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Welcome back to our Best of 2020.
On our last episode we acknowledged the joyous blessing that God has used 2020 to remind His people that we must anchor our hope in Christ. Fear, sinful anger, and hopelessness have no place in the life of a believer.
And we heard the number 3 most downloaded episode of 2020. “Why Does My Family Argue? | and how do we stop.”
Today we look at the second greatest things to happen in 2020 — both in the world and on TLP.
But before we do that, I hope you’ll take some time to enjoy TruthLoveParent.com. We have so many gift ideas from games to parenting resources to super comfortable apparel. Christmas will be here before you know it, and we have more than enough gift recommendations for your family.
So, be sure to check it out.
And while you’re there you can download today’s free episodes notes.
But before I reveal the second most popular episode of 2020, allow me to share what I believe may have been the second greatest blessing of 2020 for God’s people.
One of the most beautiful consequences of the lockdowns was that we were reminded who our families are. But — more importantly than that — I believe we learned that we simply do not spend enough time with our families.
Now, I know that I say that and many of you may cringe believing that you have spent far too much time with your family.
If that’s the case, please hear me out.
Your family was designed by God to possess the nearest and dearest relationships you will ever have. All throughout Scripture the imagery of a husband and wife and parents and children and brothers and sisters are used to illustrate the closest and more intimate human relationships possible.
Those of you who acknowledge that family is abundantly precious will agree with me that you very much enjoyed spending more time with your spouse and children.
And I would argue that if you do not feel that way about your family quarantine, you’re actually proving my point. If God designed your family to function better the closer you are, but your relationships are fragmented and antagonizing . . . that means you need to spend more time together mending your relationships and submitting them to God’s will for your life.
Family should not hate being around each other. I love the song “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” but the line “but mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again” is not cute or funny. It’s very sad. We should desire a larger quantity and greater quality of time spent with our family.
So, yes, I believe all of God’s people received a blessing in 2020 when God reminded us how much time we need to be spending with our spouses and children.
As a side note — if you struggle wanting to spend time with your kids — the TLP Counselors and I would love to help you and your family recapture God’s visions for your relationships.
So, that’s the worldwide blessing.
As for Truth.Love.Parent., our second most downloaded episode may surprise you. Episode 336 is called “Parenting Strategies You Need in Your Home” and addresses a very interesting technique Jesus used all of the time.
The second episode in this series then teaches parents how to sharpen this strategy for maximum impact.
I hope you’ll listen to episode 337 when you’re done with today’s.
Now, let’s discover a new parenting strategy we desperately need in our homes.
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