TUESDAY 2nd Week in NOVEMBER GROWN UP CONVERSATIONS

The Circle of Life

Someone said, “If you look at the people in your circle and you don’t get inspired – you don’t have a circle. You have a cage.”

We inherit traits from our parents like our height, nose, lips, eyes – we can also inherit curses or blessings. There are some behavioural patterns that are disturbing when we see them being repeated in our generation.

When we look at our family circle certain behaviors can often trigger stories we heard growing up. For instance, separation or divorce, parenting skills or lack thereof, unemployment and financial problems, illnesses, drugs, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, and the list can go on and on. If what you’re seeing aren’t  inspiring you and you’re not being moved to take action – you have become a prisoner to the disorder.

Be the person who dares to break the cycle assuring that unhealthy patterns in your family ends with you. We can’t change decisions and choices made by previous generations, but we can choose what we don’t want to be affiliated with and the example we want to live for those after us.

Deuteronomy 11: 26 -28 says, “Listen to me. I’m setting a blessing and a curse in front of you today. I’m giving you the commands of the Lord your God today. You will be blessed if you obey them. But you will be cursed if you don’t obey them. So, don’t turn away from the path I’m now commanding you to take. Don’t turn away by worshiping other gods you didn’t know before.”

God clearly gives us all a freewill to choose either a blessing or a curse. As parents we have the primary responsibility and God-given authority to teach us children laying a firm foundation.

Deuteronomy 11: 19-21 says, “Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home. Talk about them when you walk along the road. Speak about them when you go to bed. And speak about them when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses. Also write them on your gates. Then you and your children will live for a long time in the land. The Lord promised to give the land to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Your family line will continue as long as the heavens remain above the earth.”

There are no perfect families but there’s always a perfect God. If you didn’t come from a healthy family, make sure a healthy family comes from you. The most important work we can ever do in life is what’s behind the walls of our homes.

Family laughs and learns. Prays and protects. Apologizes and appreciates. Fights and forgives. Teases and trust. Gives and grows. Believes and belongs. Family is FOREVER.

PRAYER TIME: Thank You LORD for my family. Break generational curses in my life and in my children’s life. Thank You for loving us for who we are and for we are becoming. Help us to set up healthy boundaries to keep Your blessings within. In Jesus Name, Amen

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