"Think over the energy you're throwing into life now - trying to be the best you can be, trying to get ahead, to be a better family member, a better you. Why work so hard? Why ask so often for God's blessing on your life?
If it's to have a nicer, happier life that's not a bad goal. Especially since that's what heaven will be - an easier, nicer existence. If that were God's purpose for you right now, (God) would simply take you home to heaven, right? But here-and-now, biblical discipleship is never described as "nice" or "easy."
Go ahead: Break out of the idea that to join God's family is to become part of a nice, privileged group. It's more like being born into a family business - everybody is naturally expected to take part in the (parents') work." -Jan Johnson (Growing Compassionate Kids, pg.6)
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
"We were created to be our husband's helper, not our children's mother . . . Our husbands should always remain first in our hearts and in our care. In fact, one of the most loving things we can do for our children is to prize our husbands. It provides a wonderful security in their lives, and it presents a biblical model for them and their future marriages. We want our daughters to prize their future husbands; and for our sons, we want them to find wives who will prize them." -Carolyn Mahaney (Feminine Appeal, pg. 43)
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
"When you have to choose between others and your family - choose your family. The institution of the family is no small thing and was wonderfully designed by God. With a divinely ordered family, goes a divinely ordered church and society . . . Do not rob the lost world around you from seeing a Christian family the way that God designed it to be seen." -Brandi Biesiadecki (When It's Time To Go)