Day 56: Focus on the Family (Feb 25)

After talking about a solid foundation yesterday, I thought I would build upon that thought today.

Often, I feel we are so eager to share with the world all we are and all we know, that we can overlook those nearest us.  Sometimes our eyes are focused so far into the distance or the wider surroundings, we fail to see those right in our home.

O Lord, please forgive me for any time I have overlooked the ones clinging to my legs.  Forgive me for any time I have made my family feel second best.  They are not second best.  They are the best.

I want to offer you a chance to once again re-focus, but this time take an inventory of those in your closest circle.  (Your spouse, kids, family…..If you are young and/or single…Your parents and siblings) How are their hearts thriving?  Take a close look at them.  Are they extra needy or withdrawn?  Or are they looking full and excited about life?  Ask God to show you any need they may have.  Ask Him to keep you very aware of your inner circle….your family.  If your married, look carefully at your spouse today.  Are you feeding that relationship?  Or are you only taking.  Is your marriage more focused on you or on both of you?  It’s a delicate balance.

Today, I challenge you to take from the healing that God’s been working into your heart and begin to pour out into those closest to you.  How can you serve a family member today?  How can you pray for them?  Encourage them?  Intentionally love on them?

If you choose to live out this challenge today, I believe that by the time you lay your head on your pillow tonight, you will fill fuller and more content than you have in a while.

God, help me to tend to the garden I live in today.  Help me to weed and water and affectionately tend to those who share day to day life with me.  Show me how to love on my family better today.  Help me to honor You by the way I serve them.  Open my eyes to their needs and let my prayers for them be full of Your unconditional love.  I love You Lord.  Let my love for You reflect onto those around me.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.  Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven.  The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest.  Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.  Psalm 85:10-13

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity.  It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes.  It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion.  For there, the Lord bestows His blessing, even life forevermore.  Psalm 133:1-2

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