Help For Marriage

Posted in Love, Marriage, Relationships by PCraig on January 29, 2015

Many marriages are struggling today.  I don’t even need to refer to national statistics.  I’m sure you can point to couples around you that have divorced, had affairs, or are two people living separately in the same house.  What’s the problem?  There are many reasons, but over the next few weeks, we’re going to see what you can do to keep from being a statistic.  Hidden away in the Old Testament is a book that is rarely referenced, but is full of advice for marriage.  It has romance, sexual intimacy, drama and passion.

During this series, we’ll discover advice on love, courtship, and marriage that can keep the flame burning.  Here’s who you should invite: anyone currently struggling in their marriage, people contemplating marriage, singles interested in dating, and teenagers who want to have a model marriage one day.

It all begins this weekend and I hope you will commit to each of the five weeks as we attempt to build strong marriages in our community.

LOVE series: Feb 1 – Mar 1  

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Reinforce It

Posted in Character, Parenting by PCraig on January 22, 2015

Do you ever feel like a repeating track, saying the same things over and over?  One of the most important tasks that a parent can do in the life of a child is reinforcing what’s important.  Children (and adults) learn mostly by repetition.  So, a parent has to be ready to reinforce the values that are important time and time again, trusting it will one day pay off.

Now, I wish it didn’t work that way.  It’s not fun going over the same things again.  It can be draining and even seem like they will never get it, but you just have to keep reinforcing it anyway.  I know you’ve told them to wash their face so they don’t get breakouts, but they would rather be doing something more fun.  So, a good parent keeps reminding them that, “If you want clear skin, then you have to take care of it.”

The problem is that parenting isn’t the only thing you and I have to do.  There’s work, projects, home responsibilities and other obligations.  It can make it seem overwhelming to have to remind your children of good behavior, but keep your eye on the long run.  It may be tiring to have to continually say the same thing or similar things over and over again, but many of us learn by repetition.  So, suck it up parents and stop whining at your kids and instead step it up and reinforce values.  It may seem like they’re not changing, but over time, you’ll be glad you didn’t quit.

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Attacks Happen

Posted in Attitude, Personal Growth, Victorious Living by PCraig on January 15, 2015

“Don’t ever pray for patience!”  Have you ever had someone warn you about that?  Over the years, I’ve had many people say that they don’t want to pay for patience because God will put them in places where they need it.  You see we will often be challenged in the very areas where we need to grow the most.

I’ve had this happen already this year because of my one word for 2015.  My word is focus, and already I’ve had more things happen to attack my focus than I imagined.  Why should I be surprised?  I know someone else who’s word was “healthy” and they’ve had things go wrong in their health since choosing it.

Here’s my encouragement: I don’t know what word you may have chosen for 2015, but don’t be surprised if it seems that you’re attacked in that very area.  So, don’t give up, fight back, stay encouraged, pray about it, talk with others and win in that area anyway.

I’m more determined to win than the enemy is to defeat me, and greater is He that is in you, and me than he that is in the world!

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The Power of Doing One Thing

Posted in Change, Distractions, New Year, Time by PCraig on January 8, 2015

For those of us who suspect we might be ADD, but are yet to be diagnosed, here are some thoughts toward making a real difference in your life in 2015.  In past years, I have tried to make New Year’s resolutions, only to have one or two of them…maybe get completed.  Why is that?  I like to think I’m a disciplined person.  My wife says I am every day that I get up at 5:30 to head to the gym.  Why do we often struggle to make resolutions happen?  I think it is often in the plurality factor.  We try to do too much at once.  Now, that can have something to do with being an overachiever, but we’ll save that topic for later or in discussion with a counselor.

Here’s my proposal:  try just doing one new thing in 2015.  Try picking from this list for starters:

  • I commit to moving forward spiritually in 2015 by signing up for a class.
  • I will seek out new ways to grow in 2015 by reading the Bible daily, through YouVersion, so I’m accountable.
  • I will release all hurt & pain of the past by writing a letter, making a phone call or scheduling a lunch.
  • I will become more generous by tithing, and giving to God off the top instead of what’s leftover.

Those are just a few suggestions, but you can choose from your own list.  The main thing is to pick something, but not everything.

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