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How to Trust God with Your Marriage

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Whether you’ve been married for months or years or decades, there’s one thing that all married couples have in common: they don’t have it all figured out. In other words, even the most seasoned of couples are still learning each and every day.

Nothing can prepare you for marriage. No book or conversation or podcast can fully convey the depth of a shared covenant between two people. So when you take your vows on your wedding day, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Questions crop up and answers are no where to be found. How should you handle your money? How should you raise your kids? How should you decide what church to attend and where to live and where to work? The list of questions goes on and on and on.

But God comforts us with Isaiah 40:28-31 which says, Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

In other words, you don’t have to have it all figured out. You simply have to trust that God will lead you and your spouse through all the questions that come along with marriage. So take your spouse’s hand this week and walk forward, asking God to guide your steps and help you trust Him more.


Posted on: January 16, 2017

 

Seeking God’s Voice in a World of Noise

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There are tons of voices vying for your attention. Some are trustworthy voices: your spouse, your pastor, your close friends, or your coworkers.

But then there are the voices of this world. And these are the voices we must watch out for.

There are the voices on social media, asking why your life isn’t as fun and exciting as everyone else’s. There are the voices on television, telling you that you should act this way or that way. And there are even the voices in your own head, suggesting that you should fear change, that you should try harder, and that you’ll never be good enough.

But there’s one voice that trumps all other voices–good and bad. And that is the voice of the Lord. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

So don’t get swept up in the noise of this world. Instead, keep your eyes on Christ this week and seek after HIS voice!


Posted on: January 16, 2017

 

How to Persevere Through Failure

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Everyone wants success. But few are willing to work through the failures along the way.

When we face failures in life, our first instinct is to give up. We feel defeated and lost and distraught, unsure of whether to continue pursuing our dreams. We allow our failures to paralyze us in fear and keep us from reaching ultimate success.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 says So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

In this life, we will chase after success in our careers and our marriages and our families. But no earthly success will bring us everlasting joy. Instead, all these successes (and failures!) are simply preparing us for the glory of Heaven, pointing us to God more and more.

So no matter what you face this week, trust that God is using your weaknesses AND your successes to prepare you for an eternity with Him.


Posted on: January 10, 2017

 

How to Transform Your Marriage into an Uncommon Marriage

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We all want to have a strong marriage.

We all want to find joy and fulfillment and passion and friendship and love in our marriages. But more often than not, we’re left feeling discouraged and exhausted and empty. We begin with high hopes on our wedding day, only to find that things aren’t as easy and wonderful as we’d hoped.

So how can we transform our current marriage into an uncommon marriage? Coach Dungy has two practical ideas for you and your spouse:

  1. Stay Focused on Your Marriage. First, it’s crucial that you prioritize your marriage. When you spend all your energy on your career and your kids and your hobbies, you come home exhausted at the end of the day. This leaves no energy for you to love your spouse well and invest in your marriage. So be sure to begin to intentionally save time and energy and love and heart for your spouse!
  2. Let God Lead Your Marriage. And above all, be sure to let God lead you and your spouse in your marriage! When you are deciding how to discipline your children, look to Christ. When you are deciding how to spend your money, look to Christ. When you are deciding where to live or work or worship, look to Christ. Trust God to lead you in every aspect of your marriage!

What are some other bits of marriage advice you’ve heard over the years? We’d love for you to share in a comment below!

 


Posted on: January 10, 2017

 

How to Quit Living in Fear

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How would your life look differently if you were to follow your dreams?

We all have dreams. We all have goals and desires and plans for our life. But rarely do we have the courage to pursue them. Instead we make up excuses: blaming time or resources or circumstances for our lack of action.

But for many of us, I think the truth is that we’re scared. Scared of failing or embarrassing ourselves or any number of negative consequences. And so we’re like a deer caught in the headlights: we stop in our tracks, blinded by our fears and too afraid to pursue our dreams.

Romans 8:31 says, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” When we trust in God, we can be bold and confident and sure of ourselves. And so we are no longer stuck living in fear, but can boldly step into the life of courage that God is calling us!

What dreams are you ready to start pursuing? We’d love for you to share in a comment below.


Posted on: January 02, 2017

 

What God Sees When He Looks at You

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Do you ever wonder what God thinks of you? Do you ever wonder what He sees when He looks down from Heaven and into your life?

It’s easy for us to assume that God is often disappointed and angry and discouraged when he sees what we’re doing behind closed doors. And while God may grieve some of your actions, there’s NOTHING you can do to change God’s love for you. There’s nothing you can do that will make God love you more or less. So today, let’s look at a couple of bible verses that explain who we truly are in Christ…

  • God sees you as a new creation! “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • God sees you as victorious! “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37
  • God sees you as royalty! “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
  • God sees you as a co-heir with Christ! “Now if we are children, then we are heirs- heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. If indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share with His glory.” Romans 8:17
  • God sees you as wonderful! “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14

So keep your chin up and remember who you are in Christ this week and every week!


Posted on: January 02, 2017

 

How to Stop the Little White Lies

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Let’s admit it: we all tell the occasional little white lie.

It can happen all too easily when we aren’t in the mood to help out. Or when we aren’t quite done with a project, but are close enough. Or when we know our spouse wants something said, but don’t really mean it. Or when we’re trying to teach our kids to live up to a higher standard than we do.

And we justify those little white lies so easily. We can’t imagine them ever becoming a real issue. But this is when we’re in the most danger: when we refuse to recognize the gravity of these lies. Because it’s not long before our little white lies begin to build and build and build into big lies.

Exodus 20:16 says “Thou shall not lie.” That’s it. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Never does God condone lying, even when the circumstances are tough.

So this week, we want to encourage you to stop justifying your lies and rationalizing your way around the truth. Simply be honest with each and every word you say!


Posted on: December 26, 2016

 

How to Stay Content

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Contentment is not an easy thing to experience in today’s culture.

We face commercial after commercial after commercial, enticing us with the latest trends and fashions and gadgets. There’s always something new vying for our attention, promising to (finally!) make us happy.

So how can we remain happy and optimistic and content in our lives despite the culture we live in?

Philippians 4:12-13 says, “I have learned the secret to being content in any and every situation: whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

In other words, we need to stop chasing after what we don’t have. We need stop believing that more money or more love or more affirmation will make us happy. And instead, we need to rest in who God is and the strength we have in Him. Because this is a blessing that will never be taken from us. Then, and only then, will we find true contentment.


Posted on: December 26, 2016

 

Why You Don’t Have to Figure it Out

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Over the years, it’s inevitable that we learn. We grow and change and figure things out. We understand what’s good for us and what’s not, what’s healthy and uplifting and what’s unhealthy and harsh.

And in the back of our minds, we begin to believe that one day we’ll have it all figured out. So we strive for that day, hoping that eventually no more mistakes will be made.

But here’s the truth: we’re never going to have it all figured out. Never. Life is one long season of learning, and we will continue to learn lessons each and every day. And while this may be discouraging to hear, it’s actually a blessing in disguise. Why?

Exodus 14:14 says, “The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” In other words, God doesn’t want us to have it all figured out. He doesn’t want us to have it all together. Instead, He wants us to be able to rely on Him and His perfect grace.

So don’t worry about figuring it all out. Simply lean into God and know that He will continue to fight for you.


Posted on: December 21, 2016

 

How to Uncover Your Hidden Talents

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We are all unique in our own ways.

We all have different talents and strengths and gifts that make us who we are. And most of us recognize those talents early on. We figure out what we’re good at, and find a job that allows us to flourish.

BUT. What if we have talents we’re not aware of? What if we’ve focused so much on one strength, that we’ve neglected to explore all the other ways we may be gifted?

Maybe you are a natural born leader, but you’ve never been bold enough to take charge. Or maybe you have the gift of hospitality, but you tend to shy away from being around people. Or maybe you are even an incredible artist, but you’ve never made time to draw.

Whatever the case may be, we want to encourage you to take some time to think through hidden strengths you may possess. Because when you reach the end of your life, you won’t want to look back and realize you had talents that were left untapped.


Posted on: December 21, 2016

 

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