Peace is the third attribute of the Fruit of the Spirit. When I think back to my childhood, I remember peace in my home. This seems pretty amazing since I shared a house with eight other family members; it was challenging to find a spot to be alone!
As I think back over the years my two daughters lived at home, I wonder… did they think it was filled with peace? What makes a peaceful home?
Here are a few suggestions I used to create peace in my home:
- Pray often as a family. At our home, family prayer time changed throughout different seasons. There was a season that we prayed every night and seasons when we prayed together weekly. Coming together and sharing praises and concerns with God, was a peaceful time for my family; we opened up our hearts to each other.
- Have a designated place for family schedules, calendars, etc. A lot of people have a “command center” for their family. We had a built-in desk that was great; it was our family’s landing zone. I put a bulletin board with a calendar on the wall above. As a family we would add sports and work schedules, appointments, and activities. Right next to the calendar, I hung a dry erase board for the daily schedule. This allowed everyone to see at a glance what everyone was doing or needed to be doing!
- Plan for the next day. Lay out clothes, pack lunches, sign permission slips, give out lunch or field trip money, etc. Pack up backpacks and workbags. The few minutes it takes to do this each night alleviates so much tension in the morning (when many of us are not at our best!)
- Have a word or gesture that signals, “I’d like you to stop.” We raised our daughters to speak up when things bothered them. They learned to do this in a respectful way, but realized this doesn’t always mean people will stop. But, in our home, that’s exactly what it meant. Sometimes you don’t realize that things you are doing are annoying to those around you; you need to be aware and respectful of those closest to you!
- Do a daily pick up in your home. Every night when my kids were growing up, we had a nightly 10- minute pick up party. It’s amazing how clean a home can become with 3-4 people working 10 minutes! Put on some music and sing while you’re putting things where they belong. On Sunday nights we’d have a 30-minute party! Our weekends were busy and shoes, books, and clothes seemed to be everywhere! This was also a great time to lay things out!
As I shared two weeks ago, peace begins in your heart. Then, it moves out to those around you. Spend time reflecting on your home life, your schedules, and routines. Are there small changes you can make that would allow for a less hectic home? Brainstorm ways to create peace in your home. Have a family meeting and discuss this topic- you will be amazed at the suggestions from the other members of your family!
Share your ideas for a home filled with peace!