Thanksgiving for family

 Thanksgiving for family

November: A month of Thanksgiving:

Week One: Thanksgiving for family:

Story: I have several wonderful student families. A few months after I started teaching Beth and Robert, their parents invited me to their home to share dinner with them. They have a heartwarming family tradition. Each night the parents read a Bible verse to their children. Each child is asked to comment on that verse. This is followed by family prayer before meals. What a marvelous way to inculcate spiritual tradition into the lives of their children.

Moral of the story:

Many are not blessed with such heartwarming stories about family life. It all depends on how each situation is viewed. We can become strengthened by dysfunction in families or we can succumb to a state of victimhood. Gratitude for each family member strengthens the muscles of survival.

Did your family come with a bucket load of dysfunction? Instead of focusing on the negative, try being grateful for their strengths. Think about their positive contributions to family life. Make a list of the ways they supported you.

Quotes about family life:

Anonymous: Family is a group of people who decided to live together, not only to survive, but to love one another, not only for a moment, but for a lifetime.


Whatever happened to “until death do us part?” Today’s skyrocketing divorce rate reflects a lack of commitment to helping, supporting, and loving family members through every life situation. In spite of this, there still remains a core of people who remain dedicated to each other, to their children, and to their communities.


Michael J. Fox:  Family is not an important thing. It’s everything. –

The family is the basic unit of society. It’s the tiniest atom in our social structure. It’s the core of our society. And it’s the essence of our survival.


Mother Teresa – What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” ―


Loving your family is to love your community. Loving your family is to love your country. And loving your family is to bring peace to the world. It all starts at home. It all begins in your living room. And it all spreads to the world at large.

We don’t have to accept everything our loved ones do. But we do need to be kind, respectful, and honorable towards them.

Plan of Action: Think about your family strengths. Learn to focus on them and incorporate those gifts into your life.

Practical Application to Your Life: Do you want your life to bear the fruits of success, happiness, and fulfillment? Do you want to draw upon the gifts your family gave you? Do you want to add value to the world? First love yourself. Then love your family and extend that to your community.

Weekly take away: Exodus 20:12 Exodus 20:12Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.











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