Posts from July 2018

Posts from July 2018

July 19, 2018

Dependency   Kids pick up on stuff. They see the heart of it and aren’t smart enough yet to know we’re just not talking about it. They see what’s important, not because we say it’s important, but because we live that way.   They know that even though mommy and daddy say they trust Jesus they get really worried and stressed about money. They hear about loving and…

July 18, 2018

Prayer   Simple truth, a family that prays together is much more likely to be a family that keeps Christ first.   Sometimes we simplify this into something cheaper. We make sure we say a prayer on repeat before dinner, but all your others prayers aren’t this way are they? We know our prayers are supposed to be honest, real conversations with God but so often our…

July 17, 2018

Service   A good godly family is one that serves each other. They look for opportunities to  help the people they love.   Having a servant’s heart is huge when it comes to developing a godly family. Instilling the value, the worth, and reward of serving others is best done by example. Telling your kids to serve each other is nothing compared to the living…

July 16, 2018

This week we talked about the way our families can become idols. Over the next few days, we’re going to look at some of the characteristics of a Godly family so we can implement this in our own lives. Don’t have a family yet? This is still important for you. When you are dating or considering a person to be with, these are the things you should evaluate to decide if…

July 13, 2018

Do the hard things   Selfishness often leads us to avoid the hard things. By that, I mean that selfishness will often cause us to avoid conversations, confrontations, and relational stressors. Instead of having the hard talks, our selfishness tells us to let it go. Instead of confronting the issue, our selfishness says work around it.  Yet sometimes being abrupt, and…

July 12, 2018

Thursday Speak truth, in love Sometimes, the most selfless thing we can do is give thought to our words. Sometimes being selfless is keeping something in when you want to say it so badly. It’s turning the other cheek and allowing them to have the last word (even if you have the perfect comeback). Sometimes the selfless thing to do is simply make sure that you are speaking…

July 11, 2018

Make room for others Look at your calendar. Is it already filled up? Is your life so cram packed with kids, trips, chores, work, and everything else that spontaneous selflessness doesn’t even seem possible? Well, it’s probably not. That doesn’t excuse me from it though. If spontaneous selflessness isn’t an option, plan it. Make room for it. Make it happen.  …

July 10, 2018

Look for opportunities It’s easy to be so caught up in our schedules and our stuff that we forget that the people around us have needs too. We’re so overwhelmed by all of life’s distractions, it becomes impossible for us to see others in need. You can’t notice someone else’s suffering if you’re glued to your phone. You can’t see someone else’s point of view if…

July 9, 2018

The idol this week that we’re going to focus on is ourselves. We can easily find that our own life’s agenda becomes the overarching focus of what we do, so how can we learn to think less of ourselves and more of others?   Take care of yourself first. This seems a bit contradictory, but a lot of the time we’re so selfish because we aren’t taken care of…

July 6, 2018

Ever Faithful Generosity   Your stuff is not your own. We believe that. If you know Jesus and you believe God created it all, everything is His. We’re just holding onto it while we’re here. In fact, this is such a reality that in 1 Peter, talking about our forgiveness and grace, and blessings we’ve received, Peter tells us to be good stewards and use those things to…

July 5, 2018

Imagine it’s all over… now. What if you died? What if you died right now. The last message you sent was your last. The breath you’re drawing now is your final breath. You are dead. You are gone. Your family, loved ones, friends, sit down to mourn and to rejoice your life. They’re having a great time. And someone who is there but doesn’t know you asks, “tell me about…

July 4, 2018

Love people, use things. Not the other way around.   It’s scary to think how quickly we pick stuff over people. Doubt me? Go out with a group of people and quietly count to yourself how many times they look at their phones. You’ll realize just how quickly we decide to go after objects in our possession over people in our presence. We just, for some reason, tend to…
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