There is nothing more important than faith and family. Nothing.
Yesterday I felt led to speak into a young couple's life, who are dating. They really seemed to appreciate it and drank in my words like they were a Slurpee! I find most youth are like this. They long for someone to courageously say the things that need to be said. Mothers and fathers in the faith...this is our time to step up, not shrink back!
Married couples need support. Who can successfully stay married without a support network? Not many people. It not only takes a village to raise a kid, but in my humble opinion it takes a village to stay married. :) Who will courageously say the things that need to be said about marriage? Count me in.
Parents need support. Never has it been harder to be a parent than it is in today's world, especially if you are endeavoring to raise Godly children. We are living in a time of acceleration when it comes to secular values. But does that mean we Christian parents throw our hands up and quit instilling Godly values in our children? Abso-freakin-lutely-NOT! It's time to stay the course. Equip. Train. Mentor. Invest. Give voice to your values and more important than that, LIVE them.
Today I'm sharing with you about three things that will be required of you to raise a Godly family:
1) Read your Bible often to stay right side up in an upside down world. The Word is your stabilizer in a world that grows increasingly shaky. It will speak truth to you when people call abnormal normal and wrong right. It will be your guide and your strength through the tough times when you don't know what to do. It will give you wisdom and courage and boldness to lead your family without fear.
2) Realize, you need additional help. It's practically impossible to maintain a Godly marriage and raise children for God without a lot of assistance. Reach out! Do it sooner rather than later. Be willing to pay whatever you need to pay to get help. Invest in counseling. (It's cheaper than a divorce.) Be willing to invest wherever you need to. Stay up late. Drive further. Make an effort to connect with friends who have the same goals as you do. Encourage one another. Do what it takes. Go after it! Nothing is more important than your family.
3) Make this your top priority after your personal relationship with God. If you're going to successfully grow (not just maintain!) a Godly marriage and raise kids for the Lord, it has to be an obsession. Nothing is more important as far as earthly things go. Not money, not a job, not your hobbies. You've got to be all in. It's going to take every ounce of energy you have, so know that going in. You have to be relentless to stay successfully married. It will be exhausting to parent your children well. The proof of desire is in your pursuit.
Do you want it more than anything?
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