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We need to build a relationship with God so our families can see it on a daily basis, and so they learn to call on God when you are not there to hold their hands.
Building a godly family takes work on our part. Holiness doesn't come without real change in our lives. We have to be honest with ourselves and ask some difficult questions about what we are really doing as believers.

Where does God fit in your Christian life?
If you don't go to church or fellowship with other believers, your child sees that it is not necessary to be a doer of the Word and "assemble yourselves."
Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds. You should not stay away from the church meetings as some are doing, but you should meet together and encourage each other. Do this even more as you see the day of Christ coming.
(Heb. 10:24-25)
Do you have family devotions or prayer time each day?
Families that uplift one another in prayer are in agreement with God's Word and He will answer their requests.
I tell you the truth, the things you don't allow on earth will be the things God does not allow. And the things you allow on earth will be the things God allows. Also, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about something and pray for it, it will be done for you by My Father in Heaven. This is true because if two or three people come together in My name, I am there with them.
(Matt. 18:18-20 NCVYB)
Does your child see you pray with your spouse?
Anyone who is having troubles should pray. Anyone who is happy should sing praises. Anyone who is sick should call the church's elders. They should pray for and pour oil on the person in the name of the Lord.
(James 5:13,16 NCVYB)

Always be joyful. Pray continually, and give thanks whatever happens. That is what God wants for you in Christ Jesus.
(1 Thess. 5:16-18)
Do you pray out loud at each meal no matter where you are eating?
"Bless this food and us that eats it" isn't a prayer of thanksgiving. Praying before your meal sanctifies your food to make it fit for your body to receive. It protects you from things that could possibly harm you.

Does your child or spouse see you read your Bible?
Do they really see you studying to show yourself approved before God as a person who trained His heirs up properly in the manner He has told you? Will you be ashamed when you see Him?
Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth."
(2 Tim. 2:15)
Do you openly praise God and sing to Him with rejoicing in your heart each day? (Psalms 145-150)

If you are not doing these things, your child knows exactly what your relationship with God is...it's on the back burner and only comes out when there is an emergency.

Can you afford to have your child running on emergency power? Emergency power and energy are temporary and not lasting.

We need to build a relationship with God so our families can see it on a daily basis, and so they learn to call on God when you are not there to hold their hands.

We want to make our family strong, not weaken them and become a crutch to them. Are we disabling or enabling our families for success and happiness?

Begin today with renewing your relationship with Jesus Christ. Become God oriented in all that you do, and watch the changes emerge in your family.

You, too, can have a godly family, but the change must start within you.


Source: Building A Godly Family by Cher Wandell
Excerpt permission granted by Shield of Faith Family & Youth Ministries

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