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Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Trampling on a Masterpiece - #4627
Social scientists tell us that our kids need seven positives to come back to zero after they have heard just one negative. We never forget the names that we're called by a parent, or things we are accused of by a parent. I'm sure you haven't forgotten. Every time you fired careless words at your husband or your wife when you're tired, or you want to win or you want to get your way, you've been ripping a person God is trying to build.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - No Pilot, No Progress - #4631
You're over-committed. Maybe it's a hobby, maybe it's recreation, but the pilot belongs first at the controls of his or her own plane - the family. Could it be that your mate, could it be that your son or daughter, maybe they're drifting because their pilot is flying something else? Give your family your best, not your leftovers. If you will pilot your family first, God will bless you with friendly skies.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Parent Power - #4648
You tell them that you believe in them. Our kids need to know that. As a dad or a mom, we need to see the good points in our kids and praise them as often as we can for those good points. Express what we see in terms of their potential - what they could be. Not just their strong abilities, but their strong qualities like gentleness, and sensitivity, and leadership, a sense of humor, compassion.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Playing ''Catch'' With Daddy - #4653
Just look at your children, and you may very well be looking into a mirror of the vitality and reality of your own relationship with Jesus Christ. If you're cool or cold toward God, you'll probably see it in them. If you're excited about God, about His Word, about His work, you'll probably see it in them. If you're negative and critical spiritually and they hear a lot about what's wrong with Christians, don't be surprised if they don't want much to do with Jesus. If your actions contradict your Christian words, it will be hard for them to think Jesus is very real. If they see you responding to problems by trusting God in prayer, that's what they'll learn to do.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Choosing Your Battles - #4200
Throughout military history, victories have been won because someone knew which battle was worth fighting and which battleground was best to fight on. It might be an important part of whether or not you'll win in some of the battles you're fighting in right now - as a parent, in your work, in keeping people together, or in your church.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - How to Hold Your Child - #4705
We tend to forget that a child is a trust from God; a gift He's given us to help care for, provide for, and develop. But they belong to Him, not to us. So a mom or dad who parents by God's design understands the power of these simple words: love them deeply, but hold them loosely.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Person Behind the Words - #4706
When you go through a day without time in God's Word, it's not the Bible you're leaving there - it's Jesus. The Bible doesn't care if you show up. Jesus does. That's why you need to make your time with Him and His Word, the highest priority of your personal schedule - the sun around which all the other planets of your day must revolve.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - A Father's Legacy - #4248
And just in case someone asks, "How do you know that's what a father's supposed to be doing?" we can just look at Ephesians 6:4, our word for today from the Word of God. It says, "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord."

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Poison Protection - #4265
Something like TV Guardian was invented for parents who realize a very important assignment that they have - to protect their children from anything that could harm them. Of course, a parent is going to protect their son or daughter from physical harm - like getting too close to the edge of a cliff or running onto the Interstate. But Mom and Dad have no less a responsibility for protecting their kids from things that can hurt their soul. And there's a lot of soul poison out there.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Your "No Vacancy" Sign - #4767
The equation is simple but it's challenging: "love equals sacrifice." And sacrifice means giving something you really value for the person you love. In your busy life, there may be nothing you have less of than time. And your time, your availability, is what your children and your spouse need most. To love them is to give them time you think you don't have because no one else on earth can be daddy or mommy to them; no one else can be husband or wife. It's really the only role in your life where you're irreplaceable and indispensable.