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Saturday, October 31, 2015

build your ohana

Making bunk bed tents,
chasing boys or girls without the pressure of ring by spring,
sleeping on Mom and Dad's bed,
hiding under Grandma's wing--

What was the best part of your childhood?

For me, it was my family. Not just the seven people who kept our house filled with noise and activity, but the people who filled my life with goodness and safety. Family is everyone I love and loves me in return.


As a mother, family means more to me than it did before. Even now as a mother, family is more important than I can know. It is strength and courage. It is refuge and second chances.

If we do it well.

For many of us, I think we're getting the "go forth and multiply" part of family down (Gen. 1:28). Honestly, that part's fun. But that's not all family is...is it?


If we know God, we know the things He gives and allows have a purpose. Family's no different. Couples "go forth and multiply," creating families. Families "exist as a blessing," making God known (Gen. 12:1-3).

The families we build and tribe to which we belong show others the generosity of God's love1. Build and belong intentionally.


"Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve...But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD" (Jos. 24:15).

sincerely,


NOTES
1 Romans, Bruce, p. 184