Nurture Servant Hearts
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me,” (Psalm 51:10) is a verse to guide your family in the new year.
We want us to love and serve one another. Gather together for a group hug and expressions of love to renew the heart of your family. Chat about the verse and how forgiveness makes our hearts clean and how cheering for one another helps each person persist and persevere through challenges.
Choose to be kind to one another. Talk about what kindness means and how encouraging words make a difference. Let each person share how one member served her and her that brightened the day. Let each person also share how they like to serve family members.
As Christians, we are called to serve beyond the walls of our homes and people we love. Be willing to shower others with kindness and choose ways you will do that this year. Think of ways to be friendly and kind to neighbors.
Greet them with a smile, help elderly ones and those facing hardships with yardwork or little gifts of homemade meals and goodies or a simple card of encouragement.
Make it a habit to ask how each person found an opportunity to bless someone during the day. Simple actions and words like opening a door, complimenting a person, of listening to someone who had a tough day blesses others. Also, share how someone blessed you or made you laugh or smile.
Think of your community and ministries at your church that reach out as well as other organizations that help people. Think of how your family can help and make a commitment to do that with something that can fit your schedules.
Let these simple discussions and activities become traditions in your home to celebrate the New Year and begin each year with a positive outlook that fosters your children’s overall growth.
Karen Whiting is a mother of five and grandmother of twelve. She writes to encourage families. Her newest family devotional helps families grow servant hearts. It’s titled 52 Weekly Devotions for Families Called to Serve.
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