Colossians 3:13 “Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”

Your family. They are the only ones you have. Sometimes, you wonder how you could share the same genes. Sometimes, words can’t express how much you love them. No matter which way the pendulum swings, they are yours.

Through the trials, forgive them and remember how much you love them. Months and years may pass before you gather, and the occasion is so joyous, you forget what bothered you. Don’t wait until it’s too late to seize the day!

“If the Lord can forgive those who persecuted him, you can forgive those who wrong you.”  Spiritual Love Warrior

Left to right: my niece (and great niece due to arrive in four weeks), my older sister, my younger sister, me

On my way home from my niece’s baby shower, happiness bubbled within, and I thanked the Lord for a beautiful reunion. Yep, I’m going to be a great Aunt for the first time.

My sisters and I got to talking about our mother. She’s pictured below. Can you believe she will be 75 this year? She looks amazing. I was surprised, and to be honest, felt a unity that my mother speaks to them in the same way she does me. She shoots straight from the hip and tells it like it is…of course it’s her first thoughts and not always supportive. I always forgive her because she loves us and wants the best for us. One of these days I would love for her to tell me she’s proud of me for something. If she doesn’t then I’ll chalk it up to a reason which I must experience while my spirit is on earth, (I call it ‘earth school for the spirit’).

Today was a good day all around. Vibrations were high, every one was happy and glad to see each other. Its been four months since I saw my little sister, and a year since I’ve seen my older sister and niece.

Today, I chose to go with the flow and enjoy our gathering for who we all are: the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful. Today I paid close attention to my family’s unique quirks and I loved them for it. It’s who they are, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I thanked the Lord for today, for reminding me what love is.

The next time you’re upset with a family member, take another look and truly see them for who they are, quirks, flaws, and everything in between. They’re a work of art, just like you. Love them, cherish the time you have with them, and consider how much they had a hand in molding you. Who would you be today without them?


Does your family have unique quirks? Share in the comments below, I’d love to hear your stories.


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