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When “family” doesn’t look the way you think it should – Hf #169

on October 28, 2018 by Jami Balmet 2 comments

God’s design for the family is a good and wonderful gift…and vary widely! From the single mom, to the family adopting, to the single gal, to the couple trying to conceive, and so many more situations. 

In today’s episode we are going to open up the discussion on how do we respond when “family” doesn’t really look the way we think it should and how we can start to keep an eye out for those suffering or falling under the radar – and how we can learn to come along side them. 

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  1. Hey Jami!! First off I want to say how much I appreciate you covering this topic! My husband and I are Childfree by choice in following how we see God leading us so our family looks very different than others because we see that God has not placed that calling on our lives to have kids. You hit the nail on the head when you said that sometimes others who don’t have kids can feel secondary. I have been left out of things, and people assume I don’t like kids based on our decision to not have kids and that is very hurtful. I adore kids with everything in me, all of my best friends have kids who I love like I would my own children and all call me Auntie Kara. I think its important to note too that as a Childfree person, I have the ability to fill in empty spots in church that others maybe can’t because they have kids. I have been able to babysit for my friends on many occasions so they can go out and have a date night, been able to provide meals or just help around the house for my friends who are moms all because I don’t have kids.

    I don’t say all that to toot my own horn but show another example of how families can look different. It will always be just my husband and I with our cats as a family, and thats just as great as a family with kids. It truly all about where God is leading you, what He wants you to do in your life in His calling. Thank you so much for talking about this! I was a little wary about hearing what you had to say but found myself cheering and dancing for joy with what you said! I think it needs to be talked about more often in the church and as women in general. Families look different, and it doesn’t make you less of a person if you don’t have kids, and there definitely shouldn’t be ANY shame put on another person from believers because that person is following a different calling from God on their life.

    Love your podcast so much! It has brought so much encouragement into my life! Thank you!!!

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