The concept of a family makeover may make you shudder. It may be a sense of “That can’t be done” or bring up infomercial cynicism. Or, perhaps, even create sadness because you don’t want to be disappointed… again.
Helping our families grow spiritually is difficult. For many, it is not because we do not want to but because we do not know where to begin. That is where we are headed as we begin Faith Begins at Home: The Family Makeover with Christ at the Center. In the book, we will explore various “makeover” themes (home, parent, child, etc.). But, as the title reminds, parents, grandparents, etc. are major disciplers/mentors in their children’s spiritual lives.
No book is perfect but this short book will provide a place where we can start praying, getting into God’s Word, and seeking the Lord for and with our families. In that, there will be activities and ideas for you to try as a family. So, your commitment and follow through to this series is essential but, never forget, you are not alone…the Holy Spirit is working in your family with the ultimate goal of moving you toward maturity in the image of Christ (cf. Rom. 8:29; 1 Cor. 3:18).
Here’s how we’ll do it:
- Each week we will read a short chapter OR do one of the activities at the end of the chapters.
- A blog post will be put up on Mondays that will get an initial question or discussion started (starting next week). Consider subscribing to the blog so you get an email reminder.
- Over the week, “reply”/discuss the blog post or others’ replies.
- Please note that if you don’t see your posting immediately, it will be up shortly. The blog requires comments to be “validated” (approved for posting), which will be done once or twice a day at minimum.
Please consider these ideas as you begin this experience through the blog:
- Check back regularly.
- Be courageous…interact with a post or reply: Share your family’s experiences, ask questions, make suggestions, add ideas, disagree, discuss, etc. and generally interact with others’ posts and discussion.
- Re-read your reply, thinking about how someone else may “hear”/read it. Writing is a different format than speaking and can be misunderstood. A good question to ask: Would you say this to their face in the same words and way?
- Be respectful, even if you disagree. Don’t attack people.
- Effective “replies” in blogs can be very brief and make it more likely people will read them.
Let’s pray: Heavenly Father, as we begin this study, we desire to seek You. We wish to have the work of Christ transform our families’ lives. May we be prepared to see Your hand, know You more, obey what You call us to, and commit to new practices and changes. Break old habits that we may be transformed as a family into the new creation You have called us to be. To Your glory, through Christ and in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, we pray, Amen.
For Next Monday: Read Chapter 1, The Home Makeover…and check back at the blog on Monday!
The adventure begins…