I love this time of the year. I love watching the trees as they start to bloom wonderful leaves of color. I love the anticipation of seeing my newly planted seeds sprout, and I love the days that seem so much longer due to the time change. I love spring!
I also love my home. There is this verse I’ve been trying to memorize for about 2 weeks. It’s Philippians 14-16. It tells me I’m to do all things without complaining and disputing. Ok, I have a hard time with this one. In my own flesh I want to whine and complain about everything. However, I know that a lack of contentment in my life robs me of my joy. It steals the joy of my family-because if mama ain’t happy nobody is happy. It may be a sad statement, but how often do we make it live out as a true statement in our homes?
It can also steal the joy out of your home. A home should be a place where your children are free to strive and grow. It’s a place where your husband can come home after a hard day of work and find love and acceptance. It should be a place where you yourself can find rest. I believe our peace is being stripped away from us. Here are a couple of statements that are definite peace destroyers:
“My circumstances will never get better.” When we get into the state of believing that our current circumstance is bigger than the God who knows all things, sees all thing, and can do all things. We can create a whole lot of negatively that will definitely destroy the peace of any home. Choose to believe God for all things.
“I’ll be happy when….” My husband gets his act together. I get a bigger house. I get a new car. I have more money. I have more energy. I have more time on my hands….the list goes on and on. Happiness is an indivisible choice; choose to be happy right now despite what circumstance you are in.
There is a book that I read over and over and over each year. It’s called Queen of the Castle by Lynn Bowen Walker. Lynn says in her book, “Peace is not the result of a perfectly scheduled day or a perfectly tidy house. Peace is also not something I can will into existence. Peace is a fruit of the Spirit. It’s something that God produces when I take my worries and concerns to Him. God is in the business of establishing peace. He can do anything, even in the middle of chaos.”
Did you catch that? It’s not about perfection!
Yeah, I love spring because it gives me a since of starting fresh. Cleaning out the clutter that has built up during the winter months (that might even mean cleaning up some of the clutter that has found its way into my own personal life), and taking time to make my home a welcoming place for the summer activities that are just around the corner.
So………how is your home. Is your home a place where all who come feel love and acceptance? Is it a place where one can find rest? The world tells us we need to be busy every minute of the day and get involved with every activity under the sun. Maybe I’ll be the one lone voice that stands up to say, “No! We I can choose a better way!”
The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands. (Prov. 14:1)
Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
(Prov. 24: 3-4)