Is your family wounded or broken today?

I have a certain routine to my day, especially my morning routine. I wake up, spend time with my husband before he leaves for work, have my cup of coffee, read posts and post on FaceBook, then at 7:00 or 7:30 am I always watch Joyce Meyer on tv. She always inspires me and stirs me up. I take notes of her great messages then post them on FB. After that I read 2-3 chapters in the Old Testement and one chapter of the New Testement in my Bible. Next I open my prayer notebook and pray for my friends and my loved ones. Then I get dressed go for my outdoor walk with the dogs and feed my birds. And then continue with the rest of my day.

Well today I joined WordPress.com and I want to start blogging. The more I read, the more excited I got. I have so many painful and joyful and life changing experiences in my life that I would love to share with people. I love to write and I especially want to help people that are hurting. I think God could really us me. I was so engrossed in reading about blogging and readiing people’s blogs that I totally lost track of time.

Then a dear friend called who I have not spoken with in a long time and we chatted and she shared her prayer requests with me. By that time it was time to take my dogs out for a walk- I had not taken them out since 4:30 am and it was already 9:15.

And then it happened. This black cloud settled over me. I did NOT want to read my Bible. I could think of a lot of things I would rather do because I really really did not want to read my Bible. I called one of my best friends. We usually chat on the phone for a while. I explained all of this to her and she prayed a 2 sentence prayer that God would speak to my heart and I would open my Women of Faith Study Bible. I literally had to force myself.

As soon as I started reading the Word of God I was instantly glad I did. I love to read the old familiar stories in Genesis and I read the study notes and I always learn something, I am always comforted or encouraged or inspired or convicted of my sin or just be reminded of the woman God wants me to be.

This morning Genesis chapter 33 spoke especially personally to me. It concerned family relationships. Jacob and Esau were brothers- they never liked each other, they never got along and to make matters worse the mother favored one son and the father favored the other. While the father was on his deathbed his wife and her favorite son tricked the father into giving the birthright and a full blessing to the younger son. ( The custom was the oldest child had the birthright and got his father’s full blessing and the younger brothers would serve the older brother and the older brother would gain all the land and be blessed by God and be prosperous.) Esau, the older son hated Jacob and planned to kill him after his father died. The mother sent Joseph away. Jacob was gone for 14 years- he served seven years working for one wife and another 7 years working for the second wife.

Now we come to Genesis 33. My chapter for today. I understand now why the devil did NOT want me to read this chapter…Jacob is returning home. He fears that his brother, who is approaching with a great army of men will kill him, his family, his servants and all his livestock. Jacob sends his servants ahead to his brother with gifts of livestock. The brother refuses the gifts but instead Esau runs to his brother and embraces his brother and they wept. Their hard hearts were softened and they felt love and mercy and forgiveness for each other.

Does your family live in perfect harmony with each other or is there conflict and strife?My 4 children did not have a happy childhood- they each grew up in different homes- 3 of them were in numerous different foster homes. Each one says they have forgiven me 25 years later but our family is still wounded and broken. One of my adult children visited me on Christmas Eve and we had a great time before he drove back to D.C. Two of my other children drove together from New York and New England to surprise me with a visit. I got to see my granddaughter who I have not seen for 3 years. My child who lives in Michigan was there also with my other two grandchildren… I live in Michigan. We had the happiest 4 days that we have had in many many years. It was a joy to see my children and grandchildren bond with each other. I was filled with joy. Then Friday night words were said in anger- cruel unkind words that left all of us hurt, devastated and angry. My son and my daughter left two days later and two of my children are not speaking to me, I cannot see my grandchildren- they want nothing to do with me and one of my children wants nothing to do with anyone in our family. So, as you can imagine, I am deeply hurt and dissappointed. But I have chosen to focus on the happy times we did share together and now my focus is on God, my loving husband, the two children that do love me and want to be their mother, my dogs, my cat and my birds.

I can see now why not he devil did his very best to keep me from reading the story of Jacob and Esau. If there was hope for these two there is hope for my family- and for yours. Whatever your family situation is God can heal it if we turn to Jesus, ask him to forgive our sin, be our Lord and Savior and put all of our faith in his death on the cross, burial and resurrection. Once we do this we are born again, we become a child of God and we can pray to him and give him all of our worries and cares and burdens and ask him to help us to patiently wait until his timing is perfect. He does not always promise us we will get what we want and we need to ask him to help us accept the things we cannot change… but he hears our every prayer, he loves us, he loves our children and our family members and He knows what is best for us. All I know is that if he could soften the hearts of Jacob and Esau he can soften the hearts of anyone if we pray and trust him and patiently wait.

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12 thoughts on “Is your family wounded or broken today?

  1. Nice first blog1 Did you do it with your computer or phone? Just a suggestion…you can download Grammarly’s app for free, and it will highlight and show you when nd where to add a comma or if you miss-spelled anything. I love it!
    Keep up the good work! Love and God bless~
    S

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  2. Congrats on your first blog and welcome😊. I am 8 months old here so that makes me a veteran. Thanks for visiting my site. May you find peace in everything you do. We really can not make everybody happy and hold it all together.

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  3. Terri I just read this blog on Valentine’s day. God’s timing is always perfect. My one sister Lois has not spoken to me in about three years. I have tried to rekindle our relationship to no avail. Recently, she lost her best friend who died unexpectedly of a heart attack. In an instant, she was gone. I wanted to reach out to her again but was afraid of more rejection. I finally sent her a text message yesterday. She responded, It was brief but it gave me hope that maybe someday we could have a healthy relationship. I’ve prayed for God to soften her heart and who knows, maybe someday when I least expect it, I’ll get a surprise phone call from her. I hope so because this life is fleeting and you never know if we’ll be here tomorrow. Anyway, loved the post. Keep using the gift God gave you. I believe you are touching lives everyday. xo

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  4. I just read this one. I don’t know if I missed it before or if I just don’t remember reading it. Anyway, you did a nice job. I loved the application at the end.

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    1. Actually I wrote this a very long time ago and I had forgotten about it. I was feeling sad about my loved ones not wanting anything to do with me today but this reminded me that God can and does soften hard hearts- it may take years but God is still working in people’s hearts. Thank you for your comment Mary.

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  5. Hi, I found you on the blog party, nice to meet you!

    I am so pleased you have started blogging, there is such a beautiful community online here. It is a great place to share ideas and share friendship. The more you give to this community, the more you receive in return!

    I am so pleased you have found faith, and it supports you everyday. It is nice that you can share your faith and how it influences your life with others through your blog. Your blog has a nice simple layout too, that I really like.

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