Comparisons to friends or siblings, struggles with grades, body image issues, insecurities of all kinds can really drag you down.
But guess what. In God’s eyes, if you’ve trusted Christ as your savior, you have a perfect grade. Let Entrust’s Roger Gulick tell you more (www.entrust4.org/JuneENC). And be encouraged!
No family is perfect. Not one. But God designed these multi-age, multi-need units for his good reasons. When families get out of whack (and they do), they can find guidance and hope in God’s word. Some Entrust staff focus on connecting couples, parents and kids with God’s ways. Healthier families nurture healthy future leaders in local churches. Learn more and discover how God can impact your (admit it, imperfect) family. Right here:
I have a Father
He calls me His own
He’ll never leave me
No matter where I go
He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
And hears me when I call
~lyrics by Paul Baloche
Not all kids have a good earthly father … not in North America, not in other countries of the world. This month, Entrust’s cyber magazine, Engage, takes a look at families. Learn about the legacy left by a good Hungarian dad, a ministry in the former Soviet Union aimed at strengthening dads, and more. Send an email now to firstname.lastname@example.org to be have Engage delivered to your inbox next Tuesday.
When parents of two cultural backgrounds raise children together, unique challenges arise. Entrust is blessed by several such inter-cultural families. We picked their brains for advice, tips and fun stories to include in our upcoming online magazine, “Engage,” which is all about families. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find in “Engage” next week (watch our Facebook page for the link).
Monty (American) and Ibolya (Hungarian) Taylor
We communicated with our children – Mark, Jennifer and Esther — in a unique way. Ibolya spoke only Hungarian and I only English with them, providing the children with, literally, a “mother tongue” and a “father tongue.”
It worked well. By the time our kids were five years old, at the supper table, if they were talking to their mom, they’d speak Hungarian. If they were talking to me, they’d speak English.
My relationship with Ibolya began and deepened primarily in Hungarian. Our kids, on the other hand, are truly bi-cultural and bi-lingual.
All three teach and/or study in Hungary, two in bi-lingual schools. And, like father like son – Mark’s wife, Eszter is Hungarian.
Marriages frequently crumble early — over 10% of all divorces occur the first year and over 40% during the first five. Husbands, tragically, are expected to be unfaithful to their wives in order to meet their “biological needs.” Many children grow up in single-parent homes.
“It’s a show-off country. People look put together on the outside. But they’re broken on the inside,” according to an Entrust staff member*. Sound familiar? All this may be true where you live, but in this case it’s a country of the former Soviet Union.
Fortunately, the government is looking for ways to strengthen the family. As it does so, interestingly, “Christians are often the ones with answers to family problems.” Thus, an Entrust staff couple, along with national Christian colleagues, offer family-strengthening seminars, counseling and small group Bible studies focused on marriage and parenting.
The Entrust couple emphasizes, among other things, what boys and girls need from a father. Boys need male role models. Girls need to feel beautiful and to learn to have a relationship with a man that isn’t sexual.
Strong marriages and healthy families with integrated fathers. It’s biblical and it’s the goal of our Entrust staff couple here. Happily, these are also the goals of the nation’s government!.
*Names and specific locations are not included for security reasons.
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Do you have a complicated family? Jesus did.
The mother who miraculously conceived him, marveled at his interactions with the rabbis in the temple and watched him grow up to be an exemplary big brother still felt she knew what was better for her adult son.
The brothers who marveled at the fine wine poured from those six stone water jars at the wedding in Cana (jars they may well have helped fill with water earlier that day) still did not know what to do with their big brother’s unprecedented words and actions. The only category they could come up with was that Jesus had really “lost it!” The apostle John tells us Jesus’ brothers didn’t believe in him. (John 7:5)
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