The Nines 2011 – Family – 10:30-11am notes
Matt Carter – Austin Stone Community Church (Austin, TX) : Pursuing the Heart of your Wife
- Pray about how you speak to your wife.
- Serve her everyday.
- Work to win her heart all over again. What if in 15yrs I could make this girl fall in love with me again like she did when we were first dating. Pursue the heart of my wife.
Brian Bloye – West Ridge Church
- Choose to cheat your ministry in an effort to place value on your family.
- Our family and kids are our first ministry.
- God wants you to finish strong and he wants you to do it beside your spouse.
Bruce Wesley – Clear Creek Community Church (League City, TX) : Find your Rhythm
- Understanding that the rhythms of our life play out of our identities.
- Getting away with my wife at least twice a year.
- At Christmas time the children didn’t run to the tree but to the car because they knew we were going to spend time with family.
- Your identity needs to be found in who Jesus is rather than what you “DO” for the Gospel.
- When stress comes to your family related to your time, don’t go look at your calendar – look at your heart!
- Are you understanding that your identity is in Christ?
- Our rhythms in life flow out of our identity.
Ed Stetzer – Lifeway Christian Resources (Nashville, TN) : Family Man
- 1 Timothy 5:8
4 ways I seek to value my family
- Time – I’m never to busy for my wife or children. – I bring my family with me. We do things together.
- Truth – We’ve decided to be truly honest. We want our children to hear from us and never doubt.
- Trumph – My wife has the trumph card. If my wife is not called, we pull back together. God is my number 1 priority, my wife is my second priority.
- Trips – I take trips with my children.
Courtney Joseph – Women Living Well Ministries (Canton, OH) : Integrity Starts at Home
- Who we are at home is who we really are.
- The integrity of our ministry really lies with who we are behind closed doors.
- Jeremiah 45:5
Andrew Jones – Thoughts from the Motorhome
10 things we do to be a happy and sane missional family –
- Create rituals.
- Create space for everybody.
- Encourage unselfish behavior.
- Learn to take breaks after big events.
- Freedom to be creative.
- Travel slowly.
- Accept less invitations.
- Choose family oriented gatherings – keep the kids involved.
- Choose to use language that kids understand.
- Kids are involved in the decisions we make.
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