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Be Present Where You Are – part 3

When you’re at home, how many times have you been in the middle of a conversation with your spouse or child and you see a text pop up on your phone…or you get a call from a Board member or member of your congregation? Do you stop your conversation to answer the phone or text? Why? The text will still be there later – voice mail was invented for a person to leave a message. Unless ‘911’ is in the text or phone message, it can wait. When you’re at home…be there – physically, emotionally and mentally. Your family will notice!

A family commitment.
Have each member of the family write down that they will be committed to the family, and how they will live this out. Encourage each other every day.

– Plan family activities as a whole, but also with individual family members.
Whether it’s taking a walk, breakfast at McDonald’s, or coffee with your spouse where you pray together for your day. Just remember that teachable moments are almost like intentional accidents - they just happen, but not always because you planned them.

1 Thessalonians 5:11(NIV)
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

To The Point: One word of encouragement can make a big difference.

Prayer: “I usually remember to thank You, Lord, for the great and wonderful things You do in my life. Help me to learn to thank You for the little things that go almost unnoticed.”

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