“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’;and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:27 NIV
By the strictest of definitions, your neighbor is anyone who is around you. Who is closer than your family?! If you can’t love those closest to you, how are you going to love anyone else? True love, and loving your neighbor, starts in the home.
I attended a Hearts at Home conference about five years ago. The main thing I took away was that my home was suppose to be a haven. I may not be able to make it sparkly clean and perfect, but I should be able to make it safe and comfortable for my family.
While others may be okay with their children teasing each other, that is not really conducive to a safe environment. If our kids can’t be themselves at home without being made fun of or feeling inadequate, where can they be themselves? Our home should instead be a haven, like a little slice of heaven here on earth. After all, as soon as we become members of God’s family, we are part of the heavenly kingdom. It is our job to bring as much heaven on earth as we can until Jesus returns. If we are letting a spirit of criticalness into our home, it can’t be much of a haven at all!If we are letting a spirit of criticalness into our home, it can’t be much of a haven at all! Click To Tweet
How Do We Make Our Home a Haven?
By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established;
through knowledge its rooms are filled
with rare and beautiful treasures.” Proverbs 24:3-4 NIV
Making our home a haven is easier said than done! Our family members have minds of their own. Sibling rivalry is the worst! How do we encourage them to be loving, kind, and encouraging? I won’t pretend to have it all figured out, but I have scoured the internet rounding up posts that I want to share with you. Let’s try these ideas out and see how it goes!
- Make Your Home a Sanctuary: 5 Questions to Get You There
- 10 Ways to Create a Home of Warmth and Grace
- Stop Yelling
- Make a Get-Along Jar
- How to Get Your Kids to Stop Fighting
The One Thing You Need to Do if You Do Nothing ElseCreating an atmosphere of love and peace starts with me. Click To Tweet
The one thing that I do know beyond a shadow of a doubt is that creating an atmosphere of love and peace starts with me. You may have heard it said that the mother sets the tone for the whole household. I have found that this is definitely true! When I am grumpy and critical, I pass this on to the rest of my family. I cringe to think about the negative tone of voice and words I have heard coming out of my son’s mouth lately–and they sound JUST LIKE ME. You don’t know how bad you truly sound until you hear your own voice coming out of your child. So examine your own heart and start with your own attitude. Set the example and see the difference it makes. Your home becoming a haven starts with you!
What do you do to bring peace to your home?