A Tip From the Intentional Living Center
Principles for a Powerful Family Prayer LifeThere are three principles you can practice to make the power of prayer a reality for your family: Pray with each other as a family group The realization you are one as a family and that you serve the same God builds a sense of spiritual community in your home. In my family, we would regularly get together to have prayer, usually around the dinner table. I didn’t always do the praying. Either my wife Donna or one of our children would pray as well. I discovered that praying for each other as a family connected us. When your wife or child hears you praying for them, it’s just another way for them to know that you care about them. Intercede to God for each other separately In my personal life, I’ve noticed that when I’m praying for someone in my family, it’s easier to love them. I become a little more patient with them, and more understanding that they have problems, too. You see your family members in a healthy perspective. Another great benefit of intercessory prayer is that it forces you to find out exactly what’s going on in the lives of those you love. When I pray for Donna, I need to learn what her needs are emotionally, physically and spiritually so that I can pray specifically. Couples praying together for their marriage With your spouse, you are to have physical, emotional and spiritual intimacy. And, praying for one another makes that happen. You are also acknowledging before God that He is in charge of your marriage, and that you are committed to staying together and making your marriage work, regardless of the challenges you may be facing. Plus, praying together, perhaps more than anything else, will help you keep the vows you made to each other on your wedding day.
Roy Baldwin, Focus On the FamilyRoy Baldwin returns to talk Parenting with Dr. Randy. (Roy was here to talk with Dr. Randy about Bullies a few weeks ago.) Roy Baldwin is the director of parenting and youth for Focus on the Family. Baldwin gives strategic direction and guidance to the key ministry objectives for parenting. He also works in building strategic alliances outside of the ministry and helps cast vision for our initiatives. Baldwin spends much time researching current issues that parents and families are facing. Baldwin has worked with at-risk youth and parents for over 20 years in different settings. From the streets of New York City as a family advocate to the countryside of Central Pennsylvania as a surrogate parent with his wife, Baldwin has experienced firsthand the challenges of today’s family. He has also been an administrator at a therapeutic foster care agency. Baldwin received his Bachelor of Arts in social science from Nyack College and his Master of Arts in leadership at Duquesne University. He has had the honor of being married to his best friend, Karen, since 1995 and leading his three children, Nicholas, Anna and Emily.
What’s Happening to my Teen? (book)
- Your daughter starts talking , acting, and dressing like a completely different person.
- Your son’s grades plummet, and he suddenly drops out of sports and church activities.
- Your family’s meals, activities, and conversations become war zones.
- Your daughter develops a sexual relationship with another girl.
- Your son drives home drunk.