We’ve been talking about our homes and being keeper of our homes, in regards to what it smells like and what it looks like. This time, for the final installment in this series, let’s talk about what our homes sound like.
Kind words are like honey—
sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. Proverbs 16:24
We are taught our tongue can be a dangerous member, in the book of James. As the keeper of our home, it is important we are guarding the words that flow throughout the house. What is being said in our house? Is it giving life or death? Is it uplifting or discouraging? Are the words being spoken sweet to the soul?
We set the example and the tone by the words we speak. What helps me is praying aloud, including my son in my prayers. It is important that he hears me actually praying. Also, reciting scriptures aloud is beneficial. At times, I have put scriptures on the walls or the mirrors, not only as a reminder, but when when I see them, as something to say out loud.
When there are multiple people in the home, we have to monitor what they are saying. Small children repeat what they hear. What kind of influence is the TV or music having on the words they speak?
As Moms, it is very important we affirm our children every day. There is so much going on in the world and so many challenges children face. We need to be their safe place, just as God as our Father is our safe place.
Let’s really focus on being the keeper of the home and building up our families.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1, NKJV
Those who know me, know I rarely do anything halfway. When I commit to do something, I stay in there, have a firm grip, similar to that of a bulldog holding on to a “catch”. I even broke my ankle in a big way in 2013!
When I serve, for me, it’s not just about doing something all the way. It’s so much more. Paul said, “Present your bodies a living sacrifice…acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” This scripture offers insight into our purpose.
My parents taught me to be polite and I have passed that lesson on to my son. When someone gives you something or does something for you, you say thank you. God has given me eternal life through Jesus Christ. He has forgiven me of my sins. He has blessed me abundantly. He’s done so much, He absolutely deserves much more than a ‘thank you, Lord’ – although that should be included. Since he owns everything, what else can I offer Him besides the gifts and talents and abilities He has given me? My reasonable service, is to serve whole-heartedly. My reasonable service, the least I can do, is give myself back to Him (He already owns me!). My reasonable service is to present myself as a living sacrifice. He is the Creator. What else can you give Him truly, but yourself?
Let’s live on purpose, for purpose, through a life of service unto God.