27 Things Your Daughter Needs to Hear You Say (In the Next 25 Days)

Jesse Barnett Family

You may have noticed a strange and mysterious creature living in your house. Sometimes she’s laughing hysterically and twirling in circles. Other times she’s crying and slamming doors. Sometimes she thinks she’s pretty. Other times she’s wondering who would ever find her attractive. Sometimes she has all the answers and other times she’s paralyzed by indecision. Sometimes she’s adorable; other …

“I” Is Less Than “We”-Why Love Requires Selflessness

Jesse Barnett Marriage

Love is an action. I once heard a story about an older pastor and his wife that were doing marriage counseling with a young couple. The couple shared a couch and they were seated so close together that you couldn’t slide a piece of paper between them. Meanwhile the pastor and his wife traded loving glances from across the room. …

7 Father Friendly Hacks

7 Father Friendly Hacks (So You Don’t Screw Up Your Kids)

Jesse Barnett Family, Legacy

How Can A Father Have Such A Profound Influence? All of us had a father, whether we liked him or not. Some of you never even knew who he was. Others vowed never to be like him because you knew exactly who he was. You may have idolized him, wanting to be just like him. Maybe you knew that he …

Have a Pickle Fight (4 Ways to Laugh More)

Jesse Barnett Family, Home

It seems the secret to surviving a pickle fight is to take time to aim. What you don’t want to do is just “muscle throw” the pickles around.  That is a surefire way to lose a pickle fight. Got it? This is just a sample of what you may hear at my house on any given evening. Here is the back …

How to Pray for Your Children

How to Pray For Your Children

Jesse Barnett Family

It’s a tough world out there. Especially if you are raising children. Don’t believe me? Just turn on the news and watch it for about five minutes. You will see and hear more negative in that five minutes than you would imagine. It is the same thing on any news website. Things are either negative and depressing or trashy and …

3 Words

3 Words: Disciple, Husband, Father

Jesse Barnett Legacy

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be? When I was teaching full time I asked this question to a group of my students. Then I instructed them to make a vision board using their three words. They cutout pictures from magazines to illustrate their words. It was a fascinating exercise. Overall, most of their …

What if Everyday Was Valentine’s Day In Your Marriage?

Jesse Barnett Marriage

  Every year around this time my wife says these words to me: We don’t have to do anything special for Valentine’s Day.  You show me you love me every day, we don’t need a special day for that. While I know that this sentiment is sincere, this is dangerous territory for a man. It makes me nervous, like a …

Defining Legacy: What Makes You Come Alive?

Jesse Barnett Legacy

On my 9th wedding anniversary my wife gave me the book Wild at Heart by John Eldredge. It affected me deeply and is one of the reasons that I began writing Words For The Kingdom. I didn’t realize it then but it would begin to shape my legacy. The Godly Calling of Legacy It is interesting to me how God places …

The Art of Adventure-How to Craft a Legacy

Jesse Barnett Legacy

How would you like to live a life of adventure? Attitude and experiences are funny things. If they stink, chances are you will believe everything around you stinks. Unfortunately we often allow our attitude and our past experiences to dictate what we believe about our future experiences. It’s hard to create a great adventure with a lousy attitude. God asks us what …

3 Ways To Keep The Love Tank Full

Jesse Barnett Marriage

Do you ever get the feeling that the person that you love more than anything is drained? Life is a grind. It can chew us up, wear us down, and spit us out. With the constant demands placed on us of work, education, finances, sports, family obligations, church obligations, raising kids, taking care of parents, illness, and whatever else you …