Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Peace of Home

"I have surely built you a house of habitation, a settled place for you to dwell in forever."  -1 Kings 8:13


 When there is a deep river of peace running through home, it's residents are not chasing possessions but are in pursuit of God and peace within themselves. They are in pursuit of their relationships with one another. Time together is valued and getting to know one another and spend time with one another is the normal way of life. A life lived with margin for just being together is prioritized and busyness falls away.

"My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places." Isaiah 32:18

"A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living." -Chuck Swindoll

At home it is safe and any lack of possessions is not noticed. The simple things are treasured. Love, life, joy and the spark of life are enjoyed. The values of God abide there, the values of the world are unknown in those walls. It is not a shopping centered life, but a home centered life. Not an aquiring gadgets centered life but on eternal values life. Seasons are weathered with dignity and grace and sharp tongues are refined by wisdom and age into soft ones. Love is spoken there, love is lived there, love is known there.

"And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony."  Colossians 3:14

"The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child's home." -William Temple

Small touches are here and there to make it a place of personality and learning. It is where collections reside, eccentric hobbies are pursued and the soft breezes outside are noticed.  The Holy Spirit resides in the hearts of family members and He is free to do His work there. It is not a place of perfection or of perfect people, it is a place of imperfect people being refined and growing together throughout the years. The hearts of the family members are pursued by God, He is worshiped there and parents pursue children's hearts, never giving up.

"Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.1 Peter 4:8

"Strength of character may be learned at work, but beauty of character is learned at home." -Henry Drummond

Grace, mercy and gentleness are spoken there. Mending is done when words are said that someone regrets so that the words do not live on to scar a heart. Forgiveness is offered and peace is pursued. Weeding is done in the home regularly, weeding out what God does not intend for minds and hearts to take in. Planting back the seeds of righteousness, joy, and purity. Home life is pursued with diligence and importance. The long term backbone of the home life is the backbone to each members life and work. When God dwells in our home He is taken out in the hearts of others, making a difference in hearts and lives out in the world.

"Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth." 1 John 3:18

"Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind." 1 Peter 3:8

"If therefore our houses be houses of the Lord, we shall for that reason love home, reckoning our daily devotion the sweetest of our daily delights; and our family-worship the most valuable of our family-comforts... A church in the house will be a good legacy, nay, it will be a good inheritance, to be left to your children after you." -Matthew Henry

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