"The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand." 2 Psalm 37:23-24 NLT
Thoughts for Today
Continuing to think about taking inventory of our lives, another important area to examine is our family relationships. Many of us will gather with our family members this week to celebrate Christmas … an especially good opportunity to reflect on our relationships with them. Make your own list of questions—you might want to use some like these:
- Am I holding on to bitterness toward a family member who has hurt me?
- How is my lifestyle affecting other family members?
- Is there someone in my family in need of more of my time and attention?
- Are my priorities in order?
As you consider these questions and others, ask God to help you see clearly. The Bible tells us that he knows our undertakings and thoughts even before we act or think—so be honest with him about what you see and feel. Always remember that he loves you no matter what. He wants to help you in your family relationships … and in every area of your life.
Ask Jesus to forgive you for past failures and to help you make right choices. Focus on him—he will forgive you, he will guide you, and he will enable you to become the person he has called you to be.
Father, as I examine my family relationships, I see some places where I need to change, to grow. I thank you that you care about every detail of my life. Forgive me for my failures. Help me to set things right. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from…
Stepping into Freedom: A Christ-Centered Twelve-Step Program by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. This twelve-step program is suggested for use in support groups, recovery groups and home groups. It offers help for anyone struggling with a life-controlling problem like drug addiction, alcoholism, sexual addiction, gambling or workaholism. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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