Are the present patterns of your home healthy or unhealthy patterns

Schedules of the Incredible Family
Patterns – Part 1

Scripture Reading:  Philippians 3:17-21

Key Verse: Philippians 3:17

Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you.

In the next few days we are going to look at the schedules of incredible families.  Families that honor God, honor each other, and live in peace, pay attention to their schedules.  Like anything that we feel is important, intentionality becomes a key word.  Life can control us or we can control life.  It is our decision.  Life in our society easily gets out of control.  We can feel stressed and overwhelmed—far from the abundant life Jesus came to give us!

            In today’s printed key verse, the Apostle Paul uses the word “patterns.”  One definition of the word pattern is creating a distinctive style; a combination of qualities, acts and tendencies.  When we decide that we want our homes to be incredible, we must determine to create our own distinctive style.  We do that by putting in place patterns; the acts and tendencies that we determine to be wholesome and helpful to all members of our home.

            As you consider the present patterns of your home and family members, do you see unhealthy patterns?  Make a list of consistent characteristics that are exhibited in your family life that you feel strongly need to change if your family is going to be a safe and wholesome place.  Lay that list before the Lord in prayer.  Ask God to give you wisdom for solutions.  (Continued)

Father, I want the patterns of my life to honor you and bless my family.  Grant me wisdom to form biblical patterns.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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