Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Mother Builds a Happy Home




“Mothers who recognize the value of homemaking see that there is an art to it.

A mother builds a happy home brick by brick, laid upon strong moral principles.

From her home the majesty of her inspiring leadership has a spiral affect.

Like a pebble dropped in a pond it spirals outward in ever widening circles.

Rather than society influencing the home it ought to be the Christian home influencing society.

Righteousness brings beauty of character. Character creates harmony in the home. Harmony in the home fosters order to civilization...isn't this what is meant by "the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world?"

Therefore, let us remember our position, fulfilling our office of queen with a kind of friendly dignity. It is a noble, high, important, and sometimes difficult position...

 But God will guide our steps if we keep our eyes on He who appointed us. And we will find joy within the authoritative yet loving relationship we were meant to establish with our children."

~Karen Andreola

Oh ladies, I know that the work of building a happy home can become tiring, demanding and depressing at times if we are not careful to guard our thoughts. We can easy become disillusioned but we must keep our thoughts on the Lord--He is our Helper and our Comforter and will guide us through all of our difficult times and trials. My advice is not to become so distracted with the many voices in the world because the main voice we need to hear is God's. Open your Bible and fill yourself with truth until you are overflowing and be sober-minded instead of filling yourself with confusion and lies from the enemy who is a liar.

WHAT I AM DOING THIS WEEK

This week on the homefront I have been getting our homeschooling spaces reading for getting back to school. Our local schools start this week and some of the children are sad that summer is ending so quickly for us all. Honestly, this summer flew by in a blink of an eye and I am wondering where time went. We still have not gone to the beach yet! No worries, though, we are trying to fit it in within the next two weeks.

I am getting excited about school this year--I am adopting more of an mindframe of "if I were on a deserted island" or "if this was my last year to teach the kids ever again what would I teach?" this year. I am loving what I am picking out and the fun things I have been pinning on my homeschooling Pinterest board. We are going to have a ton of fun while learning this year!

But it is bittersweet again because my oldest son is a senior this year. Time has gone by so quickly and somehow when a child is a senior I sometimes get heavy hearted picking out their curriculum for their last year. Can you mama's out there relate?

I am so grateful for homeschooling because the time goes by so quickly and before you know it that time is gone. You look up one day and see a young man (woman) about to start his (her) life. I am so grateful I was able to spend so much of their childhood right along side with them!

Now as I gather pencils and paper--- I am reminded that I am nearing fifty. I now know what matters and what doesn't matter as far as my children are concerned and I want to spend this coming year focusing on what matters to God and not what others tell me to do!

THE CHALLENGE QUESTION

This week, ladies, I would love for us to focus our hearts on the Lord. Is there anything distracting you from Him? Your phone, social media, Netflix, too many unnecessary activities? Be still and fill yourself to overflowing with His Word.  Don't go onto the battle ground without your battle gear. His Word is what sustains us and guides in times when our flesh is weak. Use your time wisely and build a happy home that brings Him glory!


How will you build a happy home this week?

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2 comments:

Gina Mustakas said...

Thank you for this beautiful, timely reminder to dig deep into the Word in order to be sustained and uplifted during all of the back to school chaos. I have been hearing this a lot lately - to press in to God's Word, to seek His heart, to listen to Jesus rather than the liar. God bless you for the seeds you are planting in your children's hearts as well as your readers'. Peace be with you.

Sonya Bell said...

Wow... so timely. My oldest is starting kindergarten and our homeschooling journey really begins (we did a very relaxed pre-k). Lately I have been feeling very overwhelmed and unhappy. its not who I am or who my Father created me to be! Thanks for your inspiring words and helping me realize what's really important.

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