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Why I Embrace My “DadBod”, Sort Of

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I've never been a fitness buff. Where some guys in their teens and 20's sought a body to impress the ladies I was perfectly content with studying and playing video games. I've always had a high metabolism so weight was never an issue but a few years after marriage I noticed I had gone from my static weight of 165lbs to 192lbs. It was a wake up call for me that things needed to change. I immediately start to research fitness routines that would give me the greatest results with the least amount of effort...

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We Have The Same Story

we have the same story

The more men I speak with the more I hear the same story over and over. I listen to men speak about a distant or absent father who never welcomed them in to manhood and as such find themselves wandering through life asking the question, "Am I a man yet?". They may have heard that answered by a mother or a wife but it simply doesn't carry the weight that it would if it came from their father. We have so many men with similar life experiences around us and yet we still try to...

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A Boy And His Feels

Boy on a tablet

We can always use a reminder to pay attention to the words we are using with our children. To this day I have a VERY hard time connecting with my emotions not necessarily because I got the "suck it up" talk from my dad but because I learned from the other boys at school that any sign of them would paint me the target. I learned to stuff my emotions quickly. I learned how to hold back the tears when I felt them coming. No room for weakness. This isn't okay. It's one thing to have...

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Our Children’s Feelings Matter

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Our 2 year old daughter started sleeping through the the week before our son was born. We knew there would be some reversion in her and our 4 year old son but didn't really see it until the last week or so. She's been getting up in the middle of the night wanting to cuddle and play so I pick her up, cuddle with her in the chair for a bit then put her back to bed. This morning when I did that she had a really hard time with me leaving the room so I...

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Obedience Starts With Me

homeless-man

I struggle with doing what I'm told. All I wanted this morning was to make a delicious breakfast sandwich to go so I could eat it in my office in peace without having to share it with the kids. I packed it in my lunch box and headed out the door for the office but as I got closer to my exit I felt God say, "There's a man at your exit who's hungry". He didn't say, "HEY SEAN! GIVE HIM YOUR SANDWICH!", He didn't change a road sign to signal my attention he just gave...

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