Managing Family Finances

The Bible has a lot to say about money and much that is specifically of value for someone trying to be intentional about family relationships. A financial treadmill of working and consuming can dominate your energy and thoughts to the degree that your good intentions for family relationships get squeezed out. How can you masterContinue reading “Managing Family Finances”

Single Parent

One of life’s greatest blessings and sources of joy is being called somebody’s parent. But if you find yourself raising children alone, you know better than anyone else that parenting is a job meant for two. That’s why Dr. James Dobson calls single parenting “the toughest job in the universe.” Few understand the loneliness andContinue reading “Single Parent”

Grandparents: Influencing Grandchildren

Grandparents in the 21st century face a mix of new opportunities and challenges. Extended life expectancy has dramatically changed the length and look of the empty nest years. Many grandparents now have greater opportunities for work and travel. Tight-knit family relationships have increasingly given way to family members spread over wide geographic distances. Some grandparentsContinue reading “Grandparents: Influencing Grandchildren”

Engaged: Getting Ready for Marriage

Congratulations on this wonderful milestone. Few seasons in life are filled with as much joy and anticipation as the time spent preparing to get married. You’ve probably heard it said that as you plan your wedding, you shouldn’t forget to plan your marriage. But it sounds so abstract to “plan a marriage” in the midstContinue reading “Engaged: Getting Ready for Marriage”

Parents: Preparing for Baby

Congratulations on the exciting stage of life! Whether you’ve recently had a new baby, are counting down to your due date or preparing to adopt, you’ve  likely noticed that parenthood is an entirely different world. In the midst of all the joy and anticipation comes a whole new level of stretching and character development. You may be wonderingContinue reading “Parents: Preparing for Baby”

Married: Considering Children

Each of us have distinct strengths, passions and experiences that guide what we do in life. Marriage and parenting are a general calling that applies to most people of faith. And while having children isn’t the only purpose for marriage, it is a foundational part of God’s call to couples who are able to conceiveContinue reading “Married: Considering Children”

Building a Strong Marriage

We must understand that every marriage is intended to be a masterpiece reflecting THE marriage between God and His people. Marriage is the most frequent metaphor used in the Bible to describe God’s relationship with His people. In fact, writing to the Ephesians, Paul called marriage a “profound mystery” because the man represents Christ, theContinue reading “Building a Strong Marriage”

Single: Hoping to Marry

Most of us are called to marriage. It’s the natural design for fulfilling our drive for companionship and sexuality. If you are not called to celibacy and service (1 Corinthians 7) then a significant priority for this season of your life is preparing for and moving toward a Biblical marriage. An intentional path to findingContinue reading “Single: Hoping to Marry”