April 16/2017

The Family Kitchen Table

a moment for families and couples

 

Helping your family stay strong by finding healthy ways to deal with stress.

 

Stress is all around is. A hectic sports schedule, unplanned meetings, getting ready for the spring sowing season, and needing to work extra to cover the high cost of living; can all lead to relational stress that the whole family feels. Stress has a way of closing hearts in relationships as conflicts seem to come up more readily during times of prolonged stress. According to Dr. Garry Smalley from Focus on the Family, some of the signs of a heart being closed in relationships are: withdrawal, negative body language, living in attack mode, avoiding touch, being insensitive, harbouring unforgiveness and feeling hopeless.

We can manage stress in healthy ways. Solomon said in Proverbs 4:23 "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." Here are a couple of ideas to take care of your heart: Express your feelings; don't ignore what you are feeling. Slow down the pace of life; be intentional about making change. You can only be in one place at a time. Get plenty of sleep and make sure that you are sleeping well. If not, see your doctor. Make time to rest and relax. Have at least on day a week free from obligations, and that includes work. Exercise regularly. Keep a sense of humour and learn how to say 'no' to the many demands out there. Stress is unavoidable however it does not have to wreak havoc on family relationships. How can you guard your heart thus week?

 

April 9/2017

The Family Kitchen Table

a moment for families and couples

 

Building Strong Families with the Word of God

Ephesians 6:10(b) says "... Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power."

In a day and age where there seems to be a lot of uncertainty, God promises to equip us with the power to be strong. Some, like Oprah, have taught that all we have to do is look for strength within ourselves, or to just believe in ourselves and we can accomplish anything. This may win a basketball game, but will not give us what we need to withstand the unseen forces of evil that are creating chaos in the world today. God says that when we believe and are saved by faith in His Son, the Holy Spirit comes to live in us. We become strong spiritually as we rely on His power to work through us. The incarnational ministry is powerful and when we step out in faith we can see God using us to bring others to Him.

Prayer is the one strategy that works as we confront fear and uncertainty. As we pray with all kinds of prayers, we are strengthened with the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. Jesus doesn't want us to become the best we can be, He wants us to let Him be all that He can be through us. When your children are afraid, or have concerns about the world events, take this moment to pray with them. They will experience the peace of God that passes all understanding. If you have not already built a time of family prayer with your family, start this week.

 

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