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The Best Time of All
Theme of the Week: Family: Don't Skip the Fun!
Monday, December 9, 2013

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Key Bible Verse: Children are a blessing and a gift from the LORD. (Psalm 127:3, CEV)

Dig Deeper: Psalm 127

For too many of us, weeks, months, and even years go by, and there's too much strain, stress, and striving and too little laughter, love, lighthearted fun, or quality time of any type with dad. That is really tough on our families—and especially on our children. Why does this happen? I believe that in many cases we as dads choose, consciously or unconsciously, to put something (or multiple things) in front of our family. We all choose what we focus on in life, and if we choose to put work or worry or our bank account or something else in front of our families, we will eventually reap what we sow.

Do you know how most children spell the word "love"? T-I-M-E. And fun time with mom and dad is the best T-I-M-E of all. Fun time doesn't have to be a grand vacation (although good family vacations are not to be missed). It can just be time rolling around with your kids on the floor, watching a good movie together on Friday night, or going to the park or the beach together on a Saturday. It can even be helping your son or daughter with their homework—as long as it's done in the right way.

—Gregory W. Slayton in Be a Better Dad Today!

My Response: What is my favorite thing to do with my kids? I'll make plans to do this again soon.

Adapted from Be a Better Dad Today! by Gregory W. Slayton (Regal, 2012) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, please help me to create fun and lasting memories with my family. Give me the grace daily to love them well.

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