Happy Spring to you! We're well into April here and with it comes blooms, life, flowers, leaves and pollen! Praying that you have been growing in your faith since last month. It was the first of the seven “F’s that I shared with you from my Legacy. Take my hand is the theme for 2019 and I am offering you my hand of fellowship toward helping you grow spiritually. The “F” topic for April is Family. How can we connect spiritual growth within a family unit? Use your own imagination. You can:
- Have daily devotions together (this is a great growth tool at any age)
- Pray together (Begin with simple prayers, mealtimes, bedtimes, etc)
- Read the Scriptures together (Maybe only a verse or two for each day)
- Share good things about each day together (Positive reinforcement for everyone)
- Worship together (Take them and make it a priority rather than an option)
- Minister together (Take them with you to visit someone elderly or sick)
- Any other way that you can think of together (Choose what you would like to do)
The most important thing that you can do with your family to encourage spiritual growth, is to just do it together. Be there for them and be engaged with them. Know what they do and do not like, who they spend time with, what are they passionate about, and any other information that you can discover about them. Family time is challenging in this world that we live in, so establish some traditions that enable you to have family time together. Turn off all the electronics and talk to one another. It’s amazing how much fun it can be, but again, you must do it! Easter is coming and that would be a perfect time to begin.
One way that you can get started is to sit down with your family and brainstorm things that you can and want to do as a family. Write all the suggestions down, even the silly ones and then take them one at a time a vote for one that everyone agrees with. Next, set a time frame for that one activity. You might choose a week, a month, three months, whatever everyone agrees to do. Choose another one for the next timeframe and write it down. Make a plan for your family that everyone will take part in. It may be as simple as eating dinner together at the table one night a week. Whatever you choose, you all must take part and support, even if it wasn’t your favorite pick. Make it fun as you plan your activity. Use your creativity and allow everyone to have a part so each person will take responsibility for their section. It could be taking turns praying or reading a verse or two each time. Make your plan to suit your family.
Allow God to be a part in the spiritual growth of your family as you grow in Him. Trust me, it will be time well spent. I am praying for you and ask that you let us know what some of your plans are so we can share them on the website with others. This may begin some cherished family traditions. Happy Easter to you and yours, Margie