Author - Jauhmar Ellick

During this time of the year, we celebrate with family—from old cousins to aunts and uncles you haven't seen in years. The holidays usually bring out everybody to come together and have a good time. This week, I'm learning more and more about what it means to be a part of a family.

It started earlier this week when the topic of hard conversations came up. Most people don't have these types of conversations because toes usually get stepped on. However, that wasn't the case with us. Talking with one another comes easier when you have love behind your words. Usually, at the Thanksgiving table, ya auntie spews nonsense at you about how you didn't finish college. Or your uncle is asking about ya "little girlfriend." Their tone is never a tone of love but a tone of judgment. This talk, however, wasn't that. We came together as a team to talk about things that were bothering us. Stuff that's been on our chest that needed to be spoken. Sometimes, that's difficult because you don't know how people will receive it. But when The Spirit of God is in the midst of it all, it makes things easier. When you think about that person's feelings and wonder how it would make them feel, it makes you stop and wait. Letting the Spirit guide your tongue is probably the most important thing I'm learning here with my brothers and sisters in Christ.

More than the difficult talks was some good fellowship. We spent the night at Emma's ranch in Pearsall this weekend. We went from playing games such as Nertz and cornhole to waking up at 5:30 in the morning to set up our hunting spot and hunt some deer. The highlight was sitting in the blind and waiting patiently and quietly for the deer to pop out of the bush. It reminds me that it is sometimes worth the wait to sit and wait patiently for what you are trying to get. We hit two does, and they will be coming to the Fellowship House pretty soon.

It's great just to stop, slow down, and take it easy at times like this. Full bellies ( thanks to Mrs. Alyssa) and some good chuckles. Honestly, it was like one of those Christmas movies where we sit around and just enjoy each other's company. It was a great experience. I'm glad the Lord let me be a part of something as special as that.

This blog was an interesting piece to write this week. I think it's important for us to know the importance of family. No matter how much they get on our nerves, to be thankful for the people God has put into your life. They are there for a reason that sometimes we miss. But sometimes, if we just sit, wait, and listen, things will start to become clear. You'll get what God wants for you in that time of waiting and being patient. If there's family you haven't talked to in a while, call them. See how they are doing. And the family coming to your house or vice versa, just let the Spirit guide you in every conversation.

It's time we start to thank The Lord for the people He's put in our lives. Family!
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Kevin Ellick - November 19th, 2023 at 3:37pm

Well said nephew!😁