One of the most powerful things that Emily and I undertook was writing a Family Covenant. A family covenant is a document written by those in authority which decides beforehand how each person within the family and those outside of the family will be respected, honored, and cherished. This way when the storms of life comes along a decision has already been made how each person is to be cared and sheltered for simply because of they are and not because what to do or do not do.
Established September 24th, 2004
Fully acknowledging that God has called, anointed, and blessed Larry and Emily Williams to forever be married September 24th, 2004 we proclaim to the masses this document as our family covenant. Emily and Larry both as equal persons before God acknowledge that God has called us as a family to preach the gospel to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, recover sight of the blind, set at liberty those who are oppressed, so that acceptable year of the Lord shall be proclaimed – Luke 4:18-19.
Knowing that these things are impossible without an healthy family unit I Larry promise to always be gentle and humble toward Emily. I promise to always be patient with her. I promise to bear all things from and with her, so that the spirit of unity shall be kept through peace. Emily will in turn also do the above as Larry leads this family before God – Ephesians 4:1. This treatment will be followed from the head to the children and to all who enter this home.
We as the overseers and stewards of Brea, Jackson, and Lia set in place our honored grace to our children. To Brea we promise to always pray with and for her. We will be watchful over her. We promise to always thank God our heavenly father for her in private and in public – Colossians 4:2. To Jackson we promise to always seek to see the fragrance of God’s kingdom spread through his words. We will see to it that he understands that this blessing comes with a hardship that he will not always be accepted. We promise to always cover and protect him when needed – 1 Corinthians 2:14. To Lia we promise to not parent her within a mental box. She will have the ability to blaze new trails and break old mindsets. We promise to support her as she comes into her own ways to minister in God’s kingdom – 1 Corinthians 5:6-7.
We understand as a family that blessed are those who are poor in spirit, those who mourn, who are meek, those who hunger for righteousness, and those who are merciful. We also understand that blessed are those who are pure in heart, who are peace makers, and those who are persecuted for righteousness sake for theirs in the Kingdom of God – Matthew 5:2-11. We know that if we ask it will be given to us, if we seek we will find, and if we knock the doors will be open to us – Matthew 7:7.
We will as a family unit follow these things financially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually so that they will all come to past. Acknowledging all of this may the Glory of the Lord be praised in this dwelling place forever and forever. Amen and Amen.
Pen and Sealed 12/31/2012 – Larry and Emily Williams
I wish I could put into words what this document has meant for our family. Simply put it has taken the anxiety and questioning out of our daily relationships. It has truly set us free in regard to building intimacy and peace in our home. I will share several post over the next few days about writing family covenants. Please share and let me know if you have any questions, thoughts, concerns, and/or issues. Blessings.