Would you like this to be a pivotal family Summer? A Summer of crucial importance to the development or success of your marriage and family?
Then I’ve got one word for you: LISTEN.
I predict that during the next several weeks your family will say the most amazing things that hold the potential to make 2016 a pivotal Summer. But will you hear them?
Only if you LISTEN.
It may sound simple, and it is. Yet it’s extremely difficult to succeed at listening in this day and age. I realized just how difficult a few weeks back.
Prompted by the Holy Spirit to ‘pray’ about a gathering with family members, I laid my phone aside and began talking to God. After a 60 second prayer, I reached for my phone to check Facebook.
Yet I heard the Spirit prompting me to continue praying. I obeyed for another minute or so. Again, I reached for my phone and set it back down again at the Holy Spirit’s urgency to keep praying. I prayed some more but picked up my phone again! Eventually I laughed at how silly I must look if someone were watching. That’s when I settled down and began praying on a deeper level for the family I love.
What I didn’t know was that the Holy Spirit’s insistence to pray prepared me to ‘hear’ something a family member said. The words I heard come out of my loved one’s mouth directly connected with something I’d prayed in that deeper level.
I was elated knowing God prepared me to hear what I needed to hear. Yet I very nearly missed the opportunity.
My sinful desire to prioritize personal entertainment via Facebook or Instagram almost won out over my sincere need for prayer. And if I hadn’t prayed, I’m not sure I would have heard the casual statement uttered by my loved one.
Pivotal Family Summer Challenge
Pray for your marriage and children more than you entertain yourself on social media.
How will you accomplish this?
- Choose a time or times each day to check social media or play online games. Limit yourself to these pre-determined moments.
- Pray for your family whenever you have the urge to check social media
- Allow yourself the luxury of lingering in prayer. Ask God to let you know when you’re finished.
- Record or write down the prayer topics you’ve prayed about.
- Watch expectantly for God’s movement
- Praise Him for all He is doing
Prayer for a Pivotal Family Summer
Dear Lord, Position me to be in the right place at the right time and in the right mind to ‘hear’ what’s going on in the deep places of my husband and children’s hearts this Summer. Help me to resist the lure of distractions that tempt me to entertain myself more than I pray, because in communication with you, you prepare me to ‘hear’ the wealth of data coming out of my family’s mouths. Give me wisdom to know how to respond to what I hear. I want this to be a pivotal family Summer when my relationships with my husband and children develop and improve. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.