Not Excluded

May 31, 2017

 

I’m a single 30-something year old female who loves to read.  For many years I’ve read books about marriage, parenting, and teaching.  Why would I, a single person, want to read about such subjects?  Isn’t that tormenting my current marital status?  Doesn’t it make me feel depressed about where I am in life?  Absolutely not!   In reality, I’m quite content with my current “status”.  Does that mean I don’t want more?  Not at all! 

 

I am on the frontlines every day as a public school teacher.  I witness the impacts of separation, divorce, and unhappy marriages on children.  Their tears, worries, fears, and health, are all a part of my concern day in and day out.  I have watched parents marry because they “love one another”, just to turn around and separate not very long after (sometimes not even a year later) because they “fell out of love” with one another.  I’ve seen broken children enter my classroom with absolutely no hope in their future.  I’ve watched children grow up and devalue marriage and family as a result. 

 

Why does this concern me?  I, too, am a product of divorce.

 

I don’t want to repeat the past.  My parents don’t want me to live out their mistakes either.

 

So, what do you do about this?  Do you just jump in to marriage and hope that everything works out?  Can your love for another person stand the test of time?  Can you trust your spouse to love you at all times?

 

Why do I read?   Why do I research?  I’m preparing myself; setting myself up for a better future.  What do you do when you want to get better at something?  What does a coach say to an athlete who needs to improve upon a skill?  What do teachers tell their students to do in order to recall a fact quickly?  Simply put; you practice! 

 

     "Be prepared, and prepare yourself, you and all your companies that are assembled about you,       and be a guard for them. (Ezekiel 38:7)

 

The Family Bible Revolution is not just for those with spouses and children.  This revolution is about changing your present and changing your future.  I take part in Family Worship every day!  But Katy, you are by yourself!  No, I’m not.  I commune each day with my Lord, my Father, my Friend.  And, when my family comes to visit me, we have Family Worship!  Some of the best times I’ve had with my parents,  and some of the most healing times, have been either at home or in the car having Family Worship.  Do you know how powerful it is to ask your parent if you can pray for them?  Do you know how life-changing that simple question is?

 

My friends and I take part in Family Worship as well!  We’ve worshipped God, discussed passages in the Bible, and prayed for one another in the car heading to a hiking trail in the mountains!  We’ve met for movie nights, or dinner, and done the same thing!  At this point in my life, they are some of the closest and most positive relationships I’ve ever had!  Family Worship has “built” a foundation in my life that can’t be shaken. 

 

It has taken me many years to break down the walls that I built around my heart after my parents’ divorce. 

 

I don’t want to just teach my future children that God loves me- I want to show them that I love God.  I want to show them that I will be obedient to God and keep the lamp of His Word lit in the household.  I want to demonstrate that mistakes can be made right, and that a humble heart can heal.

 

     For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared                beforehand so that we would walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)

 

This revolution isn’t just about repairing and restoring families; it’s also about preparing and building the body of Christ in future families!  That’s why no one is excluded from the Family of God; the Family Bible Revolution is for everyone!

 

 

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