Friday, March 5

Family Life

Family Life

5 Things Kids (and others) Need – part2

When thinking about what I could give a 20 year old looking for a spiritual father figure 5 things very quickly came to mind. They aptly relate to family life (no surprise) and are what I would consider the highest needs of your natural kids but also those you are discipling (who might be 10 or more years younger than you). Yesterday we looked at the first 2. Lets look at 3 more: 3.  FAMILY LIFE Psalm 68:6 NKJV God sets the solitary in families… We are made to flourish in the context of family. So if you live alone, join yourself to others, a family circle, join yourself to a Church circle that replicates family. So if you are a family have people in your home, don’t make your home private. You can be family for others. The eating together, the talking, debating, laughter, co
Family Life

5 Things Kids (and others) Need

When thinking about what I could give a 20 year old looking for a spiritual father figure 5 things very quickly came to mind. They aptly relate to family life (no surprise) and are what I would consider the highest needs of your natural kids but also those you are discipling (who might be 10 or more years younger than you). 1. HUGS Physical touch is highly reassuring & provides security. It can be awkward for some dads when your child comes to a certain age. Maybe because you were never hugged… but do it and you find it reciprocated ie. kids need it, kids love it. It has been shown that hugs nurture trust and safety, positive self-esteem, they boost serotonin levels (the happiness factor), oxytocin levels (healing feelings of isolation) and the immune system. Virginia Satir
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20 things to consider in how to improve your 2014

I am believing this year will be incredibly fruitful for you.  As you think through your priorities and how life might be a bigger year for you try this list (by Tom Corley, RichHabitsInstitute.com).  The fact that its a list comparing the wealthy with the poor is not necessarily the main objective, but simply that good habits always reap good results: 1. 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day. 23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble. 2. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor do this. 3. 76% of wealthy exercise aerobically four days a week. 23% of poor do this. 4. 63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5% of poor peo
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Invisible Walls part1

But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ. For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.  Ephesians 2:13,14 Jesus broke down the walls that got in the way of a meaningful relationship between us and Him.  Some of those walls are obvious, our sin for instance.  Some are less obvious to start with, our thinking that He would never be that interested in me, for instance.  These invisible walls become barriers to a relationship that has flow in it.  These walls bring an awkwardness to the relationship.  He is committed to removing all types of walls becau
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A Flippin’ Good Life!

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 1:2 It is God's desire that you prosper, in every area of your everyday life. In your marriage, with your children, in your work and finances, in your health and soul, in your friendships.  John in his older years sees with perspective about what is important in life - not the achievement of goals, ambitions or the accumulation of wealth only. But a holistic life that is on an upward journey. A healthy and prospering life will always end up being fruitful, productive, and achieving of ambitions.  But put the focus the other way around and life becomes self-consuming. There are 3 things that stand in the way of us seeing our lives prosperous or desiring this for others: 1. Doubt