Week 29 – Families
I have been asked several times to describe the type of groups that come to Windermere. Many are surprised when I say that 25% of the groups that come to Windermere are families and or family reunions.
We are blessed to have family cabins both small and large. There are 12 family cabins that stay pretty busy year round. On top of that we have three medium sized lodges. Red Bud, Dogwood and Koehler Lodges host many family reunions. For example the Hoover family had 75 folks at their annual family reunion! I love it that Windermere can be a place for families to connect and enjoy a good time.
Families are like the internet. The internet is a powerful tool and an incredible resource. But you need a high speed connection to take advantage of it. To get the most out of your family time, a family needs a strong connection.
- To children and grandchildren the way love is spelled is T-I-M-E
- The US Department of Labor says this – the average American parent spends only 15 minutes a day playing with their children and less than three minutes a day reading or talking to them
- A friend of mine says this – “If the devil can’t make you bad he will make you busy.”
Raising families is about setting and adjusting priorities, deciding what is important and letting the other stuff go. The families I see at Windermere are prime examples making family time important.
In 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12, Paul compares his ministry to the church with how a father connects with his children. In verse 12 you find three key words that every family needs to take note of –
- The term encouraging meaning imparting courage and self-confidence
- The term comforting. The Greek word here is the word parakaleo which means to “come alongside.’ A parent can’t parent from a distance….you have to be there!
- The term urging or instructing. If faith is to be passed down it must come from parents.
Please note the order of those key words – encourage, comfort and urge. If parents are wanting to urge their household in the way of the Lord….parents have to first take the time to encourage and comfort their children. My observations of Windermere family reunions are this – learning occurs when families take time to encourage and be there for their kids.
Windermere can help you secure a strong family connection!
Sign up! Fall Adult Retreat
October 6-8, 2016
Guests Include: Dr. Greg Morrow; Dr. Paul Gibson; Great music
Cost $75 for program and meals. Lodging as low as $49
Sign up at www.windermereusa.org
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