020 – Evidences of God in D.C.

Show Notes

Evidences of God and His word can be found many places in our nation’s capitol. In this episode I discuss five of them that I found recently while on vacation.

I also discuss a recent podcast from Albert Mohler from May 8, 2015 where he examines a news article claimingtomb-of-the-unknown that kids who have parents that read to them have an unfair advantage.

Evidences of God

  1. Supreme Court
  2. Lincoln Memorial
  3. Arlington Cemetery – “Here rests in honored glory an American Soldier known but to God.”
  4. Washington’s Tomb – Mount Vernon, VA
  5. Jefferson Memorial

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” ~ John 11:25-26

019 – Vacation Planning Ideas

Show Notes

Fun Times with Dad – Another version of wrestling.laguna-beach

Summer is here! That means it’s time to get a vacation planned with your family. It doesn’t have to be big but you need to take time to do something with your family. And you need a break from work!  Make it happen!

Top 8 Ideas for Your Summer Vacation
1. Head to the City
2. Head to the Country
3. Family Camp (e.g. Gull Lake Ministries)
4. State Park
5. Adventure Trip
6. Visit Family
7. Go to the Beach
8. Visit your State Capitol (or someone else’s!)

Gull Lake Ministries

018 – Running for Autism Research

Show Notes

We welcome Jeff Rayburn to our show in this episode! Jeff has done a ton of fund raising for Autism research through his rayburnsrunning, including 14 marathons! With running and the community efforts of him and his wife, they have raised over $100,000 for Autism Research.

Listen in as we discuss:
What dravet syndrome is.
What signs to look for if you suspect autistic tendencies with your child.

Organization for Autism Research
Jeff Rayburn
Chloë K 5K Event – May 16, 2015

017 – Preparation Plan

Show Notes

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Parenting is about Preparation – for their future and the final judgment
What are your ambitions for your children?
Are your ambitions for them biblical or temporal?
Are any of them in line with true greatness?
Are your ambitions for your children more important than the cultivation of humility and servanthood?

4 Ways to help your children become great in the eyes of God

1. Be an example of greatness – examining your own life. Pull the weeds in your own heart.
  Take care of the issues no matter how big or small
  Ask for forgiveness. Set the pattern for them to follow when you mess up.
2. Define True Greatness for your Children
  Greatness = Servanthood
  Greatness = Humility
  be the servant in your life roles – in your family, church, workplace, community
  define it through your example
3. Teach your children to discern and admire true greatness
 Don’t celebrate anything more than you celebrate Godly character in your children
  Those serving in your local church – SS teachers, worship leaders, pastors, etc
  Missionaries your church supports
  Other Missionaries:
     Forrest Zander (Wycliffe Ministries) former missionary pilot
            Book – His Faithfulness Reaches to the Skies
            Blog Post Series
     Shadow of the Almighty – Story about the life of Jim Elliot
     A Chance to Die – Story about Amy Carmichael
4. Teach your children to serve
     Serve in the context of local church – find ways to help them plug in to assisting with ongoing ministries
Be assured that  parenting is something God has called you to and that He has personally assigned your children to you both for their good an for your sanctification. – C. J. Mahaney

016 – The Sounds of Odyssey

Show Notes


The Haerr Family

What’s it like behind the scenes of Adventures in Odyssey? Find out in this episode as I interview Rudy Haerr, Mastering Engineer for Focus on the Family’s Adventures in Odyssey program!

In this episode we look inside the audio production of one of the most popular dramatic broadcast productions on the radio!
  • Find out what it takes to get a job in audio production
  • Learn about how a show is put together
  • Discover how the sound effects are recorded
Find creative ways to involve your kids in your work! Okay, so maybe you don’t have a cool radio program that they can be a part of, but think about what you can do to include them.


015 – Training Your Toddlers

Show Notes

Listener Question: What is a good Bible for kids learning to read?
Adventure Bible, Revised, NIV – note that this is more advanced and for a child who knows how to read. I recommend reading this to your child if you are looking for an actual Bible, rather than, a Bible story book as this listener was. Have them follow along and as they are learning to read, use this to help them in that process.
6 Ways to Prepare Their Hearts (ages 0-4)
  • Be Consistent
  • Model God’s love as you show your love
  • Connect with where they are and what they’re interested in
  • Teach obedience
  • Keep learning exciting
  • Make church attractive

Biblical Training

Family Devotions Resources:
Heritage Builders – This is a great resource for family game nights with a Biblical message. Great to use with toddlers!
Old Story New: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God
Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God

Other Resources Your Toddlers will Love!
Donut Man – After School & The Donut Repair Shop
Veggie Tales
Adventures in Odyssey

Educational/Developmental Resources for Toddlers

Blues Clues
Melissa and Doug toys

Discovery Toys
SUPER YUMMY Teether by Discovery Toys
MARBLEWORKS® Marble Run Starter Set by Discovery Toys
MEASURE UP!® Cups by Discovery Toys


014 – The TeenPact Impact

Show Notes

TeenPact – Changing Lives to Change the World

David Armbruster and Ryan Fraser join me in this episode to discuss the impact that TeenPact has had on their lives and the impact it can have on your child’s life. With student leadership being the key ingredient, TeenPact is about helping teenagers become leaders in an environment where they get to experience government and learn about the political process.


Ryan Fraser


David Armbruster

Why consider TeenPact?

  • It is a life changing experience
  • To be a part of something big
  • To get yourself out of your comfort zone
  • To learn what you are capable of
  • To stretch you
  • It is empowering
  • It gives you a framework to view government and leadership
  • Instills confidence

I Timothy 4:12 – Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Some of the Benefits:

  • Opportunity to work with like-minded future leaders
  • Staffing opportunities
  • Alumni events
  • Learn speaking skills

TWEET: You don’t have to be great to serve, but you have to serve to be great.

TeenPact Indiana
TeenPact Indiana Facebook page
TeenPact Blog

013 – I Am Not a Pirate

Show Notes


Shannon Anderson

In this episode, I interview author and literacy coach, Shannon Anderson.

Find out…

  • What inspired her to start writing.
  • What Amblyopia (lazy eye) is.
  • Why it’s important to get your children’s vision screen early.
  • What obstacles her daughter had to overcome.
  • How she and her husband helped their daughter through the process.

Tate Publishing

Books by Shannon:

Amblyopia Awareness Month is coming in August!

Other Resources:
Little Four Eyes

How I Listen to Podcasts

I’ve been into podcasts for a little over a year now. I have gotten so much into them that I decided to start my own this year. As of tomorrow, I will have thirteen episodes available!

But I listen to about two or three others every day. There are a lot of other good ones out there. I enjoy listening to them because I usually learn a lot from them.

One of the nice features of the podcast app on my iPhone is that I can listen to podcasts at 1.5 or 2 times the normal speed. This allows me to absorb more content on my commute to work. So, you can listen to a 30 minute show in only 15 or 20 minutes!

If you don’t know about this feature, this is how you can use it:

Step 1 – Open Your Podcast App

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Step 2 – Select the Intentional Parenting Podcast Episode

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Step 3 – Note the Speed at the Bottom Left of the Screen

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Step 4 – Select the Speed to Change It!

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Note that you can also set it to 1/2 x the speed as well which may be nice in some cases but I’ve never used that. Hopefully this tip adds to your podcast listening enjoyment!

012 – Courageously Leading Your Children

Show Notes

Fun Times with Dad: Race your daughter on your bike today!

I Corinthians 16:13 – Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

Source of a Godly Man’s (or Parent’s) Strength

  1. The Assurance of God’s Presence
  2. The Pursuit of a Just Cause
  3. The Promise of God’s Sovereign Power

Scripture References:
Deuteronomy 31
Joshua 1
I Kings 2

Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood – Dennis Rainey
Raising a Modern Day Knight – Robert Lewis
Being a Dad Who Leads – John MacArthur
Courageous – Sherwood Pictures
Amazing Grace – story of William Wilberforce