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. Others make us lift our hands in worship while 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.
6 things I absolutely love in my home:
1. Vaccuum cleaner lines on freshly vaccuumed carpet.
2. The sound of the dishwasher running at the end of the day – signaling the kitchen is clean and closed.
3. Warm towels fresh out of the dryer.
4. The way the house is sparkling clean ALL at once right before guests arrive.
5. A flickering candle on my kitchen counter.
6. Soft music playing in the background.
I simply enjoy these gifts in life.
They are momentary.
Soon the kids will come running into the room and wrestle around and the vaccuum cleaner lines will be gone.
The dishwasher will stop running and need emptied – that’s not so fun!
The towels – they’ll be cold and wet soon. And most likely, left laying on the floor somewhere.
After the guests leave, the house will need cleaned all over again.
It’s the cycle of life.
My candle keeps on burning and my soft music…keeps on playing.
Morning, noon and night they serve me. My candle serves me with a flickering warm light, a pleasant scent, and a reminder to turn to God as my source of strength and help.
My music serves me with a soothing sound.
They don’t make messes, they don’t need managed, they just simply bless me and my family.
This week’s challenge:
Keep your candles burning, your prayers going and add soft music in your home.
Choose worship, classical, jazz or another form of peaceful music that the family enjoys. Focus on using peaceful words and maintaining peaceful relationships.
Work on gentleness and self-control this week.
Now we can’t have our candles burning and our music going and not pause to take a look at our own hearts. Our homes should be different than those who do not have the mercy, grace and help of the Lord. As we go to Him in prayer, may we take the time to see if there is anything in our lives that is displeasing to God, that we need to repent of.
Here are 4 ways to pursue gentleness and self-control this week:
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.
Jesus said: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
Are you taking the challenge this week?
What kind of music is playing in your house?
Have you been lighting your candle?
How has God worked in your home through this challenge?
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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,