3 quick things you could do now to nudge your family one inch closer together

. . . just to start a little momentum, or keep it going.


Give one word of true, genuine, non-agenda encouragement or praise to each person in your family today. Even the far-away (in miles or emotions) ones. Yes, you can text. If you think this is hard then it’s even more important to do it. Too hard? Then one encouraging word to one person.


Pray for one minute for Thanksgiving or Christmas or the next time your family is going to be together. Don’t know what to pray for? Then pray about that for one minute.


Plan an informal, old-fashioned, family touch football game for Thanksgiving. This will get you started, then make up your own rules. Even better – involve other family members in the planning.

Any other ideas?

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A Family Like Yours is 31 Days of encouragement to help you appreciate, influence, and love the family you have (no matter what).

This is day 17.

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About the Author


Gary Morland helps you feel better about your most challenging family relationships, and helps you actually improve those relationships - all by adopting simple attitudes, perspectives, expectations, and actions (the same ones that changed him and his family).


  1. I love these! Especially the breakdown if the one thing seems too hard – grace all around.

  2. Pam Cason

    I have three boys and football in the backyard is always on the Thanksgiving Day schedule! In fact, my boys just the other day asked their dad when they would be painting the football lines in the backyard. Yep! We do that! The boys love it and so does everyone who joins in to play. It keeps the calls fair too : ) You can’t argue with a white painted line. Well, mostly : )

  3. m

    We had soooo much fun doing this…intentional, purposeful & fun! The one word was a challenge but we did it:) blessings & <3 M

  4. Tondra Denise

    WOW, God is so awesome! I found your blog through your daughter, and I love it. This post made me smile because my kids and I just had our own talk about snails…

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