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Welcome to Father Time Blog. This is a collection of questions and answers that have come during our conferences this past 15 years of travel, preaching and coaching. If you have subjects you would like to have included please email me at: fathers@mac.com. We are committed to praying and seeing your family healthy, growing and full of love.

What Are You Teaching Your Kids About Love?

This month I've asked my assistant Mary to share with you her experience of sharing God's love with her foster kids. I know you won't be disappointed!  -- Ed   "Either way, Christ's love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life." 2 Corinthians 5:14 When my husband and I agreed to take in 3 boys through the foster care system (ages 5, 6 & 10) from one of the roughest parts of LA, we were looking for an opportunity to share the love God has given us... not necessarily for an opportunity for God's love to control us. For Valentine's Day, I thought I might take the month of February to talk to the kids about God's love. I designed a heart mobile (details below if you'd like to try it with your kids) that hangs...
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Leading Your Family Through Hard Times

We are living in some pretty crazy times, would you agree? All around the world right now, people are suffering through tragedy, wars and devastation. We've had our share of loss in this country too, but it seems lately that some of these sufferings and tragedies have hit a little too close to home.

So how do you respond when hard times hit your family? What do you do when you find yourself discouraged, depressed, defeated or even devastated by the circumstances in your life? I'm not just talking about global social issues here - I'm talking about how you personally maintain your footing when your world is spinning out of control?

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The Father Wound In Our Children

I meet people everyday who are still waiting for healing to come between them and their dads. The wound of the father seems to be a very painful one that many people work through their whole life. Over two thousand years ago the prophet Jeremiah described this same wound he saw in his own culture as well, "Orphans we are, not a father in sight, and our mothers are no better than widows." (Lam.5:3 MSG) Even modern day writers, who years before tried to convince us that dads were not important are now singing a different tune because of the world wide devastation they see in children who don't have a present loving dad in their stories. Jill and I got to see that first hand at a Youth Conference I spoke at in Iowa this past month. During the first session I asked the crowd of young a people this...
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A Dose of Romance Reality - for Valentine's Day

This month I've asked my assistant Mary to share with you, from a woman's perspective, on the most romantic day of the year - trust me men, this is not the sappy love story you're expecting and trust me women, you'll still want to read this!

A Dose of Romance Reality


My husband and I have been married for just about 3 years. But before you write us off as newlyweds with nothing new to offer in the way of marital wisdom or maintaining a healthy romance - let me share a little bit about where we came from.

I grew up in a happy Christian home, one of three kids, where my parents stayed together through thick and thin for 47 years until my father passed away. My husband grew up in a rather chaotic home as one of eight kids, and saw his family literally broken apart by his parent's divorce (the kids were divided between 5 homes). Ours is a second marriage for my husband, the first of which produced two beautiful girls (now grown) and ended in divorce.

If you've concluded that I'm a step-parent, you're keeping up with me. Hopefully you've also concluded that we've been around the block and may have something worth saying about marriage.

When my [now husband] and I were looking at rings together, I remember him saying, "When a man starts spending money, you know it's serious." Did some of you men say - AMEN?! That's not exactly my definition of romance, but it stuck with me.  (continue reading...)

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Living Again After a Life of "ME"

How Do I Live in My New Name Now After I Have Built My Whole Life and Family on Performance?

There are no quick fixes to a heart that has fed off performance for it's entire life. As most of you know from my story, I had built my entire name around my career in the NFL, and being a pastor of a growing church.. Jesus and His Dad have had to work overtime on my heart!!  I'm not saying that all performance is bad.  Paul writes that we are God's workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, that God has prepared in advance for us to do. So releasing the gifts and calling of God in your life is a great thing. The problem comes when, like my younger self, your name and identity comes from your performance.  Football Player, for example.  That's something you do, not who you are.  Our Father in heaven wants us to find our identity in Him, in His Son, and in His love.  God, in His tender mercy is so good at exposing those places in our hearts that are confused in identity - naming ourselves by our works and talents.

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