Last Friday morning I was having breakfast with my almost 3-year old daughter, Madison. I began to think about the time that we spend together and what that time looks like. First of all, when we’re together I want to have fun. We laugh and play a lot. But the time with my kiddos is split into 1/3’s that looks like this:

  • 1/3 of the time is spent showing them I love them.
  • 1/3 of the time is spent training them to be like Christ.
  • 1.3 of the time is spent praying and begging God that they will honor Him with their lives.

These thirds just become the natural part of our time and days together. It’s not something that I spend hours planning for – it’s just what happens. And, most of the time I find myself praying and begging God in the quiet moments that I look at them in the rear view mirror or as they look into my eyes.

How do you spend the time that you have with your kiddos?



  1. Marty S. on Tuesday 9, 2010

    Wow! Makes my eyes water to think about it… What a good word to remind us of what’s important!!! Thanks

  2. Jason Stewart on Tuesday 9, 2010

    Josh, great thoughts and inspiration! Reminds me of a daddy-daughter date I had just this Sunday evening with my 8 year-old over doughnuts and Krispy Kreme. After we chowed down on some “Hot Doughnuts Now”, we spent time talking about why she wants to be a Christ-follower and how she can begin to pursue Christ. Great conversation, one I will remember for ever.

    One thing we do in our family to intentionally build time and invest in our family/kids, create memories, have fun, and grow spiritually is to have planned, creative family nights a couple of times a month. Each one looks different but many have a similar structure: food, games, devotion/conversation, crafts, etc. all built around a theme. We really try to go over the top with the theme to make it fun and memorable. We hope to begin to share these in a way with other families where they can take the ideas and work we have put in and use it with there families. Maybe on a blog soon. My wife blogs about them at kellystewart.org. For our kids and as parent, they rock!

    Thanks for sharing your insight.

  3. Josh on Tuesday 9, 2010

    @MartyS – thanks!

    @Jason – I’ve seen you Twitter about family time – you guys are an awesome example of family fun & learning!


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