Marriage and Family

Dewater 4

“the good hand of his God was upon him. For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord, and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel.” Ezra 7:9b-10

Well, if you are in the Vancouver / Portland area, you probably have 5-10 inches of snow on the ground. I can’t take credit for the title of my blog today. I must give credit to Zach Marquez. Zach, thank you for your inspiration!

I love the snow! I love playing in the snow at night with my family! And, I love hitting my sons with snowballs as they run away from me; it’s always harder to hit a moving target! As I ready my Bible and drank my coffee this morning while watching the snow outside, I learned about Ezra aiming at his target.

How often do you think about the adjustments that you need to make to be a better son, daughter, husband, or wife? The scripture above really hit me this morning.

Ezra, “set his heart” to know God, to do what He said, and then to teach others the same. To “set your heart” can give a word picture of “adjusting weapons to hit a target”.

We don’t normally think of weapons when we think of relating with our family, or at least I hope you don’t! But, this gives us a picture of making adjustments to be able to hit the target we are wanting to hit.

Lately, I have noticed that my fuse has been a little short with my wife and boys. I do not want to hurt my family; therefore, I need to make some adjustments in my thinking and attitude so that I hit the target of loving them.

What is your target in your relationships? Is your target to have fun together? Is your target to grow in relationship together? Is your target to be the best son, daughter, husband, wife, or parent, you can be?  Is your target for your family to grow in Jesus together?

Whatever your target is, are you hitting it? If not, what adjustments do you need to make?

My encouragement for us this week: Consider the adjustments that you may need to make in order to hit your target. Ask God to help you make those adjustments.

Have a great week!

Marriage Scripture

Ephesians 5:22-33