When we were kids – every year we would decorate the Christmas tree as a family and then we’d turn off all the lights and plug in the tree. My sister Jen and I LOVE to sing and so we’d go to town singing Christmas carols. One of my favorites was Silent Night because it was such a calm and peaceful song. For a moment – time seemed to stand still and we savored the moment and the meaning of Christmas.
“Silent night…Holy night…all is calm, all is bright…”
I have a feeling just reading those lyrics brings back memories for you too.
Music. It has a strange effect on people. Certain songs can flood our minds with good memories. Others can touch a painful and tender place deep inside of us where we’ve been hurt and bring tears. And other songs just make us all want to boogie! lol!
Edith Shaefer says “There is a charm in making music together which not only stimulates interest and creativity, but which breaks through whining and fussing and clears the atmosphere.”
Music changes the atmosphere of our homes.
In our home, soft piano music plays 24/7. Yes, even in the middle of the night we have music going. We can’t hear it in our bedrooms but I like coming down the stairs in the morning to a serene atmosphere. Just as my candle serves me, my music serves me. It doesn’t make messes, it doesn’t need managed, it just simply blesses me AND it blesses my family.
This week’s challenge:
Play soft music everyday in your home. Choose worship, classical or another form of peaceful music that the family enjoys. I’ll be playing Christmas music! Focus on using peaceful words and maintaining peaceful relationships. Work on gentleness this week.
Now we can’t have our candles burning, our music going and prayers for peace going up to heaven and not pause to take a look at our own hearts. Is there anything we are doing with our words that could be stirring up strife and interrupting peace in our homes?
Last week I had a terribly strife filled week – not with my family but here on the blog in the comment section and later in a string of emails. Thursday’s post brought a backlash of negative comments and I lacked discernment as I responded. I completely regret much of my response and learned some tough lessons after taking the post down.
Proverbs speaks to the power of our tongue and the power it has to create strife or to bring peace.
Are you in need of some guidance for your week?
Here’s some Proverbs that speak to me:
“Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning.” Proverbs 10:13
“When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.” Proverbs 10:19
Hold your tongue.
“A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue.” Proverbs 11:12
Hold your tongue.
“A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.” Proverbs 12:16
“Reckless words pierce like a sword but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18
Use your tongue to bring healing.
“He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.” Proverbs 13:3
Guard your lips.
“A quick tempered man does foolish things.” Proverbs 14:17
Be slow to anger.
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh words stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1
Give gentle answers.
“A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.” Proverbs 17:27
There’s a lot of food for thought there in Proverbs. Just think – if we actually followed the wisdom of these verses how our homes and relationships would be transformed!
So let’s begin. Light your candle, crank up your music and continue praying over your home. Every time the glimmer of the candle catches your eye – pray for peace. Peace with each other and peace within your soul.
If you are participating in this challenge leave a comment below with how it’s going – if you are a blogger copy this button into your blog post, write about how it’s going and link up on Wednesday at the Women Living Well Wednesday Link-Up party!!
Thank you all so much for your accountability. I so appreciate you joining me on this journey!!! We are in it together!
Walk with the King,
Chime In: What kind of music is playing in your house this week? And how are you doing with pursuing gentle and peace-filled words?