Apr 22 2013

Building A Strong Family

Focus on the Family's Leon Wirth (Parenting Specialist) encourages families to do some "spiritual spring cleaning" and make room in their lives for these five key activities.

Building a strong family is really as simple as making room for these five things:

- Dinner

- Laughter

- Prayer

- Conversation

- Time

What would you add to the list? 

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Apr 19 2013

The Right Way To Say No

NO!! Why is that so hard to say? It's one of my weaknesses. I got this encouragement from my friends at Proverbs 31 Ministries. It might help you too when you're faced with another possible commitment and answering yes or no.

Just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should do it. Maybe, before saying yes to one more thing on my schedule today, I should ask myself a few questions. 

 - Am I trying to prove something?

 - Am I trying to impress someone?

 - Have I thought through the cost of saying yes?

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Mar 14 2013

Three things I Wish I'd Known Before Having Kids

I read an article written by family counselor, David Thomas, in which he explains  the three things he wished he and his wife knew before having kids. I thought it'd be good to share with you all!  

1. Parenthood is mostly about showing up.Little did I know that delivery would be the first of many times I’d feel uncertain, awkward or incompetent in parenting. The moments of uncertainty have created beautiful reminders of how desperately I need God—to parent, to love my wife, to care for my family and to just show up.

2. Parenthood is designed to help you grow up. Parenting will take us to the end of ourselves. It will drive us to a place of dependence, of crying out for help, of leaning into God. We aren’t designed to do this on our own.

3. Parenthood will expose the worst and the best of who you are. This enormous love that exists in me on behalf of my children has nearly wrecked me at times. But that same love is changing me—slowly, gradually, making me into something different. And hopefully, with God’s grace, something better.

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Mar 08 2013

Weird Things on the Set of The Bible

If you've had a chance to catch the History Channel's documentary, "The Bible" then you might find some of these stories interesting. It's very cool to see God working through this series. 

A mighty desert wind

“There’s a scene with Jesus and Nicodemus, when Nicodemus comes to Jesus in the night. It’s a very still night, not a breath of wind, and we’re on the edge of the Sahara desert in a palm grove in an oasis… Jesus says, ‘The Holy Spirit is like the wind.’ At that moment, a wind, like as if a 747 was taking off, blew his hair, almost blew the set over and sustained for 20 seconds across the desert, and the actors didn’t break — they kept going. And everything stopped. Everyone just looked at everyone like, ‘What just happened?’”

The missing frock

“We had hundreds of craftsmen working [on making costumes], and the most important costume was Jesus’ costume. Every time, at the end of the day, the costume’s got to be taken away to be maintained. So when we were doing the baptism scenes, it’s completely immersed in water. During it, a portion of the costume came away. We shot this in a giant reservoir on the edge of the Sahara desert, so we’re never going to find this again. It’s really bad. Every time you lose something, you’ve got five months ahead, and you can’t replicate these costumes. Four days later, a kid showed up from many, many, many miles away, who had been seeking us through the desert to return this to us. He didn’t know what it was why he should seek us, but he felt he had to return it.”

Cobras at the cross

“We had a snake wrangler every day on the set. I mean, we’ve got a couple hundred people shooting, and we can’t afford to have people getting bitten by snakes. Every day, this guy would find a snake or maybe two snakes, and remove them. On the day of the crucifixion, a lot of people prayed. The cross was a huge thing. They prayed [for safety], ‘Imagine if this cross fell. The actor playing Jesus could be killed or badly injured.’ The snake man came to work that day — he’d gotten there early on the mountain playing Golgotha, and the bag of snakes [he was carrying] was the biggest bag I’d ever seen. He came to my wife and said, ‘Miss Roma, there were 48 snakes.’ He found 48 cobras and vipers hidden within the rocks around the cross.”

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