“Six Ways To Sharpen Your Family”

“Iron sharpens iron so the man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”Proverb 27:17

As family members, we should sharpen each other as well as our relationships with others. If we allow it, marriages and family relationships become dull and lifeless. To prevent this from happening we must continually sharpen our relationships. You get out of your relationships what you put into them. If you put little in, then you will receive little in return. However, when you make an effort, God will bless your efforts, and you will see a response from your family.

It doesn’t take attending a weekend familyseminar or reading a thick, hard cover book. You can sharpen your family relationships in one minute a day. Let me give you six ways to sharp- en your family in sixty seconds:

Say “Thank You”

Everyone likes to feel appreciated and loved. Thanking your family member for the little things they do may go unnoticed. Let them know youdid, in fact, notice. Or simply say, “You are amazing and I am honored you are in my life.”

Spend Time Together During the WeekIt is easy to get wrapped up in the everyday things of life and go through the motions. Also, it is easy to sit and watch television hours on end without noticing your family members. Let your family members know they are not just part of your week day routine. Take time to engage and be a part of their lives. Send a quick text or make a call to let them know you are thinking about them. A little extra effort will go a long way.

Ask About Their Day Everyone wants to feel important. At the end of a long day, you may not feel like listening to one more issue, situation, or the details of the day. However, take a few moments to ask your family members about their day and really listen. Let them know you care about how they are doing.

Be Affectionate
God created us with the need to be touched and hugged. Physical affection is an important way to show your family members you love them, especially on a day when things go poorly. Take a spontaneous moment to show you love them.

Pray For Them
Pray for your loved ones. Pray for their protection, their needs, concern and anything you know is important to them. Pray God remains the center of their lives.

Encourage Them To Pursue Their Dreams

Throughout our lives, we continue to have new dreams and some old ones which have yet to be fulfilled. Encourage your family member to never lose the gift of dreaming about the future goals, passions, and aspirations. Be a part of helping your family members reach their dreams.

During this month, strive to allow God to do new things in your marriage and family. For the next four Sundays, I will preach a series of messageentitled, “God’s New Things for Your Marriage and Family.” Let us endeavor to put our marriages and families first in our lives. Let us continue…

Seeking God for New Things!

Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson