I welcome you to another exciting time in God’s presence. God is too faithful to fail and I see Him meet you at the very point of your needs today in Jesus’ name. This month, I will be sharing with you on what I titled, Making Your House a Home. Today, I will focus on creating an atmosphere of PRAISE AND EXCITEMENT IN YOUR HOME.
Excitement in the home is a major thing lacking in today’s families, homes and lives of individuals. Laughter is far from them, to smile is a problem and they don’t see what everybody else in the world is happy about. But the Lord gave a command through Paul saying: Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice (Philippians 4:4). The home should not be a place where silence prevails due to cold wars, dullness in the atmosphere or lukewarm attitude of each member towards the welfare of other family members. Whether you believe it or not, in families, the success of each member is tied to that of the others. It is not just the blood of each family member or the name of each member shares that is the same. The success, joy and fulfilment of each one is shared somehow and in some ways with other members of the family.
The Bible says: If I make you sad, who is going to make me happy? You are the ones to do it, and how can you if I cause you pain? (2 Corinthians 2:2 [TLB). God created the family in such a way that the happiness of one member affects the others. My husband said one day that: “Happiness is not found anywhere, it is created. Don’t wait for happiness, create it.” Stir it up, give it room and let it answer to you. Also, make room for excitement in the home, so that God can reside with you. In spite of my husband’s busy schedule, he creates time to play with our children and grandchildren and, make humorous statements to all. As much as possible, we always find time to have one major meal together and eating together can be fun.
Those who know him are quite aware that he is a funny person. He always has a joke to diffuse tension anytime he sees people unhappy. Even at home when one doesn’t feel hungry, just by sitting with my husband and hearing him talk as he eats, his laughter and joke propels you to join him in eating. Life at home can be really exciting just by adding a little laughter, praise and thanksgiving both to God and to members of your family.
Your thought may be “her husband is good, my own husband is bad.” Despite your husband, wife or children’s weaknesses, life can still be fun. I remember someone sharing this story: A woman went to a counsellor and said, “My husband is so bad, I want to leave him.” The counsellor then told her to sit down and he drew a circle saying, “For every fault your spouse has committed, put a dot in the circle.” The woman started putting dots for many offences she could remember, until she could not remember any offence. Then the wise counsellor said, “Madam, the unpainted space in the circle is still bigger than the one you have dotted. That means the man is not as bad as you want me to believe.”
Appreciate the good things in your spouse, sit down and think about it, no matter what wrong has been done in time past. There are still some good points or you would not have married him or her in the first place. Locate those good points and give praise compliments either to your spouse, children or household members. Talk about the positive points and the bad points will soon depreciate.
As a family, find time to praise God together. The Bible says: The Lord inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). God’s presence comes into your home as you make it a place of praise. they have done makes them all feel wanted, accepted and loved. Praising God and offering praise compliments to your family members for the good things they do, also make the home a delightful, comfortable and joyful place to remember.
My husband says: “Whatever you don’t appreciate, depreciates.” Thanking your spouse and family members is a way of appreciating them. Give thanks to the Lord for your family also, no matter your present situation. The Word of God says: Out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry… and I shall multiply them (Jeremiah 30:19). Thanksgiving to the Lord always produces a multiplying effect on what you are thanking Him for. If you thank the Lord for the peace and joy you have presently in your family, He will multiply it. If you thank Him for the traits in your family members and spouse, He will multiply them. Through thanksgiving, your home can be turned into a place of joy and delight for you and others around you.
To make your house a home, you must engage in verbal communication which is a major secret of family success. Never go to bed at night with grudges against your spouse or family members. If you do, you may have nightmares and bad dreams. Ensure that whatever needs to be settled is done same day. This will go a long way in overcoming little issues that put the family asunder. It reminds me of what happens to soft drinks when shaken repeatedly over a period of time. When it is eventually opened, it tends to overflow and spill. Likewise, when grievances among family members are not aired, an explosion someday is inevitable.
Friends, the grace to forgive is the preserve of the redeemed. You are redeemed by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. If you are set for it, please say this prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today as a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. I believe You died and rose on the third day for my sins. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”
Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you in Jesus’ Name! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through email@example.com; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).