Today I shall attempt to share with you the 3 MOST IMPORTANT WAYS WE LOVE as a family.
Our family is no different to most other families. We have struggles, deal with failure, must make choices, become frustrated, etc – the list can go on and on… and on. Conflict in our family doesn’t always end well either, and sometimes we have to literally sit an argument or disagreement out until the atmosphere in our home change [the rule is within 24 hours].
I am a visual learner. When I read anything I visualize the practical, the “how-to’s”of the gist for the information. So when God tells me, through His word to Love, I naturally need to know how!
When I think about our family and how we are learning to love each other, it helps me understand what God had in mind for His family :-).
We, oftentimes, hurt and disappoint each other. Unkindness and carelessness toward one another can easily breed feelings of anger and rejection in our home and leave us feeling insignificant, unimportant, and unloved! The first thing we are learning in situations like this is to navigate our feelings through the process of FORGIVENESS. Love is marked by forgiveness, and forgiveness brings acceptance.
The second most important way we love (and this is by no means a step-by step formula 🙂 ) is communication. We just chat. We learn to listen to one another’s heart, what the other person is saying and what they are not saying. To us that’s just honest to goodness chat. Communication is really not about having to make a particular point. For us its about sharing our hearts and allowing ourselves to listen to the other person’s heart, which leads me to the third way we love…
and that is to spend time with one another. When life becomes a bit overwhelming we go to a large open space to just connect with one another and the whatever is important. This getting together is usually characterized my much laughter and of course food!
Time together makes your soul happy just like food feeds hunger! Time is your most precious possession and needs to be spent on what’s most precious in your life. Time is sharing your life!
These are the life moments that knit us together as a family. I know what you’re thinking…you are probably wondering: ” but what about prayer. “They” say: “A family that prays together, stays together” And of course that is a given. We just find it harder to pray together when there’s a huge pile of yuck that’s keeping us stuck in the muck!!!
Besides, God says where two or three AGREE… So we take the opportunity to grow ourselves into agreement, by creating moments to connect as a family!