Peace – it is something that we crave in this world where chaos rules. Chaos equals a lack in patience (usually in me). Over the past few years, I have seen that having peace in life usually means I am more patient- and when my patience is lacking, usually so is my peace. So, how can we encourage peace and patience in our homes? Well, it starts in our hearts.
Any attitude that we want to come out in our home, must start in our heart. If we want peaceful homes, we must be living lives where peace reigns. Peace only comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ- and keeping our eyes focused on Him. This year, I have made some verse cards that have verses over each of the attitudes- or fruits- that we want to have in our homes. The verse that I picked for peace was….
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 ESV
Living in peace does not mean that suddenly all obstacles are eliminated. Actually, as I found last year, as I lit my candle and prayed for peace in my home- peace was actually something we had to work at. I have learned, that in my home, often it requires us to work together as a family. Christ needs to be the ultimate one in control in our hearts and lives – it is His peace that is to rule in us. We can’t let emotions rule our hearts. Ladies, we can’t let hormones rule our lives (you know what I am talking about! 😉 ) It is easy to do – and letting Christ rule goes against our flesh. Our hearts are where conflicts often arise- because that is where our feelings are. Feelings of fear, hope, distrust, joy, jealousy, love. All of these things – even the good ones- can go against peace. We have to choose peace. Scripture goes on to say in Philippians 4:9…
The things which you have learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. (New King James Version)
It isn’t enough to just know the word. It isn’t enough to just hear the word. We must do the word. When we look back in Philippians 4:6-8 we see that God doesn’t want us to be anxious- but to be in prayer and thanksgiving. When we do that – the peace of God guards our hearts. When we think on the things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and good report- when we meditate on these things (found in God’s Word!) – when we live in obedience – we will have peace. It won’t come easy. That is where patience comes in.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9 ESV)
This has turned into one of my all time favorite verses (you can get a festive printable of it here- I hang mine in my kitchen!). Although it does not say the word patience in itself, I think it speaks of its virtue. Doing good is hard work. Pursuing peace in our home is hard. Living in the Spirit isn’t always easy. Yet, because we have Christ living in us, it CAN be done – because “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” It is hard to do right when we feel like there is no thanks for it. If we are honest, we feel like this often in our homes. Yet we know that a harvest is coming if we don’t give up.
Each day, we are sowing seeds into the lives of those in our home. We are either sowing seeds of peace, patience, and even worship, into their lives, or we are sowing the opposites of those things. We need to keep doing good and trust God for the results- it is HIS harvest and he will reap it in our lives, but we must not give up.
One way that I have found to keep peace and patience in my home is through having a schedule. Today, I am sharing my home maintenance schedule with you. I have found that when we keep things running on a schedule, there is more peace in our homes, because the expectations are clear. Today is Monday, so I am meal planning, cleaning out the fridge, doing the kitchen and grocery shopping. You will see two sheets – one with my schedule, and a blank one where you can write in your own things, because your week might run different than mine!
This week, as I light my candle, and I am praying for peace in MY home, know that I am praying for peace in your home too. If peace is questionable this week – don’t worry. Those areas we are working on are often tested.
Worshiping With My Life,
Now, it is time for the Salt and Light Link UP!
Be the Salt & the Light to the world this week and share:
- Faith in Jesus – What inspired your faith walk with Jesus
- Marriage – What touched your heart for your spouse
- Singleness – What has inspired you to reach out to God
- Mothering – What encouraged you to be the best mom you can be this week
- Health – A new recipe that you hope to bless your family with, or health tip that will benefit your family
- Service – A story of service that touched you
- Finances – A tip that will serve your family well
- Homemaking – Inspiration to make your home a haven for your husband, kids, and guests
- Time – Share a story that opened your eyes to the use of time in our life
- Beauty – A reminder of what beauty really is in a world that tries so hard to
And of course, if you have written an encouraging post you would like to add to the link up, go ahead link up a second, personal post.
Each blog is picking favorites each week, so be sure to check out each blog! I did not choose a favorite this week since the blog was down last week- but next week, I promise a favorite – so be sure to link up below!
Your Chance to be Salt & Light
More specifically, how are we as blogging mommies, wives, women, being salt & light towards others online?
Here is your chance to generously sprinkle some salt and shine a light: a link up where you share a post that you enjoyed recently from someone else’s blog or website.
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