Chip & Joanna Gaines Of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” Share Their Testimony and Encouraging Journey

As home renovation and flipping houses has become more of a craze, more and more people are becoming aware of Chip & Joanna Gaines, they are known for their hilarious antics and beautiful creations on HGTV’sFixer Upper”. It doesn’t take long to realize that Chip is the one known for his hilarious antics, and Joanna is known for her amazing design creativity. As their personalities couldn’t be any further apart, when they recently shared how they met, their stories were just as opposite. From a comfy couch, they share how they came to meet each other.  They share about how their families raised them as Joanna says, “you know, I think it’s funny because we were polar opposites.” Chip adds that their differences were not just their personalities, but how they were raised. As Chip explains how his parents allowed extensive freedoms for hours on end, Joanna’s childhood was nothing comparable. “Her parents were like, ‘go out in the back yard, but only as long as you have bubble tape completely around your head, neck, and vital organs’, and obviously so, when that all came together…” They’ve lived their family life before so many to see, but you can tell why, they are like an open book when they share about their family struggles and all.

After bantering back and forth of how they ‘didn’t meet’, Joanna wraps it up in a short-short version. ‘and from the beginning, I think it was a fun, kind of a rollercoaster. I was a safe, kind of over-protective child, and Chip was this rowdy kind of risky guy…’ Over the years, they have learned so much about how different their personalities are and how to make it all work. It was this one nugget of wisdom that Chip would go back and give advice to himself if he could. “If I could go back in time and tell myself some piece of advice that would help our marriage, it was just the idea, that when I learned how to embrace Joanna for who she is, and really support her all the way, I feel that was really a lightbulb moment for me, and my relationship with her.” It was in this reality of understanding of who she was, that Chip learned the reality of unconditional love for Joanna. “As I really enveloped this concept of “I’m going to love her, and support her, and fight for her, regardless, I feel like that opened your heart to reciprocate.” It is exciting to see a such a strong family so enthusiastically in love with one another, while they are both following the Lord as believers. Joanna shares how they like to involve their children in the family business and successes.  Each time they finish a home she’s completing the décor the night before the new owners get the breathtaking first view of their family’s home.  She likes to invite her children to come and be a part of that night, so they can be a part of the family business and experience. Because of their faithfulness to work hard, continue to invest in the family and their skills and talents they are shining brighter than they could have ever imagined with their Magnolia online, Magnolia Market, Magnolia Market and Silos, Magnolia Home Furniture, Magnolia Silos Baking Co. and the one that started it all, Magnolia Builders.  They truly are light influencers. Read More.  Jeff and Joanna Gains are light influencers for the family just like Ruth Graham, who raised her son Franklin Graham, who so many know today as the leader of Samaritan’s Purse and his well-known father’s ministry, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, BGEA.  Ruth shares what it was like raising Franklin, except it wasn’t what you might thing, it was like raising a rebel.

Raising Rebels.  Ruth Graham gives parents with challenging children hope and wisdom as she shares about raising her son Franklin Graham and his sisters.

Billy Graham led a humble ministry from beginning to end and ministered to the world. Reportedly he spoke to more people in person than anyone else, totaling 282 million people! As Billy Graham traveled the world his wife, Ruth Graham was left at home to raise their children.

The late Ruth Graham shares her wisdom and what helped her get through a hard time of having a prodigal child. Her daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, asks her mom an important question about what gave her hope when her prodigal was gone? “The promises of God gave me hope because I knew God would keep His hands on my kids…They were given to God before they were born, they didn’t have a chance,” she says.  Franklin Graham shares about this time in his life in his book, Rebel With a Cause.

Hearing this wisdom from Ruth Graham is better than anything you can find in a google search. The word and promises of God give you hope! The pain is hard during the time you have a prodigal, your heart may be broken, and you don’t know what to do.

Ruth Graham shares her wisdom as her daughter Anne Graham Lotz asks her mom what kind of transition do you make from being a parent of teenagers to adults? Ruth answers with Isaiah 28:10 “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little…” She continues“Don’t choke them with the Bible, or teaching. When they are in high school, it is time to shut up and listen. By then they know what you stand for and what you hope for, they need a sounding board…it is basically train up to high school, listen from teenage years on, and encourage every step of the way.” Children need encouragement and a good listener. Ruth Graham was a good listener; it is always good to make yourself available as a parent to listen to your children. Sometimes children need to talk without you saying anything.

Ruth shares great wisdom of how a parent can live with the pain of children that are prodigals as she did what should could and trusted God with everything else.    Even through the hard times, she was able to keep on ministering to others including her husband. Anne asked her mom what was key in passing her faith on to her children. Ruth shared what the Lord told her, “You take care of the possible and trust Me for the impossible, impossible lies in the realm of miracles and miracles are not in your department…just be available as a Mother…children will get their standards from their Mother whether materialistic or not.” A mother needs to be a present help in trouble! “The impossible for us is the conviction of sin…creating a hunger and thirst after righteousness and conversion.”  Those are all miracles. Read More. Bill Gates reveals a shocking reality that family is on the decline. Why?  Because the more blessed we are as a people, the less invested we are in the concept of family.

The families last stand? As citizen of the world we are at the most blessed time of any past generation, yet most are choosing not to carry on with the very thing that allowed them to be in such a time of blessing, family.

“What we found out, is that as health improved families choose to have less children,” says Bill Gates. Isn’t it amazing that as people get healthier they choose to have less babies? This was proven all over the world! With success, with blessings, and with technology people are being such a lover of themselves by choosing not to have children.

 In the United States since Roe V Wade was passed population has dropped dramatically and only because of immigration has the United States kept a small level of population growth. Then if you at look Japan, their population level has dropped so dramatically that by 2030 they won’t be surviving as a nation. For the first time since the government started keeping track more than a century ago, there were fewer than 1 million births last year, as the country’s population fell by more than 300,000 people. The blame has long been put on Japan’s young people, who are accused of not having enough sex, and on women, who, the narrative goes, put their careers before thoughts of getting married and having a family.

People all over the world are choosing money over family and because of this families are falling apart. Family is worth it! We need to rediscover family.  Read More.  This is why VFNKB seeks to invest in and help others invest in their marriages and families through the Marriage Encounter events, the Next Step Outbacks and helping the church be opened to returning to its original way of expressing our faith, which is the family structure.