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The Heart at Home

June 10, 2009

I’m really enjoying going through the book of Proverbs with the children; every morning at breakfast I read aloud, they listen intently (we’re working on it!!) and they have to choose one verse/sentence that stands out to them and talk about it when I’ve finished. It’s amazing what stands out to them…mostly things to do with obedience and blessing their parents (mmmm, I wonder what God is trying to say to them?!).

Yesterday we read Proverbs 14, and even though I’ve read it time and time again (and blogged about it) verse 1 jumped out at me:

“A wise woman builds her home but the foolish woman tears it down with her own hands”

Not only am I to ‘keep’ my home but I am to build my home -brick by brick, day by day establishing the Kingdom of God in these small four walls.

Society puts so much pressure on woman to be out and about, busy busy buys; working, volunteering, driving their kids to this club and that club, ‘socialising’…or even shopping! It’s so easy to loose our heart for the home. Culture labels being at home ‘brain numbing’ or simply ‘boring’…what do you label it?

Building our homes is a privileged calling and one that takes time and attention. Attention to the atmosphere we’re creating, the people we’re raising and the example we are setting – if we’re never there how do we accomplish this?

I was blessed by the way Nancy Campbell signed off her editorial greeting in the most recent ‘Above Rubies’ magazine:

“May God bless you as you strengthen your family life. Remember the family was the first institution that God ordained. Apart from your relationship with God it should be your first priority…avoid running around and getting involved with everything else but your home. Batten down the hatches and keep the home fires burning. As we strengthen the family, we strengthen the nation.”
Nancy Campbell – ‘Above Rubies’; issue 76

It’s a daily challenge to me in my high calling as a wife, mother and homemaker; am I building or tearing?

My words
My actions
My priorities
My relationships
My attitudes
My work
My example
My life

Have a wonderful day building your home!


3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 11, 2009 9:52 am

    Lovely encouraging thoughts.

  2. June 12, 2009 2:53 pm

    Love this post! Thanks for the great reminders.

  3. June 12, 2009 2:54 pm

    I had to laugh when you talked about your kids listening INTENTLY to the scriptures- we are working on that one too!

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