Six Steps to Enjoy a More Peaceful Home

Would you like a few suggestions to help your home feel more peaceful this summer? These six ideas have helped me to enjoy my home life with my family more. I pray they will help you too!

1. Relax– Make an allowance for your kid’s faults (Ephesians 4:2). They are going to mess up, and it’s okay. Jesus already knows, and that’s why He came! Lead them to the One who empowers them to overcome sin.
2. Walk in humility- Don’t parent out of pride. (Proverbs 11:2) If your kids misbehave in public or act up around your friend’s kids, smile and simply say, “So sorry, we’re trying to work on this right now.” Admit it when your kids are wrong but don’t shame them.
3. Respond gently– Proverbs 15:1 (NKJV) says, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.” Whoa…this is a tough one, but it totally works! Breathe a prayer as you count to ten if you’re angry.
4. Have patience– James 1:19b (NLT) says, “You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” Best advice ever!
5. Let Jesus lead you–  Galatians 5:17-18 says, “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.” Wow, think about that one! Ask God what He thinks, carefully listen, and then obey. The Spirit gives life, but the law strengthens sin. Ask God to fill you with His Spirit.
6. Live in peace– As you apply the first five steps above, the peace of Jesus will reign in your home (Ephesians 4:3b).

Mari Jo Mast

Mari Jo, her husband Kim and family left everything that was familiar to them 13 years ago to move to beautiful Colorado.They live on a mini-farm which includes Snickers (a small Yorkie-Poo), arooster named Cracker Jack, and 23 chickens who supply them with fresh eggs every day! It is their desire to allow all 7 of their children to live outside of the box, to pursue Jesus and follow their God-given desires for His greater purpose. Two are happily married to spouses who are greatly loved. They have a sweet little Grandson and a little Granddaughter will be added this summer!

Mari Jo had an encounter with the living God in 2000, and was freed from the bondage of legalism. She is passionate about Jesus and his love, and desires for everyone to know He is alive!
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4 Comments on “Six Steps to Enjoy a More Peaceful Home”

  1. I’ve never applied these verses to parenting. But wow they are such good reminders of Gods goodness to us.

  2. Awesome tips. Especially be quick to listen slow to speak slow to be angry, I never looked at this verse has having patience. Now when I pray for patience this will be my verse of choice.

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