Each Monday I am posting one question – just one – for us to consider together. Read about it here – One Question
Nothing fancy here – just a question for us to ponder. I realized I've been asking the questions, but not sharing my responses…. so, I'm starting that today!
What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?
Be intentional. I want to be more intentional about the time we spend together. I want us to experience life together, love God together, pray together and love each other. To do this I must be more intentional about family.
We are just a few months from becoming empty nesters and grand parents — our baby girl goes off the college in August and our first grandbaby is due in September. It's a fascinating time of life, but it's also one that makes me realize how quickly seasons of life truly are. I want to grab hold of these days and make them last. To make this happen, I'll be more intentional about what it means to be a family.
Read it, pray over it, journal it (if that’s your thing), write it on an index card and, this is the most important part, answer it.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the questions and please share your answers if you would like, but no pressure.
Lord, give us the will to continue to seek Your face and desire Your will only!
Questions come from the book, Simplify Your Spiritual Life by Don Whitney.
To be honest, I could name 50 things that I could do to improve our family life. I will spare you and just name one: turn off the tv. We have nights after dinner when we go out, or take walks or play games and those nights are far better and have the best memories than any night in which we walk over and flip the tv on. I know it’s cold outside and I have lost a lot of motivation, but I need to turn the excuses off too. Thanks for the question :-).
Wow! Great question. It would be to completely trust God. When I am trusting HIM, I don’t start fussing at my hubby because we don’t have enough money or my daughter when she isn’t doing things the way I would.
When I trust Him. All that seems to go away. When I trust HIM, then I can respect and value my hubby in a godly way–the way he deserves. I can encourage my daughter as she is walking on her spiritual journey with Christ.
Focus. Focus on my relationship with God, and focus on my relationship with my family. So many times we rush through our day with a “to do” list a mile long. We’re focused on things instead of the quality of our relationships. Focus on what is eternal vs. the temporary. I believe that would definitely improve the quality of our family life.
When I saturate myself with God..Read Him, Think Him, Claim Him, Walk with Him, Believe Him
I respond sweetly, I answer wisely, I serve quickly, I yield tenderly, I trust completely.
What more can I give that will last an eternity?
Thats my desire. Just to squish out HIM!
Love you sister.
Hi Mary I just wanted to let you know I tryed to join the conference call last night on the prayer for Joanne And for some reason or another I could not get it to work so I tryed to call in by phone and could not get that to work neither I could hear you all but you could not hear me. So anyway just wanted to let you know that is why I was not there sorry but I did pray for her and I am thankful to God that her pressure is down.
Thanks Mary and one day I hope we will meet I plan on going to the 2012SSMT I HOPE
ahh- love this word. . . being intentional is so good–