One may be able to do many things, in this world, 


apart from God such as:


acquire wealth, start a business, get an education,


buy cars and homes... to name a few,


but we truly believe that 


there is no life, true peace, joy, or fulfillment 


in our lives apart from God.



Apart from God we are like a ship abandoned at sea,


 alone and powerless, drifting along without 


rudder or oar, tossed by the strong currents 


of the wind and waves. 

Jesus taught, "For it is from within, 


out of a person's heart that evil thoughts come - 


sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, 


malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance,


 and folly."


Jeremiah 17:9 says "The human heart is the most 


deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked.


At the heart of family and societal ills 


we will find that the inner man... the human soul...


the Spirit man is either troubled, polluted, 


starving to death, or has great sorrow 


and unceasing grief.



Our hearts and the hearts of each family member 


are restless or will remain restless, dis-eased, blind, 


bitter, calloused, carnal, foolish, 


rebellious, dark, corrupt, sick, deceitful, 


hard, evil, covetous, envious,


and will have us acting in a way that is intentionally or 


ostentatiously immoral until we find our rest in God.


Scripture clearly teaches us that the real issues of life 


are Spiritual and are really matters of the heart, 


the inner man.

Much of the unhappiness and disappointment with our 


families is related to an inner identity crisis 


of not knowing who we are and 


Whose we are.

 


Not knowing who we are and 


Whose we are 


can create barriers to our 


inner peace, joy, and fulfillment


 because that person has alienated


 themselves from the Power Source. 



Knowing who we are and 


Whose we are,

 


by the grace of God, 


can bring healing and a wonderful change, 



a greater purpose, a new understanding 


about life, new attributes, a renewed mind, 


cleaner heart, a new self, and a new nature, 


we are a new creation who cleaves to God with 


supreme love and affection. 


Our walk with God is always 


a matter of the heart.

People look on the outward appearance. However, 


God is always concerned with the heart, with the reality 


and condition of what is on the inside.

Without a purpose greater than ourselves


we will end up with empty hearts and


meaningless lives.

Jesus said, His purpose was 


"To give us life, and life more


abundantly." 



But interestingly, the way to this "More abundant life" is 


by each member of our family being engrafted into God


(John 6:56 and 15:4).


The focus of the heart and soul needs to be restored 


back to God and God alone, this remains paramount.


The human soul is longing to experience this engrafting.

God masterfully designed into human beings 

a need for positive, loving relationships. 

We suffer untold damage without these 

interconnections.

Regardless of the condition of our families... 


We have a Healer. One Who makes, 


by His grace, all things stronger, and better. 


When God is the Head of our families... 


we can triumphantly overcome dysfunction.


God is able to repair the decay, heal our wounds, 


and restore the heart and soul so that we may be blessed 


with a strong, healthy, and fruitful family, 


community, city, state, country, and world. 


God can and does heal families. 


God can turn mourning into dancing; 


God can create praise out of despair. 


God can bind the wounds of the brokenhearted 


and set the captive in darkness free.

God Himself is a God of love and light,

and God wants us to reflect His love and light 

in our families and in this world.

If things are not going well in your family... 


don’t give up. 


God delights in showing His amazing saving power 


through people who have nothing left.

 

God can restore our families and use the tragedies 


that so deeply hurt us...


to move us forward in the purposes 


for which He created us. 


God may allow us to stay in a situation that seems


impossible to overcome. During those times, 


we must embrace our faith in 


the One Who can... and will.


God is always right on time and will bless those who 


patiently endure the seminary of affliction...


in a grander way than we could have ever imagined.

God is able to fit all of the broken pieces, 


every scar and broken space... 


into a wonderful masterpiece...


exceedingly, abundantly 


above all that we ask or think.



God is able to mend our broken families, 


our broken dreams, and our broken lives, 


not only mending the breaks, but greatly 


increasing the beauty... for His eternal glory.




As children of God, 



we can rest in the assurance that 



God is not lacking in resources 



to meet our needs. 



God has the answers to our questions,



our problems, and our concerns.

 



God is more than able to save, 



comfort, guide, keep, deliver, bless



and sustain our families.




Only God can ultimately and 



irrevocably satisfy us.



With God as our God, our Compass,



our Architect, Leader,



Engineer, Master Builder, 



Chief Cornerstone, and 



Solid Foundation... 



God-like qualities such as:



love, joy, patience, kindness,



goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,



and self-control will mark our 



homes and guide our lives.



It was God’s intention for these positive attributes 

to be nurtured and perpetuated through 

the relationships and interconnectedness 

of the human family.

What a blessing it is to come to the realization of 


our true identity, our purpose, and role, 


individually and collectively, 


in God's plan.


Being God focused as opposed to sin focused...


 we have purpose, confidence, humility, and power. 


We can live our lives more fully, more peacefully, 


more joyfully, and more consciously when 


we are God centered, God reliant, and God controlled.


May we welcome and receive 



God to be God in our hearts and 



in the hearts of our family members, and 


may God transform our families 



into His likeness.



Our homes and families ultimately belong to God.


When God dwells in our hearts and homes 


He is taking possession of that which is... 


rightfully His.

May God have mercy on our families.