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Family First!

24 Feb


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 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. Genesis 17:5

We were recently having a conversation with a Scout Leader and he mentioned that many Dad’s just drop their sons off at Scouts and never have the desire to help or attend any of the events with the boys. How sad that these boys enjoy these special times in their life without a family member to share it with.

God instituted the family first. By His design, the relationship between husband and wife was actually the first family unit.  This of course, is the creation account of the first man and woman, Adam and Eve.  God blessed Adam and Eve and told them to be fruitful and multiply and the children that Adam and Eve had, made the family unit larger. When those children got married another family unit was formed. When a husband and wife take someone else’s child into their home to raise, that child becomes family through adoption.

The family is the foundation and backbone of nations. When the family unit is weak, the nation follows! When the family is strong and fights for what is right, the nation stands tall.

Susanna Wesley had seventeen children to take care of but she found the time to spend an hour in prayer each day. Two of her sons were credited with bringing revival to England.

If you have family members that are “out of sorts” pray for them and contact them. Who knows! They may be waiting for that call!  God loves and cares about the family unit.

When Mother Teresa received her Nobel Prize, she was asked “What can we do to promote world peace?” She replied, “Go home and love your family.”

Blessings,

Susan Pippin

 

 

 
 

Constructive or Critical?

23 Feb

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Teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning. Proverbs 9:9

Have you ever had someone tell you they needed to give you some “constructive criticism?”  Most of us have…. and when we hear those words our mind begins to race, thinking what can it be…what have I done? We may tend to draw back, not knowing what to expect….and it certainly can be hard to swallow. However if it is truly given in love with NO wrong motives, God can use it to mold our character.

A friend who truly cares will speak out of love with the motivation to build up rather than tear down. “Wounds from a friend can be trusted.” Proverbs 27:8

Whether we are on the giving end or the receiving end, we must evaluate the motivation behind the correction. If we are on the giving end and can walk away from the person we have just given correction to with peace in our heart, then we know we have the right spirit and motivation. However, if we walk away feeling we have spoken our mind and this person just needs to comply, we most likely have not followed God’s guidelines and may have produced some deep wounds.

When we ourselves receive correction, we must examine our heart, and line up what is being said with God’s Word, keeping in mind that the intentions of the one giving correction may have been honest even if what they said came across harsh. Having a servants heart will allow us to learn from it and grow.

“Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.” Frank A Clark

Blessings,

Susan Pippin