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The Family: Place of Nurturing and Communication By Rev Eastwood Anaba


Saturday, March 30, 2019

Theme: Grow Up

Topic: The Family: Place of Nurturing and Communication

Scripture Reading:

Ephesians 4:10-16

Main Text:

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Nurturing involves training and development of the individuals in the home. Nurturing is the means of bringing up the child in the way he or she should go. Every child has a natural inclination and should be trained to go in that way, not in the way you want the child to go. Use your time together to talk and share a laugh. For example, family meals and car travel can be great times to catch up on the day. Have one-on-one chats with each family member to strengthen individual relationships.

Set aside time with your partner, if you have one. Make decisions together about what to do for special events like birthdays.

A husband nourishes his wife by caring for her physical, spiritual, and emotional needs. He makes her a priority and regularly expresses his affection, his devotion, and his commitment to her.

Nurturing is carried on the wheels of communication. Positive communication is about making the time to listen to each other, listening without judgment, and being open to expressing your own thoughts and feelings (Ephesians 4:29). When you have positive communication in your family, it helps everybody feel understood, respected and valued, and this strengthens your relationships.

When your child or partner wants to talk, stop what you’re doing and listen with full attention. Give people time to express their points of view or feelings. Be open to talking about difficult things – like admitting to mistakes – and all kinds of feelings, including anger and joy. Be ready and plan for spontaneous conversations and difficult conversations, especially with teenagers. For example, sex, drugs, etc. Encourage your children and partner with praise. Positive non-verbal communication – For example, hugs, kisses and eye contact send the message that you want to be close to your family. Tame your tongue, because words can either give life or death to one's spirit (Colossians 4:6).


1. Pray for the grace and wisdom to properly bring up children, even in their age difference and uniqueness in personality.

2. Pray also for the discipline to always let your speech be gracious, and seasoned with salt.

Recommended Reading:

“Building a Solid Church” by Eastwood Anaba

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