The following list is something I read recently and found convicting.
Cultivating Home Peace
Begin each day by taking note of, and appreciating, the blessings that are currently in your life. (I love this idea, and at times I do write in my journal “things I am thankful for”)
Be the guardian of your words. Words are powerful and can destroy in seconds what may have taken years to cultivate. (ouch! very convicting! and, very true!)
Make it a habit to look for and praise positive behavior and attitudes of your family members. By recognizing and building up the positive traits, they become stronger, leaving less room (and little time) for negative qualities to take root. (I love this idea! So often I nit-pick my husband or my kids)
When your partner and /or children are speaking to you, look up from what you are doing and offer your full attention to their words. (I practiced this as I typed, David brought me something that he found and I looked right at him while he told me all about it. He didn’t seem too startled, LOL)
Make every effort to master a quick temper. Seek to consciously check anger and impatience in yourself, as these are the streams from which negative words flow. (Amen!)
Keep in mind that bad moods are contagious. Try to differentiate between a sour mood and a true dilemma (your own as well as others’).
Never underestimate the power of an apology. Be prepared to look at yourself with complete honesty and admit and apologize when you have snapped unnecessarily. (I try to make sure I do this w/the children during the day, too)
Pride and stubbornness are inhibitors to happiness and will negatively influence your life. Always accept a sincere apology, avoiding the habit of unforgiveness. (ooooh, ouch! thank you Lord, for showing me why it’s hard to accept apology at times. . .because of my own pride and stubbornness!!)
The human family is a precious thing. In is within the family circle that we conduct our apprenticeship to life and make our first social contact. Each of us is alive for a purpose. It is our responsibility to find the gifts that were bestowed upon us. Once found, it is our joy–as well as our obligation–to cultivate and make use of them. (so so true)
~Tracey McBride, in Frugal Luxuries by the Seasons
(Spot was in a box this morning, playing, so I took his picture. Cats make me feel peaceful)
“God the Father is called the ‘God of peace’ (Hebrews 13:20).
God the Son, the ‘Prince of peace’ (Isaiah 9:6).
God the Holy Ghost the ‘Spirit. . .of peace’ (Ephesians 4:30)”
“. . . .seek peace, and pursue it.” Psalm 34:14