“The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock” (Matthew 7:25 NIV).
It’s a proud parent moment when your child takes first place in a piano recital or brings home a trophy from a sporting event. Gifts and talents are a good thing and the Bible says they’ll “make room for you” (Proverbs 18:16), which means they’ll open doors of opportunity and blessing.
Why can’t we spend Christmas with my family? How long are your parents going to stay? What did your parent’s say in front of the kids?
Couples will run into these questions (and more) over the course of their marriage. It’s important to love and honor your in-laws, but it’s also important to set boundaries and establish expectations.
Part of doing that is having a conversation with your spouse and determining how you will approach everything from holidays to overnight visits and more. There are NO set rules. For some people, the more time they can spend with both sets of families the better. For other situations, couples may want to set limits because of distance between homes. It’s not about cutting things out, it’s about finding what works for you and your spouse. Make sure you take their concerns and desires as seriously as you do your own.
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In January, most people are still full of energy from their New Year’s resolutions, but as we head into the next month that energy typically begins to fade.
We’ve spent a lot of time talking about being blessed or broke. With the new year comes new goals and those goals often include the topic of finances in some form or fashion.
Here’s a special message to encourage and equip you to keep focused on your goals and help you spend 2017 being blessed and not broke.
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Start your day with a laugh-and-learn moment.
Louisiana has been hit by devastating flooding in areas across the state causing large scale damage.
Over the last two decades, Joe has had the honor to speak at churches around the state. When checking in with some of the pastors this week, they shared details of damage to their church and communities.
Listen as Joe shares more on their situation and how you can help.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP
Any gift you can give to either of these churches would be such a blessing as they repair their buildings, rebuild their schools, and help those in need in their communities.
Victory Harvest Church in Baton Rouge, LA (Pastor Terry Workman)
Household of Faith in Gonzales, LA (Pastor Scott Bledsoe)
Please note: You will be giving directly to these organizations and they will be responsible to send a donation receipt in your year-end giving reports.
JOIN THE FAMILY
Growing closer to God doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s the same as falling in love with your spouse or becoming friends with someone. You purpose to be around them. You ask them things. You share with them.
The first step is to want a closer relationship.
Arguments and fighting can cause families to stop growing together. It’s important that you make time to fellowship and laugh together.
There are tough times and hard discussions in every family, but you’ve got to make time to purposefully enjoy time together.
The best way to grow closer to your family is to make time to laugh together. It won’t always happen naturally. You have to be purposeful about it.
New from Joe…
We have two new single DVD messages that work great with the Marriage Building 101 small group. Whether you want to have a refresher course on the marriage topic or extend the class beyond the six-week-schedule.
Intimacy in marriage starts long before the bedroom.
You build intimacy in the little details of life and that happens through communication. If you are each trying to avoid talking to the other or don’t want the hassle of resolving conflict, then you are building the wrong habits. You’ll never be able to achieve true intimacy that way.
Watch as Joe shares how you can develop habits that will build true intimacy in your marriage.
Are you tired of having to stop your children from fighting each other?
Every parent of multiple children has to deal with this. But, did you know that a parent can be unknowingly contributing to the fighting?