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With all of the oodles of reality shows on television today, dysfunction seems to be the norm, and peaceful, harmonious, loving families are more of a rare commodity.
With all of the oodles of reality shows on television today, we can get a glimpse into the lives of different types of families. Some of the shows are relatively tame, and others are outrageous and downright sad to watch. Dysfunction seems to be the norm, and peaceful, harmonious, loving families are more of a rare commodity.

Today I want to share with you seven keys in how to have a happy family…
  1. Family members have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Our answers to problems in life will always come from Him, and so it is vital to be connected with the One Who can help us with our every need. "For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst." (Matt. 18:20)
  2. Pray for one another. Many Christian homes lack the physical and spiritual act of praying together, laying hands on each other for healing, etc. We need to get back to Bible basics. “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (James 5:16)
  3. Speak words of life. Words can lift us up or they can tear us down. We can speak life to those around us or we can speak death. A child who is constantly put down and told he/she will never amount to anything will live a life full of hardship. Encourage each other with positive words. “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” (Prov. 16:24)
  4. Show affection. How many of you grew up without an “I love you” or kisses and hugs? Lacking physical touch and love has a profound effect upon who we are and who we become.   Make it point to say “I love you” every day to your loved ones and show physical attention.  “Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family], giving precedence and showing honor to one another.” (Rom. 12: 10)
  5. Talk to each other. Keep the lines of communication open when there are problems that need to be resolved. Be slow to anger. Don’t hibernate and ignore problems. Share them with each other and then pray about it as a family.  “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Eph. 4:31-32)
  6. Serve one another. Being a Christian means service to others, and that includes your family. Be willing to take care of each other’s needs. Husbands, if the house needs cleaning, pitch in — and the same goes for the children. It’s not just the mother’s responsibility. The Bible talks about “mutual” submission when it comes to a marriage and so be willing to serve and to take care of each other. “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” (Gal. 5:13).
  7. Service to others. We are not here on this earth to just exist within our family unit. We are called to help others as we are the hands and feet of Jesus, and the best example that parents can give to their children is service to others who are in need. “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)
The family unit, no matter what configuration it takes on, is the core of humanity. A close family is like a safe harbor for our well-being. Without it, we wander — searching for other ports, so often to our detriment, but with it, we find refuge from the storms of life. The family who puts Jesus Christ in the center, is the family who pleases God and will reap His abundant rewards in this life…

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Author Biography

Kimberly Lemler
Web site: Gods Healing Power
Kimberly Lemler is the founder of Words To Heart Ministries. She is a pastor/teacher, newspaper columnist, entrepreneur, and author.

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