Happy Birthday, Sarah!

Happy Birthday, Sarah.

Sarah Maxwell
Sarah Maxwell

You are the spark that makes so much happen in Titus2. If we were to summarize your character in four words, it might be:
Diligent
Detailed
Delightful
Determined

You are always looking out for our best interests, and you invest yourself for us and for the Lord. You don’t let the little things slip by uncared for, and you push through the hard things, never giving up.

We love you, and we want today to be a special day for you as we celebrate your birthday.

“Strength and honour are her clothing; and she
shall rejoice in time to come.” Proverbs 31:25

Verbalizing Our Praise

In the past 5 months, we’ve added something to the end of our evening family Bible time which has become very special. We share praises. Yes, simply put, something we saw the Lord do in our life or those around us that day. It’s been an awesome way of verbalizing what God is doing! Last night, we were reading in Mark, and this verse struck me.

“… Go home to thy friends, and tell them how
great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath
had compassion on thee.” Mark 5:19

What great thing has the Lord done for YOU today?

Love,
Sarah

Prayer and Fasting Day – Tuesday, January 24th

We are excited to have a prayer and fasting day set aside for Tuesday, January 24th. We would love to have you join us: see the sign ups below for ladies and men. We will be crying out to the Lord for the specific requests you give to us.

In the past, we ladies
fasted for 36 hours. This time we are going to try ending the fast in the evening so that we are fasting through breakfast and lunch but not dinner. I have found that to work well for me personally, and I think it might for you as well. Here’s the sign up for the ladies.

When we fast, we fast from food and caloric drinks unless you are pregnant, nursing, or have a health problem that prevents you from fasting. Then you can figure out other fasting options that would work for you.

Steve and the men are planning a 36 hour fast. That means eating dinner on the 23rd and not eating again until breakfast on the 25th. The men’s sign up is here.

Teri

“That they may see, and know, and consider,
and understand together, that the hand of the
Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of
Israel hath created it.” Isaiah 41:20

Ice Sledding | Have You Tried It?

Anna and Mary watched Nathan and Melanie’s kids this weekend so they could have time away before Baby arrives. We had a glazing of ice overnight on Friday, so what could be better than ice sledding? The aunts and uncles had a great time too. There were many races, and it wasn’t who could go the fastest but the farthest.

Love,
Sarah

 

Love Tina’s delighted look!

Even Uncle John joined in.

Wipe out

Jesse clearly was the winner on that one.

“Commit thy way unto the Lord;
trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
Psalm 37:5

Happy Birthday, John!

Happy Birthday, John! If I were to use three words to describe John’s character it’d be: servant, giver, problem-solver.

John, we love you so much, and it’s a joy to see your love for the Lord continue to grow and deepen.

Happy birthday to the best 26-year-old guy out there!

You’ll often find a little one on John’s lap.

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord,
so walk ye in him.” Colossians 2:6

Content in Christ: Debt Free – Time

God created time. Time used wisely coupled with God’s gracious provision, enables our children to be content in Christ. It is the universal bank account that puts everyone on the same level. We each have twenty-four hours a day to draw from and invest. At the end of the day, week, month, year, lifetime: what will we have to show for it?

It’s a trade, the most basic of all transactions. Read about successful people and men devoted to the Lord. I dare you to find one that squandered his time. When I was young, I traded my go-cart for a ball glove to a teenage neighbor. I mistakenly thought, “The go cart won’t run, so what good is it?” I didn’t value my go-cart as I should have, and I made a bad trade. Today, it seems, so many squander their time away on poor trades.

Some say that self-discipline/will power is the greatest predictor of individual success, even beyond intelligence. I certainly agree. However, in addition, I have to wonder if the driving force behind self-discipline might be how much a person values his time on earth. Possibly for Christians, the next step up is our level of desire to please our Lord in all things. “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” (Colossians 3:17).

Will we teach our children to value their time? Productively using one’s time is vitally important in having the funds needed for life. That is foundational in being content in Christ and that is a powerful motivator for self-discipline. Learning to spend their time productively will provide dividends that those who spend their time on entertainment will not receive.

Follow-on thought for Dads.
We often receive e-mails from frustrated, struggling moms who are drowning in desperation. They know that their children are suffering from lack of a productive home and will have lifelong consequences as a result. They want to believe managing their lives is possible. Of those who purchase Managers of Their Homes, we know that some number will still needlessly struggle to be successful. The book is capable of helping them as it has tens of thousands of moms, but what is missing is their husband’s support. Many husbands don’t value time, a peaceful, productive home, and their family pays the price.

An example is bedtime/wakeup time (BTWT). We often hear how a husband likes to stay up watching the news or movies and won’t go to sleep nor get up at a consistent time. We have found over the years that BTWT is the single, biggest predictor of a mom’s success in managing her day. Yet, Dad won’t inconvenience himself to have the discipline to go to bed and get up when he should in order to be an example, leader, and help to his family.

Valuing time is critical to your children’s success. If you aren’t consistent with BTWT, I would encourage you that it is time to begin. Support your wife by being consistent. Your children’s futures are worth it. Don’t you agree?

Steve

“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
Ephesians 5:16

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