Building Strong Family Bonds
Building strong family bonds is valuable. As a believer in Christ, you will realize that family is critical to God’s plan for your life, and it’s up to you to seek His guidance to foster and strengthen your family relationships.
Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
– Psalm 127:1 ESV
As a parent or guardian, it’s your job to shape your kids’ beliefs and values, and one of the most effective ways to do that is by spending quality time with them in every aspect of your life – work, discussion, church, vacation and games.
Life is crazy busy, and distractions are everywhere. But one practical way to make a difference is to make a conscious effort to prioritize family time and discussion.
- Turn off the screens; put down your phone and concentrate on one another.
- Play games, take walks and talk to each other.
- Ask open-ended or inquisitive questions, not yes or no questions.
- Well-constructed, engaging questions always invoke discussion.
- Ensure you’re giving your family your complete attention integrated with God’s Word and His help.
With God’s guidance, your efforts in demonstrating care and interest will withstand the test of time and build deep family bonds.
Quality time is important, but there is more. You must also intentionally create a culture of love and respect in your home. Purposely treat each other with kindness, understanding and forgiveness. When conflicts arise (and they will), you have to resolve them in a way that honors God and strengthens your relationships.
When you prioritize your relationship with God, you invite His wisdom and guidance into your family.
Today’s One Thing
Prioritize quality family time together, create a culture of love and respect in your home, and build your family on a foundation of faith. Pray and ask God where to start. Make a list of three things to implement this week.