This past Wednesday, I started attending a ladies bible study where we've begun thumbing through the pages of a book, written by Karen Kingsbury, entitled The Family of Jesus. I'm super excited about diving into this study with other ladies.. and while we didn't get far (officially, we start getting in depth next week.) we did sit down and discuss one or more of the questions at the beginning of the book. A question similar to this.
If you could describe your family to someone you never met - what would you say?
AHHH!! Here's the thing...
Everyone has a story. Everyone is part of a family whether they like or or not. Whether they can account for this said family or not. And everyone is the start - either matriarch or patriarch - of a whole new and other family. Pretty impressive, isn't it?
And, so I pray...
Lord, this humbles me. I'm brought to tears actually... with the realization I'm fully aware that while the family I'm from (immediate or extended) may be walking through some really hard times. May be really messed up. May not fully comprehend or accept what it means to be in family. If they do... perhaps they don't appreciate it as they should. I confess... I struggle in this one, too! I see the family tree faltering; fading fast. It's getting dry and losing its luster.
Again, I'm humbled in how I, as a mom, am to be a difference maker.... and, how I've got my own little family to instill value and morals into and that it is my privilege to fill them up with love - till their little ole hearts burst wide open - overflowing on out into their own storylines and settle into the roots of their own family tree...
Lord, help me! Help me establish a healthy and vibrant well-rooted family...deep in YOU! Amen.
How about you?
You know you own a story, don't you? You may or may not like your family tree all that much - but how are you being a difference maker in the details of this story in the making? Family lines run deep. The roots of each tree - matter - in how healthy they remain.
Where are you planted? How is your family doing?
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