Create peace in your home. Having an atmosphere of peace. That just sounds, well, peaceful. When people realize that we have 8 children, they often have some interesting comments for us. One of the things that people assume is that our home must be riddled with chaos and noise. This just is not the case most of the time.
Sure, there’s plenty of noise sometimes and yes, even chaos too but overall, we have peace in our home. Some days it takes more effort to create peace than others.
When we find that we are in a season of life that is stressful, we intently set out to create a peaceful environment.
How We Create Peace in Our Home
First and foremost, we pray in and over our home daily. I cannot stress enough how important prayer is to create peace. This is the absolute core of our family and home. We ask the Lord to fill our home and hearts with peace each day. We also spend time reading in the Bible each day.
In addition to prayer, we like to softly play worship music in our home as we go about our day to day tasks. Playing worship music helps us have better attitudes and be more joyful even when things aren’t running as smoothly as we would like.
We also like diffuse essential oils that promote happiness and peace. Citrus oils are our go to for diffusing. When the house smells lovely, everyone is much happier.
Speaking of diffusing, another way to have peace is to diffuse any stressful situations as quickly as possible. If the kids are bickering and having a spat or someone just has a bad attitude, we stop and get to the root and heart of the problem. By quickly resolving the issue, we can move on with our day joyfully instead of dealing with frustration. It only takes one bad attitude to create frustration for everyone.
Dwelling on the positives is essential to peace. It’s so easy to dwell on the negative things happening in life. Sometimes, the negatives seem to outweigh the positives and we get so bogged down with situations and stress. The Bible says to take our thoughts captive (II Corinthians 10:5) and by doing so, we can choose to dwell on the positive things in our lives.
Also, a big ol’ cuppa coffee or tea always helps to add to the peaceful atmosphere in our home. 😉
When you create peace in the home, you can live a much healthier and more fulfilling life. We all know that stress wreaks havoc on your health and mental wellness. By reducing the stress levels in the home, everyone can be much happier and healthier.
We are also responsible for training up our children in the way they should go. I want my children to grow up with peace and joy instead of contention and strife. By setting the example and teaching them to live peacefully now, they will be able to do that as adults and raise their children in the same way.
We aren’t perfect and we fall short many times but our heart is truly to honor God in all that we do and when we create peace in our home it is a way to do just that.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)
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