How Can we Teach our Kids the Differences Between Santa and Jesus?

How does your family handle differentiating between Santa and Jesus? It's easy for us to get swept up in the ways of our culture and not even address the differences with our children. Ashton gives us great talking points to clearly point out the truth of Santa and Jesus.
Family at Campsgiving
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful...Read more

Why is Vulnerability Good?

Sharing something less-than-awesome about ourselves doesn't initially sound appealing. In fact, it's exactly opposite of what our culture encourages so often. Jacob reminds us how doing just that is part of God's good and perfect plan for each of us!
All Out!
The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart, a clear conscience and a sincere faith. 1 Timothy 1:5 I distinctly remember the first time I told my...Read more

How to Set Healthy Expectations When Life is not Fair

“Life’s Not Fair.” I wish I had a dime every time I have to say this to my kids or our college staff. As each of us needs reminding of this all too often as well...Seth helps us point our compass North to remember God's goodness and set healthy expectations.
Back Flip
Then it shall come about when the Lord your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you, great and...Read more

Insight Into Family Matters

Ever wonder how or why T Bar M publishes articles on the topics we do? Today will give you an insight into the inner workings of "Family Matters" and T Bar M’s heart behind it.
Super Staff
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk...Read more

Yes Siree! Mind Your Manners

"Yes sir, no sir. Yes ma'am, no ma'am." These phrases still matter. Even to God! Kelli nudges us to keep at it when it comes to teaching, modeling, and expecting our kids to use manners.
Yes, you!
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 My son is in Cotillion...Read more

Failure...It Takes Humility to Handle Well

Do your kids know it is ok for them to fail? Failure is one of those life lessons not easy or enjoyable to learn. Read how GK points us to the One Who holds us and grows us even when we fail.
Camper Reading Bible
Psalm 145:14 The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. Failure – it’s inevitable. I wish I could remove failure and flaws from...Read more

How and Why To Train Kids Toward Selflessness

"I could be a lot more considerate of others if I wouldn't keep getting in my own way!" Ha! Ain't that the truth all too often. Jessica walks us through the value of training our kids toward selfLESSness.
Carry A Friend
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is...Read more

How Can We Please God in Our Schedules?

Ever wish you could be in two places at once? Ever try it? We might all be guilty of texting during a conversation. Kara wisely refocuses our attention on how to spend our time on what really matters.
A Time for Everything
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29 We are a...Read more

Teach Kids Responsibility

Are you ever so frustrated at your child’s lack of follow through you want to sentence them to time in their room or with other restrictions until they finish the task? You’re not the only one – I’ve been in that state of mind plenty of times. Let's take a look at some parenting tactics to get us on the right path.
Coaches Working
“The chief jailer committed to Joseph’s charge all the prisoners who were in jail; so that whatever was done there, he was responsible for it.” Gen. 39:22 “Oh Lord, why...Read more

What is the Value of a Spiritual Foundation?

Community. We all need it. We all crave it. We are called to walk this life with our brothers and sisters in the Christ who will spur us on toward love and good deeds. Madi reminds us of the importance of helping our kids have a strong spiritual foundation as they grow up.
Solid Community
He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and...Read more

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