Does your family have a list of values, standards, and expectations you strive to live by? Maybe it is a family motto, a few phrases, or particular Bible verses that are often said to help lead and direct your family. Why is this important, you may ask? Valid question. Why I can’t speak for everyone, I can tell you how having a list of values has shaped our own family.When my husband and I became parents sixteen years ago, we needed as much help as we could get. We had a fussy baby that no matter how hard we tried, we could not sooth, and financial burdens were putting a strain on our marriage, causing fear to abound and tension to ensue. My sweet hubby kept saying no matter how hard this is, we must find joy. We clung to that and did our very best to seek out the joy in that season. But, it was often in those late nights when I was utterly exhausted and crying out to God in a voice only a mother could understand that God showed up, tenderly touching my heart, showing how the burdens I carried as a new mom could collide with joy. So, while choosing joy didn’t come easily, God made it possible.As our family has grown, we have taken on more values and changed or adopted new phrases to meet certain seasons of our lives. Understanding what we wanted for our family has always been important to us, but placing those values in our home in a tangible way has made it all the more meaningful. Having a list of values shows our children that while we may all fail and mess up from time to time, we are still called to do our best to build a Christ-centered home – together.In our home, our values tend to revolve around three key attributes: love, identity, and joy.-Always Show Love (John 15:12, Luke 6:31, Corinthians 16:14)-Remember Who You Are and Who You Follow (2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 5:8, Galatians 4:7, Psalms 139:14)-Choose Joy (Psalm 16:11, Philippians 4:4, Romans 15:13)So, does your family need a list of values? Still wondering if it is a good fit for your family? Well, then read on and find out why it may be valuable, and discover a few values you may want to implement in your own home.
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