Today is a special treat! I was originally going to air this episode on Monday, but in honor of memorial day, decided to delay to Tuesday. After all, very few people should be making their commute today! I think, however, it is worth the wait.
Jeff Cavins is the author of the Bible Timeline series, a fantastic journey through the narrative books of the Bible that really connects it all together. His newest book, "When you suffer, Biblical keys for hope and understanding" is fantastic. He talks about what all Christians can do when the inevitable suffering comes.
Today he was generous enough to give me the time to ask a series of questions. He unpacks a lot of difficult and challenging topics on suffering. The topics ranged from theology to practical steps in your own life.
Thank you so much Jeff for this great opportunity!
If learning to pray oneself is hard, teaching and leading your kids may seem nearly impossible. Yet, if you don't do it (and let's be honest, it is primarily your job!) then who else will? This is a super critical element of parenthood - teaching and communicating the faith. Teaching children can be slow, painful, and frustrating.
In this episode I try to break it down a little bit into 7 practical steps that I have found useful to help my own children learn to pray. You can start to build these basic habits and practices when they are very young. It isn't easy, but it will carry great weight forward. One surprising side benefit is that it helps to keep me more honest in my prayer life!
Prayer is hard. Being truly open and connected to another person here on earth is hard enough, but opening ourselves up to the Creator of the Universe is even harder. It is, however, super important. When we open ourselves up to the Lord, we connect ourselves to the font of creativity that made the universe. Archbishop Fulton Sheen used to claim that a great many psychological disorders could be solved through confession and prayer. That is how powerful this is.
In this episode, I give you 6 practical steps to take your prayer life to the next level. It is difficult to go directly from "casual catholic" to "Mother Teresa" level. To help make some progress, I've broken out 6 steps. I think you'll find some help.
It's all ready! You're heading out for the first time. Hopefully you are going with at least one other family (if not a group.) Now comes the real test, are you ready?
That first camping trip can open up the eyes of everyone in the family. Once open, will they see the beauty of God's creation? Or, will they see the frustration of parents? There's a lot of ways to help steer your family to success, but you have to be intentional.
This episode I give you 7 tips for how to make the camping trip successful once you are in the field. If you are at all like I was at the start, these tips might make the difference between a memory of fondness or frustration.
Camping with small kids is hard. Yet, it is also an important adventure not only for them, but for you. What we introduce our kids to when they are young will stick with them for the rest of their lives.
This week is all about camping. This first episodes gives you 7 tips for how to prepare for a camping trip. Preparation will solve most of the problems before they even occur. There are a lot of ways to mess it up - especially when young children are involved. I cover a lot of ways I have found to make the process easier.
For those who may not be familiar with the outside world, there are a lot of ways to mess up. The reward is worthwhile, and with just a bit of effort and planning, you can be a hero and find not only success, but peace in the amazing world that God has created. It takes some intention and planning, but the success is worth it!
Today's episode covers tips and tricks for a successful car trip and picnic in the outside world. It can be intimidating, but with these tips, your wife and your children will think you are a superstar.
It's time to get out there. The summer is coming fast! Introduce your children and your family to nature, you will not regret it!
Summer is coming! I am super excited for the warmer weather and outdoors adventures. In order to help kick off the season, I'm starting a series of podcasts about the great outdoors. The first episode, is why you should get outside.
God created nature and we can find incredible meaning and value in it. Today I discuss 6 reasons why you should start planning an outdoors adventure. Immersing yourself in nature can change not only yourself, but your interactions with your entire family.
I also include a continuum of nature engagement types. These will form the basis of future podcast episodes as we start to explore just how to connect with God's amazing creation of nature.