The Wonder and Certain Need of Family

The Wonder and Certain Need of Family

mom strengthening daughterby Rachel Allison

This past weekend my three sisters and I assembled for some much needed emotional strengthening. Our conversations focused on the battles that our children and grandchildren are facing, and how we as women of faith could fortify and support them against the onslaught of all the harmful influences they are facing.

Our concerns range from pornography to misplaced priorities, and from apathy to dishonesty.  During one conversation my oldest sister reminded us of a scripture found in the New Testament.

“For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” (I Cor. 14:8)

And we were reminded of just how important our example is to those who are struggling.  We cannot expect our children and grandchildren to stand strong if they see us being complacent. Our children/grandchildren should not wonder what our values are.  There should never be any doubt about whether we would choose honesty, reliability, loyalty, and integrity.  Our lives must be totally honorable. They have enough of the dishonorable thrown at them.  They see enough hypocrisy.

At the beginning of our weekend together, discouragement was palpable.  But four days together gave all of us the courage and strength to renew our efforts in our battle to help our children/grandchildren reach their potential.

I just love my sisters.  I love the fact that we are best friends.  I love knowing that they care about my children and grandchildren, and I care about theirs. I love the fact that they are good honorable women who have an inner strength that helps me to be strong. I love being able to laugh and cry with them. And I’m grateful for the confidence they foster within me that gives me the courage to battle the forces that can destroy those I love.

Is there any wonder why we should value and safeguard the  family? There are those who advocate the importance of protecting the endangered.  Of all things most endangered, it is certainly the strong and loving family that is worth protecting.

 

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  • Beth Whitaker
    Posted at 18:47h, 17 July Reply

    Well said! I couldn’t agree with you more! I have seven precious sisters and one brother and we also gather together at least twice yearly. Somehow when we share our seemingly insurmountable concerns with each other the advice we receive puts them in a “doable” perspective. Invariably someone else is going or has gone through a similar challenge and gives such wise counsel. We always come away strengthened, renewed, reminded of our shared memories, and committed to the making of new ones. We must safeguard and strengthen the family so that our great-grandchildren can have sweet experiences with their siblings so they can strengthen each other’s families and on and on…..

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