Last week we had a two-fold challenge, “light a candle and every time you see the glimmer of it pray for peace in your home“. I want to encourage you to keep your candles and prayers going.
This week’s challenge is two-fold also: Play soft music everyday in your home. Choose worship, classical or another form of peaceful music that the family enjoys. Focus on using peaceful words and maintaining peaceful relationships. Remind your family to avoid seething anger, tattling, criticism or back talk. Role model gentleness this week.
Let’s start with your music choice. If you need suggestions for music here are a few:
1. If you know how to play an instrument, play it this week! In our home, when I sit down to the piano to play, the atmosphere completely changes. All whining and complaining disappears and dancing and singing begins. This is what the book of Psalms is all about – making a joyful noise unto the Lord! So pull out your dusty instruments and start playing!
2. Sing or hum in the kitchen while you cook, in the bathrooms while you clean, or while you drive in the car. Force yourself to open your mouth and let your joy of the Lord be heard by your family. It will be contagious!
3. I like to listen to George Winston – my favorite CD is titled December. I have listened to it for 15 years. In college, it really helped me shut out the dorm noises and focus to study. Since then, this CD remains in the CD player ready to go at all times. Sometimes I put it on repeat mode and it will go for 10 hours straight! I love it! Here’s a sample:
4. I like David Nevue – I discovered his music on the blog A Holy Experience. His music is similar to George Winston’s in that it is classical piano music. To hear his music visit her site and while you are there – hang around a while and I think you will find inspiration. (I regularly open her website and let the music play while I hop around on facebook or write blog posts.)
5. I like Worship and Contemporary Christian Music – the sky is the limit on this – from hymns to Casting Crowns to the oldies like Michael Card. All of this music fills our family’s hearts and mind with God’s truth.
It doesn’t all have to be slow. Music with a beat can lift spirits and add zest to a boring day. Pick a style that fits your mood and family and get that music going. Once you’ve determined your music and have it going – it’s time to work on ourselves.
1. When you feel tempted to raise your voice, use a child’s name in a snarl, furrow your brow into a scowl or speak rapidly in anger…purposely lower your voice to just above a whisper. Proverbs 15:1 says “A gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Focus on gentle words, facial expressions, and touches.
2. Purpose to not let someone else’s anger make you angry. Many times as a wife and mom I find myself responding to other’s emotions. Someone in the family is grumpy and two minutes later I’m grumpy too. Someone in the family is speaking harshly and two minutes later I’m speaking harshly too. Purpose to stay in control of your emotions and not let the other members of your family dictate your mood.
3. Yelling at a bud won’t make it bloom. Your home will not blossom into a haven if you are not controlling your temper.
4. Continue to pray for peace in your home. Persevere in prayer for your family. James 5:16b says, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”
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