FOCUS DAY 15:
HEAVENLY CONVERSATION 15: “Friends with the Rule-Maker."
KEY: F (God the Father Speaking);J (God the Son, Jesus Speaking); S (God the Holy Spirit Speaking) [Read the verse(s) and “Heavenly Conversation” as a family. Suggestion: Choose a different family member to read each part of God’s conversation.]
F “Christmas is about belonging! We are family.”
J “Those who accept our Christmas gifts are family, too.”
S “Our whole point of relationships is for love in families.”
F “My gift of belonging, which is so important for healthy and loving families, is one of my God-the-Father images; it is part of everyone’s developmental dimension(psyche – soul). I want every person to know and experience the importance of belonging to a family, especially ours, in choosing their life stories. Everyone needs to belong.”
J “Learning to appreciate each other’s designs and know their needs are both important gifts to belonging.”
S “Belonging to a family helps people understand personal boundaries, develop their self-worth, and become responsible and accountable in their relationships.”
F “Achieving healthy family relationships develops the TRUTH of belonging, and helps everyone know that they are never alone. This is important to know when Satan lies and tries to tell someone that ‘others do not need them’, or that ‘no one wants me in their family’.”
J “We always want them to be a part of our family!”
S “When a natural family is unhealthy, our spiritual family can become increasingly important. People can develop healthy belonging skills in our spiritual family as well as their biological families. Satan is such a liar!”
F “Yes, but we have it covered. Everyone can belong!”
J “Yea! Christmas can be a family birthday celebration!”
S “Belonging to a family takes work and lots of love.”
F “Elizabeth and Zacharias found that out when he went mute. They kept loving each other, however.”
J “My earthly parents had to be patient with my calling when they started home without me. I was obeying you, Father, by teaching at the temple. It was a hard time, but it helped us build love and respect for each other.”
S “Learning to forgive and rebuild trust when needed takes love, too. Everyone has to do this. Families, because they are relationships between people, are never perfect.”
F “The important thing is that I designed everyone to never be alone. Jesus, I placed you into an earthly family to be loved and grow up in a healthy way.”
J “Paul wrote, ‘... for this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I ask that out of the riches of His glory He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, …’. [Ephesians 3:14-16]”
S “Families are a great design, Father. We can all belong to your family in both heaven and on earth. Just like earthly parents, families help believers develop healthy lives.”
F “Belonging is one of my favorite God-Images and gift we can celebrate at Christmas. No one is ever really alone.”
Ephesians 3:14-16; John 3:16; “… for this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I ask that out of the riches of His glory He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, …” Ephesians 3:14-16
MY CHOICE DAY 15:
I will be connected and protected by family.
DAY 15 ACTIVITIES:
OPTIONAL: Discover God’s BELONGINGLove-Image in Your Life
Find BELONGING on your 9lovelinks Puzzle. Notice that it is one of the Father’s images in your life. Take some time today and throughout Advent to discover God’s BELONGING in your life. Look at BELONGING in the purple icon contents.
OPTIONAL: Complete the BELONGING Study
♥ Link 4 - Learn to be “connected and protected” by family.