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Family First

So the Lord gave Solomon wisdom, as He had promised him; and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a treaty together. Then King Solomon raised up a labor force out of all Israel; and the labor force was thirty thousand men.

─ 1 Kings 5:12-13 NKJV


“How does your husband do it all,” Andrea asked her friend, Shelly. “He coaches your boys’ little league team, works full time and is finishing his bachelor’s degree, right?”

“Yes,” Shelly replied with a smile. “He’s amazingly determined to put family first and still achieve his goals. He leans into God for strength and asks God for wisdom. He also is willing to ask for help, like asking others to cover him when he’s late to a game or needs help with things at the house so he can study.”

King Solomon, the wisest of the kings of Israel, put family first. When it came time to build the temple, he drafted three times more workers than needed and then scheduled their work so that they didn’t have to be away from their families for long periods of time (1 Kings 5).

Here are some ways to let your family know they are your first priority:

  1. Always take their call.
  2. Leave work at work.
  3. Always show up on time.
  4. Talk about what your family wants to talk about and listen actively.
  5. Show affection.
  6. Bless/praise your family daily.

Today’s One Thing

Choose one of the items from the list to do this week to put your family first.