1. 5 Ways to Help Your Children Walk in the Truth

    July 25, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    One of the easy traps for parents to fall into is having shortsighted goals for their children.

    • If I can just make it through today… (particularly in the preschool years)
    • My child’s greatest problem is to change _______ behavior.
    • If he can just make a higher grade…
    • If she could just have more friends…

    While it is good to make it through another day(!) and behavior, grades, and friends do matter, 3 John 4 gives one of the greatest goals any Christian parent can hold: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

    This is a long-term goal—that your children would set a lifelong direction of walking in the truth.

    By the grace of God, Terrie and I can personally attest to the joy of having children who not only walk with the Lord, but are actively pursuing Him and serving Him. We thank the Lord that all four of our adult children are loving and serving the Lord with their spouses.

    What helps set the direction for your children on the path of walking in the truth? Here are a few things we’ve learned over the years through our family life and through counseling hundreds of other families. (more…)


  2. A Simple Test to Know If You Should Get Making Home Work Audiobook

    June 30, 2016 by Paul Chappell

    MHW audiobook

    We’re so excited to announce the release of our first professionally-recorded audiobook through Striving Together Publications.

    The book is Making Home Work in a Broken Society, a highly-practical book with biblical principles for Christian parents that I wrote this fall.

    To help you determine if you need to get this audio book, I’ve created a simple test for you. (more…)


  3. 10 Lessons from a Hospital Stay, part 2

    June 29, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    In my previous post, I shared five of the lessons the Lord has been teaching me through my three-year-old grandson Chandler’s illness illness and hospitalization with severe pneumonia. These are in no real order—just the raw truths the Lord has been teaching me during one of the most difficult times in our family’s life.

    (If you’ve just come across this and are seeing part 2 first, I hope you’ll take a moment to read part 1 which more thoroughly develops those first five lessons with Scripture verses and explanation.) But as a recap, here are the first five:

    1. God is sovereign. He has a plan and purpose that is greater than ours.
    2. Mercy may be found. Even in our darkest moments, God gives mercy and grace.
    3. Remember to be thankful for the little things. There is nothing like great difficulty to remind you of what you have been taking for granted. Give thanks.
    4. Serving a hurting heart is sowing seeds that bring a great harvest. There is a multiplying effect to service ministered to a broken heart.
    5. Trials are common to all people. Everyone you encounter needs encouragement and perhaps to see the compassion of Christ in you.

    Here are five more truths the Lord has been teaching me: (more…)


  4. 10 Lessons from a Hospital Stay—part 1

    June 27, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    Just over two weeks ago, our lives were turned upside down when our three-year-old grandson, Chandler was taken to the hospital by ambulance with severe necrotizing pneumonia. We’re so thankful for the many who have prayed for Chandler in these past days, and we’re thankful for how the Lord has answered prayer in bringing healing.

    Although Chandler is now at home and resting well, he still has pneumonia and is taking strong antibiotics. We ask for continued prayers for his full recovery and that he would regain the weight he lost in the hospital. He has a follow up appointment the second week of July, and we ask for prayers for that as well.

    During those long days in the hospital, there were many times when in a quiet moment I would ask, “Lord, what are You trying to teach me in this?” (more…)


  5. Praising the Lord for Answered Prayer for Chandler

    June 21, 2016 by Paul Chappell

    Chandler walking

    Four days ago, I posted to ask prayer for our three-year-old grandson, Chandler, who even at that time had already been in the hospital for several days. Chandler has been fighting severe, necrotizing pneumonia and has been one very sick little boy. Last week, he had surgery on his lung, followed by continued fever, inability to breathe without oxygen and a breathing tube, and all around rough days.

    We’re so thankful to report now that Chandler’s last few days have been his best. He is breathing without assistance, his appetite is back, and he has been walking around the pediatric unit.

    The severity of Chandler’s pneumonia will mean that he will be on an antibiotic for many weeks still. Yet we’re so grateful for progress—and even hoping that he will come home today or tomorrow (Tuesday or Wednesday). (more…)