Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Creating a Family Culture

Join The Adventure

Who doesn't love adventure and fall? This time of year is just so cozy!

Can you say Pumpkin Pie? Pumpkin Spice Latte? Campfires? Chili Dogs? Hikes through the woods?  and lots of snuggling!

We recently took our family on a hike. Our kids call it an
 " adventure".

It is hard work but so worth the effort.

My husband and I enjoy backpacking and camping together. But, having such small kiddos can make it a little bit harder to do those types of things as a family.

But bringing them along with you on the adventure is so worth it!

Doing things as a family builds unity and helps tie those hearts together.

What you do with them today is shaping your legacy for tomorrow. 

Doing things together- especially things that you love- are huge in building your family culture.

Our kids had a great time and are still talking about the "adventure" and asking when we are going to go on the next one.

Was it hard for us taking 3 kids under 3 years old on a 2 mile hike? Well..... a little.
Our 7 month old was obviously carried the whole time and 2 year old man got a piggy back ride on the last 1/2 mile out from mom. (Can I please just add that it was up hill!? Good thing I like to exercise and have an awesome running partner who keeps me in shape! lol)

The memories made and the joy from the kids are worth every iota of effort to make things like this happen.

God is so cool that he created family. He basically created a "small group" for you to hang with and do life with. Ummm Awesome!

But creating and cultivating a small group that wants to be together will take effort on our part.

We must put forth the effort to build a family culture and create an atmosphere of love, comfort, and security- all while pointing them towards Jesus. 

In Proverbs- It says:
"The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands" Proverbs 14:1
Building a house will take intentional effort.


"Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain." Psalm 127:1

Unless you are building your house on the Lord- It will not matter. So the most important thing when building your family culture is that Jesus is the center of it.

What kind of house do you want to build? 
What kind of family legacy do you want to leave for Christ?

So don't be afraid- plan something fun as a family. It might take a bit of effort but it is totally worth it.

It doesn't have to be elaborate. It just needs to be together. Ours was free! We are blessed to live at the foot of the Ozarks in Arkansas so there is lots of outdoors stuff to do in the fall.

Take advantage of this awesome season and go build your family culture.

What do you like to do as a family in the fall?


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