My head and heart have been full lately. One of the biggest things I’ve been pondering, studying, and praying about is FAMILY/HOME LIFE.
The photo above, by the way, was taken a few summers back, in the days when we were all-except Carson- still traveling together, and none of us kids were married. Times have changed, but only for the better as our family has expanded and grown, and new homes are being established as new limbs grow on the family tree.
I am currently reading the chapter, “The Children’s Part”. Here are a few truths that struck me deep (all words in italics are direct quotes from the book):
“You know what a true Christian home ought to be. It ought to be a place where LOVE RULES. It ought to be bright, joyous, full of tenderness and affection, a place in which all are growing happier and holier each day. There should never be any discord, any wrangling, any angry words or bitter feelings.”
I ask you, sisters (gentlemen, if there are brothers/sons reading): Are you contributing all you could to this joyous home life?
Do you take an active part in making your family life filled with tenderness, affection, kindness?
Is your contribution to the home tending towards making it happier, holier, and brighter or do you add discordant notes, thoughtless words, and selfish feelings?
“The home, no matter how humble it is, how plain, how small- should be the dearest spot on earth to each member of the family. It should be made so happy a place, and so full of life…..”
Surely there is much, much more we could do to make it so.
May we each examine our hearts and go to the greatest lengths to grow in grace and love in the family life. Every sister, every brother plays a vital part. It is not the parents only who are responsible for the atmosphere of the home and the culture of the family.
“With the years of consciousness comes responsibility, and then every child helps either to make or to mar the home blessedness and the home joy.”
May we each do our utmost to contribute to the peaceful, joyous home atmosphere. May our hearts cultivate the tender thoughtfulness, the sweet loving attitudes that will nourish the tender tree of family life.