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Episode 100 // Building family relationships as you walk through the many seasons of life: from celebration to sadness and everything in between

What are we talking about today?

We all want happiness in life. We want peace, security, purpose, and fun. But we also promise in our wedding vows “in sickness and in health” for a reason. 

Because life will throw curveballs at us. 

Life will have its hard seasons. And the reality is, these are often seasons when we can most strengthen our family relationships! Through the good and the bad, the fun and the hard, we want to be building up our relationships all the time. So today, let’s look at 5 ways we can do this well.

Let’s dive in.

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Today's Episode Highlights

I know that you want to enjoy family life – but can you enjoy it even when it’s hard?

That’s what I’ve been wrestling with lately, with 3 toddlers running around and a newborn in my arms. The days are long. They are often hard. The kids are disobedient. I am tired. 

But I still want to enjoy this season of our family life!

And I’ve found that these 5 tips help.

5 tips for growing through the good and the bad seasons

  1. Lean into God – He is there in the good and the bad. Just read the psalms! Lamentations! Ecclesiastes! Look at the life of the Apostle Paul and the reality check from Jesus that “in this world you will have trouble. And if you need help here, grab the free Holy Habits 45-Day Bible and Prayer Challenge.
  2. Know yourself and your people – How do you each tend to handle change? What do you need when you’re sad? Some of us need a hug, some of us need some time alone.
  3. Expect hard emotions, and expect that everyone in your family will struggle at some point to handle them. Try to recognize changes in emotions early on and have a plan for handling them instead of ignoring them. The 40-Day Devotional on Anger and Emotional Control may help.
  4. Aim for day-to-day rhythms and routines that focus on your big-picture life priorities, rather than a to-do list. 
  5. Get 1:1 time and quality time as often as you can. It really helps to mediate the harder seasons and the times of change because you know you can check in and reconnect.
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Want more encouragement on this topic?

Check out these other episodes for more biblical encouragement and practical tips on this topic:

  • Episode 53 // How the Gospel changes us, shapes our family life, and brings us peace and happiness.
  • Episode 67.5 // (F3) My #1 most impactful routines in the 4 priorities of my life: spiritual growth, mental health and emotional wellness, marriage, and motherhood.
  • Episode 73 // Dealing with the overwhelming seasons of life: 9 super practical tips to live by GRACE and replace stress with SUCCESS as a busy mom
  • Episode 78 // Wanting more PEACE in your heart, your home, or your life? Let’s look at my favorite 10 Bible passages about the peace of God.

And don’t forget to grab a resource or two that will help you LOVE Christian family life!

Friday Faith Follow-up

Life is full of ups and downs. How we respond to those ups and downs shapes not only us but also our relationships. As you walk with your family through hardships and celebrations, turning to God and his Word will lead and comfort you. 

In this short episode, we’ll look at a simple devotional through 3 Bible passages that offer encouragement, guidance, and truth for our difficult times of family life.

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