For those of you who are joining us (it’s not too late) for our 9-week summer book club, today is the first week covering the Learning to Speak Life: Fruit of the Spirit Family Devotional. At the beginning of each week, I will be posting a family challenge both here on the blog and in our exclusive Facebook community. The challenges are aimed at increasing family unity and focusing to improve your family intentionally practicing the fruit of the spirit in a practical way: through speaking God’s life-giving words (and actions that follow suit) each day.
An Opening Prayer To Kick Off Our Study
Week 1 Challenge: Love
This week, in addition to beginning the first chapter of the book, my husband (and co-author of the book) and I challenge you to do one or both of the following:
- Sit down with your family and ask each person what makes him/her feel loved. Allow your children to articulate this in their own language and be patient as they express themselves (especially with toddlers, preschoolers, and introverts). Be sure that the adults do the same thing and speak in a way that your children can understand. Once everyone has had the chance to talk about what makes them feel loved, evaluate ways that as a family, you can make sure to speak each person’s love language. We would HIGHLY recommend writing down each family members response so that you can make a real effort to minister to one another on a deeper level.
- Sit down and ask each family member if there is anything that you do to them that makes the feel unloved. Be cautious in your responses to one another as hearts are delicate. Make sure that each person is able to express themselves in an nonthreatening manner – meaning that they won’t be interrupted or scolded for their answers. Walking in love requires many different types of refinement processes, and hearing the truth (as well as speaking the truth) in love is a large and essential part of that process.
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Can’t wait to interact with this special community of women!
All My Love,