Jul 17, 2008

Family

Your family is your foundation. It's where your story begins. It is through the family that we learn how relationships work. It's where we place into practice things like, love and forgiveness. When I was growing up, I remember one mother asking me if my sisters and I ever fought. I said, "Of course we do." She laughed and said, "Really? About what?" I said, "Umm...the normal things...clothes, wanting to watch our show on tv, just generally...wanting our own way." Family is not about living the perfect life, and never fighting. The question to be asked is, How many times do you forgive? As a matter of fact, this was a question that Peter had. In Matthew 18:21-22, he said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" Jesus replied, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven." We aren't suppose to keep track of how many times we have to forgive. It should be a continual process.

We may not always get along....



But, God calls us to edify one another, to lift eachother up....



We've probably all memorized this verse as a child. Ephesians 4:32, "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just God in Christ also has forgiven you." -easy to memorize, hard to put into practice when someone has "pushed your buttons." Do you let bitterness build a nest in your heart?

Don't forget that someone may be watching you, and learning from your example how families and relationships work.....

We're all just one sweet word away from kindness, and one prayer away from forgivness.

2 comments:

DeAnna said...

Sweet pictures and post... you know Isabella loves that last verse as she still constantly tells me that she and I are "chutters". :)

Mama said...

You said it all. I'm speechless. I love those little girls with all my heart. (and you too)