Charity begins at home… bricks on my mind…

I’m focusing on some bricks for building the Kingdom of Heaven at home. Maybe you’ll find some of them useful for building yours.

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It’s always good to do some spiritual housecleaning once in a while. I get stuck in my old ways or get lazy sometimes. This makes me rigid, apathetic, or negligent. I turn inward, and I don’t see what my family needs.

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So I ask God to forgive me of my selfish nature. I ask him to help me and heal me. And he does. He always does. He sets me free of any lifeless sense of obligation. He sets me free from the burden of the Law. Then I’m free—free to see clearly how to live, love, and serve.

But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.

Romans 7:6

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People are struggling, especially young people. It’s so hard to understand the world now. They need our strength and support as adults and parents. There’s so much temptation to become negative, panicked, angry, or apathetic these days.

You have to swim hard against the current to remain tender and supporting—to be the glue that holds things together.

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Once the Lord cleans house in my soul, I can begin to pay attention. The clutter of my self-centeredness gets swept away by his grace.

Since I opened up my heart to him, I can see the hearts of my wife and sons a bit better. So instead of just looking to maintain household order or give lectures, I can listen. Since my Lord listened to me first.

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It’s not a sappy, emotional thing. It’s all built on the solid Rock that is Jesus Christ. Somehow, he bridges that gap between the immense strength & power of God and the deep tenderness & love of God. I need all of this so much these days—and I need to share this at home.

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Still, it gets hard sometimes. Some issues are dense and complex. I want to run away.

But Jesus tells me,

“Lean into it…

Be not afraid…

and then…

lean on me.”

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Sing it Bill…

Oh yeah… call your mom…

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