Discipleship

Discipleship

A Good Listener

The art of being a good listener is becoming more and more of a lost art. Face to face and even phone conversations are no longer the primary way we communicate. Our interactions are primarily through the computer and cell phone where we email or text in terse, abbreviated, and frequently misunderstood modes. When we do have in-person conversations, these same devices turn us into one of Pavlov’s dogs, immediately turning our attention the minute we hear a ding. It’s nearly…

Family Values

Values: State it, Own it, Live it What do you want your family to be like? How do you wish people would describe you? Twenty or thirty years from now, what do you hope your children will say about how they grew up and what they learned from you? At RedlandHills, we know what we want our family to be like: Our mission is to help our families   Connect with God, live in Community and share Compassion with others.…

Memory Work

May I help you for a moment?  I would love to help you teach your children how to walk in the authority of Christ. Memory work. Let’s start by committing to learn this statement and practice saying it aloud to your children as often as you can. “You have the authority to reject what is not true! Love yourself, like God loves you!” Break it down Now let’s break the statement down so they understand the magnitude of the words.…

God Love

I remember holding my son for the first time and experiencing a feeling of overwhelming love and sense of deep connection. I don’t know if I audibly said the words “I love you”, but every adjective I used to articulate my thoughts could have been replaced with love, love, love. In that moment, my brain didn’t register the cost of what “I love you” would and does require of me.  I had all the gushy, emotional, I’ll provide for you and…

Setting The Stage

Have you ever been in or to a play before? If so you know the importance of stage preparation.  Someone’s  job is to make sure props are functioning and appropriately placed, lighting and sound are working: and not to mention the obvious, making sure the stage is even safe to stand on.  Setting the stage for our family is no different. You as the parent, are the “someone…”. What do expectant parents do? They spend months preparing homes, gadgets, schedules, cars etc. for the…

Thanks Giving

It’s Thanks giving. When we say these words we usually put them together and it becomes synonymous with “I have eaten too much”.  I hope that it also means family gatherings where you’re intentionally giving to others, and making lasting memories and family traditions. And I hope it means laughter- tons of laughter!!!     This is my favorite time of the year.  I love getting together with my siblings and extended family (from both sides of our family).  I’m smiling now as I type,…

Are you living out loud?

Living Out Loud? There are so many things that shout for our attention and devotion: our jobs, our kids, our spouses, our hobbies—the demands and distractions of life. To which we respond “If only I had an exciting job, a loving spouse, good children, vibrant health or money for more things – life would be great.”  But in reality, we know that isn’t true. So why do we frustrate ourselves by re-visiting these thoughts over and over? I believe it’s…

It Takes A Village

In our fast paced, instant access world, a village is necessary to help navigate this thing called Parenthood. A Few Reasons why Villages are good: We are Better Together Parenting is hard and the thought of going it alone is overwhelming. When I had my first child, I lived hundreds of miles away from “family” (in fact 2 weeks after we arrived there, my son was born), but I quickly learned that I could have “family” in my church and…

The Baptism Talk

Baptism is a beautiful and exciting conversation to have with your child(ren). When they’re ready, here are a few thoughts. SHARE Share your own baptism experience. When did you ask Jesus to be in control of your life? What was it like? LISTEN Has your child brought the subject up? Commit to answering their questions or getting someone else to answer the questions- What seems silly or simple to you may be their way of processing this symbolic act. REMEMBER…