There is No One Like a Mom…

There’s a story in the Bible where Jesus’ disciples started fussing over which one of them would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus pulled them aside and said, “Boys, you’re all arguing over who will be the greatest because you think that person will have the most power and get to lord it over the others. But here’s how it works in My kingdom—if you want to be great, you have to be a servant” (Matthew 20:26, paraphrased).

Do you want to know who I think the greatest people in the kingdom are? MOMS!

I don’t know anybody who serves and sacrifices more than a mom.Mommas know about sacrifice and serving!

A mother will give you the last piece of pizza, the last of the ice cream, and the last chicken leg on the table. She will not hesitate to do without just to make sure her children get what they need and desire because mommas want the best for their kids. She will serve them 24/7 picking up after them, making sure they brush their teeth and wash behind their ears, making sure they wear clean clothes, making their meals, shuttling them to soccer practice, piano lessons, birthday parties—the list is endless. I’ve never seen anybody serve like a momma will!

So, moms, be encouraged today. You are GREAT in God’s eyes!

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The Take Away:

Moms, know this—God sees your sacrifice and service to your children. And, if you ask Him, He will give you the grace, wisdom, and strength you need every day to take care of your family. Read Proverbs 2:6-11 (NLT).

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Do You Feel Secure?

In times like these, security can feel like an impossible thing to have — especially financial security. 

Here’s what you need to know —

“The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8 NLT

“For I am the Lord, I change not…” Malachi 3:6-18 [Read the entire passage.]

“God is not man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?” Numbers  23:19 NLT

Do you want more security (financial or otherwise)? If so, there’s one place to get it. 

The greatest security you’ll ever have comes through your relationship with God. Part of how you develop that relationship is by reading His Word and learning about His character.

Feeling insecure is what happens when you aren’t sure about something. You can be sure of God. If you’re feeling insecure about what God can or will do in a situation, that comes from a lack of knowing Him. You can be saved and not have a strong relationship with God in the same way you can be married, but not have a strong relationship with your spouse. 

You need to spend time with Him, talk to Him, and read His Word. You don’t do this to get spiritual brownie points. The benefit comes in the relationship. You will trust Him more because you know Him.

Security comes in knowing God and understanding what He has asked you to do, so you can confidently obey. 


The Take Away:

The greatest security you’ll ever have comes from having a genuine relationship with God.

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Don’t Mess With Momma Bear!

There’s something special about good moms.

They will do everything they can to take care of and protect their kids. Everyone knows not to mess with a “she-bear” and her cubs.

A “he-bear” could go walking through the woods and see another he-bear, and he’ll stop and stare at him for a minute sizing him up. He’ll think, Can I whip him? I don’t think so. And then he’ll walk around him to avoid a fight.

On the other hand, if a she-bear comes walking through the woods and a he-bear comes between her and her cubs and poses a threat, she will not hesitate for a second! She won’t stop to size him up. She’ll immediately charge him. It doesn’t matter how big or ferocious that he-bear is; she will lay down her life to protect her cubs! That’s why you always hear the warnings about she-bears and not he-bears.

There’s a scripture in John 15:13 (NIV) that says, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” 

I think this scripture also best describes what it means to be a mom. In a lotof cases, we could say, “There’s no greater love than the love of a mom who daily lays down her life for her children.”

One of the greatest examples of God’s love is a good momma who faithfully sacrifices and lays down her life on a daily basis to take care of her kids.

Thank God for good mommas!

The Take Away:

Moms are one of the greatest expressions and examples of God’s love. You may not think your daily acts of laying down your life are noticed or appreciated, but God sees all of them. There is coming a day when you will reap the benefits of all the sacrifices and investments you have sown into your children’s lives. Hold fast to Psalm 112:1-2, “How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands. Their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.”

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Friday Funny: Let’s Play Kissy-Face

Marriage is a team sport. It takes both parties to work together to be effective.

In today’s Friday Funny, Joe shares how he finally figured out that “Women do what they HAVE to do…. And Men do what they WANT.”   Not that it should be that way…. But a lot of times it is.

Joe shares how he finally figured out that helping in the kitchen can go a long way towards a romantic marriage! 

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Friday Funny: Six Kids Is Enough

Joe shares a great story about having five daughters.

Finally, years later, number 6 was the lucky number!
No longer surrounded by all women, Joe had the son he always wanted!

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Does He Respectfully Consider My Input?

The Bible says, “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh” (Ephesians 5:31 KJV).

One is not greater than the other. Their roles and their strengths and weaknesses may be different, but one is not greater than the other; they’re equal. Yet, even though they’re equal, that doesn’t mean they’re created the same. God knew what He was doing, and He didn’t make men and women exactly alike. He did that on purpose so that they could help one another, and they could be stronger together as one.  

There are some men who believe that women are not equal and are subpar. Those guys tend to have a male chauvinistic attitude. They don’t want to listen to their wife’s suggestions or advice because it messes with their ego. They think, “I’m the head. I don’t need any input from you. I’ll make this decision, and no matter what, I’m right. You just need to submit and follow me.”  

Being in a lifelong relationship with someone like that will not be easy. If you offer suggestions or advice and he doesn’t want to listen and always ignores your input, then you might want to think twice about whether he’s the right marriage material for you. 

A person who understands leadership and what it means for the two of you to come together as one, will value your opinion, even if they disagree with it. They’ll give consideration to your suggestions and advice before making a final decision. 

The Take Away:

Ladies, make sure that the man you’re considering marrying is open to listening to your advice, input, suggestions, and even complaints without feeling threatened or resenting the fact that you shared them.  

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Friday Funny : Don’t Know What to Say

Listen as Joe shares how stuff is just gonna happen.

The devil is always going to take a run at you. And sometimes, it can almost make you numb. Sometimes a crisis can leave us almost speechless.

When those times come, we need to make sure we have God’s Word in our mouth. We need to be saying the things God says.

The Bible says that God will always provide a way of escape for us. When we come through the rough times, we will have a great testimony.

Remember to Praise God, even when the times get tough!

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Building Your Marriage

Do you have any habits that are marriage busters?

It’s important to make sure that we’re building our marriage relationship, but it’s also important to make sure we don’t have habits that are tearing it down. 

The Take Away:

Making your relationship with God a priority will be more beneficial to your marriage than any other single thing you can do and that’s because the rest will come from this first step.

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It Takes Wisdom and Work to Have a Great Marriage

Did you know that just having a right heart won’t make you successful?

Your heart can be right but if don’t have knowledge, it’ll mess up your life.

It’s normal for couples who are young and in love to tie the knot and expect to live happily ever after. Even though they love each other and their hearts are right, many times their heads are empty. They know absolutely nothing about marriage and how to make it work. As a result, a few years into the marriage it’s easy for them to become disillusioned and think their marriage is a failure because they’re not experiencing the “happily ever after” vision they had when they first got married.

Just because you’ve found the “one” doesn’t mean you’ll have a great marriage. It takes wisdom and hard work. Couples need to get in the Word and find out what God says about marriage, learn what it means to be a husband or a wife, and learn how to grow and work together in their relationship.

Successful marriages don’t happen overnight. And just because you hit a few bumps in the road doesn’t mean your marriage is a failure. Great marriages take a lot of love, patience, forgiveness, and perseverance. They are built through an ongoing, lifelong process.

Take the time to invest in your marriage. It’s well worth the effort. Having a happy, strong, successful marriage is possible, and it’s God’s will for you!

The Take Away

God’s Word is the instruction manual for life. Gaining knowledge from God’s Word on marriage and also from other resources, such as books, seminars, and podcasts, will help you understand how to grow together and work together as a team.

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Friday Funny: I Dont Need You

NEWS FLASH! MEN AND WOMEN ARE DIFFERENT

We all know that men and women are different. God made us that way.
What is more unusual, is how He designed us to be attracted to people who are opposites.

It is safe to say that if you or I had made the decision, we would have done things differently.
We would have probably created people to be attracted to others just like them.
God had a better plan. Bring people together that see things totally different.
Listen as Joe shares how our differences are what makes us stronger.

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