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I grew up at a time when television was in black and white. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that it was shades of black and gray. Since that’s what we saw, it never occurred to me that the shows were actually in color – that’s how innocent we are as children.

 

I remember the first time I watched tv in full color. Wow! That was fantastic! I got to watch some of the same shows I had previously watched in black and white and I was fascinated. The ability to distinguish colors is priceless. I hear about people who are color-blind and it’s hard for me to imagine what it must be like.

 

Often, we choose the clothes and the gifts we will give to the people we love because of the colors of those objects. Bright colors for some clothes, darker colors for others. Jacob showed Joseph his love for him in a very special way, “He made him a robe of many colors” Genesis 37:3 (ESV).

You can show your love to your family through the gift of color. Love is not just shades of gray…love is in full color.

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Moses reminded the Israelites that, “Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD” Deuteronomy 8:3 (NASB).

 

When the Israelites left Egypt, they didn’t have a bible. They were guided by Moses, who was listening to God. He then taught the people and wrote down God’s instructions. He was the first bible writer. The reason God felt it was important to put down His words in writing is because as much as we need physical food to nourish our bodies, we also need spiritual food to nourish our mind and our spirit.

 

Eating is vital for each of us but eating together nourishes us in many other ways. Sitting down to dinner as a family at least five days a week results in fewer teenage pregnancies, lower levels of depression and lower rates of suicide among boys.

 

In the same way, we should each have personal bible study, but there’s also great benefit when we study it and pray together as a family. Make the Bible a part of every day!

Taking a child into your life, one who was your flesh and blood but rather one God chose for you, is one of the most loving actions from a parent to that child.

 

My supervisor told me once that he sat with his young daughter and told her “If there were a hundred kids lined up by a wall for me to choose from, and you were one of them, I would still choose you.” Adopted children, like biological children, need to be assured daily of their parents’ love.

 

God set the pattern and taught about this loving relationship.  Paul wrote, “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure” Ephesians 1:5 (NLT2)

 

I like the fact that adoption was not a sudden decision or an afterthought in God’s part, like it isn’t for today’s adoptive parents.

 

What a blessing it is for adoptive parents to remember that God also adopted you and loved you with an everlasting love!

Most every family begins when a couples declares their lifetime commitment to each other and to God on their wedding day. They have no idea what their life together will be like, if they will have children or not, or how long life will last. But they can trust that “God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain that he won’t stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns” (Phil. 1:6, CEV).

 

God was there at the beginning and will be there at the end.  Nothing catches Him by surprise, and He knows how to carry us safely to the successful end.

 

Every good thing, every relationship, and every family has a beginning. And every one of these has an end too. Much of what determines the end is what happens at the beginning. It sets the stage for the rest of the relationship.

 

Commit yourself and your relationship to God, follow Him as you begin your life together, and trust Him as He carries you safely from the beginning all the way to the end.

A dictionary defines ability as, “possession of the means or skill to do something.”[1]

 

If you have a specific talent or if you are proficient in something specific, it means that you have the ability to do such things. Perhaps your ability in the family is to cook well. You provide nutritious meals, and you enjoy doing it.

 

Or perhaps you are a handy person, you enjoy fixing things. So, you buy a house and fix and update everything to suit the needs of your family.

 

Your individual abilities contribute to the health and well-being of the entire family. Hoarding selfishly your abilities, hurts you, and your family. Paul said about the church members in Macedonia that, “according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing,” 2 Corinthians 8:3 (NKJV) These people gave not just what they could, but went beyond that, in order to help their brothers and sisters in Corinth.

 

Be generous with your Ability to help and benefit your family.

What amazing creatures are the ants. Sometimes we find them inside our homes. We wonder where they might have come from. The house looks to be so tightly insulated, not even air can get in…but the ants can. And it can be very difficult to get rid of them.

 

I guess I can’t really blame them. They’re always working for the benefit of the colony. I admire them, as they walk single file, sometimes carrying large pieces of a leaf, much bigger than they are. They walk a long distance back to their home, to feed the queen and the rest of the colony.

 

They’re probably some of the most selfless creatures, always giving all they are for the sake and health of the colony.

 

What an example for us to imitate. “Look at an ant. Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two. Proverbs 6:6 (MSG).

 

We should be selfless, like the ant, and work diligently for the benefit of the entire family.

A story is told of a newborn baby that was abandoned in the cold of winter. The mail carrier saw a bundle near a house. He thought he heard the faint sound, perhaps an animal. Carefully he unwrapped the bundle to discover a baby, nearly frozen to death.

Immediately he called 911 and held the baby as close to him to begin to warm him up until the police and ambulance arrived. They took the baby to the hospital, and miraculously, the baby survived.

It is hard for us to understand who would abandon a newborn baby at any time of the year. In many states, all they have to do is take him to a police station or a fire station, no questions asked!

There is one thing we can count on: “The LORD will not abandon his people, because that would dishonor his great name. For it has pleased the LORD to make you his very own people” 1 Samuel 12:22 (NLT2).

God will never abandon us. He loves us…we are His own! Continue Reading »