God created families as the most basic building blocks of his church. Of course, every family looks different: some with grandparents sharing space, others with adult children at home, many with just one parent, and some with only a husband and wife. No matter the makeup, there are bound to be underlying conflicts, personality differences, and sometimes even serious dysfunction.
Even in these imperfect families, we can find refuge for our battle-weary souls. Within the confines of our homes, we can find rest from the stresses of life—if we have fostered an atmosphere of uplifting conversation, supportive prayer, and reliance upon God.
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 32; 57; 91; Isaiah 26:1–15; Ephesians 4:25–32; 6:10–20
• Identify the Current Issue
• Discover the Eternal Principles
—Teaching point one: Make your home a hideaway from the world (protection and safety).
—Teaching point two: Turn your table talk into something transforming (trust).
—Teaching point three: Let God's Word lift your family's spirits (hope).
—Teaching point four: Make family prayer a refuge for the heart.
• Apply Your Findings
• Recommended Resources
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• "Dinner Table Talk in a Violent World" by Carla Foote
(April 18, 2007, for GiftedforLeadership.com)
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