This is not surprising. The message of the book is powerful and the enemy DOES NOT want it implemented in any home! The attempt to discourage and derail is a confirmation that a home with Jesus at the helm is a huge threat to him. He will go to great lengths to stop your efforts of bringing Jesus to the forefront and making Him the hero of your home. DO NOT GIVE UP! Join our wonderful couple and re-engage in the battle of making your home a powerful home for the Kingdom! We are praying for you....
IMom and Dad
The one thing we decided when set out on this journey of blogging our way through “God’s Heart For Your Home” was that we would not “phone in” our blogs and that we would be intentional in our approach and application of the books principles and ideas.
This week has been a hard week. A bad week. A yucky week. A paragraph full of fragmented sentences kind of week. Our focus has been distorted by a heaping of selfishness, a dash of busy-ness and a pinch of the flu.
So, if you you don’t mind, we’d like to take a bit of a detour this week and write about what it REALLY looks like when you start living a home of purpose with your children. Sometimes, it’s not pretty. The flesh wars against the change, Satan bristles at the mere thought of our focus no longer on self but on Jesus and...mom and dad bicker. Old stuff, settled stuff, forgiven stuff, forgotten stuff gets remade and repackaged and resold into a new argument, a new tension, a new focus.
This week’s chapter (Encouragement) is important. Too important to phone in. This is where we either make something real, soul deep and tangible or we impart a set of rules for our children. Religious rules of do’s and don’ts that lack heart, sincerity and eternity. We read the chapter, we loved it but we did nothing extra with it. We got mired in the “yucky stuff” of bickering and boorishness.
What gets us is that we KNOW that when changes for Christ are made, trouble will come. To be honest, this is what has kept us from a lot of positive steps forward for years. This is what left us stalled in neutral. Fear of the trouble, the hard times and the growth. Growth hurts, it’s called growing pains for a reason.
Inspite of the trials of the last week, we can still see the grace of God. Children were still prayed over, Jesus was still talked about, the Bible was still read. Mom and Dad just didn’t move anything forward. We took our eyes off the prize.
Thank you for allowing us this confessional time. We are resetting tonight and making our game plan for how we will put the ideas in chapter 3 into practice this week and we can’t wait to share the week with you.
Does this resonate with you? Do you start the race and feel yourself stumbling, walking on water with Jesus and then sidetracked by the waves around you? Prayer is a powerful thing. It is the #1 most powerful thing we can do in ANY situation. Hit the comment section below, you don’t have to leave a name, just leave an initial and a “Hey, I need prayer in this area!’ and let Tracie and Elizabeth pray for you. Let’s walk through this together. Below are some verses that have been particularly important to us.
-Philippians 3:12-17 (Msg)
"I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it. Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal."