The questions (and the confusion) will never go away. As a matter of fact, it is proof that we love our kids, that we take the responsibility seriously, and that we are constantly being reminded to trust God with our children.
There are things I tolerate that I don't like or agree with. I hate traffic but I know it's necessary in a society with individual car ownership. I dislike the security checkpoints in the airport, but I tolerate them because they serve a greater purpose. I even tolerate the taste of certain foods that are healthy even though they taste nasty (think Kale and beets).
So often, we can be influenced so easily by external things. For instance, our time, money, job, television, and social media dictate so many of our decisions and actions. The question then becomes "are we giving due time to devotion with our Heavenly Father for Him to be our greatest influence."
Because of our freedom to choose to believe in something or nothing, which was the God-inspired genius of those men who framed our little governing document called the Constitution, religion has flourished in our democracy. Actually, only one religion has flourished. All the others have had the chance, but none has found the privileged place that Christianity has.
We all feel like underdogs when it comes to marriage, but God believes in underdogs! Throughout history, God has done amazing things through ordinary people and He wants to do the same through you. Listen for more from Clayton & Sharie King.
Sunshine City is renowned for its delicious fast food, its decadent malls, its trendsetting people, and gargantuan fire academy schools. These academies offered state of the art training and coaching and qualifications needed for being a pro firefighter. The rookies in training spend most days studying films on how to fight fires. Youtube can teach you everything these days, Fire Academy is no different. Instructors during “Hell Week” lecture for hours on important themes like “Why Fighting Fires Matters” and new recruits memorize the Fireman’s Creeds. They study things like “ A Fireman’s Finances” and “Fireproof Your Marriage” and “Dating as a Fireman” and “Raising Little Firefighters”.
The summer of 2007 will go down in history, at least for me. Not only was it the summer that Barry Bonds made the headlines with a baseball bat, but it was also the summer of “more bad news.” Let me explain.
My life seemed fairly simple as a kid. Then I started middle school.
Everything changed: my body, my desires, my thoughts, and my attention. I had always thought girls were gross. Then all of a sudden, they were all I could think about. And I wasn’t alone. My guy friends were going through a similar metamorphosis—so were all the girls we secretly dreamed about. This led to a new form of entertainment: relationships.
If Jesus really is our Master, Boss, Lord, King, God, and Teacher, then shouldn't we learn everything we possibly can by observing His life? The answer is, of course, yes. But we often stop short in our observation. Or maybe it is the application of what we observe that we struggle with. Here is what I mean...
A good attitude is hard to find when I'm exhausted, frustrated, or things aren’t going my way. I wasn’t naturally hard-wired with a lot of patience or perserverance. I’ve had to learn them.
I’m sure we’d all love to sail smoothly through life, all the time, and in every circumstance. But you and I both know that’s not going to happen. We'll encounter rough waters. We’ll encounter impossible, unavoidable and uncontrollable situations. We can either whine, gripe and become victims, or learn to suffer well.