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The “Perfect Family”

Have you ever wished your family was like theirs? You know the one. They come into church smiling and seemingly all together. Pressed khaki’s, button down shirt, perfectly parted hair. Their kids come in holding hands and laughing. You are asking yourself, “How do they do it”?

Maybe you have flashbacks to earlier that morning to your kids fighting and your spouse not moving as fast you would like. They seem to be in their own little world and oblivious to the obvious need you have for help. Arguments ensue in the car, and you just remembered you left the baby’s diaper bag at home.

It is clear that you are going to be late…again. You pull in the parking lot…time for game face. It’s show time!

The pressure in our culture (especially church culture) to manage our appearances is huge!

We have come to believe this lie that if we don’t have it altogether (spiritually or otherwise), that it somehow reflects on God’s character and reputation.

Individuals and families crumble under this kind of unhealthy pressure, and it promotes environments of secrecy, dishonesty, and mask wearing.

Over the next few weeks, we are going to give you, our HopeQuest family, some quick and easy tools to enhance your friend and family relationships. These are going to be some of the simple skills families use at our Friends and Family seminars. They are simple, and can be used right away!

Do you have any “perfect family’ stories you’d like to share? Reach out to us on Facebook and Twitter. We’d love to hear your story. It helps to know when you aren’t alone!

A word of encouragement for our Friends and Partners in Hope

“In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and he answered by setting me free.” ~Psalm 118:5 (NIV 1984)

Often times in our anguish, trouble, crisis, or despair, we cry out to the Lord for an immediate answer to an immediate problem. We don’t want to look for destructive habits, assess weaknesses, or explore unhealed wounds; we simply want to be rescued from the moment!

But what God desires for us is much bigger – yet much smaller. It is much grander – yet much more intimate. His plan for us is a life of freedom built on intimate relationship with Him. More than a list of things to do or not do, His call to our hearts is to be with Him, not always do for Him. One of our Walking Free participants recently shared, “It is my relationship which motivates my obedience, not the other way around.”

God has blessed our HopeQuest ministry team with a clear vision for crisis care, counseling, and discipleship to those struggling with life-dominating behaviors. We are thankful for your friendship and Kingdom investment as we guide those in our treatment center on their path to freedom.

With grateful hearts,

Your HopeQuest ministry team

A Letter from Pastor Johnny Hunt…

Dear Friends:

Have you been spending tens of thousands or know someone who has for addiction programs which leave the client spinning in despair and not achieving freedom?  After experiencing similar failures, we have supported the development of and recommend the HopeQuest Ministry Group.

HopeQuest is a Professional, Christian, Intensive 12-Week (90-days) residential recovery program for persons who struggle with alcohol abuse, substance (drug) abuse, and other addictions.  This God honoring ministry has helped my family and friends, and I regularly support it.

If you have a need or know of a need in this area, I highly recommend you check our HopeQuest!

Blessings, Johnny Hunt

Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Georgia