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Marriage — From Surviving to Thriving

And the two shall become one flesh; so they are no longer two, but one flesh.  Mark 10:8 Last week we ended on the hint of thriving in marriage. What does that look like and how does a marriage truly thrive? Our society often turns to Google for answers, and there is a plethora of answers… Continue Reading

Marriage – Where is God in this?

“Each one of you is to love his wife as himself, and the wife is to respect her husband.” (Ephesians 5:33)      George and Betty have been married 28 years and have had a roller coaster marriage. Even though they did not get married under the best of circumstances, they felt compelled to stay… Continue Reading

Marriage – Intentional Intimacy

     The following are true stories… both are stories of love and hope but also of struggle and pain. (The names have been changed.) The “everything is fine” marriage: Susan and Bob were heavily involved their local church. In fact, he was the pastor. Their lives were on auto-pilot as they raised their family.… Continue Reading

Serving together

     A man who grew up being taken to church but who does not believe that God exists once told me, “If you live your life like the Bible says to, people will say you are a good person. The trouble is, if God exists, He knows your heart and that’s what He judges,… Continue Reading

Family Worship

       God’s love is extravagant (link). How do you respond to His love?        An older woman’s husband died; it was a man she adored. After his death, her daughter-in-law stayed the night with her. Between bouts of crying and screaming, they slept. But, her DIL was awakened with praise and worship… Continue Reading

On Your Knees

     When my two oldest boys were six and four years old, they disappeared from our backyard in Baltimore, MD. When we realized that they were gone, approximately ten minutes had passed since the last time I had seen them. That launched a 911 call, twenty-one adults (mostly strangers) leaving their jobs and homes,… Continue Reading

A Cup of Tea

When I was a young mom, I struggled with getting up before my kids to have quiet Bible study time. I stopped kicking myself for not reading the Bible first thing in the morning (my oldest was awakening – on his own – at 5 am) and tried to read at another time. I asked… Continue Reading

Get Wisdom

     This post will close the month of discussion about ‘Family Revelation.’ Next week, we will begin looking at four spiritual disciplines you and your family can dive into together. However, family revelations from the Lord do not and will not stop if you continue to seek His face. Will there be times that… Continue Reading

Infinite Joy

Photo by schoolphotoproject.com *     “This is why we constantly thank God, because when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you welcomed it not as a human message, but as it truly is, the word of God, which also works effectively in you who believe.” (1 Thessalonians 2:13)  … Continue Reading

Being Others Focused

Here is a family revelation we have worked on ever since our kids began speaking and expressing themselves. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)… Continue Reading

Family Meetings

     Last week we looked at what it would be like to have a family revelation https://www.clearviewretreat.org/2019/01/01/revelation/.      If you had the opportunity to read that post, it would be great to hear how that went. What was good and what was difficult? Did you have a family meeting? How’d it go? Please… Continue Reading

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