Family

This Young Chess Champion Knows the King of Kings

Tani Adewumi, now 10 years old, came to the U.S. with his family in 2017. They were seeking religious asylum after being threatened by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Tani learned to play chess at his school in New York City, and what happened next was more than he could have ever imagined. Tani Adewumi was …

Benjamin Watson: The Bible Is God’s Playbook for the Family

During his 16 seasons in the National Football League, tight end Benjamin Watson competed against some of the most formidable opponents ever to step on the gridiron. But in mid-March, when he announced his retirement as a New England Patriot, the same team that drafted him in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft, …

Franklin Graham Recalls a Pivotal Walk with His Father

“One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.” —Psalm 145:4 Growing up, Franklin Graham would often accompany his father, Billy Graham, on mountain hikes near their home in western North Carolina. Years later, during a walk along Switzerland’s picturesque Lake Geneva, the father and son had a conversation that changed …

Franklin Graham Reflects on His Late Father, Dr. Billy Graham

Originally published June 19, 2020 on Focus on the Family’s The Daily Citizen. Over the last 20 years, Rev. Franklin Graham traveled each weekend to visit his father, famed evangelist Billy Graham, and his mother Ruth Bell Graham in the mountains of western North Carolina. The trips were filled with memories, prayer and conversations between father and …

Tips for Memorising Scripture with Kids

You are never too young to memorise Scripture. David the psalmist said, “I have stored up Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11). Download the Gospel Alphabet to share with your kids (pdf)  Sometimes it’s easy to take food for granted. But without it the body doesn’t get the nourishment …

Staying Connected During Quarantine: Reminders and Encouragement

Since COVID-19 first made headlines last December, how we gather and communicate with others has drastically changed. But social distancing doesn’t have to mean distance from the people and things that bring joy. Despite the adjustments we’ve all had to make, there’s also one constant: God. And He could be using current events to get …

Cissie Graham Lynch Encourages Parents to ‘Slow Down’ During COVID-19

“The days have been wild and they continue to get wild by the second.” On Sunday, Cissie Graham Lynch took her thoughts about being a busy mom during the coronavirus to Instagram. “I have never had this much time with my family in the last three years,” Franklin Graham’s daughter said. “Since my little boy …

When Mother’s Day Is Difficult

Your mother’s wonderful example motivated you to have children of your own, which you did, and now everything is grand. Your children are a blessing and love you well. You have perfect family photos taken in a sunny field, complete with a letter board spelling out your family name. Or maybe not. Maybe your brush …

7 Life Lessons Billy Graham Learned from His Mother

“The influence of a mother upon the lives of her children cannot be measured. They know and absorb her example and attitudes when it comes to questions of honesty, temperance, kindness and industry.” —Billy Graham As we celebrate Mother’s Day this year, Billy Graham is no longer missing his beloved mother, Morrow, who passed away in …

3 Ways to Simplify Your Christmas

The Christmas blitz has begun and already you’re overwhelmed. Maybe your to-dos are longer than a 4-year-old’s Christmas list, and you have no idea how—or when—they’ll get done. Is your Christmas shaping up to be more of a hassle than a Christ-centred holiday? What can you do to cut the stress and find the joy of Christ …