Today we celebrate the International Day of Families. Amid the global crisis we are experiencing, families around the world have been experiencing more time than ever together at home. For our family, this is a cause for joy. But unfortunately, this is not the reality for all households.
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If there is anything that saddens us, it is the news of a destabilized home. Many families are suffering from a lack of education or neglecting basic principles. That is why we perceive a responsibility entrusted by God to share what we have been experiencing in our home with other families. And in the course of this brief text, we also highlight the main learnings for a healthy home. This is God’s plan for each family.
I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.Genesis 12:3
Living and Learning
After 12 years of being married, parents of a beautiful couple of children, today we enjoy a series of investments that we have made in our relationship as a family. Lots of talk about our expectations and vision for the future, books, lectures, couples retreats, mentoring and accountability, vacation trips together, and the opportunity to lead couples and families are just a few examples that we can cite. Note that a successful family goes through belonging to a healthy church.
You may have access to opportunities like these, but it is worth remembering that knowledge is worthless if it is not constantly applied. The first book we read together was The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. And to this day we apply what we learn in our relationship. This reading helped us to understand the importance of properly communicating our love to others.
In the same way, we were inspired and learned a lot from people near and far. With some of them, we had the opportunity to enjoy meals, pray together, and share difficult and pleasant moments. Others added to our lives through their services and resources even though we never met them in person. Both relationships are necessary for our growth.
Furthermore, something we always value is our time alone. Whether during a walk, on a trip, or even in our room, we take a moment to talk to each other. We don’t need a complex dialogue, but simply open our hearts and share our news, annoyances, doubts, expectations, laughter, and so on.
That moment becomes even more valuable with the arrival of the children. They demand – and deserve – attention, and at this stage parents need to remember to continue to nurture their romance. As children grow up, natural communication in the family is essential to bond and train the next generation.
We also remember that limits are necessary for the relationship with other close family members. Many families experience friction, and serious problems because they do not respect adequate limits in these relationships. We honor our parents who have not only taught us this principle but have always respected our space as a new family.
And every new family generates a new budget. Financial management needs to be shared as well as the same roof under which the family lives. Everyone at home needs to agree on how to manage money. When finances are neglected, the damage to the family is serious. This subject is so relevant and necessary that we are always learning and improving.
Living as a family means constantly learning and changing. It is never late to restart. We are sure that when you consider the points we share in this post you will experience an improvement in your family relationship. This way you will realize big problems do not require complex solutions, but small adjustments that will make all the difference to your family’s peace and prosperity.
Prayer: God, thank you so much for my family. I ask your help for the learnings and adjustments necessary so that I can enjoy a good relationship in my home. I pray and give you thanks in the name of Jesus. Amen.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you?
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