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What Dads Need Most in a Family

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #066, What Dads Need Most in a FamilyIn “What Dads Need Most in a Family,” Episode #066, Meredith Curtis gives sons, daughters, wives, and mothers insight into what Dads really need to be successful in serving Jesus, leading their home, and loving their families. Do you want to see your husband, father, sons, and other men in your life be successful in what God has called them to do? Meredith and Laura will give you principles that work and give you tips on how to apply these principles in real life. What a great way to show love to the men in your life!

 

 

 

 


Proverbs 1:5 by Laura Nolette and Powerline Productions, Inc.Proclaiming Jesus through Bible Studies, Classes, Websites, Blogs, and Podcasts!

 

 

 

 

 


Show Notes

What men need from their wives, children, and other important people in their lives is respect, listening, and freedom to lead.

 

Respect

Ephesians 5:33: “The wife must see to it that she respects her husband.”

Respect is more important to a man than love; in fact, respect communicates love to a man.

 

Listen

Proverbs 1:5: “A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel.”

Listening to a father’s counsel communicates respect to him and benefits to you.

 

Follow

Dad can’t lead if no one follows.

How do we interact with Dad?

Things NOT to do: Rate his leadership, talk about him negatively to Mom, siblings, and others, feel superior to him.

 

Special Word to Children & Teens

Something magnificent about Daddies 😊

Proverbs 17:6: “Grandchildren are the crown of old men, And the glory of sons is their fathers.”

Devil’s Plan: Brokeness.

God’s Plan: Hearts Unified.

Malachi 4:6: “He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.”

Autonomy/Freedom to submit.

Protection.

Hebrews 12:9: “Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?”

Respecting our fathers is a small picture of how we are to respond to the Lord.

 

Special Word to Wives

Ephesians 5:33: “The wife must see to it that she respects her husband.”

Husband’s Role to Lead and ours to follow.

Autonomy. Freedom to submit & follow.

Protection.

Your Husband is not a woman; don’t expect him to be your girlfriend.

 

Special Word to Moms

Ephesians 6:4: ”Do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”

Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Merey: Raising Confident Men

Laura: Affirming my Grown Son who’s a Dad

 

Special words to friends.

 

Home & Family Resources

 

 

 

What Dads Need Most in a Family

Fight Fair

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #065, Fight FairIn “Fight Fair,” Episode #065, Meredith Curtis reveals the truth: Conflict is inevitable, but yelling, screaming, and saying things you regret is not. Meredith will teach you to argue without raising your voices, disagree without becoming enemies, work through conflict to achieve win/win, and forgive one another after the dust has settled. This biblical method found in Matthew 18, Proverbs, and James works! It can work in your household, too.

 

 

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Conflict. Every marriage has it. Every set of siblings engages in it. Conflict is a fact of life.
You won’t be able to remove conflict from your home, but you can change how conflict is handled.

Why Do We Experience Conflict in Relationships?

Proverbs 18:1: “An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.”

James 4:1-3: “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”

We experience conflict because we struggle to resist selfishness and greed in our own hearts. Our agenda becomes more important than others’. We experience conflict because we indulge our flesh, instead of looking to Jesus.

Our only hope to avoid conflict is to surrender to Jesus.

Know When to Drop It

The most important thing to learn is to learn when to drop something before a fight ensues. Pride and anger often cause things to escalate quickly.

Proverbs 15:18 “A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.”

Proverbs 17:14: “Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.”

Proverbs 20:3: “It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.”

Examine some old conflicts. How did they escalate? What could have been done to stop them from escalating into a quarrel?

Disagree with Kindness & Respect

A disagreement is when two people see things from a different perspective or have different goals.

Sometimes one person is all wrong and the other is all right, but often there is fault on both sides.

Humility keeps things from becoming ugly.

Proverbs 22:10: “Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.”

Matthew 18:15: “ If your brother or sister[ sins,[go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.”

Disagree without becoming enemies. Come with humility, asking questions.

Work Through Conflict Successfully

Keep it between the two of you.

Proverbs 26:17: “Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.”

Don’t involve others through gossip. Only bring in a third person if you two can’t work it out.

If children can’t work it out, that third person should be a sibling.

Win/Win. Let your motive be for the other person’s best, as well as your own.

Philippians 2:1-4: “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

Forgive One Another

When conflict is over, forgive and move on. Jesus separates our sin as far as the east from the west.

Don’t get historical.

Matthew 18:21-35 Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

Cancel debts.

Resources to Grow in Christ for Everyone

Fight Fair

23 Ways to Honor Mom for Sons & Daughters of All Ages

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #064, 23 Ways to Honor Mom for Sons & Daughters of All AgesIn “23 Ways to Honor Mom for Sons & Daughters of All Ages” Episode #064, Meredith Curtis explains clearly why it is in our best interest to honor our parents. Meredith addresses how to forgive Moms who have inflicted hurts and pain.  She also gives 21 ways to honor your mother on special occasions and ordinary days. This show is for teens and their parents—well, really for anyone who has a Mom!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Colossians 1:28 by Laura Nolette and Powerline Productions, Inc.Proclaiming Jesus through Bible Studies, Classes, Websites, Blogs, and Podcasts!

 

 

 

 


Show Notes

Mother’s Day. A time to honor Moms. What does that mean anyway? Does it matter?

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth” (Ephesians 6:1-3 NASB).

What does it mean to honor your mother after you are grown up and on your own?

What does it mean to honor your mother when you are still living in her home?

With Mother Day coming up, we think of doing special things to honor our Mommas. Here are some special things, but also things you can do any time or all the time.

Treat Her with Kindness

Gracious words, kind actions, smile

Resolve Past Hurts and Start Fresh

If nothing else, be grateful she chose Life

Forgive Her Compassionately

No one sets out to be a terrible mother.

Talk to Her Regularly

Tell her about your day and your life, For Older Moms, call once a week

Flowers

Bouquet, Plant a Garden, Potted Flowering Plant

Make a Ceramic or Plaster Imprint of Children or Grandchildren’s Hands

Beezie story

Make Her a Booklet Filled with Photos, Scriptures, & Notes

Scrapbook, Photobook, Cardstock

Cook Mom a Meal

Breakfast in Bed, Dinner by Candlelight, Lunch in the Garden, Picnic at the Park

Take Mom out for the Afternoon

Antiquing, shopping, to the movies, to a museum, to a botanical garden

Give Her a Tea Party

China teacups, lace doilies, tea sandwiches, sweet treats

Write a Poem

 

Write a Short Story with your Mom as the Main Character

 

Seek Her Wisdom

Respect Her Opinion & Ask For It

Listen to Her Stories about the Good Ole Days

Ask questions, laugh, delve deeper

Pray for Her Every Day in Your Personal Prayer Times

Ask her what she needs prayer for every so often so you can pray effectively

Tell Her One Thing She Did Right

She probably knows and cries over the things she did wrong

Take a Long Walk with Her

Around the block, at the beach

Buy Her a Bible Study

Topical, Book, Series

Buy Her a Book in Her Favorite Series or Genre

Inspirational, Biography, Mysteries, Historical Fiction, Histories

Serve Her

Rub her feet, rub her back, wash her dishes, mend some clothing, fold her laundry

Esteem Her Publicly & Privately

Speak well of her

Remember Her Gratefully

This is practice for when she is gone and you would do anything to have her back

Advance Her Legacy

If there is something wonderful to passed on to you, keep it going to the next generation

 

Great Gifts for Moms

Jesus Fill My Heart and Home by Meredith CurtisFriends to the EndLovely to BeholdA Wise Woman Builds Bible Study Workbook
Maggie King Mysteries: Drug Dealers' Deadly Disguise by Meredith CurtiMaggie King Mysteries: Legend of the Candy Cane Murder by Meredith CurtisMaggie King Mysteries: War of the Roses Mystery by Meredith CurtisMaggie King Mysteries: Murder in the Mountains by Meredith Curtis

Resources for Growing In Virtue for Sons & Daughters

Bible GatewayMaking of Real MenReal Men Talk About Freedom, Girls, & MarriageReal Men Build Bible Study Workbook

Real Men 101: Godly ManhoodReal Men 102: Freedom, Courtship, Marriage, & FamilyReal Men 103: LeadershipGreat Commission Course by Meredith Curtis

God's Girls Brand New Life Bible StudyGod's Girls Talk About Guys, Virtue, & MarriageGod's Girls Beauty SecretsGod's Girls: Friends to the End

God's Girls 101: Grow in ChristGod's Girls 103: Courship, Marriage, and the Christian Family High School ClassGod's Girls 105: Homemaking by Meredith CurtisA Wise Woman Builds Bible Study Workbook

23 Ways to Honor Mom for Sons & Daughters of All Ages

Best of HIRL: I Love Homeschooling, But I’ll Tell You Its Flaws

I Love Homeschooling But I'll Tell You It's Flaws - Homeschooling IRL

On this episode of Homeschooling In Real Life, Fletch and Kendra discuss what it’s like when your homeschool student abandons your family’s faith and lifestyle.

How can this happen in a Christian home where you have created a sheltered homeschool environment? Christian homeschooling is designed to protect our kids. Shouldn’t our children turn out perfect?

To answer that question, we interview a young man who has done that very thing, but here is the best part: after being raised in a rigid environment which he ultimately rejected, he is still a huge proponent of  home education and thinks his mom is one of the best teachers around!

Homeschooling parents, this is an episode you won’t want to miss! We may challenge you to rethink about how you listen to your kids, how to look for and complement their strengths, but mostly we will remind all of us how important it is to just point them to Jesus.


We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Like Arrows!

FamilyLife’s first feature film LIKE ARROWS, explores the joys and heartaches of parenting with a story that spans over 50 years. Join us in theaters across America for a special 2 night showing of LIKE ARROWS followed by exclusive after-show content with the film-makers, including celebrated faith-based film-makers Alex and Stephen Kendrick as well as FamilyLife Today’s Dennis and Barbara Rainey and Bob Lepine. You’ll leave encouraged and equipped with powerful next steps to make Christ the center of YOUR parenting.

LIKE ARROWS will be in theaters for two nights only, MAY 1ST and 3RD. To view the trailer and find theater info, visit the link below. If you missed the movie in theatres be sure to check out the Digital, DVD and Blueray versions on the website, LikeArrowsMovie.com

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The Problem with Pornography & What to Do About It

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #063, The Problem with Pornography & What to Do About ItIn “The Problem with Pornography and What to Do about It” Episode #063, Meredith Curtis talks about the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about but is destroying the hearts of minds of Christians across the world. She addresses the problem with pornography and why it brings devastation. She reveals how to experience freedom and where to go for help—no matter how young or old you are. This is a problem that both parents and teens can face. Meredith also gives parents some practical advice on what to do and say if your son or daughter is indulging in, or addicted to, pornography.

 

 

 

 


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Show Notes:

Our culture is inundated with pornography.

How Pornography has changed.
God has a beautiful plan for nudity and sex–between a husband and wife. Sex outside marriage is sin and so is lust. God commands women to dress modestly so that they will not stir up lust in the men around them.

In contrast, we are surrounded with so much pornography that we do not notice it. We watch opening scenes of favorite shows that show women dressed immodestly and pole dancing. Popular movies show nudity and sex scenes without shame. Does all of this harm us?

Yes, it does. Pornography harms its viewers, but harms our culture as well.

Sex is Removed from Love & Commitment

Our Creator designed sex as an expression of love inside a committed relationship. Instead of desire stirring up toward his wife, a man is aroused by watching a girl he doesn’t know. Sex is no longer something sacred and beautiful.

“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit,” (I Thessalonians 4:3-8 NIV ©1984).

Women Lose Their Value

In pornography, women exist to please men. They have no needs, they don’t get pregnant. But, that young woman that is being lusted after is someone’s daughter. She is made in the image of God and has value. She is not an object to desire, but a woman to be loved and cherished.

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church,” (Ephesians 5:25-29 NIV ©1984).

Women Try to Be Pornography

As women lose their value in our culture, the only way young girls believe they can get attention from boys is to be pornography. As a result, young girls and older ladies wear skimpy, tight clothing designed to stir up lust in guys. However, God’s word mentions modesty and propriety.

“I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety,”(I Timothy 2:9a NIV ©1984).

Pornography is Addiction

Once you start looking at pornography, it is hard to stop because pornography is addictive. Like drugs, pornography gives temporary pleasure and, for many, freedom from the pain of their dismal life. Unfortunately, as all addicts know, it eventually takes more and more to achieve the same effect.

Pornography Changes You

Pornography is evil and the evil eventually resides in the watcher. A pornography viewer eventually becomes a different person.

“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them,” (Ephesians 5:3-7 NIV ©1984).

Good News about Pornography Addiction

The good news is that Jesus Christ is the Bondage Breakers, the One who brings freedom from all addictions. His death on the cross paid the penalty for your sin of pornography. His grace provides freedom to say no to ungodly lusts and to say “YES!” to living a holy life for the glory of Christ.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery,” (Galatians 5:1 NIV ©1984).

If You are Addicted to Pornography

Shame often accompanies pornography, tying us up in knots so that it is hard to talk about it with anyone or to get help.

First, come clean with the Lord. Ask Him to set you free. Ask him to cleanse your heart and fill Him with passion for him.

Worship & Idolatry.

If you would like to experience freedom from pornography, I also recommend that you talk to your pastor or strong Christian friend.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much,” (James 5:16 NASB).

If You Discover Your Teen is Addicted to Pornography

Stay CALM.

Be loving and CALM and set an environment of safety for your child to talk to you opening and honestly. Lust and pornography is a huge problem in our day.

Offer hope.

Pray with him or her. Look at verses in Scripture.

Make changes to the computer. Lock things down. Bring the computers into open areas of the home—for everyone.

Covenant Eyes: http://www.covenanteyes.com/

Integrity Online: http://www.integrity.com/

“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 2:1-3 NASB).

You can live free from Pornography!


We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Like Arrows!

FamilyLife’s first feature film LIKE ARROWS, explores the joys and heartaches of parenting with a story that spans over 50 years. Join us in theaters across America for a special 2 night showing of LIKE ARROWS followed by exclusive after-show content with the film-makers, including celebrated faith-based film-makers Alex and Stephen Kendrick as well as FamilyLife Today’s Dennis and Barbara Rainey and Bob Lepine. You’ll leave encouraged and equipped with powerful next steps to make Christ the center of YOUR parenting.

LIKE ARROWS will be in theaters for two nights only, MAY 1ST and 3RD. To view the trailer and find theater info, visit the link below. If you missed the movie in theatres be sure to check out the Digital, DVD and Blueray versions on the website, LikeArrowsMovie.com

Visit here to learn more.


Resources for Freedom

Bible GatewayMaking of Real MenReal Men Talk About Freedom, Girls, & MarriageReal Men 102: Freedom, Courtship, Marriage, & Family High School ClassGod's Girls Talk About Guys, Virtue, & MarriageGod's Girls Beauty SecretsGod's Girls 103: Courship, Marriage, and the Christian Family High School ClassGod's Girls 101: Grow in Christ

The Problem with Pornography & What to Do About It

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