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Series: Reclaimed - Uncovering Your Worth
Week 1: Subtext: Five Women in the Lineage of Jesus - Day 5
‘‘...Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit’’
(Ephesians 2:20-22 NIV).
With yesterday’s study in mind and Christ firmly set as your solid foundation, let’s turn our attention solely and fully to your individual genealogy. Draw a family tree of sorts, tracing as far back as you like, but if possible, at least to your great-grand parents. If you are blessed to have parents and or grandparents that still walk this earth, then sometime in the next few days pick up the phone and call them. They will be overjoyed to hear your voice on the other end of the line and, I suspect, more than happy to help you with this exercise. It seems to me, that age only increases the hunger for greater knowledge about origins and personal histories. This is a topic that intrigues and captures us more and more as we get older. Some of you may know very little about your history. Perhaps it has been lost with time. Possibly, you have been adopted and your biological information remains unknown. Just do the best you can with whatever constraints and challenges you have. Anything you can unearth might prove interesting and enlightening. I’ve done this too.
On the next page, I have included a diagram for you to fill out. Here are some steps I would en- courage you to follow.
1) To start, write your name in the circle indicated and move up from there, filling in your parents’, grand parents’, and great-grand parents’ names.
2) If the information is available to you, write their birthplaces next to their circle.
3) If the information is available, write the occupation of each family member next to his or her name and birthplace.
Because this family tree is specifically focused on parents, grandparents, etc., there are not specific ovals for siblings. However, if you have this information, go ahead and write those names in, too.
I have also included some questions below that may help prompt your loved ones recall any illustrations or stories that might assist you. Feel free to detour from these as much or as little as you desire.
1) What is your least favorite childhood memory? What is your best childhood memory?
2) What is the greatest challenge you have ever faced in your life and how did you overcome it?
3) What were some of the most memorable traditions passed down to you from your parents?
4) If you had to sum up each of your parents and grandparents with three words what would they be?
5) If you had to choose one thing that each of yo ...
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