Devotionals by Steve Arterburn

Child Readiness

The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him. - Proverbs 23:24
 
Do you think you’re ready to have kids? Or maybe you wonder if your kids are ready for kids. Here are a few tests to see just how ready you are:
 
The first one is The Grocery Store Test:
 
Borrow two small animals (goats are probably the best) and take them with you to the store.  Always keep them in sight and pay for anything they eat or damage.
 
The next is The Dressing Test:  

Obtain one large, unhappy, live octopus. Stuff it into a small bag making sure that all the arms stay inside.
 
Then there’s The Toy Test:
 
Obtain a 55-gallon box of LEGOs. Have a friend spread them all over the house. Put on a blindfold. Try to walk to the bathroom at night without stepping on any. And don’t scream because this would wake the children.
 
Not only is parenting challenging, but with the right attitude it’s also fun, funny, and exciting.  And, with the right attitude, it will keep a youthful spirit about you.

 

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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

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About Steve Arterburn

Steve Arterburn is the founder and chairman of New Life Ministriesand host of the #1 nationally syndicated Christian counseling talk showNew Life Live! heard and watched by over 2 million people each week on nearly 200 radio stations nationwide, on XM and Sirius Satellite radio and on NRBTV. Steve is also the host of New Life TV, a web-based channel dedicated to transforming lives through God’s truth. Steve is the founder of the Women of Faith conferences attended by over 5 million people. He also serves as a teaching pastor in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Steve is a nationally and internationally known public speaker and has been featured in national media venues such as OprahInside Edition,Good Morning AmericaCNN LiveThe New York TimesUSA TodayUS News & World ReportABC World News Tonight, and ironically in GQand Rolling Stone magazines. Steve has spoken at major events for theNational Center for FatheringAmerican Association of Christian CounselorsPromise Keepers CanadaLife Well Conferences in Australia and The Salvation Army to name a few.

Steve is a best-selling author of books such as Every Man’s Battle,Healing Is A Choice and his latest books, The 7-Minute Marriage Solution, The Book of Life RecoveryIs This The One? and recently co-authored Worthy of Her Trust with Jason Martinkus. With over 8 million books in print he has been writing about God’s transformational truth since 1984. He has been nominated for numerous writing awards and has won three Gold Medallions for writing excellence. Along with Dr. Dave Stoop, he edited and produced the #1 selling Life Recovery Bible. For a more comprehensive list of his books, visit our store site.

His speaking topics address issues common to leaders, adult men and women, including Every Man’s BattleLose it For LifeThe 7-Minute Marriage SolutionEvery Heart Restored, and Healing is a Choice. Steve’s ministry endeavors focus on identifying and compassionately responding to the needs of those seeking healing and restoration through God’s truth.

Steve has degrees from Baylor University and The University of North Texas as well as two honorary doctorate degrees and is currently completing his doctoral studies in Christian counseling.

Steve resides with his family in Fishers, Indiana.

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