It takes a village…

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I really don’t know how people make in life without Jesus, first and foremost, but in addition, I don’t know how people make it without church. We need other people in our lives to encourage us, support us, challenge us, pray with us, and simply help us be all God desires. We need a village – an extended family. For Lisa and I (like many people today) our families live in different states. In other cultures, you grow up with your grandparents, aunts & uncles and cousins all living close by (many times in the same house!). Our society is different, and the need for a church family is even more important!

I am so thankful for the church family God has given me. I love that my girls have so many people who join with me in raising them in Christ! As a parent, this is my number one responsibility. However, it sure helps to have so many amazing others! From Aunt Carol and Uncle Larry to Pastor Nic and Lala at church, we are blessed with many to pour into the lives of our girls. I love seeing my girls quote Scripture and tell me about their Bible Story. I love seeing my girls run into church longing to learn as well as to be with people they love. I love seeing my girls excited about simply being at church and feeling like it is “home.”

It really does take a village. I believe that was what God was calling us to in Deuteronomy 6. I believe this is the culture He longed to create and why the Early Church thrived. Parenting – we can’t do it alone. But, the amazing news is that we are not supposed to. We need others to speak into our kids lives, to demonstrate Christ-likeness, and to be the heros for which they will aspire. I am so thankful for our church family! What a joy to know God is with us, and we are not alone!