"And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.
And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;"
This is the desire of the Lord for our homes, and it is a work of Him through us.
To have peaceful dwelling places.
"Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain."
Many would ask...how is this done? It is simple.
Give the Lord the pre-eminence in your home.
Let His word guide all that is done and said.
In Webster's 1828 dictionary the meaning of pre-eminence is laid out.
Precedence; priority of place; superiority in rank or dignity.
That in all things he might have the preeminence.
Superiority of power or influence.
Practically this plays out in making sure that as a family you are in the Bible each day.
It is good for the father to lead in family Bible times, and then through the day the mother can spend time with the children in reading the Bible and teaching from it.
In homeschooling, our family starts our lesson time with reading the Bible and talking about it before heading into our other subjects. I have the children write out verses from our study each day and that helps with their writing skills and memory of what has been studied. One little tidbit of info is that the King James Bible is perfect english and is very useful in teaching children how to read and write clearly.
"And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
This was written to Israel, but we as believers in the Lord Jesus also serve the same God, for there is just one God.
In the home we need to diligently teach our children the word of God. We need to talk about it wherever we are all though the day. It is so helpful to have scripture printed out and set up around our home for us, and for those who come into our homes.
When we give the Lord pre-eminence in our homes, His peace, His guidance ,His direction creates a home where righteousness dwells and He is glorified!
As we go about the art of homemaking, we will do so in a manner pleasing the Lord. We will be gentle, helpful, patient, thoughtful, and hard working.
We will see things through the Lord's eyes, and in light of eternity even scrubbing our floors and preparing meals for our families will become a joy not a burden.
Yes, it is though the work of a woman's hands: We can create a home that is a peaceful haven from the world, or we can bring the turmoil of sin in and see our homes fall apart.
"Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands."
We get all this wisdom and understanding from the Lord through His word...that is why it is most important to have the Lord first in our homes. Christ Jesus is the Rock on which our homes need to be built for them to truly be Home Sweet Home.
"And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock."
Love and Prayers,
Such wonderful words Jennifer! How perfectly together the father and mother can work in a home to teach children to love the Word of God. I love it that you use the KJV to instruct your children in the things of the Lord as well as proper English! Such a great way to install into the hearts of children at a young age a love for the Word! When our children were younger, our family would gather together and each read aloud from the Word, and also share scriptures we had memorized and then pray together. Now our children are grown and almost out of the home, but I know that those times are still special in their hearts, and they appreciate the things they learned through spending that time in the Word. May the Lord continue to bless your sweet family :)
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