Family

The light that shines farthest for Christ shines brightest at home.

Everything in the household runs smoothly when love oils the machinery.

Home is the place where the great are small and the small are great.

The heartbeat of the home determines the health of the nation.

The best gift you can give to your family is a happy marriage.  —  Ray Cross

The fun things you share with your family today are the memories that will hold them near and dear to you tomorrow.  —  Ray Cross

As children grow a parent’s relationship with them moves from control to influence.  The transition from one to the other is often difficult but must be made if children are to learn mature self-discipline.  —  Ray Cross

Respecting your children will do much to feed their respect for you.  —  Ray Cross

Get the family on your team.  Give them planned attention.  —  David J. Schwartz

It takes wisdom to have a good family.  It takes understanding to make it strong.  (Proverbs 24:3 NCV)

Adequate parents must first be adequate partners, but adequate partners you must first be adequate persons.  —  Dr. Henry Bandt

The most important educational institution in the world is the home.

In the early stages of life the words of a father are more significant to a boy than even the words of God.   —  Dr. Tim LaHaye

All children are champs — with potential they’re packed; discovery alone is the element lacked.  —  Joe White

Catch your child in the act of doing something good…and tell him about it.  —  Joe White

How can any person be truly successful if he loses his children?  —  Ray Cross

It is better to eat a dry crust of bread in peace than to have a feast where there is quarrelling.  (Proverbs 17:1 NCV)

The father is the head of the home. Dr. Norman Harrison likens him to the rim of a wheel, coming as a practical cushion between the family and the world, taking the jolts and hardships for the family. The mother is likened to the hub of the wheel. Everything in the home revolves around her. As the hub goes, so goes the wheel. If the hub is off-center, the whole wheel is thrown off balance. The father is certainly the head of the home, but just as certainly it is the mother who sets the general atmosphere of the home. If she is serene, things roll along on an even keel. If she is upset things disintegrate. —  Shirley Rice

You may only be one person in the world but you may also be the world to one person.

The Fallen Limb
A limb has fallen from the family tree.
I keep hearing a voice that says, “Grieve not for me.
Remember the best times, the laughter, the song.
The good life I lived while I was strong.
Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you.
Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.
My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.
Remembering all, how I truly was blessed.
Continue traditions, no matter how small.
Go on with your life, don’t worry about falls
I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin.
Until the day comes we’re together again.
— Anonymous

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May the winds of love blow softly
And whisper for you to hear
That we still love and miss you
And wish that you were here.
We cannot bring the old days back
When we were all together
But happy days and loving thoughts
Will live with us forever.

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A Million Times I Cried
If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died.
In life I loved you dearly, in death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place no one else could fill.

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If tears could build a stairway
And heartaches make a lane,
We’d walk the path to Heaven
And bring you back again.
A heart of gold stopped beating,
A shining smile at rest,
God broke our hearts to prove
He only takes the best.
Our family chain is broken again
And nothing seems the same.
But God will call us one by one
And the chain will link again.
Vicky Holder

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To My Dearest Family
Some things I’d like to say,
but first of all to let you know
that I arrived okay
I’m writing this from Heaven
where I dwell with God above
where there’s no more tears
or sadness there
is just eternal love
Please do not be unhappy
just because I’m out of sight
remember that I’m with you
every morning, noon and night
That day I had to leave you
when my life on Earth was through
God picked me up and hugged me
and He said I welcome you
It’s good to have you back again
you were missed while you were gone
as for your dearest family
they’ll be here later on
I need you here so badly
as part of My big plan
there’s so much that we have to do
to help our mortal man
Then God gave me a list of things
He wished for me to do
and foremost on that list of mine
is to watch and care for you
And I will be beside you
every day and week and year
and when you’re sad
I’m standing there
to wipe away the tear
And when you lie in bed at night
the days chores put to flight
God and I are closest to you
in the middle of the night
When you think of my life on Earth
and all those loving years
because you’re only human
they are bound to bring you tears
But do not be afraid to cry
it does relieve the pain
remember there would be no flowers
unless there was some rain
I wish that I could tell you
of all that God has planned
but if I were to tell you
you wouldn’t understand
But one thing is for certain
though my life on Earth is o’re
I am closer to you now
than I ever was before
And to my very many friends
trust God knows what is best
I’m still not far away from you
I’m just beyond the crest
There are rocky roads ahead of you
and many hills to climb
but together we can do it
taking one day at a time
It was always my philosophy
and I’d like it for you too
that as you give unto the World
so the World will give to you
If you can help somebody
who is in sorrow or in pain
then you can say to God at night
my day was not in vain
And now I am contented
that my life it was worthwhile
knowing as I passed along the way
I made somebody smile
So if you meet somebody
who is down and feeling low
just lend a hand to pick him up
as on your way you go
When you are walking
down the street
and you’ve got me on your mind
I’m walking in your footsteps
only half a step behind
And when you feel the gentle breeze
or the wind upon your face
that’s me giving you a great big hug
or just a soft embrace
And when it’s time for you to go
from that body to be free
remember you’re not going
you are coming here to me
And I will always love you
from that land way up above
Will be in touch again soon
P.S. God sends His Love
Author Unknown

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Family O’ Mine: I Should Like to Send You a Sunbeam
Family o’ mine:

I should like to send you a sunbeam, or the twinkle of some bright star,
or a tiny piece of the downy fleece that clings to a cloud afar.
I should like to send you the essence of a myriad sun-kissed flowers,
or the lilting song as it floats along, of a brook through fairy bowers.
I should like to send you the dew-drops that glisten at break of day,
and then at night the eerie light that mantles the Milky Way.
I should like to send you the power that nothing can overflow –
the power to smile and laugh the while a-jouneying through life you go.
But these are mere fanciful wishes; I’ll send you a Godspeed instead,
and I’ll clasp your hand – then you’ll understand all the things I have left unsaid
— Anonymous