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August 8, 2011


There are times in our family where things are peaceful and everyone is getting along and then there are mornings like this morning where it seems that there is quarrelling and discord everywhere I turn.

Satan attacked family/brothers/sister/relationships from the beginning of time. And he hasn't stopped.

The family is a very strong unit when there is harmony. God has perfectly fit different personalities, strengths & weaknesses to form a unit that is not easily broken...that is until Satan throws the darts of discord.

It can be something so insignificant that starts the spark. This morning it was a muffin....an insignificant little muffin! Or resentment of cleaning up someone else's mess, or the annoyance of the younger trying to keep the older "in line!"

There are so many things that can cause discord in a family. That is why we have to be on guard. A seemingly little thing can fester and get way out of control.

We always tell our kids that it's about our heart. We CANNOT fix or change someone else's heart. But we can change or fix ours. And when we work on our heart, it's amazing how things seem so much better....even though the situation hasn't changed much. If we, as families, can get that one little concept into our hearts, we will have harmony.

The attack on the family is not by accident. Satan knows how far a family can go for the Lord if there is harmony. The state of your family today will affect generations to come. We need to stop thinking just about the here and now and start thinking about the next and next and next generations. If we have family discord now....but by the grace of God, it will continue on. Likewise if we have family harmony now....it will affect generations to come.

Often when some or all of us have sung together as a family, people have commented on the beautiful harmony. And the same when I hear some families sing together....the harmony is so perfect. It is easy on the ears.

The same when we are in harmony in our relationships as a family....it's a beautiful thing. It's amazing what can be accomplished when there is harmony! Everyone working together for a common goal.

And that's why I believe it makes Satan shudder when he sees a family work together in harmony. Because he knows what it can do for the kingdom of God.

Yesterday our pastor gave a message about not letting go of God, no matter what comes our way. He also talked about STANDING when the darts of the enemy come.

As we are training our children today....it's not just about petty arguments and little spats....it's about family harmony. It's a huge deal! Let's not get shot down by the fiery darts....rather let's STAND STRONG!!!

And when families are strong and they join together as a church....imagine the impact that will have! We will already know how to get along, we will know how to handle opposition, we will see the insignificance of petty things, we will know how to work on our hearts....we will be STRONG!!!

God has created an amazing unit...the family. It wasn't by accident...it was by design! 

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

“The absence of doctrinal teaching and preaching is certainly one of the causes for the present lamentable ignorance in the church. But a still more influential cause is found in the failure of the most important of all Christian educational institutions. The most important Christian educational institution is not the pulpit or the school, important as these institutions are; but it is the Christian family. J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937)


"YES my hands are full and so is my heart". said...

I need some advice on how to teach our children to LOVE each other. seems our oldest two age 8 and 9 are just out to hurt each other and fight it's really tough. I am at my wits end on how to fix the problem. whats your advice???

The Munck Family said...

Sorry today started off rocky hope it's better now. We to have those moments and makes for such tension and if not delete with can fester into many other ugly things ...much to Satans delight!

Great post and reminder to keep our focus on our own actions and heart first. We must seek each moment to live like Christ.


The Pauls' Family said...

Thanks Laura for your encouragement.....so glad to have you as a friend :)

"Yes, my hands are full and so is my heart" (sorry, I don't know your name). Training our children to love each other starts right from when they are very little. We have found that teaching our children the fruits of the Spirit right from when they are little, and actually using those works, be gentle, be kind, be loving....and use them over and over. There is power in those words and the truth behind them. Use them often!

But that doesn't mean that your girls can't make a turn for the better now. There is always hope....but it comes with hard work & God's grace.

I don't know if you read my previous post on friends for life?http://maprap.blogspot.com/2011/07/friends-for-life.html
These are some of the things that we practice as a family that really lend towards helping brothers and sisters get along.

This is a very broad subject and is by no means a quick fix. If you would like to send me an email I would love to talk further about this with you :)