Family Strengths – Spirituality

Among the keys to a successful family life mentioned in The Family: A Proclamation to the World are the spiritual values of faith, repentance, forgiveness and prayer. Strong families share a belief in something greater than themselves. They agree about what is right and wrong and what is really important to them. These shared values give families purpose and help them unite on goals. Spirituality is thus a powerful source of strength for these families. Different families define spiritual...
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Family Strengths – Commitment

The Family: A Proclamation to the World is laced through and through with the language of commitment. It declares spouses have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and their children, and to honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Further it warns that husbands and wives will one day be held accountable before God for the discharge of family obligations. Research shows the value of commitment in family relationships. In national studies, parental commitment to marria...
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Family Strengths – Encouragement

The Family: A Proclamation to the World reminds us that each family member is a son or daughter of God, endowed with divine destiny and purpose. Families that practice encouragement promote one another's growth and development, helping each family member reach his or her full potential. These families structure family life so that members can develop intellectually, physically, spiritually, and socially. Members of strong families feel they really belong in their family. Family members fe...
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Dealing with a Physical Handicap

By Robert G For everyone, the day of their birth is the first day of many. For me it was also almost my last. Choked by my own umbilical cord, my brain was deprived of oxygen, but thanks to brilliant doctors and the Lord’s help, I was born. The circumstances of my birth, however, had far-reaching consequences. From that day, my parents noticed something was not quite right. I was not developing at the same rate as other children. So they took me to doctors, some of the best in the world. S...
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Can I Overcome My Social Fears?

By Haley G I have spent most of my life as “the quiet one.” I probably said about 100 total words in school before the sixth grade. Talking to people terrified me. People would ask me questions and I would inaudibly mumble a response, hoping they might not hear me and also maybe forget I existed. I had things to say; I just couldn't seem to make myself express them. I thought that almost every person disliked me, all awkwardness was my fault, and people generally avoided me because of how bor...
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Is Kindness For Everyone A Possibility?

Some people think those who are kind to a fault are weak, too mousey to ever do anything bold, fight back, or are fraidy cats...the list of labels is long. But when kindness is a choice--and it always is--there is nothing weak about it. It is a sign of strength, of maturity, a decision to embody the golden rule. The irony in choosing to be kind is that it can bring about world peace, that inside-joke of an answer to every beauty pageant question, and what world leaders, the media and pretty much...
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