Above all else, we must seek the Lord for guidance for our families. Often, we look to every other source to give us answers. However, there is no one greater than the Creator himself to give insight. Remember, we have a God who has more thoughts about us than the sand of the shore (Psalm 139:18). In other words, for each person in our home God has billions of thoughts about them. Would it be fair to assume He could easily share the way He thinks of them? It would be reasonable to assume He knows the best plan for how our family unit should function. Yet, we often try to make plans on our own, assuming we know best. As my husband, Pastor Joe Riollano often says, “We shouldn’t just put God on our list, but seek Him before making the list.” In other words, rather than coming up with our vision statements based on methods and what sounds good, what if we sought the Lord in the creation of the vision. He could clearly highlight areas of weakness and what your family’s purpose is in this earth, if we are only willing to ask.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)
When we remember that each member of our family belongs to Him, we recognize that our vision statement is not our own. Instead, we are partnering with the Lord to bring forth who He’s called our family to be. As you enter this new season, be sure to align your plans and vision for your home with God’s ultimate plan for your family.
“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
Victoria Riollano is an author, blogger, and speaker. As a mother of six, military spouse, Psychology professor and minister’s wife, Victoria has learned the art of balancing family and accomplishing God’s ultimate purpose for her life. Recently, Victoria released her book, The Victory Walk: A 21 Day Devotional on Living A Victorious Life. Her ultimate desire is to empower women to live a life of victory, hope, and love. She believes that with Christ we can live a life that is ALWAYS winning. You can learn more about her ministry at victoryspeaks.org.
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