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God is a Dad

Author: Three dads trying to be like the first Dad

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3 friends talking about how God parents His kids and what that means for us as parents. We also throw in a little movies, sports, TV, music, pop culture, hobbies, politics (if we are feeling brave), etc. because God is fun too.
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Who loves coffee? Dumb question, everyone loves coffee. But if you'd like to love coffee even more here's some advice from our resident connoisseur (Jake) to get even more enjoyment out of your daily cup of joe. He breaks it down from the most basic to the highest level, no matter how serious you are about coffee there's something here for you. Cheers to more energy for the parents. Ways to connect:Leave us a ReviewInstagram (@godisadadpodcast)Facebook (https://facebook.com/godisadad/)Website (https://godisadad.wixsite.com/podcast) Intro music- "As Colourful as Ever" by Broke for Free from FMA under CC BY 3.0Outro music- "Night Owl" by Broke for Free from FMA under CC BY 3.0
This is not a revolutionary observation, but parenting can be tiring. Also not breaking news: it's easier to parent our kids well when we are not tired. Are you seeing what I'm seeing here?In this episode we try to break the vicious cycle of parenting and fatigue. How can we have more energy for our kids? Is coffee the answer? Does it even matter? Listen up and (try to) get energized. Ways to connect:Leave us a ReviewInstagram (@godisadadpodcast)Facebook (https://facebook.com/godisadad/)Website (https://godisadad.wixsite.com/podcast) Intro music- "As Colourful as Ever" by Broke for Free from FMA under CC BY 3.0Outro music- "Night Owl" by Broke for Free from FMA under CC BY 3.0
Mom Guilt (Ep 26)

Mom Guilt (Ep 26)

2019-06-1800:44:42

We bring back the Moms for their second episode to cover a topic many Moms can relate to (and some Dad's too!): Mom guilt (Or maybe we'll just call it parent guilt). Do you ever have the feeling like you never measure up as parent? Or that you are constantly letting your kids down? We get into the nitty gritty of all those feelings and process through a healthier way to think about ourselves and our work as parents. Even if you can't relate to this there's still lots here to help you understand those that do and contribute to a parenting culture that eliminates the expectations driving that guilt.If you want to hear more from these Moms help us convince them to come on the show more often by leaving a review on iTunes telling us you want more episodes with them! Ways to connect:Leave us a ReviewInstagram (@godisadadpodcast)Facebook (https://facebook.com/godisadad/)Website (https://godisadad.wixsite.com/podcast) Intro music- "As Colourful as Ever" by Broke for Free from FMA under CC BY 3.0Outro music- "Night Owl" by Broke for Free from FMA under CC BY 3.0
We pick up both conversations from last week's episode (listen to that one first if you haven't), first by asking the question how do we proceed when we our ambition is directed at something important, but with impure motivations, at least partially. Then at (26:30) Dan lays out his case for why Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse usurps The Dark Knight as the greatest superhero movie of all time. Ways to connect:Leave us a ReviewInstagram (@godisadadpodcast)Facebook (https://facebook.com/godisadad/)Website (https://godisadad.wixsite.com/podcast) Intro music- "As Colourful as Ever" by Broke for Free from FMA under CC BY 3.0Outro music- "Night Owl" by Broke for Free from FMA under CC BY 3.0
It seems like there's always too many things in life to juggle: family, work, church, social life, school, plus any side hustles you have going on. Not only that but, especially in western cultures, the expectation often seems to be nothing less than excellence in every aspect of life, which sounds great but how do we know when it's all too much? Ultimately the question comes down to where does God want our ambitions directed? With so many noble pursuits pulling us in different directions the answer is far from simple.Then at ( 30:00 ) we collectively gush over the best superhero movie of the past 1, 5, 10(?) years: "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse." It was so good we even felt obligated to debate whether or not it wrestled the crown from "The Dark Knight" as The Best Superhero Movie of All Time. Seriously, go watch this movie with your kids. Then do yourself a favor and download the soundtrack to replace your Kidzbop filled drives to school with some genuinely quality kid music. What's up danger. Ways to connect:Leave us a ReviewInstagram (@godisadadpodcast)Facebook (https://facebook.com/godisadad/)Website (https://godisadad.wixsite.com/podcast) Intro music- "As Colourful as Ever" by Broke for Free from FMA under CC BY 3.0Outro music- "Night Owl" by Broke for Free from FMA under CC BY 3.0
The Fear of Death (Ep 24)

The Fear of Death (Ep 24)

2019-05-2000:40:52

Our darkest episode to date! Some unresolved health issues are causing Justin to ask a lot of the classic questions we often ask when we suffer and enlists Jake and Dan to help him process through them.How do we find our hope, peace, and joy in God alone? What do we do if God doesn't feel "real" and "present"? Does God kill people? Can we ever be CERTAIN about what happens after life on earth? What does faith the face of death look like? How should we feel about death? We don't answer all of these questions (shocking, I know), our main goal was just to keep it real and genuine through struggle.If you are thinking: "That sounds like a morbid episode, I'll pass," don't worry, despite the subject matter we keep it relatively lighthearted as per our usual conversations. Ways to connect:Leave us a ReviewInstagramFacebookWebsite Intro music- "As Colourful as Ever" by Broke for Free from FMA under CC BY 3.0Outro music- "Night Owl" by Broke for Free from FMA under CC BY 3.0
Continuing off of last weeks conversation, we get into what we can do as parents to give our kids every reason to believe our love for them is unconditional. Nothing, not their good choices, bad choices, non choices, or sibling's choices can affect our love and acceptance of them, but this doesn't always come across. We need to work extra hard to make sure nothing gets lost in translation.Then at 29:30 we close out the episode with a friendly debate over whether the LOTR books are boring and if the movies are better. Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered... Ways to connect:Leave us a ReviewInstagramFacebookWebsite Intro music- "As Colourful as Ever" by Broke for Free from FMA under CC BY 3.0Outro music- "Night Owl" by Broke for Free from FMA under CC BY 3.0 
We're always on the lookout for intriguing questions to ask so we pull in our longtime friend Kent to throw a couple good ones our way.Should we tell our kids we're proud of them? If so does that create a dynamic of conditional love/approval? What about saying we're disappointed in them? Does that communicate shame and create a performance based relationship?Of course, the question really comes down to is God proud of or disappointed in us? Ways to connect:Leave us a ReviewInstagramFacebookWebsite Intro music- "As Colourful as Ever" by Broke for Free from FMA under CC BY 3.0Outro music- "Night Owl" by Broke for Free from FMA under CC BY 3.0
All it takes is one bad thing happening to us to remind us how helpless we are and tempt us into fear. As children we deal with this fear by (ideally) putting our faith in our parents to take care of everything that could go wrong. Then as adults we often construct in our minds this little world that we feel relatively safe and secure in, but life has a way of knocking over our Jenga tower leaving us longing for something certain in this life.The goal of course is to replace the child-like faith we had in our parents with a child-like faith in God, but this is just not always an easy thing to do.With Justin's Jenga tower recently shaken due to hernia surgery, he needed some help working through it so he asks Dan and Jake about the situations in their lives that challenged their perception of safety/security and what the process of trusting God through it looked like. We hope this helps anyone who is struggling, or at the very least helps everyone feel more comfortable with struggling at all.The struggle is real but so is God. Ways to connect:Leave us a ReviewInstagramFacebookWebsite Intro music- "As Colourful as Ever" by Broke for Free from FMA under CC BY 3.0Outro music- "Night Owl" by Broke for Free from FMA under CC BY 3.0
Since we know very little about adopting children we thought it would be wise to bring in a bona-fide expert: our friend Natalie who (along with her husband) have grown their family exclusively through adoption. Now a family of four, they adopted two children domestically and two internationally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. In addition to walking through the adoption process herself, she also earned her Masters degree in Social Work, has previously worked in the foster care system, and currently works part time educating and assessing families who are interested in adoption. Like we said, she's a bona-fide expert.After giving us a little background on her family she gets into some of the common misconceptions around adoption, the intricacies of raising children of a different race than their parents, and the importance of kids developing an understanding of their story (adopted or not).There's something here for everyone because no matter how your family grows, kids are kids and parents are parents. Ways to connect:Leave us a ReviewInstagramFacebookWebsite Intro music- "As Colourful as Ever" by Broke for Free from FMA under CC BY 3.0Outro music- "Night Owl" by Broke for Free from FMA under CC BY 3.0
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