Marriage and Family

Dewater 4

“And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord” Luke 2:22

Drive here, drive there. Visit this side, visit that side. The holidays are great and the holidays can be tiring. Family is amazing and family can be stressful. It would be wise of parents to practice slowing their families down to present themselves and their children to the Lord.

Tomorrow, our family is going to do just that. We are headed to our 4th annual Dewater God Retreat. This is a time for us to slow down. This is a time for us to build relationship with each other. This is a time for us to build relationship with God. Play, Pray, and Partake is the name of the game. We are going to play as a family. We are going to pray as a family. And, we are going to partake as a family.

Play. We will play in the pool together. We will play board games together. Playing together as a family leads to stronger relationships with each other and also can help lower the barriers that have been built up because of life. Play can lead to Pray.

Pray. We will pray together. We will pray when we start our drive to the location. We will pray before meals. We will pray before our Bible studies. We will pray to bring in the New Year. We will pray before bed. We will pray before we watch a movie. Praying together as a family leads to stronger relationships with each other and God. Some families might find it hard to pray together, especially if you have not practiced it. It’s important to have times of play to build relationship to pray. Pray can lead to Partake.

Partake. We will partake of God’s Word together. We will partake of some teaching videos together. We will partake of some good food together! Strong relationships are built on a steady diet of partaking together. Many families partake of entertainment together. Many less partake of God together. If you want to grow in partaking in God together, consider getting more intentional about your play and pray which will help you partake of God together.

How does your family practice play, pray, and partake?

My encouragement for us this week: Figure out ways for your family to play, pray, and partake together!

Have a Great Week with your family!

Marriage Scripture

Ephesians 5:22-33