A Shepherd is responsible to cultivate the sheep. In Iowa where I live we watch the cycle of farming. From planting to harvesting to preparing to do it all over again. There is a specific plan for growth. Shepherds also had to be mindful of what the sheep needed in order to grow. David refers to this in Psalms 23. "He leads me beside still waters." The reference is that sheep will not drink in moving water. You couldn't lead the sheep to a river because the flow of the water would push them away. Rather you would look for a spring or perhaps an area where the water pooled and was still and quiet. That is what the sheep needed.
So can I ask what is your plan of growth for your marriage? Every married couple heads down the isle at the end of the ceremony excited for the journey ahead. A new chapter has begun. But if this new chapter has no plan then the marriage could be headed for failure. NO one goes into marriage planning divorce but it you don't plan for growth and intimacy you will be frustrated. What does your marriage need right now? There are some incredible conferences made to help. There are endless resources out there to help. Get help!! Don't wait!! Formulate a plan for your marriage to grow.
So what is your plan for your kids?
If you look at the picture above it reminds every parent that simply dumping our kids off at church is NOT the answer. It is our job as parents to have a plan of growth for our kids. How you will make sure they grow up and are still following Jesus? How will you help them be healthy and develop good habits? Do you know the school system has a plan for our kids. Certain ages where they want to teach certain things? They have a plan and are executing it. What is our plan? It is hard to watch frustrated parents who just don't know what happened to their kids. Ultimately there was never a plan for growth. You will decide how your children spend their time. You will decide what habits are instilled in them. And what you do with God will reflect into what your children do with Him.
Today is a great day to begin. Put together a plan and cultivate your marriage and family for growth. You can fight for your family in this way!!
Jesus Follower, Husband, Father, and Pastor and trying to keep those in the right order....