The families we grow up in play a big part in shaping our view of family and help us to figure out the kind of family we want to be a part of building in the future. There can be fond memories we want to recreate, traditions we hope to pass down and values we desire to adhere to. But there can also be pitfalls we hope to avoid and things when given the chance we would do differently. Each of us have a picture of what we desire our future family to be. What are the hopes, dreams and desires for your future family and how can they become a reality?
Parenting is a journey over a lifetime, bringing many highs, lows, triumphs and challenges along the way. Each stage, from the baby years, through to the school years, the adult years and beyond, bring their own set of unique expectations. This week, we've invited parents out of the trenches of these different stages, to sit in the hot seat and share their insights, experiences and wisdom gathered along the way.
When it comes to your family, you have a vital part to play in bringing great gain to the rest of the family. What you have to contribute to the family is so important, but often instead of making great gains, we find great pain. Knowing how you are uniquely shaped, and overcoming the urge to put your own needs above the needs of the family, is vital to bring the contributing factor to your family. Philippians 2:3 reads "Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves."
Marriage is an incredible gift and is highly celebrated and blessed by God! The very first marriage started in a thriving garden, which gave the perfect backdrop to what a great marriage could be like. Marriage is a lot like a garden and needs to be tended to and cared for in order to flourish. In this message we'll consider some crucial parallels to a flourishing garden, to see how we can build a strong, healthy and thriving marriage.