Youth Minister (Page 5)

Relentless

This past week, our family was at the beach, and for some reason, we had the entire beach to ourselves. Maybe it was because a cold front moved to Destin, Florida, and the sand was as cold as ice. It didn’t stop the Pruitts from enjoying our family and the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. The…

Toughness of Training

5. If you have worn a hole in the passenger floorboard attempting to brake for a 15 year old training to drive. 4. If you have gotten car sick from your 15 year old attempting to stay between the lines while training to drive. 3. If your heart rate has increased to the point that…

Remind

Do you invite reminders or do reminders frustrate you? Growing up, my parents reminded us daily to “clean our rooms, put our dirty clothes in the dirty clothes hamper, dinner plates don’t have legs – put them in the dishwasher, do our homework”, and the list goes on. Now that I’m a parent, I find…

Labor Day

Labor Day is a national holiday dating back to the late 1800’s and is now a day celebrating organized labor, and this holiday also marks the end of the summer season. I had heard for years that you aren’t supposed to wear white after Labor Day, but I never knew why…so I researched it. This…

Process and Progress

So many people have asked me if I built the sandcastle from Big House, and I kindly tell them, “No, It was a team effort.” I do find sandcastles therapeutic and much fun. They are definitely a process, very much like us. Foundation is key to a successful castle, and many times, it is where…

Lower Your Shields

American Culture pushes the notion to “trust no one” and “everyone has an angle.” So often that mindset causes us to be untrusting of people. Science fiction enthusiasts call that “raising your shields.” I found myself doing this very thing on our recent mission trip to Honduras. While I was not being untrusting visiting the…

2015 Guys Challenge

Our last trip we took before Honduras was a very important one for all of our teens who were able to attend. “The Give Kids The World Mission Trip” to Florida allowed our teens to see and serve in a way that stretched them both emotionally and spiritually. The “Give Kids The World Village” in…

Stars Over Yosemite

Recently, we took a family trip to Giant Sequoia/ Kings Canyon National Park and Yosemite National Park. We saw some breathtaking scenery and made some lasting memories. We also experienced some of those wonderful “teachable moments.” One of those occurred when we attended a night time program called “Stars Over Yosemite.” A park ranger escorted…

Presence

My wife shared the sweetest story with me a few weeks ago that I want to share with you. To set the stage, Whitney has the same class this year as she had last year. It is called “looping.” They have become a tight knit family, and she loves them as much as they love…

Hard or Easy

Family meal time is one of my favorites. With busy schedules pulling you in so many different directions, nothing beats sitting down and reconnecting with the people you love every day. As we often do, we were playing a little question/answer game as we sat around the table. The question of the night was: “What…