Category Archives: Life Lessons with Dad

Lesson 009 – From Cain and Abel to the Flood – 4000 to 2500 BC

Today’s lesson covered a lot of material and a huge span of time – from Cain and Abel to the Flood, spanning from roughly 4000 BC to 2500 BC.  We began the lesson by reading Genesis chapters 4 through 10 and then we discussed the questions below.  This portion of the Bible is difficult for many people to accept as history so throughout the discussion time I shared with the kids the various perspectives on the flood, the Nephilim, and the longevity of pre-flood humans,  ranging from myth to historically accurate perspectives.  We also continued to focus on how all the stories of the Bible lead up to and point to Jesus.  Here are today’s verses for easy reference (using the World English Bible version): Continue reading Lesson 009 – From Cain and Abel to the Flood – 4000 to 2500 BC

Lesson 008 – The Garden of Eden and The Fall – Before 4000 BC

I have decided to start a series of lessons with my kids that will cover the entire history of the Bible.  I will be using the World English Bible (WEB).  I prefer the New International Version but it is copyright protected, whereas the WEB is public domain.

I covered the creation story in a previous Life Lesson with Dad so I’m jumping right in with Genesis 2 & 3 and the story of Adam, Eve, The Garden of Eden and The Fall. Continue reading Lesson 008 – The Garden of Eden and The Fall – Before 4000 BC

Lesson 007 – Rescued versus Redeemed

Several years ago I was introduced to JJ Heller while listening to K-LOVE radio on the drive to a project in Indianapolis.  We don’t have a K-LOVE station in Atlanta so I was hearing lots of new Christian music every week as I made the commute from the airport to the client’s building in Fisher, IN.  The first time I heard JJ Heller was the song “Your Hands” and I knew right away I had discovered a new favorite artist.  Since that time I have pre-ordered all of her albums and recently downloaded her new album “Loved“.  I enjoyed all of the songs on the “Loved” album and a couple of them have made their way to my favorite’s list but one song in particular struck a chord with me and has been consuming my thought time in the car and as I drift away to sleep each night. Continue reading Lesson 007 – Rescued versus Redeemed

Lesson 006 – “Not Bad” versus “Good”

I realized while I was traveling for business this week and thinking about my family that my kids have fallen for a common trap that frequently derails people from their best future.  The phrase I frequently hear lately is “Not bad”.  Let me give you some examples of not bad versus good,

Why can’t we listen to that song…it’s “Not Bad“!
or
Why can’t we watch that movie..its “Not Bad“!
The problem with “Not Bad” is that it is not the same as “GoodContinue reading Lesson 006 – “Not Bad” versus “Good”

Lesson 005 – SMART Goals (Worksheet can be downloaded at the bottom of this post)

Tonight I am going to be teaching the kids about “SMART” goals. There are many variations for the SMART goals acronym but I plan to use the version I am most familiar with:
S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Attainable
R = Relevant
T = Time-Bound Continue reading Lesson 005 – SMART Goals (Worksheet can be downloaded at the bottom of this post)

Lesson 004 – Bare Necessities

This weeks life lesson comes from page 27 of the book “10-Minute Life Lessons for Kids”.

This lesson is basically a lesson in “what is really important”.  According to the author, it will “help you talk with your family about establishing priorities with your time, your focus, and your finances.  It will also help you discuss making wise choices and creating balance in life.” Continue reading Lesson 004 – Bare Necessities

Lesson 003 – Switch Tasking (or Multitasking) is Worse than a Lie

Today’s lesson is in response to me witnessing how many interruptions my wife currently tolerates during a typical day of homeschool.  I don’t know how she keeps from going crazy and based on a book I read this week I think there might be a better way.

The book was given to me by my last project manager and it’s called “The Myth of Multitasking” (How “Doing it All” gets Nothing done). Continue reading Lesson 003 – Switch Tasking (or Multitasking) is Worse than a Lie

Lesson 002 – Pleasant Words

We have officially started up “Shabbat” or the Sabbath (our day of rest).  Our family refers to it as Shabbat which is the Jewish word for “rest” or “cessation”.  I will probably do a “Life Lesson” on Shabbat but I have decided to focus on some memory verses/quotes regarding pleasant words  for this week.  Below is a list of verses that have to do with kind words or pleasant words.  I am going to discuss the importance of pleasant words, review these verses and then assign one verse to each person in the family to memorize and repeat at the next Shabbat: Continue reading Lesson 002 – Pleasant Words