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I’m concerned about the state of marriage right now. The average U.S. marriage is only lasting 8 years and 2 months. That averages in all the 40 year marriages like mine! It may not be the ONLY solution, but it is PART of the solution: “a weekly date night.”
Melanie and I have tried to practice this for many years. When our six children all arrived, it became CRITICAL!
You need a break, a “deep breath” from the tremendous pressures of parenting.
Here is how we did it:
For a lot of couples, Valentine season is a difficult time. They celebrate one more year but inwardly they know their marriage seems to be failing. Often, marriages that seem outwardly successful are privately failing. How can you fix a failing marriage?
Marriage failures usually come down to four main causes:
We all want our children to turn out well. Nothing thrills us more than seeing them go through school, marry well, excel in their career, and fulfill God’s purpose on their lives. Raising children who love, respect, serve, marry well, and contribute to society is not easy.
Here are five principles Melanie and I followed for the entire 32 years we had children in our home:
As I go into restaurants and malls, I see parents struggling to maintain control of children. They beg, bribe, and get angry. The “little one” seems to come out victorious. Sympathetic onlookers are tortured as they put themselves in the identical position. What are the secrets that make it seem EASY?
Melanie and I raised our six children on these principles. Everyone has a unique approach, but these are what worked well for us:
Leadership is all about momentum and focus. Leading people out of a comfort zone and into a conquest zone takes skill and experience. Nehemiah arrived in Jerusalem to a defeated and discouraged population. In just days, he turned the same people into conquerors who said, “Let us rise up and build.” How did he achieve that momentum?
Here are my top 7 things to build momentum:
As a pastor for 33 years, I often wondered why so many new believers drop out of the Christian “race.” Their conversion is genuine but their endurance is sporadic. It seems to me that as many as 2/3 of the conversions in our churches never connect or fall back into the world. Where are we missing it?
Jesus told the “parable of the sower.” It gives us the secret to our problem.
Perhaps we should make this parable into the process by which we help believers to become fruitful disciples:
Your attitudes are determining your altitude. This phrase tells you if you are headed for the “jet stream” or a “slow crash.” How do you adjust your attitude? The “Beatitudes” are 8 HEAVENLY ATTITUDES and it is time to “think heavenly.” The Sermon on the Mount is the greatest sermon in history. Spoken in Matthew 5-7, its theme is “heavenly.” It describes a mindset on Heaven, a heavenly ambassador who represents how things are done back in his homeland.
God despises pride. He is all-powerful yet humble enough to wash the feet of His disciples. He knows that pride was Satan’s downfall. When I review the history of God’s generals and kings, I come to one grand conclusion: “STAY LOW.”
Here are 5 ways to guard your humility: