May 7/2017

The Family Kitchen Table

a moment for families and couples

 

Growing a Godly Family... Humility is essential in every relationship.

Encouraging humility in your family is key to harmony! All of us can have negative feelings about each other at times. How do you handle these feelings? When frustration, anger, or resentment begins to rise in your spirit towards a family member who has said something or done something, talk about it right away with that family member. It doesn't have to be a long explanation nor do you have to go into great detail. Just open the conversation when the emotions are in check. More than likely he or she can sense that something is wrong anyways.

When this happens we focus more on how God wants to use our family members to shape and mould us to become more Christ-like. It also keeps us from trying to change others. Pride then is replaced with a humble dependence on God and others. In every family we need lots of grace to handle the pressures of the busy-ness of life. Grace is not something that you can work up, but is given from the Lord.

The Bible says in James 4:6 (NKJV)...

"But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: 'God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.'"

April 23 and 28/2017

The Family Kitchen Table

a moment for families and couples

Teaching Children to Hold onto their Faith.

I think almost every Christian parent wrestles with this question from time to time. Will my child abandon their faith? The concern about this is understandable. However, there are somethings that can be done to ensure that your children will hold onto a vibrant faith as a
follower of Jesus Christ. First of all, there must be an example of real faith lived out in real everyday life. Authenticity happens when our children see the Gospel lived out in times of stress and in good times. Family prayer and praying together at key times is one of many ways to convey an authentic faith. Another key to encouraging faith is to maintain a lifestyle that is biblical, not religious. What this means is that a family will be discerning about movies, honest about failures and real in relationships. It also means that they get involved in activities that reach out and serve. Regular attendance at church and corporate worship as a family also contribute to kids having staying power when it comes the time for them to live on their own. There are many resources available from Focus on the Family for more help.

 

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