It’s almost Christmas. Don’t you think the baby Jesus would like to be welcomed into a family that truly loves each other? This is a great time to allow God to restore broken relationships, and our family is no exception.
This year we’ve experienced a whirlwind of a storm with our teenage daughter. The finale was sending her to a boarding school in September, hoping it would give us all a break from the stress. Although she appears to be adjusting well, she’s still mad with her parents.
Her anger is understandable. Her world as she knew it was completely turned upside down. She thinks we pulled her life-plug and did it on purpose. And so we did… to save her life.
Through the years, her dad and Anika have always had a great relationship; however, she feels he betrayed her. In particular, she won’t speak to him, and it’s very hurtful for my husband.
So what can we do to restore the relationship?
Her counselor gave me a great word… This Christmas pursue your daughter. That means that we have to follow her lead in an effort to capture her heart. We need to listen more and speak less. We must walk in love without an agenda and expectations. Only with the Lord and His love can we do this.
But God delights in helping us.
Since the school is recommending that she not come home just yet, we are planning a small Christmas vacation in San Antonio, Texas. We’re renting a two-bedroom condo with a full kitchen, and will decorate a Christmas tree and exchange presents there. We’re also hoping to do some fun things like the Riverwalk, SeaWorld, a Christmas Eve Service and maybe even take in a Star Wars movie, but there are no specific plans and no expectations other than to enjoy each other.
We are believing that God will give us a spectacular breakthrough in Jesus’ name because that is who He is.
Is there a need for restoration of a relationship in your family? Could the Lord be calling you to pursue someone with His love? I am glad to pray for you, and thank you for praying for us.
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.