Rebecca Hagelin and her husband, Andy, have been married for over twenty years and are parents of three teenagers. They reside in the Washington, DC area.
How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fogits here a little while, then its gone.
In todays health-conscious culture, the saying you are what you eat is generally regarded as gospel truth. We know its important to eat well because its obvious that our lives are deeply affected by the quality of our diets. How much more important is it to watch what we put into our minds and pay attention to how it affects us?
Pornography is everywhere. Its an evil with far-reaching affects that damage many layers of society. But no one is hurt more by the overwhelming presence of pornography in our society than children.
Is it our self-medicated cure for boredom; or an expression of our obsession with ourselves?
If you could take any aspect from the family you grew up in and bring it into the family you have created, what would it be? A certain holiday tradition? The way your home was always filled with visitors? The friendship and affection your parents had for each other? Or maybe even the tough, but refining love they showed you?
The US Constitution begins with the words, We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union
As my daughter, Kristin, and I recently browsed through my last book, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family, we came across a chapter entitled, Vow To Be The Parent (Not Your Childs Best Friend). I had to laugh to myself because Kristinmy third and youngest childis now 22 and married, and I know my days of "active parenting" are more or less over. She is now first and foremost a friend. As long as there is breath in me I will be her mother - ready to provide counsel and advice as I am invited to share it.
With free education offered in every town in the United States, a plethora of teachers who seem to be more than willing to take a role of authority in place of parents, and the convenience of sending our children to someone else to educate them, many parents have relinquished their role as the primary director of their childrens education. Our kids spend more awake time in schoolrooms during their formative years than just about any other place. But it seems that most parents dont have a clue what their children are being taught.
We live in a culture that is all about me, me, me. Take a stroll through the mall on any given day and you will see children whining when they cant have the latest toy or video game, while discouraged parents shrug their shoulders and give in. Hang around any retail store and it may seem like the Gimme" generation is running the show. You hear an I want this and the register replies with a hearty ch-ching!"
Throughout history, men have left the warmth of home to light upon untamed lands. Scientists venture into the deep of the sea and the dark of the sky. Architects build bridges raw and powerful, stable on the brink of peril, with just enough room in the balancing act for doubt to make crossing an adventure.
?If we’re going to fight the toxins that constantly threaten our culture, we have to make certain that we go about it the right way.
Do you know your family?
One of my favorite things to think about, talk about, and simply revel in is how much God loves design - and to design.
In our culture, we don’t particularly love the thought of rules. We tend to think of them as restrictive, or binding, if you will. But sometimes that binding element is exactly what we need to get our hearts to stay where we need them to in order for them to grow properly.
At some point in every man’s life, he hears a voice of conscience (perhaps it is a faint whisper from God Himself) urging him to break loose from the suffocating bonds of lust or fear, which hold him against his will in either the endless search for more—more wealth, more excitement, more control—or the legalistic monotony of what some might call “religion.”
Have you ever stopped to consider why stories mean so much to us? Why do great books and great movies enrapture us the way they do?
My daughter told me this week about something she heard a speaker say at her church that really impressed her. When she shared it with me, it really got me thinking too.
In honor of all the fathers reading my column today, I diverge from my normal format to share a brief story that my daughter, Kristin Rebecca Carey, recently wrote about her dad - my wonderful husband.
Fighting the modern culture on a daily basis is tough. Today’s families are busier than ever and it’s so easy when you are tired or just plain worn out to throw in the towel and set your values aside. I know. I’ve been guilty of doing it myself sometimes. As a mother of three now grown children, I’ve had plenty of battles and challenges along the way. And I’m the first to admit that I’ve failed far too many times to uphold the standards I’ve said I believe in.
The world's greatest poets, screen writers and story tellers could never pen more intimate words than those spoken by Adam when God created Eve to be his bride.
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