Our Children Need the Whole Church [Guest Blogger: Ryan Estes]

Our Children Need the Whole Church [Guest Blogger: Ryan Estes]

Here’s something else about this Church we’re a part of: Kelly and I can’t provide all the water those seeds need. Our parents water them. Our siblings. And our friends, our brothers and sisters in Christ—those who are younger, older, those with many kids and those with none, those who long to be married, those who long for children. They (you) water as well. You are instruments of grace in my girls’ lives. They need you. I need you.

And then it’s up to God to give the growth.

Announcement!

Looking for a few good men...and women...and families...and stories...and reviews!

Life in the Forge is looking for guest writers, reviewers, and families for the Forging Families series. Take a look at the descriptions below and let Taraneh Kerley know if you are interested.

  • Write an original post: You may write on any topic related to family life, discipleship, parenting, or spiritual formation. You’ll need to get your topic approved first!

  • Participate in the Forging Families Series: An interview with an Iron Works family or parent about their parenting and/or a unique aspect of their family's experience. You don’t have to know it all; this is an opportunity to share your family’s unique story, testify to your faith, or share parts of your story that may offer encouragement, guidance, or support to others at Iron Works. Depending on the content gathered, these pieces may appear in interview or narrative format.

  • Write a Review: Have a great parenting or family life resource to share? Write a review!

Contact Taraneh: taraneh@ironworkschurch.org

A Nothing-Special Life

A Nothing-Special Life

Maybe your life still feels small, even after focusing on prayer, discipleship, attending church, and giving to the poor. Maybe you just want to be be jealous for a few minutes of someone whose life seems bigger and better than yours. Maybe you know your life would be easier, more comfortable, just BETTER, with what other people have. But the truth, written in God’s own Holy Book, is that a quiet, little life can be the best life.

Rest & Invest

Rest & Invest

Today’s fast-paced, constantly-connected, productivity-centered world makes rest infrequent yet all the more important. It is when we are at rest that we recuperate, reflect, heal, grow, and invest in what matters most.  How can we use this summertime as a culturally significant reminder to rest? It involves both finding and making.

Introducing The Forge

Introducing The Forge

Introducing The Forge: A Family Ministry Blog.

God's love for us, a love that is fierce, tremendous, and beyond measure, is something we can understand, even in the smallest way, when we look upon our children and our families.

I envision this blog as a place of comfort and encouragement, of motivation and reminders, of discourse and ideas. It is a place for us as parents, when we feel like imposters, to come for a pep-talk. It is also a place for us, when we feel good enough to relax into the better days, to feel heartened. It is a place to celebrate and to give thanks for our little disciples. Parenting is hard, but it is good work, work that brings us indescribable joy.