It doesn’t matter whether you were raised with both parents, one parent, or none-–who can you look to as ‘family’ who lifted your spirits when you were down, kept you in-line when you were about to stray far from reach, and made the storms bearable when all you really wanted was sunshine?
Who in your life helped you see and appreciate the power in the twisting storm, only to look forward to the rainbow that appeared soon after? Who disciplined you to keep you from running around like a rabid animal? Who dried your tears when the pain was unbearable?
That individual or those persons you are visualizing are your family, and you should thank God for placing them in your life.
What mistake did we make where children don’t think twice about striking an adult in anger, and there are no repercussions? When did it become okay for children to talk back to adults without fear of punishment? What has happened where children can use profanity towards adults and get away with it?
Children are to always follow, obey, and be respectful. A man is to maintain order within his family in a respectful manner, which means in and through love not hate or fear. That means a loving discipline of children, not pacification and spoiling nor does it mean any form of abuse. A man is to lead his wife through loving protection, guarding her from harm. Not acting as dictator and bully, forcing her to do as he says when he says it.
God expects man to lead in love not force, and definitely not abuse. God expects men to be men and to protect their families, work hard, be respectful of self and others, and lead by example. God expects men and women to be graceful, respectful, honorable, hardworking, disciplined, and capable of taking care of the family.
We have women manipulating men into baby traps and marriage, yet they are missing the valuable components necessary to be good mothers and wives. We have men strolling around casually having sex and not concerned about getting a girl or woman pregnant, or contracting a sexually transmitted infection.
We have more babies being born into this world by careless individuals who were only concerned about the short moments of passion and not the long-term responsibility of parenthood.
Father, I know that You have amazing plans for me as You willed my eyes open that I might see another day. You kept my heart pumping and blood flowing so that I might live fully another day. I thank You Father. I thank You for my family, those connected through blood, relation, or life’s circumstances. Help me to be mindful of all of the ways that I need to love, support, and invest in my immediate and extended family relationships. Help me to positively pour into the lives of the very people who bring me joy and sometimes frustration. Help me to see myself and them as You do, so that I never take for granted this blessed life that I live. In Jesus’ name I humbly and faithfully pray. Amen.
I thank You for my family, those connected through blood, relation, or life’s circumstances. Help me to be mindful of all of the ways that I need to love, support, and invest in my immediate and extended family relationships. Help me to positively pour into the lives of the very people who bring me joy and sometimes frustration. Help me to see myself and them as You do, so that I never take for granted this blessed life that I live. In Jesus’ name I humbly and faithfully pray. Amen.
Natasha’s Added Self-Prayer:
Father, Your grace placed me in the lives of parents who could command respect because they lived respectful lives, and respected others. I thank You for touching them in a way where they applied discipline and structure in my life. The rules of my childhood are still applicable to me this day, and will be applicable to my children in years to come. Thank You for the lessons taught for I have learned a great deal about myself, my family, my friends, and the world.
Thank You for being my source of love, joy, strength, wisdom, intelligence, kindness, and inspiration. Thank You for loving me enough to never let me go. Thank You for blessing me with an awesome family and encouraging friends. I love You Father. To You I give all the glory. Amen.