Posted on February 19, 2021
“But to all who did not receive him, who believed in his name, he gave them the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor the will of the flesh nor the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13).
There’s an innate desire in many of our hearts to adopt a child, whether we can’t have children of our own or just long to reach out and cover another’s life. Adoption flows naturally through us, because we, too, are adopted sons and daughters of the One True God. His plan all along was to make a way for us to run home to Him, and we do this through Christ. Though God created every one of us, as this article from Compelling Truthexplains, we remain alienated from our Father until we come to Him through our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Family conveys a sense of belonging. To be in the family of God means to be accepted for who we are: loved, cherished, celebrated, and fully forgiven. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Our confidence comes, not from ourselves, but from our Creator, our Savior, and Spirit of the One True God. The only requirement? Not to change who we are or fix all of our dysfunctions, but by believing in Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God with us, who came to save us, once and for all.
“Because HE had chosen before the foundation of the world to have a family for Himself (Eph 1:5), He acted in time and history to make their salvation a reality,” writes Iain Duguid for Ligonier Ministries.
Posted on February 3, 2021
(ORIGINALLY POSTED MARCH 2020)
Praying the promises of God reminds us of the hope we have in Jesus Christ. During pandemic times, keeping our hearts and minds focused on the truth of God’s word eases our anxiety and fear. Our God is purposeful, setting us in our families, communities, even in our generations. We are not meant to do life alone. Private prayer is important, but so too is prayer together as a family. God promises, where two or more are gathered, He is with us. When we seek Him with all of our hearts, we will find Him. May the following prayers remind us of God’s love for us, and comfort us in times of distress.
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Posted on May 28, 2019
Many of the most important lessons God will teach us will come out of the adversities of family life. During a battle with bullying, my daughter clung to Ecclesiastes 9:10, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” (NIV) Through her trials, she chose to focus on working hard with the gifts God has blessed her with. Lessons from my 10-year-old. God is not a God of coincidence. We can learn the most about who God created us to be from the people He places in our families.
A pastor at my church recently preached, “You can’t really prove what’s there, but you can show it.” Esther 4:14 immediately came to mind. Watching my child get bullied was painful. I doubted my ability to guide her through it. But He was faithful to remind me, “For such a time as this.” As Esther was made queen, I was made “mom.” You were made “dad …brother …husband …grandpa …sister, aunt …and so on. Let’s take hold of these truths today and pray for the role each of our family members has been blessed by God to live.
Posted on March 28, 2019
God’s purpose for our lives runs adjacent to His plan. When, as parents, we acknowledge the hand of God on the direction of our lives, we can then turn and lead our children to seek His path and purpose for theirs.
“Why can’t we live by Papa and Grammy?” my little girls ask through streaming tears every time we say good-bye. In those moments, I wrestle with God and the lump in my throat, because I don’t always understand. In those moments I cling to truths like Ephesians 3:20, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work with us.”
Hope is not anchored in having all of the answers, understanding why, or knowing how. Our hope is anchored in Who we run to. The hope of Proverbs 22:6 is that as our children see us seeking God, they will eventually bypass our voice for His.
Here are 10 ways that parents can lead children to seek God and follow Him:
Posted on January 30, 2019
A great devotional for families, this book is a smartly constructed conversation starter to light up any dinner table or long car drive. Many of us have questions about Christianity, and this devotional is broken up in sections to discuss some of the major subjects that parents and children find themselves talking about …or maybe should! Topics like the Trinity, heritage, the enemy, revolution, ego, identity, and more. There are eleven topical highlights in all.
Each devotion is smartly broken down in a way that facilitates and active and lively discussion amongst families or even friends or church small groups and Bible studies. Each week, a Weekly Recap digs a little deeper and provides further opportunities to open up and to pray together.
This book is an encouraging tool for parents and group/study leaders. As a parent, it meets me where I am at, in need of tools to start the discussions that will help our family grow in faith. It has a unique feel of sincerity, being written by a father and son who pulled these lessons out of their everyday lives.
I recommend this book to those looking for a way to start a habit of conversation where faith is concerned, whether within their families, friends, or groups.
(I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.)