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!

A Legacy Table

Restore-The-TableHappy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there! This Sunday Pastor Ryan taught out of the book of Ephesians. We looked at what it means to honor our mother’s. Below are some great points of how we honor our parents.

Important Priorities of Obeying Your Parents

  1. Childhood Obedience- In Ephesians 4:1-4 Paul was talking to children. One of the ways that we honor our parents is through obedience. The reason for this is when we obey our parents we are also obeying God, because he commands us to obey our parents.
  2. Generational Appreciation- We should honor our parents and specifically our mothers today regardless of age. Whether we are adults or we are children, we should honor out mothers because it is Biblical and they are worthy of honor.
  3. Social Order- The family structure and the measure to which we honor our parents and submit to their authority becomes the barometer of the rise and fall of nations. Honoring our parents has enough significance that it effects everything in our society.

Pastor Ryan also gave a few different ways that we can honor our mothers:

How to Honor Mother’s

  1. Listen to Her- Listen to your mother; it speaks so much value into her.
  2. Respect Her- Give her the honor that she is due.
  3. Protect Her- Take care of her and make sacrifices for her.
  4. Thank Her- Write a letter to your mom thanking he for all that she has done for you.


What does it mean to honor your parents?

Why is obedience to parents difficult?

How can you honor your parents?

How can you bless and honor your mother today?