When it comes to families, there’s a scripture in the Bible that says, “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8 NKJV).
It’s amazing how different children can be. After we had our first child, I thought I had learned all about being a parent. Then our second child came along, and she was nothing like our first.
Have you ever wished someone would tell you that you’re good at your job, or that you’re raising your children right, or even something as simple as the fact that you can overcome the obstacle in your way?
Affirmation is important to us all. We would all like to be constantly affirmed and told how great we are or that we are doing a good job. Continue reading…
Being married is a privilege! Having someone to share life’s journey together with is a gift. And in spite of all the craziness life can bring, you can have a great, loving, and successful marriage!
It starts with realizing that great marriages don’t just happen. Great marriages are built. The relationship you have with your spouse is the most intimate and precious relationship you will have on this earth. Take time to develop it so you can enjoy life together.
Marriage Building Tip#1
DO THINGS TOGETHER
The world is always lying to you. You will hear how hopeless everything is. You will be told stories of people just like you who bit the dust and didn’t get up. But don’t feed on that! Continue reading…
At some point, everybody has had these thoughts: What am I doing here? My life is so humdrum! I’d just as soon drive an anchor through the mud every day! Is this all there is? What is my purpose? I’ve got no vision. Continue reading…
We need money to operate in this world’s system. And because we need lots of it in order to meet our needs and the needs of our family, if we’re not careful, it’s easy to begin chasing money instead of chasing God. When our priorities get out of whack and we put money before God, the Bible says that it will cause us to wander from the faith, and pierce ourselves with many griefs (1 Timothy 6:10 NIV).
Before God can take us somewhere, we need to know where we are. This applies to every area of our lives, including our finances. We need to establish financial order in our lives. We must understand that order precedes increase.
When people come to me for financial help, my first questions to them are, “How much debt do you have? How much do you owe?”
“We don’t know,” they tell me. “We just know we’re in trouble.”
Then I’ll ask, “Where are your bank statements? How much money do you have?”
They’ll say, “Some of our statements are on the kitchen table. Some are in the den. They’re scattered all over the house!”
Proverbs 27:32 says, “Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.” And Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
Friends, a lot of people are perishing needlessly simply because they have no vision and no plan, for their finances, and they have no financial order. These are very natural processes, but they have spiritual consequences.
Before God can do His supernatural part, we must do our natural part. We must get our finances in order, and we must create a plan.
THE TAKE AWAY
Take time to go over your current financial status. Make a list of how much you owe and how much income you currently generate. Create a budget—a spending plan—to begin working toward paying off debt and also to locate areas where you may need to watch your spending.
A RESOURCE TO HELP
THE MIRACLE OF FAMILY
Take three or four children (or more) and two adults, each having their own unique set of gifts and personalities, put them all under one roof and have them dwell together in unity.
The benefit of being thankful goes way beyond being just polite (though that is a good thing). Gratitude is the key to happiness itself.