10 “And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—with great and good cities that you did not build, 11 and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—and when you eat and are full, 12 then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 13 It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear.”   -Deuteronomy 6:10-13

This morning, Pastor Rush reminded us through this passage that our homes should have a spirit of gratitude within them. He said, “In other words, don’t forget how God has blessed you. [This passage] reminds us to never start thinking you did it on your own.”

A healthy home, is therefore, a thankful home and is expressed in three ways:

Humility: It’s impossible to feel self-important (prideful) and thankful at the same time. Humility and thankfulness go hand-in-hand, because humility points the importance to others (most importantly God), not the self. It recognizes the blessings that come from another. (James 4:6)

Devotion: Devotion is much like commitment. It’s “giving God the benefit of the doubt during the good and bad times,” as Pastor Rush said. We must build within our hearts and homes reminders that when life gets hard (and it will), that God is completely trustworthy and worthy of our devotion. (Proverbs 3:5-8)

Joy: Finally, joy is the sign of a thankful home, because it undergirds a heart and home that knows “God’s got this.” We can be joyful in all circumstances because even on the cross, when seemingly all hope was lost…God had it under control. We know He’s got us, because 3 days later, He did! (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)


Which expression of thankfulness is most difficult for you to express as an individual: humility, devotion or joy? Which is the easiest?

How about for your family? Where do you see your family expressing humility, devotion and joy?

Take some time right now to bless one another. Use this sentence as a guide: “____________, you bring me so much joy because…”

Finally, take some time as a family to pray and express your thanks for your Father in Heaven…and pray for Mom, too!

Secrets of a Healthy Home Life

Scripture Passage: Deuteronomy 6:4-9

God’s design for the family is distinctive and designed for the purpose of reflecting His image.

Distinction #1:  Our homes are a gateway (vs. 9).

God designed our homes to be a place where we love and honor Him. We guard our hearts and minds from things that harm our relationship with Him and with one another.

Distinction #2: Our homes are filled with conversations about God and His Word (vs.7).

God designed our homes to be a place where we grow in our relationship with God as we experience more of His presence, His promises and apply Scripture to our lives.

Distinction #3: Our homes are a place of legacy.

God designed the home to be the primary mission field to impact lives within our homes for His Kingdom.

Think and Talk About It!

* Ask God to reveal anything that is causing damage to your home and ask for His grace to remove/change those things.

* How can we invite God into our thoughts, speech and actions within our home?

 Faith Talk Cards (available in the Legacy Resource Center) is a great tool to help foster conversations about Scripture!



PrintThe busyness of life tends to keep our schedules full of activities requiring us to be intentional with our time with God. When we encounter a crisis, face a big decision, or simply want to deepen our intimacy with the Lord, fasting is a great response.

Fasting can be defined as denying yourself of something valuable for a period of time to receive something from God or be set free by God.

There are examples of fasting throughout the Scriptures:
Matthew 6:16-18
And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Acts 13:2-3
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

Benefits of Fasting:
1. Fasting is good for me
2. Fasting strengthens my dependence on God
3. Fasting enlists God’s assistance for great things

Seven Steps to a Successful Fast
1. Make a Plan
2. Pray about your privacy
3. Strategically disconnect
4. Expect a challenge
5. Rest and be still
6. Keep Moving
7. Expect a breakthrough

What are some extra things in your life that capture your attention and time?

Could God be calling you to consider giving something up for a season to set aside extra time to seek the Lord?

For further study on fasting:
Ryan Rush Blog – A Few Thoughts on Fasting

Restore the Home: Building Healthy Habits

PrintScripture Passage: Deuteronomy 6:4-9

We want to fix the home and restore the home back to the way God intended it to be. God’s heart is for the home and Jesus is in the restoration business.

How to Build a Successful Home:

Tip 1: God Designed the Home

  • Intent 1: Family is to bear the image of God.  (Genesis 1:27-28)
  • Intent 2: Teach the next generation how to walk with God (Deuteronomy 6:7)

Tip 2: Restore God’s Identity (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)

  • God’s character does not change. There are lies we may start to believe about our identity, but we can be reminded of God’s identity in Scripture. (1 Corinthians 8:6, Psalm 59:16, Romans 8:38-39, John 3:16)

Tip 3: Restore Our Reflection (Mark 3:14 & Acts 4:13)

  • When we realize how much He loves us, we want to spend more time with God.
  • When we begin to rest, know, and pray, we begin to reflect Him.

Tip 4: Restore Our Heart (Deuteronomy 6:6)

  • We need to hide the Truth of God in our hearts.

Think and talk about it!

  • What is a lie you have been believing? What is the truth to that lie?
  • What is a way, as a family, you can hide God’s Word in your heart?
  • What is something that you need to be freed from?