2007 Monthly Letter
Parnters in Ministry, "God Wrote the Script!"
is thirteen. She lives with her mom, 3 half-sisters
and 3 half-brothers, all of whom are from 6 different fathers!
Two of the sisters have children out of wedlock. Two of the
brothers are drug offenders.
came to the Family Session with her natural father and her
step-mother. Two days prior she tearfully confessed to them
a sexual encounter with a 16 year old boy whom she really
didn't know. They were devastated but thankful she had confided
Family Session contains 10 Keys in Effective Family Communications.
One of them is on expressing unconditional love verbally
and builds on our Heavenly Father's statement to Jesus:
"You are my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." Special
emphasis is placed on the "with whom" or the person rather
than the "what" that person has done. In other words, a parent
can say to a child-or a child to a parent: "I love you
and always will, but I am not pleased with what you have done."
second Key is to admit a failure and to ask for forgiveness.
The prodigal son parable is used in the teaching. The seven
words that participants are taught are: "I was wrong (or
made a mistake) will you forgive me." (You can began to
imagine what was happening to this family!)
third Key is learning to form prayers from Scripture
passages. I model this by walking around the room, stopping
by men, women, youth, and children and praying one of the
Beatitudes for each. Knowing that youth struggle with purity,
I always select a teenager and paraphrase the verse "Father,
bless (name of the person) with purity of heart, mind, and
soul, so that he/she might see Your beauty and purity." Who
do you suppose the Spirit led me to choose?
the Session was closing, the pastor asked if there were those
who would like to share what the Session meant to them. The
father quickly stood, became teary eyed, and said, "I am
not going to share the details of what our family is experiencing.
I will only say this: My wife, and my daughter and I feel
that God scripted this evening precisely for us. To
Him be the glory."
these three met with me and told me "the rest of the story"
that I write in this letter.
Spirit allowed the father and step-mother to honestly express
their deep hurt and anquish over what Tina had done
BUT more importantly their unconditional love for who
she is. They needed to say these words and Tina needed to
hear them. Likewise, Tina needed to request forgiveness and
to hear and receive their forgivenss. The Spirit "sealed
the deal" with the purity prayer!
our Lord so graciously awesome and wonderful! His promise
is to "supply every need of ours according to His riches
in glory in Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:19) Thank you for
supplying the needs of UpBuiding Ministries through your prayers
and financial support.