Appreciating Your Family
November 25, 2020

Life seems at times to drag on when we are bored or bombarded with problems.  However, our life span truly is brief, especially since we do not know how many years we have on the earth.  The Bible says in James 4:14 “You do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” Unfortunately, some of us waste these precious hours, bickering with our loved ones about petty and trivial matters. We take for granted our relatives who God has graciously given us to love and serve.  I know there are family situations and issues that are deplorable and have created tension and brokenness in relationships. However, I am talking about the typical, daily interaction that we have with them.

Sometimes, we think the grass is greener on the other side and begin to wish our spouses, children, siblings, and even extended family or in-laws were like someone else.  Instead of complaining or comparing them to others, pray the following thanksgiving scriptures over them.

“Night and day I mention you in my prayers. I am always grateful for you, as I pray to the God my ancestors and I have served with a clear conscience.” – 2 Timothy 1:3

“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you.” – Colossians 1:3

“For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God.” – 1 Thessalonians 3:9

In addition, mealtime can be utilized to nurture rapport with our family members.  Everyone’s schedule is busy, making it difficult to sit down around the table and eat together, but if made a priority, it is invaluable.  Eating together as a family is a powerful and wonderful way to hear about each other’s day and reconnect with one another.  Also, we should strive to appreciate those around us more – especially the people we live with.  Tell them that you love them often, praise their kind deeds, do special things for them or write them a note of affirmation and thankfulness.  Little acts of appreciation go a long way!!!


“To You, O God, I give thanks and praise, for you have done wonderful things. You alone are worthy of honor and glory. Thank you for the loved ones you have given me.  I am grateful for our happy and special moments.  Forgive me for complaining about my family, instead of finding something good to say about them or keeping quiet.  I know they are not perfect and neither am I.  Help me to see them the way you do, love them unconditionally, and appreciate them.  In Jesus’ name – Amen.”

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