This weekend our two boys went down to Tijuana with our church group to help build a home. This left John and I home alone. It was only one night, but we got to experience what it will be like when it’s just the two of us. We both agreed it was way too quiet. We love having a busy home filled with family and friends! With that being said, we did take advantage of the opportunity and just enjoyed spending time with each other :).
As we experienced this glimpse into what our near future might look like, I thought about how families where structured during biblical times… The family unit remained very close often staying in the same physical household. Even today other cultures continue this family structure, but for many of us in the US it’s a new phase of this journey we call life. I’m not sure that I’m really ready for it to be perfectly honest. John and I both highly value family and always pictured a huge, close knit family unit. As the kids get older and become more independent, we are starting to see how each of them wants and needs to venture out and make a way for themselves and someday, for their own families.
My prayer is that we’ve sown the seeds and they’ll never be far – physically or from our hearts… Proverbs 22:6 – Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. (NIV)
No matter what phase of life you are going through, we are all growing. Take time to make your marriage a priority during every phase. Even, well actually especially, when you have children and they eem to consume all your time and energy. I read a quote/saying that I just love:
“The most important thing that a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” Theodore M. Hesburgh