"Our family will base our success on one thing...our impact for the Kingdom of Christ." -Rick Burgess

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Fight

Hello out there!

Anybody else out there fighting for their family?

I’m in the fight, and right now I’m feeling pretty battered.

I have a confession.

For a while now, I’ve been focusing on MY time with God. I’VE been spending time with God. Time in His Word. Reading, praying, and communing. Your probably saying, “Yeah, so what’s wrong with that?” Well, the thing is, while I’ve been getting MYSELF in the Word, I’ve let our families devotion time go lacking. Ok, I’m being honest here, so I’ll just lay it out there and tell you that it’s been over a year since I’ve sat down and had a devotion with my girls. Man, that sounds a whole lot worse in print.

I’ve talked to God about this and He is showing me how to reclaim family devotions….how to fight for my family.

So we started last night.

I had my devotion all ready. I even printed out a color sheet for little bit so that she could follow along. I got them all rounded up and ready. I started by apologizing to them for not upholding my responsibility to teach them God’s Word. For not being the spiritual leader to them that I need to be. I’m pouring my heart out to them and then it starts.

KP 2 says, “Hey mom can I read the lesson tonight. Can I read the verses? I really want to read. Can I? Can I?”

KP 1...”Be quiet and let mama talk. You always interrupt!”

KP 3...”I gotta pee!”

ME….(out loud) “SIGH” (in my head) “AAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!”

It was down hill from there.

I did however, manage to get the scripture read. I got the point of the verse across to them. We had questions, we had answers.

Bottom line.

We read God’s Word together. We shared. We prayed together. We strengthened our family.

I went to battle last night. It was a battle for my family. And although I came out feeling battered... through God’s strength I came out the victor.

I’m fighting for them now, so that later on, they will be able to fight for themselves.

Lord, help me live a balanced life. A life that honors and exalts only You.

Gratefully receiving His Grace,


  1. Tracey, this is such an encouragement. I can truly relate. I spend my time with God, but we don't always as a family. It is on our daily schedule. but does not often get done.

    1. It's an encouragement to me to know that I'm not the only one struggling with this. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Way to fight for your family, Tracey! If God is for you who can be against you. =) Keep up the good fight.

  3. Okay, so this is not at all funny, I know. But it made me giggle just a little bit because it sounds *just* like the efforts we made with our two kids leading up to Christmas. And is why I have not done anything since then! I so often avoid doing things with my kids for these exact reasons. The interruptions, the deer-in-the-headlight looks on their faces, the lack of interaction when I try to discuss the verse or story with them after.
    Praying for you, Tracey, as you continue this with your girls! And praying that I am given the strength to attempt to do it with mine!

    1. :) You just made ME laugh. I guess it's better to laugh than cry, right? Thanks for the prayers Sarah!

  4. The battle is ever-present, whether we are acutely aware of it or not. Time spent focusing on Him will of course bring on the fight. Stand strong, press into Him and trust His arms around you. Every minute fighting for your family and your faith is a moment well spent.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving these sweet words of encouragement.

  5. I can so relate to your post! Thank you for your transparency.