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Create a Family Legacy |

Monday— “But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”  Joshua 24:15 The talk show audience was becoming heated as guests discussed how much parental control is healthy for children. The views were radically different. “So Shane and Donna, how are you handling the subject of religion?” asked the hostess. Shane smiled…
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Having a Quiet Time | The Challenge

Monday— My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?  Psalm 42:2 Ms. Pruneface glared over the top of her reading glasses as she surveyed the class. “Did everyone copy down the list of spiritual disciplines?” she squawked. She tapped the marker board with her pointer, naming…
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Show Up | The Challenge

Monday— And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.  Hebrews 10:24-25 Mindi and Hank settled on the sofa next to Jesus. He…
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For the Persecuted | Happy’ness

Monday— Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Matthew 5:10 – Molly: “I only got three likes on my Bible verse meme. I feel like I’m being persecuted for the Lord.” – Brad: “Me and this atheist really got into it. We were yelling and almost…
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For the Peacemaker | Happy’ness

Monday— “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”  Matthew 5:9 Drama queens. We all know some. If you don’t, it’s probably you. They’re not happy unless everything is in an uproar. They instigate a conflict, then ride to the rescue, masquerading as the solution. And those same drama queens will…
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For the Pure in Heart | Happy’ness

Monday— “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”  Matthew 5:8 “It was hardcore. Hottest babes I’ve ever seen,” Trevor growled and his coworkers laughed. “You want hardcore?” Jim added. “Have you seen—Oh, hey Alec.” Alec handed Jim a file. “You guys talking about the game last night?” he asked. “Man, that…
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For the Merciful | Happy’ness

Monday— “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”  Matthew 5:7 “I’m so sorry,” Lyla cried. Her eyes brimmed as she stared at the dented fender. “I’ll…I’ll pay for it. I—” “How could you be so careless!” her furious neighbor raged. “Yeah, you’ll pay for it and I’m taking you to court for…
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For the Hungry | Happy”ness

Monday— Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.  Matthew 5:6 There’s a kind of longing unique to the human heart and most pronounced in those who know God. It’s deeper than a physical need, more persistent than the yearning for love or companionship. It arises from the part…
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For the Meek | Happy”ness

Monday— “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”  Matthew 5:5 Because meekness rhymes with weakness, we assume they mean the same thing. But they are actually opposites. To be weak is to be powerless, unable to exercise control. But to be meek is to hold immense power one’s under control. Visualize meekness…
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When We Mourn | HAPPY”NESS

Monday— “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”   Matthew 5:4 -“Oh man, I got carried away last night and did something really stupid! I’m so embarrassed. Hope it doesn’t catch up with me.” -“We lost everything in the fire: my model car collection, our wine cellar, and our Beatle’s LP’s. I’m really…
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