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The Fruitful Family.

What does it mean to be fruitful? As we have looked deeper into the various characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit, it is important to also look at what it means to be a fruitful family. We know that children are a blessing from the Lord and it is a great honour to be raising your child(ren). It is a duty, many are given the privilege of – one not to be taken for granted.

“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: And the fruit of the womb is His reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; So are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: They shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.” - Psalm‬ ‭127:3-5‬.‬‬‬

Raising your child(ren) to be fruitful requires faith, perseverance, patience and great determination. Training yourself to be Godly and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you and guide you and your family. In the same way God is patient with us, we must also demonstrate the same patience with our children. Like us, we do not always get things right and neither will they, but trying again until it is something they remember will help them to know not to give up. We must extend the same grace to our child(ren) whilst striving to do the same with ourselves.

Now on to what a fruitful family looks like. A fruitful family is not at all a perfect family! It is a family who puts God at the forefront knowing that He is the one who sustains them and enables them to continue in unity, peace and harmony. Without God there is much disarray and confusion. However, when He is in the midst it is clear because there is love. God is love.

“Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; That walketh in His ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: Happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: Thy children like olive plants round about thy table.” - Psalm‬ ‭128:1-3‬.‬‬‬

Spending time in God’s presence will help you and your child(ren) to develop a closer and deeper relationship with God. By doing this God will ensure that He draws close to you all.

“Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” - James 4:8.

Your home is the first establishment where your child(ren) will learn what to do, what to say, how to respond and how to act amongst other things. They will learn to have morals, principles and guidelines. Here, they will also learn more about God and who He is, not just through what you say, but also what you do. Your words and actions should align, so that there is no confusion. Being an example to your child(ren) and others who will come to know Christ through you can be a difficult task, it may even cause you to feel pressure at times, but take heart and know that through Christ you can do all things. Depend on His strength to lead and guide you. Take it one day at a time. Nobody expects perfection, just you being led by the Spirit.

Your family is the foundation for all things you and your child(ren) will learn together. Allow it to be a place of learning, but also a place of love and peace, not war and contention. Remember that together you represent our Heavenly Father, so represent Him well. Allow your home to be a reflection of the Most High and His goodness. Your role is significant to the kingdom of the Lord. As you teach your child(ren), I pray that you all continue to grow in grace and love under the full leadership of the Lord. May God allow you and your family to prosper as you submit to the will of the Lord. I pray for blessings, peace and strength to flow throughout you and your home. May our Heavenly Father be with you all always.

With Love,

Roxanne-Sasha x


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