Creating Family “Fellowship”

27 Nov

Road Trip Game TilesSome of my (Dawn’s) fondest memories are traveling in the car with my family as a kid, and hearing my dad’s booming baritone as he sang, “How Great Thou Art” or “Jerusalem.”

But I’m sure my mom’s memories aren’t quite as pleasant. My sister and I squabbled a lot in the back seat!

Humor columnist Dave Barry says, “And that’s the wonderful thing about family travel: It provides you with experiences that will remain locked forever in the scar tissue of your mind.” LOL!

As a mom, I think I heard a hundred “Knock-knock” jokes on road trips. And silly jokes like, “What kind of car does Luke Skywalker drive?” (Answer: A Toy-yoda.)

Do you remember some fun games you played in the car growing up, or do you have games you play with your children now whenever you travel? My boys still remember the car game where we looked for things to check off on a list ~ common things, but we gave them unusual names like “silver pickle” for an airstream trailer.

This is such a reminder to me that when we talk about creating memories (and not just during the holiday season), it’s not only about big things we plan.  Our children remember things that we might not consider important. And they remember some things we wish they’d forget!

What are some of the things you do around your house to make sure your children have great memories when they’re older? Do you plan in some things that build their sense of heritage? And what about the spiritual aspect of their lives ~ are you building memories there, too?

Christians tend to think of  “fellowship” as only happening at church, or with a group of adults at a home Bible study. But have you ever thought that you can encourage “fellowship” in your home, if you are believers. One definition of fellowship is simply “spending time together with other believers so that they are encouraged in their faith.” We can experience it as families as we create fun (and meaningful) memories centered around our relationship with God.

Try to think of creative ways to build powerful God-focused memories into your children and grandchildren. (Or adopt some kids for a weekend, and build into their lives!)

I talk about one positive memory I created with my granddaughters in LOL with God. We held “Camp Grammy” with all the fun of camping out, but in my living room. We took flashlights under our huge tent made of blankets, and we ate microwaved s’mores. But instead of telling ghost stories, we talked about the kind of men they might marry someday; and their eyes grew wide as I said I would pray for them and their unknown husbands, growing up somewhere in the world.

Family fellowship fosters love, trust, and security. Fellowship encourages unity (and Philippians 2:1-4 is as true for the family as the church). We can “stimulate one another to love and good deeds,” encouraging each family member to live for the Lord, too (Hebrews 10:24-25).

So plan some positive and powerful Family Fellowship today! Create some Memories!


One Response to “Creating Family “Fellowship””


  1. Fellowship…post-2×4 to the head « The Gozette - November 27, 2010

    […] just finished reading a great blog about family fellowship and God 2×4′d me about the blog I wrote back in October about […]

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