Just a list of sorts. Some things I’ve picked up over the last few years, some things that are more recent. Maybe at some point I’ll think about this a little more, but for now hopefully you find something to encourage you in your own family and all the struggles therein. Much love.
- Different families do different things <– Something I’ve said enough, my kids now say it to each other.
- It’s easy to feel as if we are doing something wrong if our families don’t function how we expect or how we assume other people’s families must function.
- There is no shame in feeling like your family is struggling.
- Judging our family be arbitrary standards is ridiculous.
- We are not meant to be the perfecters or fixers of our families. Peacemakers and image-bearers? Yes. Fixers, perfecters, holding-it-all-together-ers? No.
- By the grace of God, how our families look from the outside or works functionally has nothing to do with our standing before God.
- He does not judge the appearance of things, order, or lack thereof. He sees each individual piece and person of our life as we do our best and worst.
- We are beloved children for whom he has already done everything to make it all right.
- He’s got this.
- Even though I know that, sometimes it is a challenge to be in the midst trying situations and allow myself to be happy, present, or even pleasant. Sometimes it feels easier to obsess or mope.
- Joy and struggle hang in disharmony, but their coexistence is vital for a whole together family.
- We are all just figuring this out as we go along despite how it seems from the outside. Life can be complicated and ridiculous.
- I’ve found I can choose defeat, fight it all helter-skelter, or inch along with great hope and a palmful of faith.
- I alternate regularly between the three, but hope keeps me coming back.
This month I am joining the #write31days community to explore the idea of the Whole Together Family because I believe we get be who God created us to be – together. Find the whole list posts here or click on the image.