Belong Together: Family Ties

After an opening game of Family Feud between the speaking team and a team of teenagers – which the teens dominated, tbh – we spent the rest of this afternoon’s general session focusing on family relationships.

Katie Prejean McGrady began by sharing an awesome story about the birth of her daughter Rose; it’s impossible to summarize in a way that would do it justice, so you might want to give it a listen by clicking on the link above or watching it on our Live Stream.

The moral of Katie’s story is that family life is messy and chaotic and nothing like you’ll ever see in a Hallmark movie. And yet, the great news is that there can be beauty in the messiness.

“God does not call us into isolation, He calls us into relationship.”

Katie’s own family, like all families, is far from perfect. The truth is that we all have stuff in our families that we struggle with.

But there is good news. There is hope.

No matter what we experience in our families, the Lord not only understands it, but the Lord wants to enter into it and reveal His presence to us through it. And God wants to use each one of us to do our part to sanctify our families. As Katie told us:

“Your family is an access point to God Himself.”

There are four things we can do that help our families become holy. These four things are worth thinking about, praying about, and pondering some more:

  1. Be joyful.
  2. Be curious.
  3. Be rooted in prayer.
  4. Be exceedingly generous.

How are you being called to bring of love God into your family today?

Written by Paul Masek
Paul Masek is Lisa's husband and is honored to be the father of four practically perfect kids ~ Jacob, Audrey, Kyle, & Dominic. For fun, Paul loves hunting, fishing, eating, and hanging out with the fam. He claims to be the funniest person he has ever met - and his wife says he hasn't met enough people - because she is funnier. He also loves stirring it up and is the director of the REAP Team for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. You can find out more about Paul by following him on Twitter & Insta - @clasekmasek