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Past DA Daily Messages:

  • How can we lead our kids in simple acts of selfless love today? Mathew 5:16 "let your light shine before others... so they will glorify your father in Heaven"
  • You've got 168 hours this week. What change can you make that increases your connection with your kids by 1 percent? That's an extra 100.8 minutes. Do it!
  • Mother's Day encouragement. Become captivated by your wife. Proverbs 5:19b "May you always be captivated by her love." Pursue the heart of momAWESOME today.
  • Words of LIFE. Speak identity, encouragement & God's promises over your kids. Use WORDS to express how valuable your children are to you & your Heavenly Father.
  • Whispering invites our kids closer. It's easy to use our size & volume to communicate forcefully, but the power of a whisper might bring the breakthrough.
  • Episode 120 w/ Jeremy Shelton released this morning on the powerful topic of FREEDOM from sexual sin & living UNMUZZLED: (listen here) bit.ly/DAep120
  • Ask your kids to fill in the blank. My favorite thing about mommy is ........... Write down or record their responses & share them w/ momAWESOME on Mother's Day
  • Proverbs 15:4 "When you speak healing words, you offer others fruit from the tree of life. But unhealthy, negative words do nothing but crush their hopes."
  • What could you do today to TURN UP the laughter & smiles for your kids? Try adding 10-mins of laughter today through jokes, pranks, wrestling, surprises, etc.
  • Try getting down low & tell your kids you've got a secret to tell them. Pull them in close & look right into their eyes & tell them "I LOVE THAT I'M YOUR DAD"
  • Focus today on "Offering Help" & humbly serving momAWESOME (from Galatians 5:13 & the 2nd day of the challenge) - here's the email with details: bit.ly/day2MAC
  • Today is the launch of our 10-day momAWESOME challenge. A simple daily email w/ prayers, ideas & challenges for your marriage: Sign-up here: bit.ly/momawesome10
  • Episode119 dropped this morning. Jim Burns on being the "transitional generation", being serious about FUN & intentional conversations about sex bit.ly/DAep119
  • The greatest thing you do today might be 30 seconds of pausing to speak life over your kids. Words of Affirmation. Tell your children why they are AMAZING.
  • Try playing the thankfulness game with your kids... In the car, while eating, at bedtime, while riding bikes, etc. Take turns sharing what you are thankful for.
  • "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training & instruction of the Lord." Ephesians 6:4
  • How many hugs have you given today? How many times have you said "I LOVE YOU"? Hug your kids every day. Tell your kids you love them every day. Say it & show it
  • Want some fresh dad ideas for the quarantine? Our first 5 YouTube videos have 44 IDEAS. Here's the playlist: bit.ly/DA44ideas (thanks for clicking SUBSCRIBE)
  • Friday Dad Challenge: Be a CHEERLEADER dad. Fill your home w/ enthusiasm by celebrating your kids. When you catch them being awesome, LEAD the celebration ?
  • Can you imagine having 5 kids while playing pro basketball in 10 different countries & 19 cities? Episode 118 w/ Moses Ehambe explores the story: bit.ly/DAe118
  • It's our job to tell them. "We will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD, about his power & his mighty wonders" Psalms 78:4b
  • Your kids crave these 2 reminders. 1st: Tell them that you love being their dad & 2nd: Tell them that your family is more awesome because of them. Over & over.
  • Let's set the atmosphere in our homes: "Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." ?1 Thessalonians? ?5:18?
  • When was the last time you got down on your knees & prayed a specific bold prayer for your kids? Let's be dads who cry out to God in desperation for our kids.
  • "Happy Saturday. Here are 7 dad IDEAS in 5-mins: Surf Simulator, Dad Perfect. Giant Jump Rope, Paper Airplane Golf. Zoom Scavenger Hunt & more
    bit.ly/DAideas38"
  • Spending 1-on-1 time is huge. Don't stress about a perfect strategy or an epic plan. The simple act of individual time shows your child that daddy cares.
  • John Eldredge joins for Episode 117 on Slowing Down & Recovering Your Heart - Here's a 44-second YouTube clip: bit.ly/DAeldredge & listen at bit.ly/DAeldredge3
  • Is your strength in yourself or in your Heavenly Father? "God is our refuge & strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will NOT fear" Psalm 46:1
  • "Prayer turns ordinary parents into prophets who shape the destinies of their children, grandchildren, & every generations that follows" Mark Batterson
  • Focus LESS on telling your kids to love God & WAY MORE on showing them. Your love 4 the Bible, passion 4 prayer & desire 4 hosting church at home is contagious.
  • Celebrate EASTER w/ your kids "Don't be alarmed... You are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. But he has risen! He is not here!" Mark 16:6
  • Here's 10 more Crowdsourced IDEAS for Easter Weekend & spoiler alert - Facial Hair Fun adds some hilariousness to the ideation: (7-min YouTube) bit.ly/DAeaster
  • Ephesians 1:4-8 DAD GOALS 1) Love your kids 2) Choose to be w/ them 3) Show them they bring you great pleasure 4) Be rich in kindness & grace 5) Shower kindness
  • Episode 116 w/ Jon French "Our awesomeness isn't because we're awesome, our awesomeness is because God created us to be awesome."
  • """Place these words on your hearts. Get them deep inside you...Teach them to your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning until you fall into bed at night."" Deuteronomy 11:18-19"
  • As dads, we are bigger, faster & louder than our kids. It's easy to use our size, volume & speed to try to force outcomes. Try the opposite. Slow down & get low on their level. Speak softly while looking into their eyes. This approach builds a heart connection that lasts verses just short term compliance.
  • "Give all your worries & cares to God, for he cares about you." 1 Peter 5:7
  • We crowd-sourced another round of dad ideas for your weekend from 7 awesome dads. Here's a 4 min YouTube video:
  • Pray your kids are FREE from seeking others approval. FREE to follow Jesus & receive LOVE rather than being influenced by fears or insecurities. Galatians 1:10
  • "Happy Saturday. Here are 7 dad IDEAS in 5-mins: Surf Simulator, Dad Perfect. Giant Jump Rope, Paper Airplane Golf. Zoom Scavenger Hunt & more bit.ly/DAideas38"
  • Episode 115 w/ Dr. Clarence Shuler dropped this morning on mentorship, quantity of time logged, helping your wife flourish & choosing greatness bit.ly/DAep115
  • Gathering dad IDEAS, tips & suggestions for this Stay at Home / Quarantine season. Reply w/ a text, email da@dadawesome.org or call (612) 293-5086? & leave VM.

    Pray Joshua 1:9 over your kids - Strength & courage! Freedom from fear and from discouragement. Thankful that the Lord their God is with them wherever they go.
    Start your Monday with these 7 dad IDEAS to make your time at home more AWESOME. Stay at home, Play at home. (4-min Video): bit.ly/DAplayathome
    Our kids have love tanks & if you're filling their love tanks regularly, the amount of discipline needed will go way down.
    Make a top-5 list with your kids. Ask for their top-5 things they LOVE. Chat about their list & ask what they think your top-5 things are. Let's stay curious.
    PRAY Philippians 4:6 today "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer & petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
    How can we live with PEACE as our default vs. peace being an exception? This morning episode 114 dropped w/ Pierre du Plessis unpacking PEACE: bit.ly/DAep114
    Are you a thermostat or a thermometer? A thermometer dad reflects the temperature of the environment. It simply reacts to what's happening around it. A thermostat dad regulates the environment. It sets the desired temperature of the room and actively works to maintain it within a given range.
    Who do you have in your corner? Who is fighting for you? Isolation kills. Brotherhood adds LIFE. Join a dadAWESOME Brotherhood Zoom call: bit.ly/DAbrotherhood
    You are the CMM of your home. Chief Memory Maker's use tools like tickling, play, laughter, imagination & fun. Fill your home w/ sparkling eyes & wonder today.
    What might Hebrews 10:24-25 look like for your family today? "let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love & good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another". Here's some ideas to lead a living room KIDS church: bit.ly/subparents
    Looking for some intentional ideas to make the most of your weekend in quarantine? Here's a video with 12 dadAWESOME ideas - bit.ly/DAweekendideas
    dadAWESOME Challenge... Go into your kids room while they are sleeping & pray Psalm 91:9-10 "When we live our lives within the shadow of God Most High, our secret hiding place, we will always be shielded from harm. How then could evil prevail against us or disease infect us?" (The Passion Translation)
    This is dadAWESOME & after a 4-month pause, we're jumping back into sending a daily nudge towards intentional fatherhood. We're on a mission to add LIFE to the dad life. We're passionate about helping dads live fully alive as we lead our kids to God's awesomeness. Here's Episode 113 bit.ly/DA113
    Merry Christmas from dadAWESOME. Yesterday's Episode 101 is a special tribute to Jeff's dad, Chuck Zaugg on living with anticipation: bit.ly/DAep101
    Hey dadAWESOME. Yesterday the 100th podcast episode dropped & we'd love your help sharing this short video to encourage other dads
    It's been 5-weeks since our last dadAWESOME text message. We've paused this DA Daily fatherhood nudge for several reasons... We'd love your feedback as we approach Episode 100. Would you be willing to give 5-minutes of your time to share your dadAWESOME Feedback? bit.ly/DA100feedback
    "Episode 92 w/ John Burns: ""Get a real calendar & on that calendar you need to write the names of the most important things. They have names...""
    bit.ly/DAep92"
    Proximity doesn't equal presence. We've all struggled w/ this one. Let's airplane mode the phone & lock eyes w/ our sweet kids. They know when we're all theirs.
    "God is present among you, a strong Warrior there to save you. Happy to have you back, he'll calm you with his love & delight you with his songs" Zephaniah 3:17
    Dad IDEA: When you're feeling stuck & in need of a parenting breakthrough, change up the environment & move outdoors or into a different room. Change it up.
    "Fear rises whenever my focus is on myself... set your eyes on the Word of God & watch the fear dissipate" Episode 91 with Aaron Shust: bit.ly/DAep91
    When was your last Daddy Dance Party you initiated? Be silly & create a hilarious moment. Here's a current family favorite:
    Smile & look into your kids eyes & tell them; "Nothing you could ever do could make me love you more, & nothing you could ever do could make me love you less"
    Throwback to Episode 14 back in April 2018 w/ Nick Foulks: 1) Protect 2) Be Kind 3) Tell The Truth 4) Listen & Obey The First Time... "I want to teach my kids to listen to an earthly father the first time so they can learn to listen to their Heavenly Father the first time as well" bit.ly/DAep14
    "How do I feel about God? Am I satisfied? Comfortable? Cynical? Disappointed? Indifferent? Am I on fire? That torch in my hand will be passed to my children more substantially than any religious education. If I want my children to grow spiritually, I must stay alive." Mark Foreman Episode 90 bit.ly/DAep90
    As dads, we are bigger, faster & louder than our kids. It's easy to use our size, volume & speed to try to force outcomes. Try the opposite. Slow down & get low on their level. Speak softly while looking into their eyes. This approach builds a heart connection that lasts verses just short term compliance.
    "Our kids have love tanks & if you're filling their love tanks regularly, the amount of discipline needed will go way down. The way you fill their love tank is through time, touch & eye contact" Mark Foreman on Episode 90 talks about enjoying our kids & raising kids who change the world: bit.ly/DAep90
    "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training & instruction of the Lord." Ephesians 6:4
    As of today, dadAWESOME has sent 17,286 texts in the past 25 weeks. Now we'd love your input. We're crowdsourcing dad IDEAS for dadAWESOME Daily & the Podcast. Tools, tips or strategies that have helped your dad life. You can post on social w/ #DAideas, reply to this text, or leave a VM at 612-293-508
    Are you a thermostat or a thermometer? A thermometer dad reflects the temperature of the environment. They simply react to what's happening around them. A thermostat dad regulates the environment. They set the desired temperature of the room & actively work to maintain it within a given range. Let's go!
    Stay AMAZED. It's a gift to be a dad. Live & lead your family with grateful amazement. If you stay amazed, your kids will feel that you love being their daddy.
    I'm very thankful for this invitation in Matthew 11:28 "Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary & carry heavy burdens, & I will give you REST."
    Pray today for Childrens Ministry volunteers in your church. For protection, peace & encouragement for leaders who guide your kids towards Jesus every Sunday.
    Happy Monday dadAWESOME! Here's Episode 89 w/ Terry Lijewski "If I look back, it's never the mountaintops when I've grown, it's always the valley" bit.ly/DAep89
    Our Heavenly Father loves when fathers pray passionately & specifically. "O Lord, my healing God, I cried out for a miracle & you healed me!" Psalms? ?30:2?
    What do you commonly do for your kids that they could do for themselves? Pray for opportunities to invite & nudge our kids to step into more responsibility.
    Jesus tells the story of a father waiting, watching & praying for his son to return home. The son disrespected, stole, dishonored & wasted the father's estate, yet when the homecoming day finally arrived, the father sprinted out, embraced & threw a party. Let's all adopt this template for fatherhood.
    "I take pleasure in my weaknesses, & in the insults, hardships, persecutions, & troubles... For when I am weak, then I am strong" 2 Corinthians 12:10
    Episode 88 explores family travel, leaning into the core elements of story & the long game of fatherhood with creative entrepreneur John Bolin: bit.ly/DAep88
    Here's your Saturday dad challenge. Create shiny eyes moments. Use playful invitations, affirming words & unexpected fun to increase wonder & delight. Have fun.
    Try playing the thankfulness game with your kids... In the car, while eating, at bedtime, while riding bikes, etc. Take turns sharing what you are thankful for.
    When was the last time you wrote a love letter to your wife? How about a short post it note expressing your thankfulness & affection. Or even a meaningful text?
    You are awesome. You are a hero. Your investment in being an intentional dad is changing countless lives beyond your own kids. Stay the course. You're amazing.
    "Prayer turns ordinary parents into prophets who shape the destinies of their children, grandchildren, & every generations that follows" Mark Batterson
    "Understand the impact of shame on your own life & how easy it is to impart it on your kids" Leary Gates Episode 87 released yesterday: bit.ly/DAep87
    Turn up the laughter dial for your family this weekend. Dance around the room, tell dad jokes, start a tickle fight, play Peekaboo. Add intentional laughter 🙂
    Whispering invites our kids closer. It's easy to use our size & volume to communicate forcefully, but the power of a whisper might bring the breakthrough.
    How can I be intentional about being present & mentally shifting into being "All On Dad"? Here's Throwback Thursday Episode38 w/ Paul Hurckman: bit.ly/DA38clips
    Words are powerful. Written words can be extra impactful. Write a note & put it in your kids lunch or text it to them. Tell them that you love being their dad.
    Write down you dad-ideas & share them with a friend. Your chances of following through on them will grow exponentially if you document & share your ideas.
    Episode86 Charles Lee "If I will be as faithful as I can be. God will still make His path straight for our kids. He loves them far more than I do" bit.ly/DAep86
    Pray identity over your kids. They are fearfully & wonderfully made(Psalm 139:14). They are children of God(Galatians 4:7). God's love pursues them(Romans 8:35)
    A police officer stopped & wrote my daughter a ticket. A positive ticket for being caught biking with her helmet on. Write your kids some tickets this weekend. Watch them & catch them being awesome. Catch them expressing kindness, patience, joy, thankfulness, ect. Give out specific affirmation & celebrate
    Spending 1-on-1 time is huge. Don't stress about a perfect strategy or an epic plan. The simple act of individual time shows your child that daddy cares.
    "Pray themes from Romans 15:13 this morning
    God's Hope
    Filled completely with joy & peace
    Trust in God
    Overflow w/ confident hope
    Power of the Holy Spirit"
    "David reproduced what was in his heart. As a father, you don't just reproduce what's in your hands, you reproduce what's in your heart. Your children may not always listen to you, but they will always imitate you" bit.ly/DAep85 (dadAWESOME Podcast Episode 85. Part 2 with Paul Cole)
    Back To School Prayers part3: Pray 4 your kids teachers, school leadership, classmates & bus drivers for protection, wisdom, connection & positive relationships
    "Back To School Prayer: ""I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy & peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
    Romans 15:13 "
    Back To School Prayer Theme Part 3: Pray for your kids teachers, school leadership, classmates & bus drivers.
    When was the last time you noticed your child's eyes shining? Sparkling with delight & wonder. You've got 72 hours this weekend. Spark wonder. Make moments.
    Back To School Prayer Theme Part 2: Pray the the Armor of God over your kids. Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Faith, Salvation (Ephesians 6:10-18) bit.ly/DAarmor
    Back To School Prayer Theme Part 1: Pray for a peaceful transition & for their hearts to be filled with hope & free from fears... John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled & do not be afraid."
    Share 3 things you're thankful for. Tell your kids. Tell your wife. 1 Thess 5:16-18 "Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances..."
    Yesterday we released Episode 84 w/ Paul Cole: "The role of a father is to reach into a child's heart, pull out their future and show it to them" bit.ly/DAep84
    Focus LESS on telling your kids to love God & WAY MORE on showing them. Your love for the Bible, passion for prayer & desire to be in church is super contagious
    "You have what it takes. Don't compare yourself to other dads. There is no one else who can take your place as dad" Zack Curry dadawesome.org/episode83/
    Pray your kids are FREE from seeking others approval. FREE to follow Jesus & receive LOVE rather than being influenced by fears or insecurities. Galatians 1:10
    Your kids long to know that they are 1) wanted 2) they have what it takes 3) their father enjoys them... What can you do today to affirm this? Show & Tell.
    Yesterday we released Episode 83 w/ Zack Curry from Jesus Culture. Listen for encouragement around adventure, being known & living fully alive: bit.ly/DAep83
    Your kids crave these 2 reminders. 1st: Tell them that you love being their dad & 2nd: Tell them that your family is more awesome because of them. Over & over.
    Open your calendar & schedule 1-on-1 time w/ the most important people in the world. Date your kids. Date your wife. Make time. Make plans. Protect these dates.
    Proverbs 11:25 "Those who live to bless others will have blessings heaped upon them..." Are your kids seeing you model this? Serving & giving is contagious.
    idea: Make a "favorites list" w/ your kids. Sit w/ them & write down each answer. FAVORITE desserts, songs, meals, color, restaurants, friends, activities, etc.
    Episode 82 focusses on story, intentionality & influence: "Who are you hanging around? Every great dad that I have met hangs around great dads." bit.ly/DAep82
    A Nationwide Survey: "54% said they always or sometimes feel that no one knows them well" Having another dad who knows you is HUGE. Praying you to take a step.
    "Throwback to Ep58 w/ Mel Ellenwood: ""As a family, we SERVE one another. We show love by serving people. How can you serve your friends today?""

    bit.ly/DA58clip"
    Remind your kids WHO they are & WHOSE they are. Speak words that strengthen, encourage & comfort. Gently remind them they are a son/daughter of God. He LOVES u.
    QUOTE: "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, & go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Howard Thurman
    Episode 81 w/ Tim Bohlke on Self-Control: "God loves RISK TAKERS. Men who are willing to step out & do things differently & think differently..." bit.ly/DAep81
    "Above all, guard the affections of your heart, for they affect all that u are. Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring of life... Set your gaze on the path before u. With fixed purpose, looking straight ahead, ignore life's distractions" Proverbs 4:23&25
    Summer IDEAS from yesterdays responses: fishing trip, running together, climbing wall, tree house breakfast, giving intentional hugs & bike rides before work.
    How's your summer going? Have you discovered any new fun ways to connect w/ your kids over these past 2 months? REPLY to this text w/ a few of your top ideas.
    Throwback Ep32 Rick Glewwe: "I realized that this is a lifelong process. Grief is a lifelong journey & I knew I had to do it right for my kids" bit.ly/32grief
    Humility before God + Resistance = Freedom. "Humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, & he will flee from you." PRAY James 4:7 for yourself & your kids.
    When's the last time you had a dance party with your kids? Do it! Here's a few song suggestions: Sweet Slow Dance: bit.ly/DAsdance Clean Up Jam: bit.ly/Dalala
    Episode 80 features Matt Brown on the topic of Gentleness: "The greatest joy we can experience in our life starts with how we treat our family." bit.ly/DAep80
    Pray Colossians 3:12 themes for your kids: They understand they are dearly loved & they begin to walk in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness & patience.
    The greatest thing you do today might be 30 seconds of pausing to speak life over your kids. Words of Affirmation. Tell your children why they are AMAZING.
    Who's up for a dadAWESOME Challenge for the weekend? I call it Playground Blitz & you've got to play on 6 playgrounds in 60-minutes. Video: bit.ly/DAplayground
    "When you live a life of abandoned love, surrendered before the awe of God, here's what you'll experience: Abundant life. Continual protection. And complete satisfaction!" ?Proverbs? ?19:23?... Imagine this promise being realized in your health, relationships, career, parenting, finances & beyond... Wow!
    Throwback to episode 22 w/ Peter Haas: "That's what fathering is. It's finding interests in people & creating resources & momentum for that individual to becoming fully alive to the call of God on their life. That's what's exciting is seeing people come alive." bit.ly/DA22fullyalive
    Hey dads of boys... God spoke these words over His son Jesus & you can speak this powerful promise over your son today: Mark 1:11 "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased." Tell your son that this is a DOUBLE PROMISE. It's true from you & it's true from their Heavenly Father.
    My children's Bible makes a special point in the story about Ruth that she was beautiful INSIDE & OUT. If you have a daughter, you have the amazing privilege of reinforcing this message over & over as her daddy. Tell your daughter today that she is beautiful INSIDE & OUT. Never stop telling her.
    Episode 79 w/ Paul Anderson "FAITH is the lips of our obedience & FAITHFULNESS is the legs. Faithfulness walks out what you believe in your heart: bit.ly/DAep79
    Pray themes from Isaiah 40:31. Trust God & find new strength. Soar on wings like eagles. Pray that they will run & not grow weary. That they walk & not faint.
    When was the last time you got down on your knees & prayed a specific bold prayer for your kids? Let's be dads who cry out to God in desperation for our kids.
    You've got 168 hours this week. What change can you make that increases your connection with your kids by 1 percent? That's an extra 100.8 minutes. Do it!
    Throwback to episode64 w/ comedian Bob Stromberg: "We are all born with a capacity to experience creativity & a desire to experience creativity" bit.ly/Ep64play
    Pray Deuteronomy 31:6 "Be strong & courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you."
    How many hugs have you given today? How many times have you said "I LOVE YOU"? Hug your kids every day. Tell your kids you love them every day. Say it & show it
    "Episode 78 w/ Tyler Reagin: ""It's our job to help find the uniqueness in our kids... that God-given Psalm 139 uniqueness & start encouraging & calling it out"" bit.ly/DAep78

    Psalm 139:14 ""I praise you because I am fearfully & wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."""
    How can we lead our kids in simple acts of selfless love today? Mathew 5:16 "let your light shine before others... so they will glorify your father in Heaven"
    Ask your wife & your kids for DAD FEEDBACK on your Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, & self-control
    Throwback to Ep 55: Is it possible to accelerate the acquisition of WISDOM in our kids? "Jesus grew in wisdom & stature & in favor w/ God & man" bit.ly/da52clip
    "That was my welcome into parenthood. It was fighting on my knees for my son... I want to stay fighting on my knees like this all of the time" bit.ly/ep77prayer
    Open your calendar & schedule 1-on-1 time w/ the most important people in the world. Date your kids. Date your wife. Make time. Make plans. Protect these dates.
    Episode 77 with Ryan Skoog: "Instead of being an amazing leader & a decent dad, I want to be an amazing dad & a decent leader. If I have to make a choice, I want to take the same entrepreneurial type of thinking & intentionality to being a dad as I would to being a leader." bit.ly/DAep77
    When was the last time you apologized to your kids? Pausing to apologize is the dad trifecta. You're showing you care, modeling humility, & owning the mistake.
    PRAY James 1:2-4 today: "...when troubles of any kind come my way, I consider it an opportunity for great joy. For I know that when my faith is tested, my endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when my endurance is fully developed, I will be perfect & complete, needing nothing."
    Try creating a family original version of the game Rock Paper Scissors w/ your kids. Three characters, three hand signs & an order of victory. It'll be awesome!
    Throwback to episode 6. Try telling a Bible story w/ multiple choice silly questions throughout. Here's a THANKFULNESS video w/ Jeff's tips: bit.ly/DA6thankful
    We must be radically intentional about helping our kids find positive Christian friends. The long range impact is HUGE. Here's Regi Campbell bit.ly/DA76friends
    Try playing the thankfulness game with your kids... In the car, while eating, at bedtime, while riding bikes, etc. Take turns sharing what you are thankful for.
    Episode 76 dropped yesterday w/ Regi Campbell discussing intentional fatherhood, radical mentoring & the power of PATIENCE (click to listen: bit.ly/DAep76)
    Father’s Day is 15 days out. What if we flipped the script & invited our kids into serving others as a family? Begin planning a way to serve together this month.
    We're gathering dad wisdom & dad ideas that have impacted real dads. Please REPLY to this text with 1 or 2 tips to share. Include your 1st name. Thanks a ton!
    Episode 72: "I'm not who I was, I'm not what I do, I'm someone God enjoys." Susie Larson joins us again for part two of a powerful conversation bit.ly/2WlPmcM
    Pray & guide your kids w/ Proverbs 4:11-12 >> insert their names as you pray: ?"I (wisdom) will teach ______ wisdom's ways & lead ______ in straight paths. When _______ walk, ________ won't be held back; when ______ run, ______ won't stumble." We play a HUGE role in how we model Wisdom.
    if we extend ourselves to the point of exhaustion & reduce our choices to options that just get us through the moment, we deprive future generations the blessings God has promised us Episode 72 >> this link below will jump you forward right to this part of the podcast conversation: bit.ly/72clips
    Throwback Episode47 Carlos Whittaker: "Who of us are growing in our character when times are easy? Nobody. We must disturb & disrupt ourselves." bit.ly/DA47clip
    Look w/ love into the eyes of your child & speak the same words that God spoke over Jesus "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased" Matthew 3:17
    Ep73 Paul Van Coller: "We need to force ourselves to stop, reflect, process, & get ready for what is coming next... We need God's perspective." bit.ly/DA73clip
    Throwback to Episode 33 & learn the parallels between surfing ocean waves & the dad life from John Wyatt: bit.ly/DA33surfing
    DAideas "BE PRESENT. It doesn't have to be big bold moments. It's as much about quantity as quality. Read books. Sing songs. Play. Color/paint. Make up a story. Make Rice Krispie treats. Ask silly questions. Listen & reflect their answers back. Be curious about what they do" Aaron(REPLY with your DAideas)
    May 2019
    Mother's Day is 11 days away. Kids learn a lot from watching dad interact with mom. They're watching to see if our eyes shine when we look at mom. They're watching how we hug, kiss & touch mom. They're listening to our words & our tone when we're talking with mom. Let's lead well by sweetly pursuing mom.
    It's not about earning love. You're a beloved son of God & out of that identity u can go & be the dad your kids need you to be Edrin Williams bit.ly/DA57clip
    How close do your kids feel to their dad? How much relational warmth have we created. Here's an ep67 clip w/ powerful research on fatherhood bit.ly/DA67research
    You are the CMM of your home. Chief Memory Maker’s use tools like tickling, play, laughter, imagination & fun. Fill your home w/ sparkling eyes & wonder today.
    Proximity doesn't equal presence. This is tough for me & I’ve been guilty of missing this lately. Let’s airplane mode the phones & lock eyes with our precious kids.
    Kids don't need perfection. What they want is your love & affection & to know that your computer, job & hobbies are not more important than them bit.ly/68clip
    Let's be our kids loudest cheerleader & greatest supporter. 1 Thessalonians 5:11a "So encourage each other & build each other up..." bit.ly/DA68clip
    I have set before you LIFE & DEATH, blessings & curses. Now choose LIFE, so that you & your children may LIVE Deut 30:19... Our loving Heavenly Father offers us this daily choice & the impact of choosing life is huge for both us & our children. Read Deuteronomy 30 to find 21 promises for your family.
    God looks at who I am. I'm His child & when I feel God's pleasure I can enjoy finding pleasure in my kids even when they don't do the right thing bit.ly/58clip
    Let's PRAY for sweet Godly friends for our kids... Proverbs 12:26 "The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray."
    Make something AWESOME. All you need is some cardboard boxes & duct tape. Invite your kids into creating a cardboard robot & email us a photo da@dadawesome.org
    Mother's Day Awesomeness: Heavenly Father, I pray for peace, rest, thankfulness, joy & love to fill the home of every dad reading this today. SO THANKFUL 4 mom.
    Podcast episode69 released yesterday. Think of a way you can show your kids not only that you love them, but you like them & want to be with them. bit.ly/DAep69
    Make a top-5 list with your kids. Ask for their top-5 things they LOVE. Chat about their list & ask what they think your top-5 things are. Let's stay curious.
    Am I accidentally withholding love from my kids? Episode 69 w/ Stephanie Gutierrez "We don't have to wait to fully love & fully embrace our kids until they are walking in perfect healing. God's asking us to fully love our children right where they are at right in this moment." bit.ly/DA69clip
    The best way to get to know your kids may not be through questions but through hours of unstructured TIME together. Look at your next few days & plan some PLAY.
    Challenge: Announce a SCREEN FREE time w/ your family this week. This can be an hour, an afternoon or a whole day... Start small, make it fun & create memories.
    Learn you child’s Love Language & begin expressing individualized love in ways that match how God has created them. Here's the FREE assessment: bit.ly/DAkidquiz
    Am I accidentally showing more love to my kids when they perform, succeed or achieve great things? Let's learn from our Heavenly Father & keep our love constant even when our kids mess up... Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates his own LOVE for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
    Episode 70 "We think that when we share what we've been given we’re gonna have LESS, but not in God’s Kingdom. He multiplies it & gives us MORE” bit.ly/DAep70
    Share 3 things you're thankful for. Tell your kids. Tell your wife. 1 Thess 5:16-18 "Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances..."
    Storytelling Challenge: Share your God stories w/ your kids. What would you say if your child asked "Dad, what have you & God been up to lately?" bit.ly/DAbible
    Throwback Thursday: Powerful Drew Shepp clip on brokenness, humility & the real possibility that we as dads will do things that hurt our kids: bit.ly/DAep45
    Try praying these 2 Bible verses over your kids (or have them pray out loud themselves) before they go to bed: "When I lie down, I will not be afraid; when I lie down, my sleep will be sweet" (Proverbs 3:24)... "In peace I will lie down & sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe" (Psalm 4:8)
    Think back to hearing your baby say daddy or dada the first time. Did it make you glow with joy? That's how your Heavenly Father feels about you. He enjoys you.
    It's FORT BUILDING day. Invite your kids into the creative imaginative fun of building a fort TOGETHER. Inside or outside. Out of wood, cardboard or bed sheets.
    Episode 71 "People are misusing their time, treasure & talents to prove something that God have already proven & it's a colossal waste of time" bit.ly/DAe71
    Have your kids seen you be teachable? Spend time this week teaching your kids how to receive correction & welcome correction. Episode 71 clip: bit.ly/DA71clip
    Are you a thermostat or a thermometer? A thermometer dad reflects the temperature of the environment. It simply reacts to what’s happening around it. A thermostat dad regulates the environment. It sets the desired temperature of the room and actively works to maintain it within a given range.
    Throwback to Episode 42 “God, give them wisdom beyond themselves. Give them favor that they didn’t earn. Find them trustworthy to impact others” bit.ly/DA42clip
    James 3:17 lists husband & dad GAME-CHANGING Heavenly Wisdom as 1) Pure 2) peace-loving 3) considerate 4) submissive 5) full of mercy 6) impartial 7) sincere
    Your kids might not tell you, but it's true. YOU ARE AN AWESOME DAD. Keep playing, praying, connecting & laughing with your kids. I'm praying for you today.

    On Sunday we released part 2 of our Creativity month w/ Frank Bealer. We explore the myth of balance & finding intentional pockets of time. bit.ly/2VP0HOi

    Episode 65 "We're passionate about raising kids that are independent Christ followers that love their family & want to come back" Frank Bealer bit.ly/2VUPprQ

    Try getting down low & tell your kids you've got a secret to tell them. Pull them in close & look right into their eyes & tell them "I LOVE THAT I'M YOUR DAD"

    Let's talk with our kids about Jesus being ALIVE & God's great LOVE. 1 Corinthians 6:14 "By his power God raised Jesus from the dead & he will raise us also."

    Good Monday morning! Yesterday we released episode 66 w/ Jeremy Pryor exploring powerful multigenerational fatherhood principles from Abraham. bit.ly/2DqZ7Lg

    What if God's presence leads to rest in the same way that our presence leads to our kids rest? Exodus 33:14 "My presence will go w/ you, & I will give you rest"

    "Don't be passive in the process of raising & caring for your kids. Be a leader. Step in & cast vision for your family's culture" Episode 66 clip bit.ly/2vhYQGo

    Throwback Thursday: Next time you hear your kids invite you to do something, respond with YES. Make YES your default answer. Episode 59 bit.ly/DA59clip

    Pray your kids are FREE from seeking others approval. FREE to follow Jesus & receive LOVE rather than being influenced by fears or insecurities. Galatians 1:10

    Spending 1-on-1 time is huge. Don't stress about a perfect strategy or an epic plan. The simple act of individual time shows your child that daddy cares.

    Can I encourage storytelling? Let's tell stories that point to the epic miracles of God. Let's be dads who show our kids God's awesomeness bit.ly/DAbible

    Episode67 "Keep reminding your kids who they are & whose they are & what it means to live into what God has called them to be" Steve Argue bit.ly/dadawesome67

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    I'm very thankful for this invitation. "Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary & carry heavy burdens, & I will give you REST." Matthew? 11:28