I heard the following story from a family counselor . . .
I met with the (Smith) family because four-year-old (Brittany) was having trouble getting along with the other children at her pre-school. As mom and dad took their seats, Brittany wandered the room picking up puppets and books.
After a few moments of chit-chat I asked, " So Brittany, who's in charge at home?"
She immediately pointed at dad . . . mom burst into laughter.
"Why is your mom laughing, Brittany?"
"Because mommy and daddy want to be the boss, but I'm really the boss."
It's human nature, isn't it?
We want to be in charge. Well, at least I do. I like to get my way and getting it now is better.
Wow, I'm thankful for God's patience! He is gently teaching me that life is much better when He's in charge.
And that's true in our homes too. When parents work as a team, talk with each other, pray, and make the best decisions for their family . . . well, living under one roof becomes more enjoyable.
I know many families in crisis. I'm guessing you do too.
So, I'm praying for families. And I'd love to have you join me.
♥ Thank you, Lord, for giving us the gift of family. Your design in giving us this place to learn, grow, and love is a gracious blessing.
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:14
♥ Father, forgive us for the way we have failed to fulfill Your plan for our family.
But if we confess our sins to him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:9
♥ Lord, we need You! Help our family make our relationship with You through Jesus a priority. May we pray, study Your Word, and worship together faithfully.
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
♥ Father, we need Your wisdom to guide our families and remain in Your will. Please help us.
Trust your work to the Lord, and your plans will work out well. Proverbs 16:3
♥ Lord, there are so many distractions fighting for our time. Help us to plan our schedules in a way that makes family time a priority.
Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. Proverbs 22:6
♥ Father, we need Your help to wisely manage our family finances. Help us become excellent stewards of all we have.
Then Jesus said to them, “Be careful and guard against all kinds of greed. Life is not measured by how much one owns. Luke 12:15
♥ Father, help us forgive each other quickly . . . giving each other the same grace with which You cover us. Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Psalm 32:1
♥ Father, grant us the blessings of health and protection.
♥ Lord, by Your grace, help us learn to communicate well with each other that we might love each other well.
♥ And finally, we add the personal needs and circumstances of those we love.
Friends our families are pulled in many directions . . . jobs, school, sports, arts, friends, entertainment, and technology.
We need God's help. So, I'm praying and turning to His Word.
With His help, we can do this even when there are things working against us.
But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15
Deb is a passionate blessing counter who loves to study the ways faith and life intersect. This year at Counting My Blessings, she's sharing The Relationship Project - How One Relationship Affects All Others. Deb lives in Missouri with her husband and furry child, Sadie now that all of their human children are grown and have little ones of their own. And yes, being a grandparent is the best She's hoping you will join her on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.
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