7 Tools Book Club: Family Identity

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A Guest Post from: Lisa Walters

Lisa is an Army Chaplain's wife, a doula, a homeschooling mama of 2 beautiful girls in their pre-teen and teen years, an extreme dark chocolate lover, and an avid movie watcher. Her family is gearing up to face a deployment. She blogs as regularly as she can at The Army Chaps Wife.

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“From the very earliest ages, our children need to know that they belong to God. God created them for a purpose, and He created them in His image.”  Zan Tyler

This is just one of the great thoughts from Chapter 2 of 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential. I hope you have had a chance to read it already, but more than that, I hope you’ve had a chance to work through the Family Identity assessment questions and thoughts.

Zan states that one of the main ways God designed for children to gain identity is through the family unit. Taking assessment of the “strength and vibrancy of your home life” (p. 33) can be extremely challenging, eye-opening, and convicting!

Our family has been through many changes in the last few years, including a deployment, moves, job changes, and venturing into teenage years, and we have struggled with our identity as a family. Right now, in fact, we are separated as my husband is on temporary assignment until October. Truthfully, we’ve floundered a bit through all of this.

We’ve tried to hold onto some basics of who we are as a family.

Decisions and discipline still go through dad–even if it has to be dealt with over the phone. The girls and I still do pizza and movie nights on Fridays and donuts on Saturday mornings. We still worship with a church body on Sundays, even though it’s tough to be there sometimes, amidst the “complete” families who get to worship together.

When my husband is allowed to come home for a weekend, we try to make the most of our time together as a family. We stay up late, do simple chores, like grocery shopping, together. We have family discussions and times to just sit and tell stories and laugh. We cry together when he has to go back.

It’s not the ideal family situation. It gets stressful and lonely for me. It’s easy to lose sight of what our family is really supposed to be about.

It’s easy to get discouraged.

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Family life feels a little like this right now–unfocused

However, as we honestly ask ourselves the questions in this chapter, we can be praying that God will not only reveal things that need to be brought back into focus, but that He will give us the courage and strength to do so.

Do you find yourself questioning the health of your family? As you read through the assessment questions, do you find yourself weighed down by the burden of what needs to be different?

Please take hope and heart from the fact that our God is capable of doing more than you could ask or imagine within the life of your family!

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Comments

  1. MomsMustardSeeds says:

    Hmmmm….Oh, How I love that your husband has taken on his responsibility to discipline your girls and allow you to be the nurturing Mom God intended you to be. This is a new discovery in our home….it has truly changed the dynamics and allowed me to become the Mom God wants me to be…..and help our children see the true beauty in God’s design for a family!@!!

  2. I’m not weighed down by the burden of what needs to be different in my family. I am inspired, through Christ, to work toward making it better. What weighs me down is my illness and my own inadequacies. This is better to deal with from a parents perspective to me. I can focus on my illness when I need to manage it better (PTSD) without worrying about the identity of my children being lost. It was the Lord who enabled me to be his instrument in bringing their Christian identities to fruition while they were young… even with an illness. This was accomplished by always putting their needs before my own which I learned from the Lord and the Blessed Mother. It is always a challenge when children are young because their needs seem to be much larger. A mother should be there for her children while they are young in order to have firmly established their identities and purpose when they are older.

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