Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "parents"

Relief for Parents of Special Needs Children

Cameron Doolittle is CEO of an inovative and needed ministry called "Jill's House." This unique ministry was birthed out of  McLean Bible Church in the Washington DC area. Jill's House offers respite for parents of special needs children. I had the chance to interview Cameron this week for my Friday Five feature on Leadership Journal's Parse blog. Here's an excerpt: There are so many misconceptions about children with special needs. But what, in your view, is the biggest? When we think of people with special needs, our minds dance with pictures of happy children with Down syndrome. That's a misleading picture in a couple of ways. First, most families that learn they're having a child with Down syndrome no longer bring that child to term. As followers of Jesus, we've asked people to choose life. For those that did, we have a responsibility to walk with them. Second, most of the special needs...

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What Does Calling Look Like?

How do we best prepare young people for their future vocation and calling? This is a question Christian parents, pastors, and influencers continually face. My friend, Alex Chediak has come out with a brilliant new book Preparing Your Kids for College. Alex is an educator who has thought through these issues in great depth. His book is a practical new resource for parents. I had the chance to ask him a few questions for this week's Leadership Journal. Here is one of my questions: Seems the church does a good job telling teens about following Christ, but not so well in helping them flesh out what that calling might look like. How can we be better at this? Too many teens have a truncated view of Christianity in which prayer, Bible reading, evangelism, and worship services are important, but everything "secular" is somehow useless at best and contaminated at worst. Spiritual disciplines are...

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5 Ways Adult Children Can Honor Their Parents

How should an adult grown (presumably married, but not necessarily) child relate to his or her parents? There is a tension in Scripture between obeying the Scripture which says to "leave and cleave" in forming your own adult identity and family (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5) and obeying the Scripture which says to "honor your father and mother" (Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:2). Every family has it's own rhythm. Every family has its own share of circumstances, from abusive to permissive to annoying, etc. So how one adult child handles his or her parents isn't necessarily a blueprint for another. Still, the Scriptures seem to indicate an intentional approach to the way we love our parents as adults. This is a journey I've travelled in the last few years. I seem to have endured the typical cycle: being cared for and nurtured by my parents as a child, distancing and forming my own identity...

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5 Hard Truths for Parents

I hesitate to write a parenting post, only because I'm not an expert, just a father trying his best to parent the way God wants me to. Our kids are still young, so there is no "finished product" to evaluate to see if what I'm saying even makes sense. So when you read the following, take those above caveats in mind. Parenting involves hard truths. It is a way that God searches your heart, humbles you, and softens you for His service. I've learned five hard truths about being parent, that I'd like to share with you: 1) There is no guarantee that your kid will be great. When I say greatness, I mainly mean biblical greatness, which involves knowing, loving, and serving God. It means living above the world, living an extraordinary life on mission. I'm referring to kids who become adults who have an impact for Christ on their generation. It's...

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