With the combination of all the crazy schedules in your home, losing track of what your conversations revolve around can be almost inevitable. Teens can be consumed with school projects, tests, and research papers followed by the extra-curricular activities they are involved in. Parents spend so much time juggling work, responsibilities around the house, and meticulously planned out routes of chauffeuring throughout the day. Before you know it, the day is ending and the time your family has spent together consisted of catching up on a quick list of everyone’s activities and a new plan to tackle tomorrow.
So quickly you can look up and realize that your conversations from the day hit on every subject other than the Lord. This is a trap the enemy so desperately works to lure families into. He wants to set our sights, attention, and conversations on things of this world. He desires that normal rhythms that take place in our homes do not make much of the Lord in our everyday conversations. But there is an escape and a way out of the trap. God desires to redeem the conversations in your home, around your dinner table, in your car, and on your couch. Here are four easy ways to lead your family’s conversations to glorify the Lord and lead your family to think on the things that are above.
I’ve been learning…
Lead by example. Be the first in your family to share what you are learning. You can share a verse you read, what passage you are studying in Scripture, a way you saw God at work, or something someone else shared.
“What are you thankful for?”
Cultivating thankfulness is something we must be intentional about. Challenge each member of your family to identify one thing they are thankful for each day. Verbally express these things to one another and then offer a word of thanksgiving to the Lord.
On the drive home today the sky was filled with so many beautiful colors. I am so thankful God filled his creation with such beauty. God thank you for sunsets.
The Joshua Project
Each day, Joshua Project highlights a different people group who is in need of the gospel. Your family could pray for a different people group each day, or select one to pray for throughout the week. Generate hearts for the nations around your dinner table as you thank God for the food, ask for salvation for the lost and laborers for the harvest. (https://joshuaproject.net)
Father, we thank you for this food you have given us. We pray that you would bring salvation amongst the 167,000 Jone Tibetans. Please raise up and send laborers to the harvest.
Worship Services and Small Groups
After your time in worship services or small groups, take the opportunity to talk about what you heard. It is so tempting to move onto the next thing that is coming, but rather, take the time to lead your family to process what they have just been a part of. What was the teaching about? Did you hear something new? What does it mean? How does it apply to your life?
This morning we read Galatians 1:10, “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” I struggle with trying to please man at times, do you?
The enemy wins when God’s work is not a typical conversation in our homes. We learn habits and rhythms of life that we are to be about in the walls of the homes we live in. When the name of the Lord and his powerful hand are regular words spoken in your home, they are much more likely to be natural things we share to those outside of our homes.
These are four steps that can easily be implemented into any family schedule, no matter how busy. Be intentional with your conversations with one another. Ask the Lord to help you be intentional this week and disciplined to talk about Him. Redeem the conversations in your home this week!
We hope you enjoyed the Redeeming Conversations series. Our words matter! - Becca