4 Ways to make your daddy/daughter dates great

Yesterday I posted a bunch of reasons to take your daughters on daddy/daughter dates.

Today, I thought I would give 4 super easy ways to make your daddy/daughter dates great!

4 Ways

1. Put the date on the calendar and let nothing else trump it.


2. Spend a few days asking your daughter what she wants to do on your date.

Give her ideas, but let her dream. If she’s old enough, text back and forth about it.

3. When you’re on your date…Listen, Listen, Listen. In order to do that, you have to ask a crazy amount of questions.

Questions like…

  • What’s your favorite…Band, Singer, Web Page, Food, Bible Verse, Color, Store
  • What friend cares for you the most? What do you do for them?
  • What kind of boy makes you smile?
  • How much do you think Jesus loves you? Why does He loves you?

4. Do whatever she wants.

Don’t say no or not now. And just do it. Ok, don’t rent a private jet and fly to London for her to hang out with One Direction! Do it if you can! But, there are a million ways to make the date special, so…make it special.

Dads…4 Reasons to take your daughters on dates (ok, 10!)

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If you ever visit my Facebook page or hang out with my family, it will probably become very apparent that I love my kids. I have two boys and two girls.

I adore all 4 of them. Being a dad is the best!

I’m trying to be very intentional  about taking out each one of my kids. To get one on one time and to pour into them.

Dads…here is a simple list of why to take your daughters on dates. I thought I would write 4, but 10 just popped out.

Reasons to take your daughters on dates 

1.     Their childhood only happens once

2.     Their childhood zips by at the speed of light

3.     Their childhood is the only one they have

4.     Their childhood builds a foundation for what kind of husband they are going to look for IMG_1583

5.     They need your one on one attention

6.     They need your hugs

7.     They need your words of affirmation

8.     They need those memories of when you put them first above everything else

9.     They need you to listen

10.   They need to hear your stories

Dads, take your daughters out on dates. Trust me, it will deepen your relationship with them in ways you never would have imagined!

Last Sunday was an AMAZING DAY! #ilovemychurch

Last Sunday was an AMAZING DAY! 

It really was!


Now, I know I say every Sunday is amazing and I’m excited all the time about what God is doing at Thrive, but this past Sunday was different.

It really was!

  • To be offsite.
  • To be outside.
  • To take over a park.
  • To create a little stir in the neighborhood.
  • To see so many new faces.
  • To hear so many great God stories.
  • To hear people celebrate as their friends and family were baptized.
  • To hear how loud Thrive Church sings.
  • To hear all the kids playing outside.
  • To enjoy a GREAT meal together.
  • To see so many people volunteer.
  • To experience being a part of the Thrive community.


To see 25 People Be Baptized! 

It was a GREAT Sunday!

It was the kind of Sunday that only happens every now and then. I wish it happened more. I do. But, I just don’t think these Sunday’s can happen every week. Maybe I’m wrong. I desperately want to be wrong. But, I know that something special happened this past Sunday.

And, I can’t wait till the next time we gather like this.

On top of all that, we started a series called…


I’m so thankful for a GREAT day and I can’t wait for this Sunday at Thrive. Our friends ‘The Spark’ are back at Thrive! It’s going to be an amazing Sunday!

5 Things I learned from taking a few days off of Social Media

This past week I took a few days off from Social Media. It wasn’t anything major…just a few days. I have friend who takes off the entire month of July. Mine was nothing like that. But, my wife and I took a week off and I decided it was time to unplug.

It was time to unplug because for me social media consumes too much of my life.

So, I deleted all social media apps from my phone and I didn’t check them at all on my computer. I even turned off my email! Needless to say, it was a brand new experience for me!

It was really revealing and really good and after only a week I learned a bunch.

5 Things I learned

1. I am addicted.

This was not a shocker. I found myself checking my phone every 5 minutes, ok 3 minutes, to see what I was missing. And, because everything was shut off, I wasn’t missing anything. Honestly, it took about a day or two before I stopped checking my phone so much.

So often at night, when I can’t sleep, I flip through Facebook in hopes that that will help me fall asleep. It never does! I’ve ready study after study saying that in fact it does not help but actually messes negativitly with your sleep schedule.  So, I found myself praying more as I lay in bed and talking to Jesus as I fell asleep. It was awesome.

2. The world still goes on when you go off. 

Yup, everything still happened and it didn’t care at all that I was offline.

Yeah, that basically sums it up.

3. I’m not as important as I think I am.

I’m reminded of this pretty often (I do have 4 kids!), but taking a week off from social media cemented the fact that I’m not really all that important at all! Hah! My goal for social media is always to bring hope and point people to Jesus, but honestly, I fall into the trap of thinking I’m more important than I really am.

I remember when I crossed the 3000 friend barrier on Facebook. I thought I was a really big deal. I really did, embarrassing, right??

It didn’t take long to be reminded of the fact that no one cares! Hah! I have actually started deleting friends, something I said I would never do and have deleted quite a bunch. More on that later.

4. My battery life is so much better when I don’t check Social Media all the time.

I literally went 2 days without charging my phone all the time. It was awesome.

5. My online presence has nothing to do with my worth or identity. 

I have spent way too much time worrying about likes or losing friends or how many posts or how little posts or if people read my blog or building a platform or seeing what others are doing.

I’m done.

All of that has nothing to do with my worth or identity. It’s embarrassing to even type that. But, truthfully, I have fallen in that trap before.

I learned a ton

I think I’m going to keep Facebook off my phone. I’m def. going to stop checking it at night and I’m going to work hard at guarding my time.


Help Thrive launch our 2nd Sunday Morning Experience (service)

Thrive is 10 months old. It’s been an extremely exciting-challenging-joyful-rewarding-amazingly hard-but ridiculously awesome first year. Whew!thrive))church-no-perfect-allowed

We celebrate our one year anniversary on October 5th, 2014 and you’re invited. Even if you don’t live in Central MI, you’re invited.

So many people from around the country have helped us get to where we are and we wouldn’t be here without you! So, thanks!

In 10 months 34 people have trusted in Christ as their personal Savior and 48 have recommitted their lives to Jesus. And 35 people have been baptized!

Help us Launch…

A few Sunday’s ago at Thrive, I announced that on Sunday, October 12th, we will be launching our 2nd Sunday morning experience (service)! That’s right, we will go from having a 10 am experience to having a 900am and a 1015am. In order to do that, it’s going to take a lot of people helping us get there.

Woo Hoo!

Yes, we are terribly excited and we’re working hard to get ready for those 2 very big weeks. We have to add an additional Sunday morning experience because Thrive Kidz just keeps bursting like crazy and our adult attendance is growing as steadily as well!

I love this opportunity we have and we need your help. We need your partnership. Without you, we will not continue to grow and reach more people. So, here is how you can help us launch our second morning experience.

How you can help…

1. Attend Thrive Consistently. If you live in Central Michigan, be a part of Thrive. Pretty simple. I have conversations just about every day with people who have been thinking and praying about being a part! Well, we would love to have you!

If you already attend Thrive, I would love to ask you to attend consistently. Oh, and while I’m asking, would you think about coming 15 minutes early? I know this may be a stretch, but it would be HUGE!

2. Donate Financially to Thrive. Yes, I’m asking for money. If you live in other states or far away from Thrive, but believe in our vision, would you help us with a financial gift? In order to launch this second experience and upgrade our existing equipment and set up, we are raising an additional $25,000.

That will help us upgrade our Thrive Kidz experience, upgrade our Lobby, give out free Bibles, upgrade our worship experience, add a budget to our One Youth Student Ministry and bless some local non-profits.

If you want to send a check, you can send it to: Thrive Church, PO Box 1408, Mt Pleasant, MI 48804.

Or, you can give online…


3. Keep on inviting and asking friends to check out Thrive. This comes naturally to some of us and for others, it’s really tough. Regardless of how easy or hard it is, we all need to be inviting, praying and asking our friends and family and co-workers and neighbors to check out Thrive Church.

Why? Because they will hear about the life changing hope that Jesus offers.

4. Pray for Thrive Church. I know that sounds like the Sunday School answer, but please pray. Pray everyday.

Pray for…God to bless Thrive Church, Pray for His favor, Pray for His protection, Pray that we would be welcoming and accepting to everyone who comes through the doors and pray for people to meet Jesus and for their faith to grow in Him.

We’re excited about God is doing at Thrive and you’re invited to be a part! 


Baptism at Thrive is this Sunday!!

This upcoming Sunday may be the biggest Sunday of Thrive’s 10 month existence! 

Now, we’ve had a lot of great days these past 10 months. But, there is nothing like celebrating peoples decision to go public with baptism. 10550813_661077977320853_4739697889853157884_n

Nothing! It’s just awesome and especially for a church family to do that together, yeah, it’s awesome!

So, here’s what you need to know about helping make this day an amazingly awesome success!

1. Attend this awesome Sunday!

I’ve been telling Thrive about it for months and we’re finally here! I can’t wait!

So, be in attendance. Bring your family. Bring your friends. Bring the co-worker who has some interest in checking out Thrive.

2. Get baptized!

If you have never been baptized, this Sunday is your opportunity. Here are a few answers to the most asked baptism questions:

Why should I be baptized? To follow the example set by Jesus (Mark 1:9), Because Jesus commanded it (Mt 29:19-20, and it demonstrates that you’re a follower of Christ (1 John 2:3).

What is the meaning of baptism? It illustrates Christ’s death, burial and resurrection (1 Cor. 15:3-4)

Why be baptized by immersion? Because Jesus was baptized that way (Mt 3:16a), Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion (Acts 8:38-39), the word baptize means to dip or immerse, It best symbolizes a burial and resurrection (Rm 6:3-4).

Who should be baptized? Every person who believes in Jesus, has repented of their sins and has decided to follow Jesus should be baptized. (Acts 2:41)

If you’re ready to be baptized this Sunday at Thrive, sign up here

Oh, if you are getting baptized, invite your family and your friends to celebrate with you!

3. Help make this day awesome.

…Help us set up at 830am

…Bring a dish to pass

…Bring $10 for your ‘I love my church’ T-Shirt

…Bring someone with you

…Cheer, laugh, Clap, and Cheer some more

…Sing loud

Ok, I can’t wait to see you this Sunday at 11am in Lake Isabella!!!


A new thing for me…A Social Media Fast

So, I’m leaving for a week long vacation in a few minutes. I can’t wait.

I’m going to try something new this week. It’s not going to sound revolutionary, but for me, it is.

It’s CRAZY for me to even write this or even attempt this, but, here goes…

I’m taking a week off of Social Media and Email. 


I can’t remember a time in the last 5 years where I haven’t been connected to either of those two vices all the time. Even when we’ve taken smaller trips, I’m always checking both.

This week, I’m checking out. The away message is set on my emails and this is my last post for the week. Now, I have scheduled a few posts to go out on my sites, but I won’t be checking them.

Why am I doing it?

I need some quiet in my life. I’m honestly addicted to social media and it’s a bad. I’m tired of all the negativity on social media and I have to get away.

Now, on the other hand, I love it and see the incredible good that comes from it.

But, this week, I’m out.

See you on Saturday, probably :)