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John Page: Building and Strengthening Family Relationships

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What are relationships based on? A camp counselor once told me about a camper who would always hold the door open behind her a few extra seconds after she had walked through it. At night the camper would pull the covers back a little extra like she was making room for someone else. One day the counselor asked the camper about this and the camper said that she was making room for Jesus wherever she went during the day. This young camper had it right. Our relationship with Jesus should be so close that we would not leave Him out of anything.

This child understood an important concept. She was making room for Jesus as a part of every activity every day. Our relationship with God and our relationship with our family is made stronger not only with quality time, but also quantity of time. In the book, The Power of a Praying Parent, Stormie Omartian writes, “How many family relationships are left to chance because no one prays about them? God tells of all the wonderful things that will happen when we pray.” The power of God’s Word and prayer is the only way to strengthen our families. We should dedicate time every day to pray specifically for individuals in our family.

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