06 Jun

As I was watching and observing people at the Camp Mabry National Day of Prayer Luncheon to honor our military heroes – those now enlisted – the word “Family” kept coming to my mind. I saw that these brave warriors of God shared a unique bond. They were “Family.”

Many of us have had to change our definition of family. Divorce and death greatly alter family dynamics. The blending of two families by remarriage changes life again. Careers, especially military and mission work, take us from our family of origin as we go to new and unfamiliar locations. Those in our new environment become our families – sometimes temporary, sometimes permanent.   For others, home life may have been so difficult that new relationships have to be formed and these people become family.

Often relationships in our new families grow so deep that agape love is practiced. This type of love honors and pleases God.

Humans don’t like change. We like adventure, but we also like to go back to a place of security. When our security changes, we tend to resist the new dynamics and possible blessings that God wants to give us.

When new people come into our lives – especially into strategic relationships and units, we often reject them. We fail to realize that God puts us in each other’s lives for a reason. As a result, we often miss out on the earthly human love and acceptance we yearn to give and receive. We also miss out on untold blessings and the opportunity to develop new Godly wisdom, insight, understanding, and yes, those “adventures” we desire.

While it is imperative that we use discernment in engaging with the people we are involved with, it is even more important that we pray and seek God’s leading and counsel first. God is the author of relationships, and He knows what He’s doing. If God has put us together for reason, then we have the opportunity to see His presence and His mighty hand at work in our lives.

Sometimes His presence in these situations does not produce feel-good blessings. They may contain impacting lessons to deepen or strengthen our faith, and as a result, give us new wisdom, compassion, and Godly revelation.

As you interact with the “Family” God has blessed you with today, please be assured that you are in this situation for a reason. Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

God loves you and wants the best for you. He is with you and has no intentions of leaving you. You and God are “Family”.

When you look to God above people, He will give you the perseverance to accept change and unpleasant or unfamiliar situations. He will also give you peace that develops into joy. Then you will be able to marvel at the blessings and wisdom He has given you.

May God bless you in the dynamics of your current “Family”.

I am pleased to announce that my book, #The Time Will Come, will be featured at the #International Christian Retail Show at Cincinnati, Ohio, June 26-29, 2016.

Thank you for allowing me to share this BLOG with you.  I post a new Blog on the first Monday of each month.

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