Giving Your Family a Year Long Break (notes from a listener)



Families across the world are on a conveyor belt that just won’t stop.  Joanne Kraft came up with the idea of a radical sabbatical.


As a mom the activities and coming and going can get overwhelming.  This running and busyness does not help build the relationships with our children though.  It gets to be like a busy mom hurricane.  There is no mom in speaking in busy mom and playing busy mom poker.  The busier we are does not equal them or us getting more out of it.


There is a captivity of activity we fall into.  No one can do 1000 things to the glory of God.  Society is distracting us and drawing us into the idea that this is what we should be doing, but as moms we don’t have to do it all. Do not feel like you have to say yes to everything. No is a complete sentence.


We tend to use materialism to say we are sorry, but kids will remember the time we spent with them, not what we bought them.  Psalm 90:12 says teach me to number my days so that I may gain a heart of wisdom.  Make it the first thing you do in the morning to pray. Ask God what His priorities are for you.


Husband and wives need to recognize the busyness and approach it in gentleness.  As wives we need to go back to basics.  Are we putting our husbands first? It is important for our children to see the value we have in our spouses.


Radical Sabbatical was an idea to not sign up for, commit to, agree to anything (activities) for a year.  Anything that mom has to drive you to is what Joanne Kraft cut out.  If it takes time away from family time it was out. Each month they took a family field trip.  Field trips did not have to be expensive or busy.  Taking a break can become the norm.  This could prompt your kids to take a break from electronics, internet, etc by developing discernment skills in them.  Teach your family to relax.  Sets the example by spending time with your husband to show your children what you hope to see in their marriages one day.  More about modeling for your children an intentional marriage.


Jesus never ran anywhere so if you are running everywhere you are not modeling Jesus.  It says Jesus wept, not Jesus ran.  In John 10:10 it says the enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy but Jesus came to give us life abundant.  Don’t spend more time with your laptop than with your kids.  The enemy comes to kill and steal our joy and destroy our relationships.


Revelations 21:5 Behold He makes all things new.  God can make anything new, including our busyness, children, etc.  He can restore our families.  God doesn’t make half families and half siblings.  We are not God’s half or step child. Don’t talk blended, just talk family.  Key to success as a family is Jesus Christ.  If you lean on God first it will fall into place.

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