We all want to control things. It’s human nature.
We want to control how we spend our days, how much money we earn, how our kids will turn out, how our marriage will be, and even how healthy we will stay.
But why do we seek so much control when we could surrender that control to God?
In Romans 8:28 we’re told, “God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.”
That means that when we give God control of our lives, He will be faithful to work all things together for our good.
And here’s a little secret: God is already in control. Whether we choose to surrender to Him or not, He still holds the universe in His hands.
So stop clinging so tightly to the things of this world, and recognize that God is in control and that God is good.
Posted on: August 24, 2016
You weren’t created to shuffle through life. You weren’t created to drift through your days. You weren’t created to have a mundane routine day in and day out.
So what were you created for?
You were created for greatness.
Psalm 139:13-14 says, “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
This is good news! It means that God has planned greatness for you from the very beginning. He wants you to live a life that glorifies Him…a life that is exciting, and meaningful, and leaves a legacy.
So take some time today to think through all the ways you can stop drifting and start living!
Posted on: August 24, 2016
Being thankful is one of the most important things you can do in life.
It shows that you notice, it shows that you care, and it shows that you don’t take things for granted. So this week, we want to encourage you to thank the people who love you and serve you well. Meditate on our favorite bible verses on gratitude for some ideas!
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.” James 1:17
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever!” Psalm 118:29
“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” Ephesians 1:16
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him.” Psalm 28:7
“Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples!” 1 Chronicles 16:8
What are some of your favorite bible verses on thankfulness? Share them with us in a comment below.
Posted on: August 19, 2016
How many people do you interact with each day?
Most of us wouldn’t say many. Maybe our family and a couple of coworkers.
But what about the coffee shop employee handing you your coffee? Or the lady standing behind you in the checkout line? Or your son’s friend as you drive them home from school?
The point is, we have waaay more interactions with waaay more people than we realize. So why is that important?
Luke 6:31 commands us to, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” That means that we aren’t just called to tolerate the people around us. We’re called to love and care for and show compassion to the people we come across. Because at the end of the day, we’re called to always be ready to influence others and share with them the love of Christ.
Posted on: August 18, 2016
Evenings at home aren’t what they used to be.
Board games and family meals and backyard sports have been replaced with scrolling through social media, hours of Netflix, and nonstop texting.
You may be home each night with your family, but are you really all there?
James 4:14 says, “You do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”
No one is promised tomorrow. That’s why we need to make every moment count with our families. Put down your phone. Turn off the TV. And look your kids in the eyes and tell them you love them. Laugh with them. Hold them. And cherish every single moment you have together.
Posted on: August 11, 2016
What do you do when troubles come your way?
Many people become angry–they grow bitter towards their situation and blame God for allowing such a horrible thing to happen.
Other people become sad–they cry and can’t understand why God would allow His children to feel pain.
While these emotions are natural, both cut us off from God. They turn us inward and keep us focused on our own feelings and situations and hardships.
But in John 16:33 Jesus says, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
God understands that troubles are a part of living in a broken world. But he doesn’t want you to dwell on them–he wants you to run to Him and keep your eyes on Him! Why? Because He has already overcome the world.
What hardships do you need to place in God’s hands this morning? Leave your prayer requests in a comment below.
Posted on: August 11, 2016
What are you praying for today?
Some are praying for success at work. Some are praying for better relationships with their kids. Some are praying for financial issues to disappear. Some are praying for peace in their marriage.
We all have things we want to ask God. But God doesn’t always give us an answer right away. Instead, Coach Dungy teaches us that God answers prayers in His timing and in His way.
Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
We aren’t called to understand God’s ways or demand God’s compliance. We’re simply called to present our requests and pray!
Posted on: August 03, 2016
When it comes to marriage, there are so many things to enjoy: taking new adventures together, buying your first home together, and just living daily life together!
But there are also some tough things that come with being married–things that require effort and focus. So today, we’re talking through some of the duties of every husband.
- Pay attention to your wife’s heart. As a husband, you’re called to listen to your wife and her heart. You must continue to learn about her each and every day. Get to know her quirks and her love language. Continue to discover how you can best love her in new situations.
- Meet your wife’s needs. Husbands are also called to meet their wives’ needs. We all immediately think of physical needs–providing food and money and a home for her. But it’s also important to meet your wife’s spiritual and emotional needs. This means caring for her, showing compassion, and encouraging her in her relationship with the Lord.
What are some other duties a husband must keep in mind? We’d love to hear your suggestions in a comment below!
Posted on: August 03, 2016
We all interact with others each and every day. We interact with our spouse, our kids, our co-workers, our friends, and even strangers. But are we interacting well?
Check out Coach Dungy’s Checklist below to find out!
- Are you being Real? This means being honest about who you are, what your intentions are, and how you plan to care for others. It also means avoiding false personas. Instead you must show your true colors, and try your best to get to know people and care for them.
- Are you being Authentic? Don’t try to act better than you are. Simply embrace yourself and what you stand for! Others are sure to love who you are when you’re honest and open.
- Are you being Sincere? This means honoring people with every interaction you have. Whether you’re meeting with your boss, having dinner with your family, or checking out at the grocery store with a cashier, be sure that every interaction is a meaningful one!
What are some other important things to keep in mind when relating to others? Comment below with your advice!
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Parenting is no walk in the park.
It’s full of ups and downs, highs and lows, good days and bad days.
And while the questions surrounding how to parent best are endless, today we’re going to talk through Coach Dungy’s advice on parenting well.
- Parent in a way that champions values. First, it’s important that you set clear values for your family. Teach your children what’s most important in life: faith and family. Let your children know that they must always keep these two things first and foremost in their lives.
- Parent in a way that models character. And next, be sure to be a model of strong character for your kids. You may not realize it, but your children are always always watching you. So act in a way that shows them how to be honest, how to be kind, and how to uphold integrity. Because you will always be their biggest influence.
What are some other parenting tips? We’d love for you to share them in a comment below.