Archives For December 2013

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By Lisa Cherry

As we are getting ready to launch 2014, let's reflect on our top stories/posts from 2013. We are praying for you and your family as we launch a strong 2014 as FRONTLINE FAMILIES!

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Will Your Kids Find the Right Mate?


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Ten Things I Teach My Sons about Girls 

 

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The Top Ten Things I Want my Daughters to Know about Boys

 

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Am I Ready for a Parenting Crisis?

 

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Will Only 1% of Our Kids Make It?

 

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10 Reasons Why Parents Should be Concerned about the Transgender Children Debate     

 

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A Double Life: 13 Ways to Detect if your Child is Hiding Something

 

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Teenage Anger: It Makes Me So Mad! 

 

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Parent Attitude Adjustment: Five Powerful Words

 

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Seven Unusual Things I am Thankful For

 

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By Lisa Cherry

We can miss out on the potential of the New Year if we get stuck in mindsets of survival.

...clean up the mess, put away the tree, figure out how to lose the extra pounds we added, pull the kids off the ceiling...

Surely you know what I mean?!

Instead of just vacationing or surviving your way into the New Year, I have a challenge for you. Three important to dos that could revolutionize your entry into 2014.

All three are within your power to do. All three require no extra expense(!) except the expense of time. And if you ask the Lord, I believe you can carve out a couple hours that will be well worth your investment.

Here are my 3 to dos:

1. Listen... So often in our prayer time for the New Year we fail to do the most basic. Listening to the heart of God. He knows where we are headed. And He knows what we need to be prepared for. Active listening to His still small voice is exciting. How about asking Him some directed questions and then listening for His answer? Sometimes He speaks softly to our heart. Sometimes He answers through His word, and sometimes He speaks through the voices of others who are also seeking His will.

Sample questions: What is on Your heart, Lord, for Your body in the New Year? What are You speaking to our family? How can I prepare myself spiritually for the coming year?

2. Dream... The New Year is a time of optimism. Grab that momentum and let yourself dream! If you are in a listening mode, God will inspire your dreams! Dreams are not the same as plans. They are simply dreams. Let them come forth from your mind and then write them down.

3.Plan... planning can be a scary word that makes us feel like a failure before we start! There are so many forms of planning, but the type I am urging you to do is "big picture planning." The shopping lists and menus will need done. But why not take this special time to look at the macro-plan? Why not take to dos #1and #2 and turn them into some broad goals?

Create a simple one page sheet with one of these ideas:
My top three goals for the New Year for me...
        For my marriage......
        For my kids.....
        For my ministry.....
        For my career.....

When you get done with these three to dos, you need a special place to keep your notes. But even if you are not the most orderly person who keeps track and refers back to notes, recognize the value of the experience. And let God excite you for 2014!

Next week I will be sharing with you some of my dreams for the New Year! Until then, enjoy your time with your family!

Lisa

P.S. if you are looking for a creative way to enter 2014 with some family vision planning time, click here to see our vision retreat post.

Image:  NapInterrupted “DIY Planner - Franklin Covey Compact Size” via Flickr Creative Commons
License: Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0)

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By Lisa Cherry

Perhaps you're like me and several of your kids are asking for electronics for Christmas.

But perhaps you're also like me and you’re dreading the fallout from them acquiring more.

Safely managing and supervising children and teens in this crazy era of technology is surely a parental nightmare for most of us.

And even as the gifts are already under the tree, I figured it might be good to review five quick tips to avoid pain in 2014:

1. Maintain ultimate ownership: All electronics that live within my house are subject to the rules of anything else that live within my house. They are under the stewardship and leadership of the parents in charge. Let your kids know this upfront!

2. Pray: No one can tell you exactly how to manage your home. But the Lord knows exactly how to keep your kids safe and maintained in proper balance. Pray and ask Him for advice. And then listen for His instructions and obey what He says with courage!

3.  Set rules: It's best to give a gift with limited access and then be able to expand, access rather than to have to take the access away

4. Keep active: Getting  a new electronic piece is much like getting a pet. You can't stick it in a corner and forget about it.

5. Get Covenant Eyes.... They are the experts in internet accountability!

Merry Christmas!

Image:  Alan Cleaver,  Christmas presents under the tree via Flickr Creative Commons
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Here are a couple of posts on this issue for your further consideration:
“You Don’t Trust Me”…Responding to Teens on Internet Use
A Double Life: 13 Ways to Detect if your Child is Hiding Something
Do I Need to Have the Porn Talk?

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Is Your Family Talking Duck?

Lisa Cherry —  December 21, 2013

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By Lisa Cherry

I don't remember ever spending the week before Christmas talking duck.

But at my house, duck is the hot topic.

How we as Frontline Families weigh in on the Phil Duck Dynasty controversy is actually very important, not only to our holiday dinner guests who will likely bring it up, but also to our kids as well.

 So many issues have hit the fan on this one:

 1.  Should a Christian publicly state that homosexuality is a sin?

2. What does it matter what a reality show actor says?

3.  Were Phil's rather crude remarks accurate, even though they were in poor taste?

4. Who is the GLAAD organization and why do they have such power?

5.  What will happen to any of us if GLAAD doesn't like what we believe or say?

6.  How about boycotting those involved, since we as Christians are now being "defamed?"

7.  Are we at the end if an era of "tolerance" in this nation, as only one definition of tolerance appears to be tolerated?

Perhaps you are like me. I can't say I was a Duck Dynasty fan in the past. But I must admit I am all ears now. And I am sobered to realize...

We better be figuring this out… because something is terribly wrong! We as Bible believing Christians are under increased pressure!

We cannot sit with our heads in the sand. We are going to have to know how to live as the Remnant of  the Lord in a very different age.

(That's what our new book is all about. And I can't wait to get it to you and your family next year.)

Meanwhile....let's talk duck to our kids.

Here are three of the best articles I have found to give your family plenty of discussion material:

1. 'Duck Dynasty' Controversy Further Evidence of How Media Is Reshaping Cultural Issue --An accurate portrayal of the story and its cultural relevance.

2. Duck Dynasty,' Gay Activism and the Clash of 2 Cultures --A good history of this "gay agenda" and why the duck controversy is not surprising.

3. A&E fowls up 'Duck' flap  --A good article on the church response to the crazy word "tolerance."

Blessings, Lisa.

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Coming February, 2014

 

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