And you thought it was all about your family

It starts with your family. Your touch begins at home. But what you touch and love doesn’t end there.

Home is life’s undress rehearsal, its backroom, its dressing room

– Harriet Beecher Stowe

War can be anywhere. Within your heart, in your marriage, your home, your neighborhood, workplace, church, and all the relationships your family touches in your community, state, nation, and world.

A harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace

– James 3.18

You can blame or credit your parents and family and so can they, and back it goes proving that who you are comes from somewhere back there. And those beyond you in the future come from somewhere, too. You.

The little bit you and me might change the world? It wouldn’t show up until a hundred years after we’re dead. We’d never see it.

But it’d be there.

– From Here to Eternity

Whose love are you grateful for?

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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 31.

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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. Erin

    I must admit, I am a bit sad this is the last of your daily emails. :( While I have not commented before, your words have been great encouragement over the last month and I have thoroughly enjoyed every one. Very raw and thought provoking.

    Looking forward to what God speaks through you next.
    Erin :)

    • Linda

      I have appreciated this series. Thanks for some very practical ideas. My two favorites are the one on prayer
      and on giving one sincere word of encouragement to each family member. Thanks for following Christ and sharing the fruit that has produced with us.

  2. Jennifer

    Thank you for taking the time to encourage me over the last 31 days. Your posts have been very inspiring to me and making a difference in my family is something I have become very passionate about. I look forward to your encouragement in my inbox daily :)

  3. Pam M

    Sad this is over Gary-I run to my email every morning to see what thoughts you have for me to consider thru the day-this series has been life changing

  4. Barbara

    So sad to see this series end…but I am keeping every one and will definitely be reading and re-reading them! I love the way you can capture the profound truths in understandable words,Gary! Thank you for always hitting the nail squarely on the head…and for being a positive patient encourager!

  5. Linda

    What does it mean to think like a river?

    • Awesome question.

      The impact of the generations that came before you affects you in ways you can’t appreciate – but the impact is there. And your impact in your family will affect the generations after you in ways you can’t appreciate.

      So we raise our sights and have a humble, kind of awestruck response: “Oh Lord, this is not just about me and my family and today – things today are going to have potential influence into the generations beyond me in ways I can’t see right now. For good or not so good.”

      Your family influence is like a river flowing. The generations before you are upriver and the generations to come are down. Knowing that affects how we paddle today.

      Hope that helps

  6. Kristi

    Thank you for taking the time to invest in our families! This series has really encouraged me. Blessings!

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