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Friday Funny: You’ve Loved Me Enough

No one tells parents that parenting is all about teaching and training.

When the baby arrives, everyone comes out of the woodwork to see the new baby and to celebrate. After that, people leave and parents are on their own for the next 18 years…or more! Parenting is an ongoing process and there is only one guide on how to raise kids. That book is the Bible. You see, God knows how to raise your kids, even if you don’t. And that is exactly the title of one of Joe’s greatest books! Joe shares a funny story about how he learned that his life was going to have to jump in and learn to parent! We can be so grateful that God can direct us on how to do that!

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It’s Not About You—It’s About Others

We wanted each of our six kids to be successful.

So an important principle we had to teach them was, “It’s not about you, baby. When you go to school or go to work, it’s about others. It’s about loving God and loving and helping others.”

God places a lot of emphasis on the value of relationships and living to help others. The greatest relationship scripture in the Bible is John 3:16 (KJV), “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

God loved somebody besides Himself. He loved us! And He paid a huge price just to be able to have a relationship with us and to be able to hang out with us for all of eternity. Relationships are a pretty big deal to God.

In Matthew 22:36 the Pharisees asked Jesus, “What is the greatest Law in the commandment?” Without hesitation, He answered, “Well, that’s simple. The first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all of your mind.” But then He added, “There’s also a second law that’s just as important. You need to love your neighbor as you love yourself” (Matthew 22:37-40, paraphrased).

So the entire Law is tied up in these two commandments: love God and love your fellow man. If you want to be successful and have a good life, make sure both of those are top priorities in your life. 

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The Take Away:

The most important thing you can teach your kids is that life isn’t about “you.” It’s about what you do for others. It’s about relationships. Love God and love others. Be considerate. Put others before yourself. Help people. You’ll find that when you love and help others, God will send people to love and help you. 

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Friday Funny: You Have To Ask

In the beginning, God gave the earth to Adam to care for.

When Adam fell, he turned the ownership over to the devil. Since that time, God has not been in charge of the earth. Because of this fact, God has instructed us to ask Him when we desire something. When we ask in prayer, it allows God to legally intervene here on earth. Listen as Joe shares why prayer is not a “Religious” thing, but a Legal thing.

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How to Avoid a Major Parenting Pitfall

We have such big hopes for our children and sometimes those can easily blend into what our own hopes are.

We have such big hopes for our children and sometimes those can easily blend into what our own hopes are.

It’s a mistake to base our plans for them off of what we want. Instead, our plans should be based on what God has for them. The goal of parenting is not to make our child like us, but to help them become more like God. 

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The Take Away:

Don’t expect your child to have the same talents you have. Find out what your child is good at, praise him for it, and then start stewarding what he has by taking him places and exposing him to people with a similar gift.

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The Key to Getting an Answer

Have you ever desperately needed an answer to a question you had about your life?

Every day we face questions like how to deal with co-workers, how to parent our children, how to walk in love, or how to find what God has called us to do.

Did you know that as a child of God, you can get answers to all those questions?

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The Take Away:

We do the natural and God does the supernatural. The way to get our answers to know what to do is to read, study and obey God’s Word. 

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An Important Reminder for Today…

No matter what you’re facing today or how you’re feeling, remember this Circumstances change.

Who you are and what your value is, isn’t based on circumstances, it’s based on what God says about you.

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The Take Away:

In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:37-39

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God Cares About Moms

God cares about moms!

I don’t know of a story in the Bible that exemplifies this more than the story of Jesus and His mother, Mary.

If you read John chapter 19, you’ll find that the very last thing Jesus did before He died was to make sure that His momma was going to be taken care of. The Bible says that as Jesus was hanging on the cross, He looked down and saw His mom standing there next to John, one of His disciples that He greatly loved and trusted. He said to His mom, “Woman, behold thy son.” And then he said to John, “Behold, thy mother.” From that moment and for the rest of her life, John took care of Mary just like she was his own mom (John 19:26-27).

The Bible says in the very next verse that after Jesus made sure His mom was taken care of that He knew that all things were accomplished, and that’s when He died (verse 28). Here was the Son of God hanging on a cross, bloody, suffering and in extreme pain, barely able to take His next breath as He’s dying for the sins of all mankind, yet, in that moment, He made it a point to make sure His momma was taken care of! If that doesn’t show how much God loves moms, I don’t know what does!

Moms, you’re pretty special to God!

The Take Away:

Mom, never let the devil lie to you and tell you nobody cares about you or appreciates you! God cares about you, and He is looking out for you! If the devil tries to tell you otherwise, quote these scriptures to him:

  • 1 Peter 5:7 (AMP) says, “He (God) cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.”
  • Isaiah 41:10 (KJV) says, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”  

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Friday Funny: We Need To Talk – Finances

Joe shares a great story about a financially rough time he went through.

In God’s Word, He tells us to “remind Him” of what His Word promises. It’s not because God forgot, it’s to remind US of what He has promised.

Jesus said in John 14:13 that we must ASK the Father in His name. Again we see the principle that God cannot move unless He is asked. If we’re not receiving, we may very well may not be asking.

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Friday Funnies: God Help Us! – Parenting

Today, Joe shares how about being a young father and being on staff at a church.

After trying to find someone in the church to teach a class on parenting, Joe was handed the job himself.  This is a great story about how Joe started from scratch.  His first question was “where do babies come from?” From there he searched God’s Word to see what God said about parenting.

God is a parent and He has given direction on how to parent.

To learn more about parenting and what God says about it, visit our website at joemcgeestore.com

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The Take Away:

Many times we have no idea how to raise our kids. God really does show us in His Word, the truths and lessons that we are to teach our children. Rather than be overwhelmed, allow God to reveal His plan for raising your kids!

God knows how to raise your kids….even if you don’t!

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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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