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The Key to Making Big Decisions

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Each and every day, we face decisions. We face small decisions like what to eat, what to wear, and what movies to watch. But then there are big decisions: decisions like where to send our kids to school, how to handle marital conflicts, and what church to join.

So how do we make wise choices when it comes to big issues in our lives?

Proverbs 15:22 says, “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.”

In other words, God never meant for us to make decisions on our own. First and foremost, He wants us to turn to Him for insight. He wants us to pray through our decisions in order to align our hearts with His will.

Secondly, God wants us to seek counsel from people around us. We all need Christian fellowship–men and women who will speak truth into our lives. So this week, we want to encourage you to take some time and think through who those 2 or 3 people are in your life. Maybe it’s your spouse or your small group leader or your boss. Whoever it may be, always be sure to pray and then seek their counsel to make your big decisions your best decisions.


Posted on: November 30, 2016

 

The Daily Dilemma: Money vs. Memories

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All fathers want to provide for their children–it’s built into our DNA.

So we get a job and work hard with the hopes of making enough money to keep our family satisfied. We want our children to live comfortably and get what they need.

But all of a sudden, we find ourselves going into the office early and staying there late. We begin working weekends and taking calls from home. We begin missing out on important events, like our daughter’s soccer games and our son’s award ceremonies. We begin forfeiting memories for a little extra money.

Do you want to know a secret? Your kids won’t remember how nice their clothes were or how expensive your family car was or even how many toys you got them for their birthday. But what they will remember is how much time they spent with you. So dads: spend time with your kids today and every day! Put down the phone and pull your kids into your lap, making sure to tell them how much they are loved.


Posted on: November 30, 2016

 

Your Daily Dose of Courage

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Oftentimes, we fall into the trap of thinking courage is meant for just superheroes.

We believe courage belongs to the risk takers, the adventurers, and those who are bold enough to escape the ordinary.

But the truth is that we all need courage. You and me. Every day of our lives. 

We need courage to face our kids’ teachers when we’re called in for a conference. We need courage to step into the doctor’s office and hear our aging parent’s diagnosis. We need courage to simply get up and face another day at work with an unfair boss.

But where do we get courage? In Deuteronomy 31:6, we’re told, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” In other words, our courage comes from the knowledge that God is always with us!

So be courageous as you finish up this week, knowing that God is with you no matter what.


Posted on: November 22, 2016

 

Becoming Your Spouse’s Biggest Fan

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We could all use a little more in encouragement in our lives.

We’re constantly facing disappointments, failures, and letdowns. So when a word of encouragement comes along, it can go a lonnng way.

For those of you who are married, a huge part of your role as a spouse is encouraging your partner. You’re responsible for pouring love and affirmation into their life. So what are some simple ways to do this?

By reminding them of who they are in Christ. By writing them a quick note of encouragement. And by being their biggest fan in life! 

1 Peter 4:8 says, “Above all, love each other deeply, for love covers over a multitude of sins.” So we want to challenge you to love your spouse deeply this week by encouraging them as they go out into the world!


Posted on: November 22, 2016

 

Noticing God in the Little Things

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Every day, we have new experiences. We meet new people, accomplish new goals, and experience new things. But unfortunately, we often don’t take notice of the small things that happen. We’re too busy looking for big moments that we miss the little moments of joy that God is scattering throughout our lives.

So how do we refocus and open our eyes to all the ways God is working in our lives?

In Romans 8:28 we’re told, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” In other words, it’s not just in the big, exciting things that God works. It’s also in the little day to day moments, too…

It’s when our daughter reaches up to hold our hand. It’s when our spouse sends a text to say they’re thinking of us. It’s when our son says he’s thankful for everything we do for him.

Because yes, God works in huge and miraculous ways. But He’s also a God who knows the number of hairs on your head and has your name engraved in the palm of His hand. What an amazing God we serve!


Posted on: November 16, 2016

 

The Problem with Complaining

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It’s all too easy to complain. We have so many outlets where we can rant about our problems…places like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. In fact, if you scroll through your Facebook feed right now, you’ll probably notice that the majority of posts are complaints.

So today, we’re going to compare what happens when you complain vs. what happens when you show gratitude.

When you complain…

  1. When you complain, you only focus on what’s going wrong in life.
  2. When you complain, you allow your problems to control your feelings.
  3. When you complain, you’re unable to see the silver lining.

When you show gratitude…

  1. When you show gratitude, your heart and mind are free to focus on what’s going right in life.
  2. When you show gratitude, you’re able to let go of what you can’t control.
  3. When you show gratitude, your eyes are opened to see the silver lining.

So this week, we want to encourage you to be thankful and dwell on 1 Thessalonians 5:18 which says, “Give thanks in all circumstances…”

What are some other things that happen when you complain or show gratitude? Share your thoughts in a comment below.


Posted on: November 16, 2016

 

A Quick Reminder: It’s Not About Us

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We tend to be selfish people. We tend to make decisions that benefit us. We tend to have our best interests at the forefront of our minds.

But what if we were selfless people? What if we made decisions that honored God above all else? What if we had God’s glory at the forefront of our minds?

In a world that constantly promotes the self, we wanted to take some time today to remind you that it’s all about God with Philippians 2:9-11 which says,

“For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Even though it’s easy in our world to focus on ourselves and our own pursuits and our own successes, remember that this isn’t how God intended it to be. We are meant to honor Him…and one day every knee will bow!


Posted on: November 09, 2016

 

7 Ways to Love Your Wife Well

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Husbands: every day, you have the opportunity to encourage your spouse well. You have the opportunity to care for her well. You have the opportunity to love her well.

But sometimes, we’re not sure how to encourage and care for and love our wives well. So today we’re sharing 7 simple ideas for loving your spouse sacrificially!

  1. Make her coffee in the morning.
  2. Leave a note on her bathroom mirror.
  3. Fill up her car with gas.
  4. Send a text and tell her why you love her.
  5. Encourage the kids to thank her for all she does.
  6. Cook a romantic meal for the two of you.
  7. Pray that she’d experience God’s love and grace.

What are some other ways you can love your wife well? Share your ideas by commenting below!


Posted on: November 09, 2016

 

How to Keep Your Work in Perspective

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It’s all too easy to find our identity in our work.

We work all day every day, putting our heart and soul and sweat and tears into it. And soon, our meetings and deadlines and schedules take over our lives.

Now, there’s nothing innately wrong with work. In fact, God created work to be a good thing. But when we allow work to define who we are, disaster is sure to follow. Why? Because failure is inevitable. As humans, we’re bound to make mistakes. And all of a sudden, a missed deadline and a reprimand from our boss leave us feeling inadequate.

Instead, God wants us to find our identity in Him. 1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession…” In other words, we are the apple of God’s eye! And there is nothing we could do to ever change that.

So go out and work with excellence this week…but don’t allow your failures (or your successes!) change how you view and value yourself!


Posted on: November 03, 2016

 

What the Bible Says About Love

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There are a million different definitions of what love is.

Some say love is what makes you happy. Others say love is finding your soul mate. Still others say love is finding someone to make your life complete.

But that’s not quite what the Bible says…

We’re told in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

That means that love isn’t about being served…it’s about serving someone else! It’s about putting them first. Love is showing patience and selflessness and perseverance to your spouse.

So don’t look to your spouse to fulfill all of your needs. That’s what God is there for! Instead, love them well by looking for new ways to serve them and care for them each and every day.


Posted on: November 03, 2016

 

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