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The Watered Soul: F is for F.A.M.I.L.Y.

Apr 7, 2010

F is for F.A.M.I.L.Y.

Short or tall. Young or old. Big or small. We all were born into some type of family of sort. The composition of families in society has changed. Dynamics in families vary but having a family provides us with a few fundamental ingredients.

Families provide us with a foundation for trust and developing relationships with others. There we learn the fundamental skills needed to forge into the future. Who we become is built upon the experiences we had as children.

Faith: Church and faith has been a part of my life as far back as I can remember. It was through fierce determination of my mother that my siblings and I grew up with the knowledge of the Heavenly Father. All those times spent in Sunday School, YPWW, and even choir practice (which I soooo dreaded) was sowing seeds of faith that would reap an eternal harvest within me.

Fun and Fond Memories: Just during ordinary days I've share so many laughs and good times with my family. And holidays bring back fond memories of Christmas, Thanksgiving, Fourth July, and Easter past. My extended family has a habit of gathering on any and every occasion.

Fan Club: It has been my family that has cheered me on from award ceremonies, graduations, and birthdays. There has not been one occasion that someone was not there encouraging me.

Families are often filled with faults as well. As I was reading a post over at Coffee Rings Everywhere about the author's father, I couldn’t help but feel a tinge of sadness that I don't recall any such tender moments with my dad. Dysfunction in families is nothing new simply read your Bible and you'll find some major feuds and favoritism in families. We are unable to choose our natural families, but we all have to opportunity to become a part of a much greater family-God's family.

P. S. Trying to come up with posts for the A-Z challenge has been fun and frightening. Find other F-related posts here.

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At April 7, 2010 at 8:49 AM , Blogger LisaShaw said...

Very true that we can not select our natural families and often there are situations (dysfunctions and large hurts which I experienced growing up) that happen but I'm grateful for being a part of the Family of Christ! Being adopted into ABBA's Family through Jesus Christ is awesome!

Thanks for sharing!
Blessings to you...

At April 7, 2010 at 11:18 AM , Blogger Shannon said...

Oh so true! Being in God's family is so much better that being in our own dysfunctional families...don't get me wrong, I love my wonderful family, but I love being an heir to the Throne, don't you! Following you now, so glad I found you!This has been a fun challenge so far!

At April 7, 2010 at 1:57 PM , Blogger Raquel Byrnes said...

Great ponderings on the disfunction of families being a timeless, human, folly. Great post.

At April 7, 2010 at 2:41 PM , Blogger Dee said...

I envy you your family. Make sure to tell them how much you love them, and hug them a lot. Many of us can't...

At April 7, 2010 at 6:38 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

I enjoyed reading this and agree that the greatest family we can be a part of is the family of God!

At April 7, 2010 at 7:46 PM , Blogger Kierah Jane Reilly said...

Your post reminded me of what my mother told me when I got engaged. She told me "you can't choose your family, but you can choose your spouse, and you only live with your family for 18 years or so, but you will live with your husband for the rest of your life." And marrying my husband was the best decision I've ever made. Thanks for sharing!

At April 7, 2010 at 10:48 PM , Blogger Wanda said...

Indeed being apart of family of Christ is the best. He super excees what any human can do. @ Kierah I'm glad to hear you have a happy marriage. Great news to a single girl :-)

At April 7, 2010 at 10:54 PM , Blogger Will Burke said...

Thanks for sharing! All good thing to remember as I have a fresh people that needs to learn everything about this place!


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