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Legacy of Love

Love. Just about the most famous topic of all time. I know that in my own life, I learned to know what the meaning of love was from my own father and mother.
My dad was such a great example of the Father’s love. And because of that, it was easy for me to draw close to the Lord as my Father.
As a mom, the greatest desire of my heart has been to exemplify His love in all things. To do that, I’ve really needed to just lean on His Word… Like this Scripture:
“Fill up and complete my joy by living in harmony and being of the same mind and one in purpose, having the same love, being in full accord and of one harmonious mind and intention.” {‭Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭2‬ AMP}
Does that sound impossible? To live “in harmony, with the same mind, purpose, and love…?” To live “of one harmonious mind and intention?”
 
I’ve learned that one of the best ways to maintain the harmony in our families is by communicating on an intentional and regular basis.

 

A number of years ago when all our children were small, the Lord put it on my heart to have family meetings once a week. They were intended to work out chore schedules and to communicate about where we wanted to spend our vacations, what extra-curricular classes to put the children in, and to pray out all of the above. They became one of the most treasured moments in our week.
At those family meetings we have worked out disputes and learned to make allowances for one another in schedules, vacation preferences, as well as chore assignments. The goal was to communicate and negotiate our time and  priorities in a safe place of peace and love.

Sometimes it didn’t start out so peaceful, but as we prayed and sought His wisdom on each subject, peace settled in.

Here are a few things that have helped us in our family meetings:
1) Always open in prayer. Great opportunity to teach the little ones how to pray!
2) Schedule family meetings on a family calendar, and stick to the day and time, making them a priority.
3) Always have an agenda for meetings and don’t discuss topics not on the agenda.
4) If strife begins to disrupt your meeting, stop and pray until peace begins to reign.
5) Give everyone in the family an equal voice, while maintaining that parents have the final say. 
6) Really listen!
7) Celebrate one another’s gifts knowing that ‘every joint supply’s the Body,  even in a family. (Ephesians 4:16) Maybe even set aside time to praise one another and celebrate victories.
8) Be transparent and set an example of authenticity.
9) Take communion together.

10) Offer to help one another so each family member feels supported.

Family meetings are pivotal to bringing positive change into your family. I believe that as you incorporate this intentional time, you’ll see a new level of unity and love emerge in your family. This legacy of love is one of the greatest lessons you can pass on to your children.
“Living as becomes you] with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another. Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace.”
{‭Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭2-3‬ AMP}
xo,
Brenda
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  • Juli
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    Brenda, I REALLY LOVE this one! It is such a fabulous idea. You set a lovely example here and give me something to strive for in my own family one day. I know I am a little late in responding to this, but thank you so much for sharing this! Love you!!!!

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