3 Practical Ways We Are Building Our Family Right Now – An Inside Look

I’m living the dream.

It’s a Sunday afternoon, we had a great day at church, followed by a family dinner, and now, I’m watching my son AJ at basketball practice.

These moments are special because we’re making memories and developing a bond that we’ll build upon in the decades to come. I’m learning to be in the moment and when I’m tired, I tell myself, “these days are long but the years are short.”

These moments while maybe mundane, are monumental in building teamwork in our families. I believe that teamwork makes the family work. This is beyond chores, schedules, and appointments, this is about relationships being formed that make a team heart-to-heart.

There’s something about family. It’s special, sacred, supernatural, and generational. It’s designed by God with the potential to have a blessing that goes beyond one’s lifetime.

“But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.”

Exodus‬ ‭20‬:‭6‬

This is possible when our families are built on Jesus as the foundation and anchor of our homes. Furthermore, our families can develop into a team that cannot be divided or defeated.

“9. Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 11. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12. A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”

Ecclesiastes‬ ‭4‬:‭9‬-‭12‬

So, how do we develop teamwork that makes our family work?

Here are three things my family is doing to build teamwork.

1st – Have a set time for family prayer and communion.

We do this on Sunday nights as we start the week. We pray together, share any prayer requests, have one or two verses we read, and then do communion.

This sets the tone for the week and it lifts our focus as a family. We pray for each other and set time to remember Jesus and what he’s done for us. These moments together fortify our faith, ask for help from each other, and reach up to God.

2nd – Have one on one time with each family member.

Every week, each of my family has their day. Monday is Davin, Tuesday is AJ, and so on. When it’s their day, we go together to a gas station or a restaurant and talk. We discuss things that are important to them and I ask them questions to get into their world. This includes Sumer and I having our weekly date on Friday mornings.

This rhythm establishes one on one time that gives a chance to talk to each other and to grow in a personal way. When we make time to be together, it will give us time to grow together.

3rd – Have everyone affirm each other.

I think this is a big deal because, with all of our technology, it’s easy for us to isolate. But real communication happens face to face. So, we have our kids affirm each other by saying something they like. This teaches our kids how to share their feelings, how to encourage others, and how to show love.

We build teams intentionally. We build a team with purpose. We build a team with love. This is what our family needs. This is where our family thrives. This is where our family will
Bond together:

Right now, more than ever, we need teamwork in our families.

There’s so much coming to divide our homes, hinder our homes and defeat our homes, which is why we must build a team.

Therefore, when we build teamwork, we can stay connected and overcome. We can have an open heart to each other and in the process develop friendships with our families that will impact generations.

So, is your family a team?

Go for this, it’s worth it because teamwork makes the family work!

Have a great week and the best is yet to come,


Pastor David Norris

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