Blessed! Precious Is Our Family

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.
Colossians 1:9

How do you pray for family members? Our families are our greatest blessings—and sometimes our greatest burdens. When we have tension in our marriages or homes, we suffer deep pain, anger, or anxiety. When we’re worried about a loved one, the distress can become obsessive.

There are four things we can do in every circumstance: (1) Love unconditionally. Remember, loving someone doesn’t mean endorsing his or her behavior. (2) Model the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). When you’re loving, joyful, peaceful and patient, it always improves the climate. (3) As much as possible, keep open the lines of communication. (4) Pray. Convert the prayers of Paul into prayers for your family. For example, the churches in the Colossian region were troubled, but Paul prayed: “…that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord” (Colossians 1:9-10).

Our families are precious blessings that should be treated with prayer. Remember, God can do more with them than we can.

Jesus…is infinitely concerned about those we love and for whom we pray, and he wants to pray with us for them.
Jill Briscoe in “Prayer That Works”

Was I too harsh on you?
Is that why you had to leave?
I shirk at the though of my rage-
that which I hate the most.

I think about you everyday.
Remember how we used to play peek-a-boo.
how we used to tickle each other
wrestle and scare each other

There isn’t a day passed
Every waking moment
my minds eye is filled-
with your countenance

My heart sighs and heaves,
my brow scrunched with remorse.
I miss you so much.
Why did you have to go?

My folks told me
love flows downward more
than it flows upward
How true is that?

I will never deserve your love
because I was never there for you.

Never there to wipe your tears,
never there to hold you or give you a tight hug,
never there to play a game of Uno or Monopoly,
never there to share a laugh or an awkward moment

my world collapsed when u left.
There is a hole in my heart
and it yearns to be filled.

someone asked-
fill it with the love of GOD?
That was easy!

My will collapsed
walking about like a stray dog
edging towards anonymity
with a death wish for ambition.

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