Blending Families in the Kitchen
"...choose for yourselves today whom you will serve ...but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." (Josh. 24:15)
What is the FOCUS of your family?
"Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it." (Ps. 127:1)
"How blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways... Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine within your house, your children like olive plants around your table. Behold, for thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord." (Ps. 128:1, 3-4)
Set RESPECT as your goal, rather than performance.
"Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others." (Phil. 2:3-4)
"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her (Eph. 5:25)... and let the wife see to it that she respects her husband (Eph. 5:33). Children, obey your parents in the Lord (Eph. 6:1)... And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." (Eph. 6:4)
Seek to UNDERSTAND, rather than try to persuade.
"My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires." (James 1:19 NIV)
- Seek to UNDERSTAND, rather than try to persuade.
Be patient with the PROCESS.
"Therefore... clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." (Col. 3:12-13 NIV)
"I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants." (Deut. 30:19)