God created family. As I’ve mentioned before, God has never been alone. He has always been 3 in 1. Remember in the Bible He tells us:
For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. Genesis 2:24
These words were spoken by God before any other people existed. Isn’t that interesting? God had just made Eve to become Adam’s wife and He spoke about being one flesh and leaving our parents. This was God’s original design for marriage. He spoke it before it was even happening. He gave the words in advance to set up the proper order. Isn’t God good?!
We can trust that centering on home is always a good option.
I can both reach out in ministry and center at home. Remaining centered at home means I can reach farther. It doesn’t mean I hunker down and forget everyone else.
Think of it this way: If a tree grows taller and wider, but doesn’t grow deeper and stronger roots, then it will eventually fall.
Our lives are the same. God places us in families, and we are to intentionally cultivate those relationships and press into family, so when we set out to minister, we have a solid foundation from which to reach. Also, we should intentionally bless our children with deep roots so when they transplant into a family of their own, they can take a solid root system with them from which to begin growing on their own. Centering on home is a gift to every single person in your household.
What can you do to be more purposeful in this area? It can be a definite challenge at times.
Recently, I’ve had both the opportunity to see some success in root building with my kids, and felt the difficulty of deepening roots in them. It usually ends up that we do both at once.
Today I encourage you to dig deep, ask the hard questions and let God show you how you can establish stronger roots within your family. And also ask Him if any twisted roots have taken hold, so you can let Him remove those so they don’t stunt your growth.
Over the last two weeks, God has shown me a few places where I had started to just “go with the flow” of others and had been at risk of losing our families original design. Now that I see, I am pulling back and re-establishing our family’s priorities, not basing it on others. I’ve already felt a freedom wash over me. You see, one reason I realized I’d started following the crowd was, I had become miserable and had lost a measure of grace. When you are walking in God’s purpose for your life, you will always have the grace you need, but when you stray, you will feel it. When you know what to look for, it becomes far easier to recognize when you need to pull back.
Prayer Moment: God, thank You for my family. Thank You for putting us together on purpose and for a purpose. Strengthen our bonds every day. Never allow anything to come between any of us. God, when it’s time for Chris and I to let one of our children go so they can begin their own family, give us the grace and wisdom we will need. Help us to establish and maintain healthy boundaries. Teach us how to grow. I adore You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
May the Lord make you increase, both you and your children. May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth He has given to man. It is not the dead who praise the Lord, those who go down to silence; it is we who extol the Lord, both now and forevermore. Praise the Lord. Psalm 115:14-18