The bible says that it took Solomon roughly 7 years to build the temple ie. “House of God.” Solomon’s Temple (also known as the first temple) was said to have housed the Ark of the Covenant. It was located on Mount Zion, in ancient Jerusalem. This architecture was vast, bold, intricate, beautiful, majestic and complicated. It was no easy feat to construct this temple; hence taking the construction crew (which consisted of thousands of workers), 7 years to build.
Just like the House of God, in Ron Deal’s book The Smart Stepfamily, it states that it takes stepfamilies 7 years to successfully “blend” our new family. It takes time to build your family; piece by piece. You need to begin with a strong foundation; based upon Christ, so that it cannot be broken when the pressures around us arise. Then, little by little, through prayer, perseverance and commitment, you will begin seeing the fruits of your labor, with new memories that you create together.
My friends, begin each day by spending it with God. Through prayer and scripture, seek God. Deuteronomy 6:5 says “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
Deuteronomy 6: Love the LORD Your God 1 These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. 3 Hear, O Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, promised you. 4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.9 Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.
Lord, thank you for this family you have blessed me with. I pray that you “blend” this family the way that YOU would have it blended. I give you (name each family member here) and pray that these relationships be your relationships Father. I pray that you bless us with your spirit of perseverance as we nurture and grow our new family. I pray that you bless us with your wisdom. Thank you Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.