Hello, friends. I hope you are having a good day with your families. I am fresh off an action packed day at an amusement park, and boy, and I tired! It was so nice to see my children’s smiling faces all the day long, though.
Today I would like to share a bit about a burden I have been feeling lately. For awhile now, I have felt like I needed to give my family more of my time. I had been in “get out of debt” mode for almost five years, and while it is a huge blessing to give your family a debt free life, after becoming debt free my habits were still focused on making and saving money.
It is time to refocus some of that time to my family. My goal has never to become “rich,” but rather, secure. I wanted to be a good steward of the money and things the Lord has entrusted us with. We have now reached that point, with God’s help for sure!
Whether we view ourselves as rich or poor totally depends on our perspective and who we compare our lives to. If we are comparing ourselves to others, we need to stop. This can be difficult to do! But the life the Lord has for us is surely different than everyone else’s. We do not need to compare our worldly possessions to others to decide if we have a rich life.
We can give our families a rich life by giving them our time. This is one of the best gifts we could ever give to them.
“You are not poor just because you cannot afford a bed-and-breakfast every now and then to give you a break, but instead turn your home into a bed-and-breakfast for your family – all day, every day. How rich you and your family are if you can enjoy neat beds, delicious meals, fresh flowers, time to read, and a beautiful table for meals!
It doesn’t make you poor to be a homemaker who can decide to have a tea party any time of day with your children, instead of being out of ,only so you can buy gourmet coffees to drink on the run. Neither does it make you rich to be out making money to buy more toys to entertain your children.
Think how rich your children are today because their mommy read them a story instead of sitting them down to digital entertainment. You are rich if you have time to set your supper table with a pretty tablecloth and light a candle because you’ve been home all day with your children. You are not poor if you find contentment and happiness in your home, and therefore your supper table conversations are laced with laughter and goodwill.
You are not rich if you must busy yourself accomplishing many things while you snap and frown at your loved ones.” – Florish, p. 104-105
I hope you are encouraged today to love your family well by giving them your time. You are sure to bless them if you do!
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