The Family

There are many things that upset me in this world and yes even things that make me angry. I hate to hear God name used in vain. I cannot stand to see a lot of the shows that come on T.V. and there are no good movies to watch at the theaters any more. But it breaks my heart to see the state of the family today. I come in contact with so many parents that are at wits end. Their children are going down the wrong path, and their marriage is in the rocks, and they don’t know what to do. Life is so busy and so many other things are more important. So we push our children to the side, and say we will work on our marriage later, and things become worse and worse. So many families are crying out for help and looking for answers. There is so much hurt and so much confusion. Families are breaking up and the devil is having a blast.

But there is hope, and that hope is found in Jesus Christ! The family is God’s first institution He ever created, even before He established the Church. It is something that God himself has created and ordained, and is very close to His heart. God has given us specific direction on how to have a great marriage, and how to raise godly children. But how well are we following His directions? Is marriage easy? No, marriage takes work, it takes commitment, and unconditional love. It’s about giving and sometimes overlooking your spouse’s short comings. When was the last time you said, “I was wrong, can you forgive me?” How long has it been since you took your spouse on a date? How long has it been since you wrote your spouse a love letter? Yes, I am talking about the mushy letters you wrote before you got married. Can you truly say that your spouse is your best friend? I pray that you can honestly say that about your husband or wife.

The greatest investment with the highest return is not found in blue chip stocks. It’s found by investing in your family. Make time with your children a priority. Pour into them love, encouragement, and godly values. Enjoy life with your spouse, do things together, and let them know how much they mean to you. You can never say I love you enough! Go on a bike ride together. Kick the ball around in the back yard and take some time to pray together. You know the old saying, “The family that prays together, stays together.”

God is call us to fight for the family. He is calling us as a body of believers to reach out to families in Jesus Christ. It’s time to get out of our comfort zone. It’s time to reach out to those who need encouragement. It’s time to drop selfish pride and begin to value what God values. I have never heard a dying man say, “I wish I would have spent more time at work or made more money.” I pray God’s blessings on you and your family. Live life with no regrets. To God be the glory.

Tell Them Now

It’s Monday morning and I have a very short devotion, but I hope it will hit home. I also wanted to thank my family for a very special Father’s Day! I enjoyed my day, and I was so blessed.

So many times we take our family and close friends for granted. We have this mind set; they know that I love and appreciate them. Do we really have to tell them?

I want to encourage you this morning to affirm your loved ones, show them your genuine love, and even be willing to forgive! I am going to challenge you to give away 3 hugs, encourage 3 people with a encouraging words, and tell 3 people that you love them! I double dog dare you!! Let me know how it goes!

God bless! We need more “Hope Dealers” in this negative world! Take time to spread His love today.