have no problem expressing their needs (sometimes, quite loudly).They’re secure in their appearance (hello, polka dots and stripes).They make it clear when they don’t like something (baby boundaries in full effect).Quite simply, they believe they can do anything and that the world is theirs.Then, something happens. Perhaps, it’s li...  Read More
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Marking Milestones
by Mike Hurt on April 26th, 2021
“If something is changing in my kid’s worlds, I need to personally connect with them and lead them to the next phase.”  Read More
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3 Things to Think About As Your Kids Get Older
by Mike Hurt on April 19th, 2021
“What gets celebrated gets repeated and what is repeated sticks.”  Read More
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Moments Matter
by Mike Hurt on April 19th, 2021
Family discipleship moments are about being prepared to take advantage of opportunities to communicate God’s truth in whatever circumstances come your way.  As parents, we must be committed to capturing and leveraging opportunities in everyday life for the purpose of leading our kids to believe in, love, and follow Jesus.We see the challenge to adopt this mindset in Deuteronomy 6.    "4 Hear, O Is...  Read More
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3 Questions to Ask Before Saying Yes
by Mike Hurt on April 19th, 2021
From michaelkelley.co I am consistently amazed by the sheer volume of opportunities there are for children in today’s culture. It seems like everywhere you turn there is a permission slip, a tryout, or a sign-up form for some activity. There are travel sports teams, art lessons, school musicals – you name it, and it’s all out there waiting for us to say “yes” to on behalf of our kids.It’s all a li...  Read More
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Bed Time Blessings
by Mike Hurt on April 16th, 2021
Setting a nightly routine with your kids can establish a consistent rhythm of praying for and encouraging your kids no matter their age.   Read More
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How to Apologize to Your Middle Schooler
by Mike Hurt on April 15th, 2021
Enter middle school. I woke up to a different human being living in my house.  Read More
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Messy One Year Olds
by Mike Hurt on April 14th, 2021
Sweet discovery is what this phase is made of. It’s what makes patience and endurance such prized commodities for the parents of this age. You are helping your one-year-old navigate the mess of discovery  Read More
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Managing Preschooler's Emotions
by Mike Hurt on April 13th, 2021
When you or I have a rough day, we have a track record. Frustrating as it may be to spend a whole day on a project that gets scrapped, we know tomorrow still has the potential to be a good day. Preschoolers simply don’t have the life experience to see past the present instant. Emotion is reality. As far as they are concerned, what they feel in the moment is how they will feel always-and-forever-the-end.  Read More
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It's About Time
by Mike Hurt on April 12th, 2021
While most of us find it difficult to find more time in our day, we can all find ways to incorporate our faith into the daily rhythm of our life.  Read More
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The Family Dinner Table
by Mike Hurt on April 12th, 2021
The family dinner table is the best place in our homes to make a lasting impact on the next generation. Food has the power to bring people together. However, eating meals together around the dinner table requires that we be intentional.  Read More
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Be an Influencer
by Mike Hurt on April 12th, 2021
“Don’t get sad when your kids start growing up. Just enjoy every minute of every phase, because each one offers something unique and important.”   Read More
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How Can I Get My High Schooler to Open Up to Me?
by Mike Hurt on April 5th, 2021
Want real conversations with your high schooler? They need it and you can do it. Check out these simple ideas.  Read More
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A Reminder Parents...
by Mike Hurt on March 23rd, 2021
In all our hearts, surely we know that the chances of our children playing sports in college, much less professionally, are very, very low. Same thing with being the valedictorian in every educational system they’re part of. Same thing about always being the president until they eventually become The President. So pragmatically, it’s helpful to remember that these activities they participate in aren’t an end in themselves; they simply can’t be because they will sooner or later end.  Read More
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Family Prayer Journey
by Mike Hurt on February 24th, 2021
Take your family on a journey to pray together. This prayer journey will take you through the next 8 weeks with a new prayer perspective or technique each week.  Read More
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The Power of Everyday Words
by Mike Hurt on February 15th, 2021
Parents, your words are powerful! Use these 10 everyday phrases to instill confidence, self-respect, and thoughtfulness in your children.  Read More
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Choosing Your Family's Focus
by Mike Hurt on February 8th, 2021
Leading your kids to love Jesus takes time and an intentional focus. While it may feel intimidating and you may not feel prepared, you can do it. Keep things simple and start by choosing your FOCUS.  Read More
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The Talk
by Mike Hurt on February 8th, 2021
The best way to prepare your child for the changes and challenges of adolescence is to set the stage. Mom with daughter, dad with son or a single parent with either sex should spend time giving their preadolescent child a basic understanding of what’s coming before the cataclysmic transition begins. Help your child prepare for coming changes in a proactive and positive way. Here’s a quick guide to...  Read More
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Life Stage Tranisitions
by Mike Hurt on February 8th, 2021
If something is changing in my kid’s worlds, I need to personally connect with them and lead them to the next phase.  Read More
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Baptism
by Mike Hurt on February 8th, 2021
After believing in Jesus as their Savior, your child's next step is to go public with their faith through baptism. When believers are baptized, they demonstrate the new life they have in Jesus and they let everyone know that they are following Him. We encourage everyone who has believed in Jesus to show it by getting baptized.  Read More
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Baby Dedication
by Mike Hurt on February 8th, 2021
As you mark the many of your baby's firsts, we invite you to be a part of Baby Dedication. Baby Dedication is a moment when you focus on what matters most: your commitment to raising your child in a home that loves and honors God so that one day they will believe and find life in Jesus.   Read More
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Milestone Ideas by Age
by Mike Hurt on February 8th, 2021
We aren't raising good kids. We are raising great adults.  Read More
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Teachable Moments
by Mike Hurt on February 8th, 2021
Teachable moments come throughout the day as we spend time with our kids.  These are  real-time, age-appropriate discussions for kids to learn about themselves, God, and the wise things to do.   “Not every moment has to be profound.  Moments can be simple; you occasionally stop, look, listen, and encourage.” (Family Discipleship, pg. 116) Questions to consider as you take advantage of teachable mo...  Read More
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Annual One-on-One
by Mike Hurt on February 8th, 2021
When you discover the power of spending time with your kids one-on-one, once a year won't be enough. Doing something fun, sharing a meal, and connecting without distractions is what the one-on-one is all about.  Read More
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Monthly Serving Opportunities
by Mike Hurt on February 8th, 2021
Serving together as a family sets the stage for your kids to see that their faith actually works and has real world applications.   Serving with your kids also shows them that what your believe should lead you to love others with your actions.  Every family with kids of every age can serve Jesus together.With preschool kids, shop for and pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.  Preschoolers ...  Read More
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Weekly Family Devotions
by Mike Hurt on February 8th, 2021
While the timing and regularity might be different for every family and even shift as families enter different life stages, every Christian family should have some regular time to meet where the main purpose is spiritual growth  Read More
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Daily Blessing
by Mike Hurt on February 8th, 2021
How often do you talk to your kids? I don’t mean the routine, plan-as-you-go discussions about who should empty the dishwasher and who’s going where after school. I mean the discussions that really matter: the deeper, life-giving conversations that consistently point your child to God as their inseparable Father and their source of hope and security.Perhaps these kinds of conversations happen less...  Read More
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Consistent Connection to Church and Small Group
by Mike Hurt on February 8th, 2021
Your intentional investment in your kids begins with how you spend your time pursuing the Lord and living your life to honor Him.  You are modeling what your kids will believe about Jesus and how they will follow Him.  They are responsible for their decisions, but you are on the hook for the example that you set for them and for the expectations that you have for them.  That’s why it’s essential t...  Read More
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Leading Your Child to Believe in Christ
by Mike Hurt on February 8th, 2021
As parents, we desire for our kids to believe in Jesus and to live for Him. In fact, deciding to believe in Jesus is the biggest decision that your child will make throughout their entire life. There is no bigger decision. When our kids are young and they begin to process the Gospel, we are excited, but also somewhat uneasy with the conversation because we want to make sure they "get it."  Read More
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