The Importance of a Solid Foundation
I think most people would agree that the most important part of any house is the foundation. Though it is not readily on display like other parts of the house, it is literally what supports and holds the rest of the house together. If the foundation begins to shift and crack, so do the other parts of the house, sometimes to the point of becoming unstable. This same principle applies to our families. If we do not build on a stable foundation, our families become unstable and eventually fall apart.
Building In Vain
The biggest mistake most of us make is trying to build the foundation of our families on our own, when the truth is that we were never meant to do that on our own. In fact, we can’t do it on our own. Consider these verses…
Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. -Psalm 127:1
” I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” -John 15:5
When we attempt to build on our own and according to our own wisdom, our house is doomed. At first, the structure may appear to be stable, but as more and more weight and tension are placed on the deficient foundation, it will begin to crack and then eventually crumble. If our houses are to remain intact, they must be built on the solid foundation of God.
An Interview with Dr. Kathy Koch
I was first introduced to Dr. Kathy Koch when I heard her speak on the topic of “Teens, the Screen, and Your Family” at the Axis Parenting Teens Summit. As I listened to her share difficult truths and practical, common sense solutions, I knew she was someone who would be a valuable resource for families. Several months later, I was overjoyed to learned that not only was I going to have the opportunity to hear her speak in person, but that she was also going to be kind and generous enough to sit down with me for an interview.
Dr. Koch is the Founder and President of Celebrate Kids, Inc., which is based in Fort Worth. She is also a highly sought-after keynote speaker and a popular guest on Focus on the Family Radio. She has touched the hearts and lives of people in more than 30 countries through her speaking engagements and other events.
Dr. Koch was only recently allowed to share the fact that she is going to be one of the featured experts in Kirk Cameron’s upcoming movie Kirk Cameron: CONNECT. When I asked her how she became involved with the movie, she shared the fact that it was actually one of her appearances on Focus on the Family Radio that got the attention of the film’s director.
Just a short time after being on the radio program, she received an email from the director saying that Kirk Cameron wanted to speak with her. Though she felt that the email was likely a joke or a scam, she decided to reply and found out Kirk Cameron did in fact want to speak with her about being part of the movie because of her pro-technology stance and the research she has done about the influence technology has on teen behavior.
The Five Lies and Technology
Though Dr. Koch has been a leading expert in the areas of parenting and education for quite some time, her interest in technology has developed more recently. When I asked her what first influenced her to become so focused on the subject of technology, she stated, “It was because good kids with good families began to behave badly.”
Last House Standing
The Power of an Image
A few Sundays ago, our children’s pastor Nichole Sims shared this breathtaking image as part of her message to the congregation.
The story behind the image was featured in The Houston Chronicle after Hurricane Ike devastated the area in 2008. An excerpt from the article reads:
“There’s a new landmark in Gilchrist, one of the towns on Bolivar Peninsula that Hurricane Ike ravaged and left for dead.
The fire station is gone. The post office is gone. Every structure on the gulf side of this tight-knit community is gone.
Except for one house.
Standing tall, as if in defiance of Ike’s windy, watery wrath, is the home of Pam and Warren Adams, who built the place in 2005 after Hurricane Rita destroyed their older home on the same lot.
On Friday, the first day many residents were allowed back on the peninsula, the couple returned to Church Street, ready to help neighbors whose homes no longer stood with theirs.”
Families in Crisis
As you take in this story, what are some of the thoughts that come to your mind?
I hope 2018 is off to a great start for you and your family!
God really began opening some doors for me at the end of 2017, and those opportunities have led to some incredible plans for 2018 that I would like to share with you.
Beginning Saturday, January 13th I will be sharing my new devotional series Last House Standing. Each weekend a new devotional in the series will be posted on the website. However, I would strongly suggest signing up to receive the devotionals delivered straight to your inbox each week so you don’t miss a thing. For your convenience, I have included a sign-up form below:
Today’s post is extra special because my children and I have collaborated to bring you the life lessons we all learned from watching our church’s production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever last night. As you read through this, we hope at least one of these lessons will touch your heart and make a difference in your life.
Lesson #1: We should love God and everyone God created.
The Herdmans seemed like a pretty unlovable bunch, but the love and kindness of the Bradley family made a big difference in their lives. This reminds us of Matthew 22:37-40, which says:
Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
The Power of the Root
The poor humble root may not be much to look at. However, it is literally the foundation and lifeblood of the entire plant. A plant’s root system nourishes it, anchors it, and stores food to ensure its very survival. Without a healthy root system, the plant will begin to wither and eventually die.
The same can be said about our spiritual roots. If we don’t work to ensure that we are growing deep, healthy roots of faith, our spiritual life will begin to wither away. This means that we have to tend to our roots on a regular basis if we want to continue to grow and to thrive.
If we are to grow and thrive spiritually, we must take time to cultivate our spiritual roots by implementing the following practices:
Spend Time in Prayer.
Nothing is more nourishing for our spiritual roots than spending time alone with God in prayer. In fact, Psalm 46:10 commands us: “Be still and know that I am God.” It’s in these quiet moments of solitude and mediation that our roots not only grow stronger, but also deeper.
Spend Time in the Word.
Unfortunately we live in a world where a vast majority of people believe that all truth is relative, which basically means there is no truth at all. God’s Word rejects this claim and promises to be our moral and spiritual compass. Psalm 119:105 proclaims: “Your word is a lamp for my feet, and a light on my path.” Without a source of truth to guide us, we are likely to be led down paths that will damage our roots. However, consuming God’s Word on a regular basis will help strengthen our entire root system.