I trust you’ve been encouraged and challenge this year by our posts. It’s been fun reviewing all of our posts for 2019 and seeing which ones you found most helpful—judging by your views. Here are our most popular posts for how to be a better father and husband this year. Did you miss any of them?
I’m posting these in order based on page views. Review closely in case you missed one. And, feel free to share your favorite posts as you review.
#1: 10 essential books on how to be a godly husband and father
It amazes me, guys will spend their lives studying their field of pursuits. But when it comes to reading about being a husband and father, they’ll say, “Meh, I got this.” Gentlemen, we don’t got this. The same person who doesn’t read these types of books is the same person who struggles with feeling like a failure as a husband and father. Stop struggling. Pick one of these books to read for 2020 on how to be a godly husband and father.
#2: The deadly sin of lust and how to eliminate it from your life
Brothers, if culture lies to us, it lies to us most with this sin. Culture says we can look but not touch. Scripture tells us if our eye causes us to sin, gouge it out. So what are we to do? How are we to live? I can tell you. Fight this sin. Start here with the deadly sin of lust and how to overcome it.
#3: The deadly sin of sloth and how to eliminate it from your life
You would never call yourself lazy. But, would you call yourself intentional in all areas? Here’s the deal: read this post. Why? Because sloth is about more than laziness. I’m convinced that sloth is the sin of comfort. It’s as simple as the teen with a messy room and as complex as the workaholic so engulfed in his work that he’s unintentional at home. In this post, we examine the deadly sin of sloth and how to eliminate it from your life.
#4: Why it’s so difficult to pray with your wife but why you should do it anyway.
I love-hate this post. I love it because I know it’s important. I hate it because it steps on my toes! I needed this reminder about praying with my wife. Read this post. Read why it it so difficult to pray with your wife from Chad. He’s on our board. His words will challenge and encourage. Chad’s in the trenches with us. Listen to him. He knows some things!
#5: Tell these three stories and turn your failures to wins.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed the gradual and casual change of our lives, but our kids are going through fire. Sometimes our priority may not be our children, but on Satan’s agenda they are number one. Biblical manhood involves cultivating, embracing and exercising spiritual leadership. If we don’t do it, who will? Learn to tell these three stories and you’ll turn your failures into wins.
#6: Are you raising an angry child?
I get it. At some magical age, your son will do what he wants. He can start on the path of the curmudgeon early or take the slow, methodical steps to curmudgeonville. But, I’d like you to ask yourself: How much of the anger in my home is caused by me? Ouch. That’s a painful question. As fathers, we must take note of what God says in Ephesians 6:4, to “not provoke your children anger”. In this post, we explore 25 ways we often don’t realize we’re raising an angry child.
#7: Oprah has some things to say about mass shootings. So do I.
As we watched yet another wave of active shooter attacks this year, this post was geared toward El Paso and Dayton when Oprah was asked what she thought. Let’s look at what Oprah had to say on the mass shootings and allow me to add some thoughts.
#8: The deadly sin of pride and how to eliminate it from your life.
There’s no greater time to be a sinner. You’re one click away from more than your father ever had to deal with. The world is there for the taking. There’s also no greater time to be a godly dad. Sure, sin lurks around every corner. But, wherever darkness is, God’s grace is there too. In this post, we’ll examine deadly sin of pride and how to eliminate it from your life.
#9: Letters to my son: love women (8 principles for female relationships).
We live in a time in our culture where it appears men and women compete with each other. In this battle for equality and preserving the masculine and feminine identity, it seems there is an attack on old customs. What follows is one of the letters Vince Miller (read: fatherhood veteran you should listen too) wrote to his son for how to love women.
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