Day 18: Family

My heart has been turning towards home recently. As our children get older and approach graduation, I feel a deep longing to lean in. I want to know what they are thinking, how they are feeling, what they are worried about, what is scaring them, what excites them, what tempts them, what makes them feel alive. Not in a nosy or untrusting way, but from a place of love and care as their parent.

I have been known over the years to let discontentment and distraction win. I have always valued caring for my family, whether I worked outside the home or not, but so often my head was elsewhere during my interactions with my husband and kids.

Thankfully, it’s always a good time to turn towards those people God has placed in our sphere – to really see and value them, to really know who they are and what they are about. Offering those in our home our simple, steadfast presence is such a gift. After all, it’s what Immanuel (God with us) does for you and I.

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Prayer Prompt:

Write down the names of the people you live with or the people you interact with on a regular basis. Pray over each person.