Proverbs 22:6 (ESV)
Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Our daily lives are full of distractions and pressures: paying bills, running errands, driving the kids to practice. The enemy would love nothing more than for us to go into survival mode and live in a constant state of frantic busyness. When you only focus on the earthly concerns, stress inevitably creeps in, and stress can cause conflict. So how do we stop letting today’s worries steal tomorrow’s joy and begin to see God’s plan for our lives?
Allow God to reveal answers to you. When God speaks to you, it’s up to you to listen and obey His Word. Financial worries, work issues, and overly busy schedules will add pressure to your family, creating cracks in your foundation. When this happens, we get off the path God wants us to follow. You can change your course by making God and family your top priorities!
Switch from surviving to thriving.
At least once a week, put everything else aside and focus on your family. Go for a walk together. Pop some popcorn and watch a movie. Play a board game, even if your kids complain that it’s not as fun as their smartphones! Just as Jesus was the Good Shepherd for us, so too we must do our part to shepherd our children and be an example of love to them.
Dear Lord, we thank You for our family. We pray that we would take the time to focus on them and spend time with them. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.