Frame It Right

Proverbs 14:1 A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.

As mothers you don’t just build your home but the life of your husband and children.

Everyday of the week. Every minute. Every hour. You build your home. Or you tear it down.

When you build a house you start with the foundation, right? What foundation do we build on? The Rock – Jesus. However belief in Jesus is no guarantee of a perfect family.

Your house needs more than a foundation. The cement slab doesn’t make a home. You wouldn’t feel very protected or comforted with just the foundation.

I’m no builder, but after you lay the foundation, you erect a frame.

Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

At creation God knew He had to frame the world with something. He looked and found nothing stronger or more powerful to frame the world with than His word, so He used that. The things we can see have been framed with the invisible Word of God.

We can choose to frame our world with the exact same material God used to frame the oceans, the planets, you and me.

Or not.

You have to be intentional when it comes to framing your house with the Word of God. It doesn’t just happen. You can’t wish it to happen. You have to make the choice.

This is how Abraham framed his family with the Word of God (Romans 4:18-5:5):

V18 Abraham received a Word from God and he made it the framework for his household.

V19 Abraham faced the facts

Faith does not deny reality. Strong faith faces the facts.
V20 He never wavered.

Faith is not a feeling.

Some live like faith is a feeling. God is good when things are good. God has abandoned me.
Life isn’t perfect. You will run into problems. If the frame is right it develops endurance, strength and confident hope that will not lead to disappointment.

These are some of the verses I use to frame my family:

Psalm 45:16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers; you will make them princes throughout the land.

Genesis 49:23-24 Archers attacked him savagely; they shot at him and harassed him. But his bow remained taut, and his arms were strengthened by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, by the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel.

Isaiah 54:13 All your children shall be taught by the Lord, And great shall be the peace of your children.

They are the frame I have built for my family, my children.

You might have a child tell you he is an atheist or homosexual. Your child may say she is pregnant or about to go through divorce. Doctors may diagnose your child with a disability or illness.

Don’t fall apart. Don’t pretend it’s not there. Face it with faith. Frame your house with the Word and the house will not fall.

Frame your family with the Word of God because God is able to do what He promises. Whatever is in the frame, will come to pass. The invisible shapes the visible. 

I preached up a storm with this message on the weekend. You can listen here.

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Sarah Coleman is wife, mother of two boys, writer, pastor, teacher and friend. She loves Jesus with a passion and the feel of Australian sand beneath her toes.

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