Lord God almighty we come today in praise and thanksgiving Lord Jesus. We are so very grateful for the calling on our lives. Realizing that your desires for us are far more greater than the desires we have for ourselves. Lord thank you for blessing us more than we could ever imagine. Our destinies will be greater than anything we thought we'd ever see. Lord we give you all glory. Father we thank you that today will be the best day of our lives thus far. Thank you Lord for building us up mentally, physically and spiritually. Thank you Lord for blocking every weapon thrown or spoken against us. Thank you for strengthening our minds, hearts and hands so that we can help strengthen the land. Bless our world today with love overflowing and peace. Bless and keep our children safe. Touch their minds and hearts, let them know that they are not alone. Father we love you, we honor and adore you in Jesus name Amen and Amen
Today, I will acknowledge my weaknesses
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
(2 Corinthians 12:9)
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Bible Reading: Romans 15:1-6
May God . . . help you live in complete harmony with each other—each with the attitude of Christ Jesus toward the other. Romans 15:5
“Sit up!” Dad barks. “I’ve told you a hundred times that you look like a caveman when you eat like that.”
It’s a typical evening meal at the Nelson house. Dad usually sits in silence, wrapped up in his thoughts. Once in a while he looks up long enough to correct Bryce.
“Dad,” Bryce says, “would you stop picking at me? Just once I’d like to eat a meal without being yelled at for something I’m doing wrong.”
“Honey,” Mrs. Nelson breaks in, “I think Bryce is right. You do criticize him a lot.”
Dad glares at Mom. “You’re taking sides with the kids again,” he says. “If you can’t support me, then don’t say anything.”
Bryce’s sister, Lara, can’t stand family arguments. She tries to calm everyone. “Dad, Mom means well. Please don’t get mad at her.”
“I’ve worked hard all day,” he shoots back. “When I come home, all I want is peace and quiet.”
“It would be a lot quieter if you weren’t always jumping on Lara and me,” Bryce says, his voice rising. “All you do is yell, yell, yell!”
Do you ever have a hard time getting along as parents and brothers and sisters? It’s easy to blame the other family members for our fights. But let’s be honest: none of us are easy to live with. Like one boy admits, “Sometimes, especially when I have a rotten day at school, I get so mad that I take it out on Mom. I know it’s not her fault, but she’s just there. I guess I have to yell at somebody.”
It’s a really grown-up thing when we can own up to our own problems, stresses, and blowups. We can begin by being honest about these three big questions:
1. Can I admit that living with me isn’t always a barrel of laughs?
2. Do I admit that sometimes the problem is me?
3. Do I confess my faults to other family members when I’ve blown it?
Your family will build God’s kind of harmony when you make comments such as the following: “I know I’ve been cranky lately, and I’m sorry about that. I appreciate your patience. I’m working on it.”
That’s the kind of honesty that builds the closeness you need and want. It’s the honesty that might get all of your family members to admit they aren’t perfect!
TALK: How could being honest about our failings bring us closer together?
PRAY: God, help us to be honest when we act less-than-our-best at home.
ACT: Is there anything you need to say to the other folks in your family about your struggles to get along?
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