Family First

Thanks for joining me today! It’s Thursday. And that means I had 4 hours of morning lecture, a clinical lab this afternoon and entirely too many things on my to do list. Oh yeah, and my not-so-Instagram worthy life included avoiding calling my mom for over a week, (I average calling once a week) and barely having talked to my husband the last 2 days. Not feeling so hot as a daughter and wife today.  Sound familiar? It happens to a lot of us. Soo, yes this post is for me too. Work, school, and life place so many demands on us we too often forget the people who helps us be all that we are – our family. So why should we prioritize time with our family regardless of the chaos? Here are three reasons:

Family Makes a house a home!

They know you love them
We know people care for us when they bother interacting with us. Interaction comes in any flavor you like and is an essential component of compassion and love in a family dynamic. Your family might have been super supportive of your decision to take a new position or start a new school pursuit, but their enthusiasm will quickly wane if they feel they are being traded for your endeavor. Don’t get me wrong, family cannot come replace our necessary jobs and wanted pursuits, but they can be integral parts of our every day lives.

Healthy relationship come from time investments
An investment is an initial sacrifice made for a future return. When we sacrifice time for our family now we build relationships that last in the future; and who knows they might even be there for us when we need them most. Every day we make choices to say “yes” to some things and “no” to others. Family can’t have all our time because we all know there are innumerable other responsibilities in a given day besides calling our mom. BUT we can choose to say “yes” to our family on a regular basis and choose not to let our jobs and other passions consume us.

They care for you
Nothing is more challenging than being in a new environment with no friend support and being too far away from family for immediate help. While you don’t have to live up the street from your family your whole life, choosing to build networks of solid friends, church family, and your own family will make a stronger community that supports all its members when life gets tough.

 

Coming soon are some practical ways to make the most of those time investments! 😉

 

Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.

Ecclesiates 4:9-12b

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