God knew how to encourage us as we grow into the later years of life: He gave us grandchildren! Proverbs 17:6 – “Children’s children are a crown to the aged”.
Bill and I have 8 grandchildren – 7 girls and 1 boy – ages 3-15. How to keep them close and help them to grow spiritually has always been on our hearts since our first grand daughter was born in Sweden in 1995. Through many mistakes, trials and the grace of God, we had been able to raise our three grown children (Dave, Steve, and Leigh Anne Vett) who are all disciples, and felt pretty good about the parenting skills we had learned from many in the Kingdom. But grandchildren! This was a whole new challenge, amplified by the fact that there was a lot of distance (miles) between us and our grandchildren. We are still learning every day, but these are a few things we have been able to put into practice.
In my travels, this scene has repeated itself often. A woman walks up to me after whatever event we’re at and waits patiently to introduce herself.
“Could we talk for a few minutes?” she asks, with pain flashing in her eyes.
After we find a private place in which to talk, she tells me a story about the man she loves. A story I’ve heard in many different versions from women of diverse races, cultures and life circumstances.
“The number one factor that leads to a successful recovery is the support of a spouse.” --Douglas Weiss Ph. D Author of The Final Freedom
The phone calls and emails never stop. Almost every week we are made aware of another couple whose marriage is in crisis because of sexual sin. The pain and devastation are heartbreaking. You hear it in their voices as they search for answers and hope.
The marriage bed must be honored by all and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral”. (Hebrews 13:4)
For most Christians this scripture is abundantly clear: any sex outside of marriage violates God's plan for sex and marriage. The outward actions of a man could easily illustrate whether or not he is obeying this command. But what about the marriage bed IN A MAN'S HEAD - the thoughts, the fantasies, the videos and movies that play in his brain over and over? How do we view this?
God has given me the privilege to know and to have a relationship with Him, though the journey has been far from easy. I have had to overcome obstacles in my relationship with God due to my inability to properly heal from my previous life.
Today, there is much fear and anxiety surrounding cancer. Maybe, you have been diagnosed at one time. Maybe, one of your family members has died of cancer. Either way, small signs of this deadly disease can cause much apprehension and concern. Here are some facts and signs of cancer that you might want to understand so that you can be better equipped to deal with this life-threatening modern-day disease.
“The BIG C”— CANCER. . .the one word that never fails to darken the spirit and grip the heart with fear and despair. Nothing can prepare you for the emotional upheaval and life-altering journey that follows a diagnosis. Suddenly, life’s priorities are driven by a desperate desire to simply stay alive.
When you or a loved one receive a cancer diagnosis, your mind and emotions run wild. What do I do? Where do I turn to begin to understand what is happening inside of me? What can I expect next?
Without a doubt, Jesus is the answer for our spiritual questions and will meet our deepest emotional needs. Still, God provides us with resources that can also help minister to us. Below is a list resources that I have found helpful in my own battle with cancer. I pray that you find them helpful to you as well.
Fourteen months ago I was diagnosed with an advanced stage of ovarian cancer. It came as a huge shock; there was no history in my family. I questioned the diagnosis, thinking it must be something else and eventually I questioned God. When I found out how few survived the disease, I became extremely fearful. In the middle of my kitchen looking at the white walls and kitchen cabinets, I begged God to explain why this random act happened to me.