Dr. Dobson Steps Down As Board Chairman

Today Dr. Dobson announced his resignation as Chairman of the Focus on the Family Board of Directors. He has been elected to the role of “Founder and Chairman Emeritus” and his wife, Shirley Dobson will continue on as “Director Emerita.”

While no longer engaged at this level of leadership for the ministry he founded, Dr. Dobson will continue to speak to millions worldwide through the daily Focus on the Family radio broadcast.

Here’s a link to an official press release.

On A Wing and A Prayer

They were in a green kid’s wagon, perched at the top of a hill. It was a classic “Calvin and Hobbes” moment, in which the slope was steep and the anxiety was high. Would they survive the plunge?

My daughter Saige looked back at her little brother, and with a somewhat serious tone suggested this was going to be a dangerous run down the hill, so he had better offer a prayer. The beauty of a 5 year-old’s petition in a moment of fear and pending disaster…Zane prayed:

…”Dear Jesus, thank you for this food.”

I love it!

Of course, they survived that perilous adventure, but I’m not sure how much of an effect that particular prayer had on the outcome. A meal-time blessing didn’t exactly match the need of the moment.

Still, it makes me wonder. How often is it that my feeble prayers aren’t quite suited to the occasion? Hmm. I’ll have to ponder that.

How To Survive Financial Crisis

Video here of a two-hour webcast featuring financial expert Ron Blue answering questions and giving a biblical perspective to the headlines. Dr. Bill Maier and Dr. Juli Slattery also joined us for this highly practical and encouraging conversation with listeners and viewers.

What To Say

Ever felt awkward visiting a friend with a life-threatening disease? Caught between the trite and the offensive? Really what can you say? Better yet, what can you do? Hear Dee Brestin remove the discomfort and show the way with grace in the “Web Exclusive” audio at this link.

Lent: Giving Up Facebook?

Here’s a link to a Wall Street Journal article that grabbed my eye. It is about parents who are giving up Facebook during Lent. With two of my kids on Facebook, I am not going to stop monitoring my own account, but now I’m wondering generally about the discipline of self-sacrifice, especially as we approach Easter.

Do you observe the practice of “giving up something” for Lent? If so, from what are you abstaining?

Comments welcome!

35,000 Marriages

35,000…that’s about how many couples will join Focus on the Family this Saturday for an inspiring, motivating and entertaining marriage seminar. While the event is being held at our Colorado Springs campus, we’re anticipating more than 70,000 folks will participate at some 500 churches nationwide for this simulcast featuring Beth Moore, Dr. John Trent and several other wonderful speakers.  I have the privilege of being the emcee for the day’s activities.

Here’s the site with more info – it’s not too late to join us!

Parenting: Making Mistakes

What do you expect from your child? Perfection? Probably not…but maybe you are leading in such a way that your son or daughter thinks it is all about their behavior being picture perfect.

Here’s a good reminder to parents about what is important. Writer Alan Mason intended this advice for workplace managers and leaders, it strikes me that this is very appropriate for the parenting process.

Every parent wants their child to do well in life. Sometimes, though, we forget that kids make mistakes, and lots of them, as we train and coach them toward maturity. We can be discouraged by the failures along the way. “Why can’t this child finally get it? How much longer do I have to teach, and train, and tell them to do better?” After Mason sets the context by noting that we often want better for those we lead and manage, he observes:

Look for progress, not perfection.

Mason’s point: As long as the employee is moving toward the stated goal, they are succeeding. It’s our job to look for movement, even small movement, toward the goal, and applaud it. Without positive reinforcement there will be no progress.

As a father, I need to remember this principle. “Things take time,” as one person observed to me, and that certainly applies to the parenting process. So as I make my way home tonight, I’ll hope to see each of our kids making progress, and I will cheer them on toward maturity.

And I hope my Heavenly Father will do the same with me.

Help Your Teen Prepare For A Career

This morning had a brief chat with our 17 year-old about the future. He is starting to think about jobs and careers. We’ll keep praying, and he will keep trying his hand at different things. Maybe he’ll open a coffee shop someday, or teach high school English? Options, options.

Meantime, here’s a helpful article with advice for parents in a similar situation.

Keeping Up With A Toddler

Notes I found about our challenges keeping up with one of our boys when he was three or four. To protect the dignity of the individual I’ll not identify which of our three sons was the guilty party. On one August day the boy:

The next day was a bit better, by some standards:

If you have a youngster in your home, take heart – this season of life doesn’t last forever! In the meantime, you’ll certainly be burning calories and losing weight by worrying if the kid will make it through these years. Seriously, it’ll be all too soon before you realize this child is about to start shaving and asking for the car keys. Enjoy the journey. It’s a gift from God.

12 Year-Old’s Courageous Speech

Lia didn’t have to take on such a controversial subject, but she did – and what a masterful presentation she gave!

Next Page →