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Family Connection

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.” – Psalm 127:3, NIV

Susan’s oldest daughter was starting high school in the fall, and her younger children would be moving into middle school. Susan knew that time to connect with and minister her kids was about to become limited.

“As kids grow, they have less time. They’re busy preparing for the next stage of life, and I want that for my kids. But I also know that means I need to be intentional about building family connections.”

So Susan started a weekly family dinner on Thursday nights. It was the one night of the week that no one had plans. The meals she picks are easy – often going for a theme like build your own pizza, design your sub, or create a salad. Each child customizes their dish, and they get to spend time together as a family.

It’s hard to keep family connections strong when so many things are pulling us apart. But making time together – even if it’s just once a week – is so important. It keeps your family strong and connected.

Of course, that doesn’t mean every meal will be perfect. Susan’s kids sometimes argue, bicker, and tease one another. In moments like that, Susan tries to slow down and discuss the importance of kindness with her kids.


Lord, please strengthen my bond with my kids. They’re preparing for the next stage of life, and I love that they’re becoming more independent. But I want to be intentional about this season of their lives. Show me how to pour more grace and love into them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

December 31 Devotional

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