Planning a Slower Summer

Summer 2020 looks very different from any summer we have previously experienced. Even if you can still navigate that getaway to the mountain or the beach, it will just be different. But rather than being discontent about the difference, maybe we can embrace it. Guest author and mom of two very busy children, Sheena Creek, shares with us how to embrace and plan a slower summer. With her witty sense of humor, she reminds us of Paul’s perspective in Philippians 4: “Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.” We want to encourage you to read the wisdom Sheena shares this week and make the most of a slower summer.

Read More

To All The Dads

In an open letter to dads from Pastor Dave Carl, he wants to say Congratulations! If you are a dad by adoption, by foster care, by unofficial adoption, or by procreating, welcome! You have now become a superhero. You don’t get to refuse or shy away. It is not optional—you simply have taken on the role of a man who will shape the heart, mind, and soul of a child. You do not need to be a perfect dad. In fact, that would be a mistake. Strive to be a pretty good dad. Guys who want to be a super dad are going to all that trouble just for themselves. Relax and just be a pretty good dad. It’s easier, more fun, and much more effective. What does it look like to be a “pretty good dad”?

Read More

Fatherhood and Pandemics

We asked Charlton Hiott, our Senior Associate Pastor here at Stonebriar, to share with our parenting community this Father’s Day. In his honesty of his condition, he shared that parenting and pandemics have much in common. In both, control is an illusion. God is in control. In fact, God uses both circumstances to wrest things from our grasp. Seemingly simple tasks or situations become challenging, arduous, and, quite frankly, if you can keep your sense of humor, comical. Read on and be encouraged this Father’s Day.

Read More

I Am On Edge and I Wonder

I am going to take a little detour from our normal path of encouragement for your parenting journey and share with you where I am right now. It is my prayer that parts of this story will resonate with you and you will find encouragement in knowing you are not alone. You see, I am on edge, and I can’t seem to shake it. My discontent and the itchiness of my mind is from my position of wondering. What is God plan? Why is so much out of my control? Why are the people in my life hurting so much? As I share this, it is my continued prayer that God will reveal Himself in this and that the roots of our faith will grow in Him.

Read More