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Archive for July, 2019

Most every family begins when a couples declares their lifetime commitment to each other and to God on their wedding day. They have no idea what their life together will be like, if they will have children or not, or how long life will last. But they can trust that “God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain that he won’t stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns” (Phil. 1:6, CEV).

 

God was there at the beginning and will be there at the end.  Nothing catches Him by surprise, and He knows how to carry us safely to the successful end.

 

Every good thing, every relationship, and every family has a beginning. And every one of these has an end too. Much of what determines the end is what happens at the beginning. It sets the stage for the rest of the relationship.

 

Commit yourself and your relationship to God, follow Him as you begin your life together, and trust Him as He carries you safely from the beginning all the way to the end.

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A dictionary defines ability as, “possession of the means or skill to do something.”[1]

 

If you have a specific talent or if you are proficient in something specific, it means that you have the ability to do such things. Perhaps your ability in the family is to cook well. You provide nutritious meals, and you enjoy doing it.

 

Or perhaps you are a handy person, you enjoy fixing things. So, you buy a house and fix and update everything to suit the needs of your family.

 

Your individual abilities contribute to the health and well-being of the entire family. Hoarding selfishly your abilities, hurts you, and your family. Paul said about the church members in Macedonia that, “according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing,” 2 Corinthians 8:3 (NKJV) These people gave not just what they could, but went beyond that, in order to help their brothers and sisters in Corinth.

 

Be generous with your Ability to help and benefit your family.

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What amazing creatures are the ants. Sometimes we find them inside our homes. We wonder where they might have come from. The house looks to be so tightly insulated, not even air can get in…but the ants can. And it can be very difficult to get rid of them.

 

I guess I can’t really blame them. They’re always working for the benefit of the colony. I admire them, as they walk single file, sometimes carrying large pieces of a leaf, much bigger than they are. They walk a long distance back to their home, to feed the queen and the rest of the colony.

 

They’re probably some of the most selfless creatures, always giving all they are for the sake and health of the colony.

 

What an example for us to imitate. “Look at an ant. Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two. Proverbs 6:6 (MSG).

 

We should be selfless, like the ant, and work diligently for the benefit of the entire family.

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A story is told of a newborn baby that was abandoned in the cold of winter. The mail carrier saw a bundle near a house. He thought he heard the faint sound, perhaps an animal. Carefully he unwrapped the bundle to discover a baby, nearly frozen to death.

Immediately he called 911 and held the baby as close to him to begin to warm him up until the police and ambulance arrived. They took the baby to the hospital, and miraculously, the baby survived.

It is hard for us to understand who would abandon a newborn baby at any time of the year. In many states, all they have to do is take him to a police station or a fire station, no questions asked!

There is one thing we can count on: “The LORD will not abandon his people, because that would dishonor his great name. For it has pleased the LORD to make you his very own people” 1 Samuel 12:22 (NLT2).

God will never abandon us. He loves us…we are His own! (more…)

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A WORD FOR YOUR FAMILY

We have heard it said, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” but that is far from the truth.

 

Words do hurt, but words can also heal. Words can tear down, and words can build up. Words can create conflict, but words can also bring peace.

 

King Solomon wrote, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver” Proverbs 25:11 (ESV).

 

From week to week, we will share a word for your family. Words that will encourage you, inspire you, and make you think. Common, everyday words, but with a biblical message. They are words we often use without a second thought, and words about which we must think carefully.

 

A word for your family will be presented by us, the Family Ministries Directors of the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

 

Watch for the word every week, write it down, meditate on it, and use the lessons to strengthen your family life!

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