Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Who Holds First Place In Your Family?

“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” John 17:3 (NLT)
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 (NKJ)

What are your family’s boundaries? What belief is at the heart of everything you do with your children? Unless you have given it serious thought, you may not know. Any group or organization operates best from a clear mission statement that keeps all activities focused and consistent. Our family, too, needs to operate from a powerfully held truth, so that we teach our children to live purposeful, unswerving lives. John 17 takes powerful words of truth and states them in a vibrant way that helps us set boundaries that will bless and direct the lives of our family. Every story of the Bible, every character who struggled with faith and deeds, and every historic image portrayed in God’s Book all come back to this truth: forever life depends on belief in the one true God.

As mothers, we hold an amazing position of influence that allows us to make certain our home reveals a place where God holds highest priority. With God’s guidance we should be able to see when other things like entertainment, school activities, sports, extracurricular activities or busyness is moving God out of first place in our family. If these things, though not bad in themselves, are keeping family members from worshipping God together, or praying together as a family, then we need to reset our priorities and place God where He belongs. By praying and watching out for the balance and boundaries, we reinforce in our children the importance of knowing God. Our home will beautifully reflect what makes God pleased, and our children will grow up knowing what the boundaries should always be in their lives.

We must watch out for our family, and keep God first in all we do. Our children will learn to follow him all their lives because of the example we as moms and dads set before them.

Lord, may we always seek you first in everything we do and say. May our lives and our homes reflect that God is our highest priority. May we as parents and other Christian adults of influence be examples of Christ for our children to follow. In Jesus Precious Name, Amen.


bp said...

I think this is something I am going to have to continuously monitor as Caleb grows. I want him to be involved but not to be overcommitted and pushing God out of that #1 spot.

luvmy4sons said...

It is so hard to find the right boundaries in this world. There are so many choices...but it IS so important. I have some book reviews tomorrow that have helped us in some of our boundaries with the boys. Hope you are feeling well.

Tammy said...

Boundaries - a difficult thing especially when life is swirling around you. I know we have struggled with this over the years in many different respects. Thank you for the reminder. Also I think it is neat about Kurt C. making the choice not to kiss any other women while filming. May the Lord bless him for it...I also read in a recent Christian newspaper that he wasn't getting paid for this film and most of the actors etc. are volunteers too.

Joanne@ Blessed... said...


Thank you for your sweet comment over at Faith Lifts today.

I so enjoyed my visit here!

Blessings, Joanne

Michelle said...

I have been reading your blog, and not sure if I have commented before, but I get great inspiration from you, and I so enjoy the music too. Some songs I have not heard before, but loved them, so added them my blog. Thank you. Your words are so uplifting, and I thank you for posting them for me to see.

I also enjoyed learning about the movie Fireproof. Thank you for that too. I have copied the code and your notes about it, and I am putting it on my blog as well. I think it would be great if EVERYONE saw this movie. We need to make God FIRST in our lives.

Bless you,

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Michelle,
A post very close to my heart and a very important reminder. Thank you for your visit and for sharing your heart and encouraging words. I'm so blessed when the Lord leads us to meet new friends. Oh and I love the quote on the top, and we seem to like the same songs too *smile*.

God Bless Lorie

Missy said...

Excellent reminders. I was just dealing with some issues with Logan a few minutes ago and it is great to have reminders to keep pointing towards Godliness.

Also, I really want to see that movie. Thats so neat about the kissing his wife! Ahhhh!

Marsha said...

EXCELLENT! Every mother should read this.

Have I told you lately I'm so glad your blogging?