For the vast majority of us, some of our favorite people, and those closest to us, are our families. But even the best families have challenges and struggles. When we find ourselves behind family lines, how do we respond? For three weeks this May, we are going to offer some practical advice on how to handle the struggles inside our families.
May 26, 2019
Most people do everything within their ability to avoid pain. We obey traffic laws to avoid accidents that might cause pain. Wise people budget money so they don’t have to painfully pay off credit cards and other types of debt. Athletes wear protective padding to avoid broken bones and bruised muscles. Pain isn’t fun. But sometimes, when we know we must deal with a painful situation, we avoid dealing with it to avoid the pain. This is especially true when it is with our family members. When we do this, the only thing that happens, is our problems grow worse. Today, we will see the pitfalls of avoiding family pain, and the problems it created for David and his family.
May 19, 2019
For many of us, our families are really special. We love them vastly and we care about them deeply. For many of us, our desire is to always do what is right, best, and loving for them. But sometimes, we find ourselves living behind family lines with some family members. Have you ever asked why? Have you ever wondered if you are part of the problem? Today, we will explore the life of one woman, Michal, the daughter of Saul and wife of David, and we will see how their treatment of her destroyed their relationships and left her very bitter.
May 12, 2019
Happy Mother’s Day! Mother’s Day is a special day we set aside to honor the woman we call mom. For many of us, today is a day to remember all the ways she has showed us her love through the years. However, for some of us, we don’t have the best relationships with our mothers. Some of us don’t have the best relationships with other family members. How do we cope? How do we respond? How do we find hope? Today, we begin a new series answering these questions when we find ourselves Behind Family Lines.