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Family- What If Everything Isn’t Alright?

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Psalms 68:6- God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry [land].

What if I’m not a part of a biblical family? Mom, dad, siblings, etc.? Well, here are some things to consider:

God has a plan for family, and the plan works!
We can change the plan by redefining marriage and family.
What is the plan?

Genesis 2:23-24- And Adam said, This [is] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
(See also Prov. 5:18, Mat. 19:7.)

But the hope for all is in the scripture I’ve quoted all week: God places the lonely and apart in families; he leads captives out of chains. Moms, dads, and children can receive the benefits of family even when the family doesn’t start out according to God’s plan.

4 ways to help redeem families
Train your own children
Mentor other children, moms, or dads
Foster or adopt children
Be the best family you can be, with the help of Jesus

Just as sure as I know God wants strong, biblical families, I am sure He intends for all to experience the blessings of being in a family and will make a way for that to happen!
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Family- What Every Child Should Get Out Of It

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Psalms 68:6- God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry [land].

Why does God set those who are alone in families? Rather than ask the question, “How do children benefit from family?”, I’m simply going to tell you what children should get; I am especially passionate about this as I have worked with troubled and abused children for over 5 years now.

As we continue looking at the concept of family, can we consider that the weakness of one limb (mother, father, children) might be directly related to a sickness in the body(the family)?

A broken home and a shattered concept of family only bodes poorly for children. A strong home will provide:
Strength of identity and belief- a child should always know they are a part of something bigger than themselves
Caring, married parents, with equal but distinct influences
Order and discipline- a child should always know what to expect
Respect and approval- a child should always be afforded a sense of personhood
Examples of the Heavenly Father as experienced through their parents.

Children grow up too fast these days, most often not by choice. Allowing children to experience childhood is a great gift.

I haven’t drawn any lines related to age- from birth to adulthood, all of us are someone’s child, and we can all continue to reap the benefits of being sons and daughters throughout our lives.

How have you experienced the benefits of family as a son or daughter?

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