Your family matters. And your family has certain matters you are concerned about. It’s true —your family matters!
There is no pain quite like family pain. You know when you have lost connection. You feel it when the day has gone by, feeling like you are passing ships, only sharing surface information with one another.
You wonder if there is a better way. You have heard there is a better way, but experiencing it is different than knowing about it.
The better way is found in Scripture:
Jesus said, “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me” (John 15:4).
“Remain in me…” You and I live in a land of busyness. If we are honest, we admit we are addicted to the activity because it keeps our minds off what we believe deep inside we are failing at. As it turns out, our primary failure is a lack of connection with Jesus.
This begs a question: why are we afraid to be with Jesus? There may be many answers to this, but one is undoubtedly the sense of shame and condemnation we carry due to our own self-judgment. However, Scripture calls out to us again, proclaiming:
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death” (Romans 8:1-2).
You may find it strange that I titled these thoughts “Family Matters” but then went on to encourage you to remain in Jesus. There is a reason I went in this direction.
Yes, I could give you tips on connecting with your family, protecting these critical relationships, and more. However, the truth is I don’t know what your particular concern is, but Jesus does.
And He deeply cares about you. He wants to speak to you. And when He does, I believe He wants to communicate how much He loves you and your family, and wants to help you as a mother, a father, a parent, or a grandparent. He wants to show you how to view, and steward, your family matter. You are not alone.
And we, as a church, want to help you as well. Our family-focused classes start up again this fall, addressing parenting, single parenting, marriage, finances, divorce care, and much more. Please click here to see if there is a class for you!