Breaking Bread for 12.10.19

Scripture

He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect.

1 Timothy 3:4 NIV

Reflection

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.

Where have we made the wrong turn when parents no longer have respect from their children? Where did we go wrong where kids feel entitled to have whatever they want at their parents and family’s expense, regardless of their financial situation?

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?

When did it become okay to disrespect our elders? When did a shift occur where women took on every aspect and characteristic of head-of-household, and the men sit by like church mice or disappear altogether? When did we lose control of our families and our children? When did order become chaos?How will we ever regain our proper standing in life and in God’s Kingdom?

Men have always been called by God to lead. God commanded man to honor and respect women, and to treat and love their wives as they would themselves. Women have been called to be the support system, navigator, and co-pilot for the family. Women are to honor and respect the man for his role in their family and in God’s Kingdom.

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.

But we shifted from this. We have distractions from the world– when our minds and hearts are to be focused on God, His plan, and what He has in store for our families.

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.

We have turned to idols in technology and entertainment…no different than the children of Israel turning to various idols after leaving Egypt. We are repeating a cycle. Forty years the children of Israel walked around the wilderness because they just wouldn’t listen and obey. How many years have we been ‘lost’? How many years will we continue to walk around in this ‘wilderness’?

We must reclaim our families. We must live our lives as God intends, living in the world but not of the world. Enjoying the blessings while not worshipping the products. We have to start getting back on track now if we ever hope to see the Promised Land.

Prayer

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, I also thank You for my parents, for my family, and for my true friends. I thank You for providing me with loving and nurturing people who surround me and encourage me to be the best person that I can be.

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.

Even with my father gone physically, I know that spiritually he is and always will be with me. Each day I work a little harder, overcome one more hurdle, challenge one more fear because my father led by example and taught me that nothing can hold us back because You are the problem solver.

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.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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