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 music that the family enjoys.
Then, focus on using peaceful words and maintaining peaceful relationships. Role model gentleness with your words this week and while you’re add it have a little fun. Since the music is going, grab your husband or children and dance!
If you need suggestions for music here are a few:
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 noise and focus to study. Since then, this CD remains in the CD player and plays on repeat day AND NIGHT. We wake up to this music in our home. I love it! Here’s a sample of my FAVORITE song on the CD:
5. I like Contemporary Christian Music– the sky is the limit on this – from hymns to Casting Crowns to Seeds Family Worship. All of this music fills our family’s hearts and mind with God’s truth.
6. Don’t be afraid to take your hubby by the hand and slow dance cheek to cheek – the children will love it! Grab them by the hand too and swirl them around – have fun!
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.
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 light your candle and 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.”
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 here on Wednesday! Thank you all so much for your accountability. I so appreciate you joining me on this journey!!! We are in it together!