Who is building your house? - As we continue to look at God’s original design for marriage and family life, I felt God prompting me to ask myself some important and challenging questions. Would you take time this week to consider these questions? 1) What is your understanding of a healthy and strong marriage and family? 2) How do you think healthy, strong families influence healthy, strong communities and ultimately nations? 3) If you are concerned about your family, what Bible verse do you reference first? What is your first response? 4) Reflecting on your family and marriage – what is one way you have grown and developed personally, and in your family relationships? 5) What advice would you share with couples and families going through tough times?
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You Belong! - What does family mean to you? Do you feel loved and welcomed by your family (or extended family)? The world around us has changed significantly over the past few years – with the advancement of technology; the influence of Social Media; and shifting priorities, cultural standards, and belief systems. No wonder many people believe that the definition of marriage and family has evolved… but let’s not be deceived. Let’s go back to the original design for marriage and family life!
Jou eerste stap in alles is GEBED! - As jy nie weet wat om te doen nie (as jy hulp nodig het): 1) STOP; 2) BID; 3) LUISTER na God se wil en instruksies; 4) DINK aan ‘n Bybelversie en aan hoe Jesus sou optree; 5) ONTHOU God se liefde en genade vir jou; 6) TREE dan OP volgens God se wil!
Perfect Peace! - Our response to difficult situations or to tragedies exposes the foundation on which our lives are built. How do you respond when confronted with a crisis? Who do you run to first, when you need help? Once we know the perfect peace of God, we are able to rest in the strength of His everlasting goodness, unfailing faithfulness, immeasurable grace and unconditional love.
On the winning side... - Do you believe that God will do everything in His power to save us from the evil plans of the enemy? Even if it looks like evil is prevailing in our day and age, even if we are faced with painful or difficult circumstances – as children of God, we have HOPE! Jesus victoriously defeated the devil, and is now inviting us to join His winning side. God, our Lord, is right next to us, fighting with us against our enemies, fighting to save us (Paraphrased Deuteronomy 20:4).
A life of worship... - I was challenged this week to take a deeper look into how our lives (our actions and reactions, the joys and sorrow – the things that flows from our hearts) reflect and worship God. How often do we go through the motion of “worshipping” God with our lips while our hearts are far away from Him? Worship reveals the true condition of our hearts. It reveals who is truly King and Lord over our lives. It reveals who or what holds the highest priority in our lives. Our thoughts, words and actions flow from the condition of our hearts...
To be close to God... The most important relationship we have is with our Heavenly Father – this is where our life and existence flow from (Job 33:4). If we want to cultivate an intimate relationship with God, our hearts and flesh (our entire beings) need to cry out to be in His presence (Psalm 121:1-2). How do we achieve being in God’s presence – seeking Him above all else?
Soos ‘n mier... - Salomo waarsku ons om nie lui te wees nie, maar om soos ‘n miertjie te wees – sonder iemand wat hulle aanpor, oppas, regeer of lei werk hulle kliphard om genoeg te hê om van te leef – hulle is slim en fluks in alles wat hulle doen...
God is our provider… YHWH JIREH, Hebrew for “THE LORD WILL PROVIDE” means “God sees”. The provision of God can be understood to mean: “God sees the future and knows the past and present – He therefore sees and knows our needs even before they become apparent to us and He then makes provision for what will be needed..."
Faith in God… Do you know God? How would you rate the intimacy of your relationship with Him? Do you know His will for your life? Mark 11:22 (AMP): Jesus replied, “Have faith in God [constantly]…"