Staring out that window, I was moved to tears. The snow was falling gently, the sun glistening across it, and all four of my children were playing happily with each other, smiles plastered across their faces. Snow days weren’t always this way. They used to be chaos. When my kids were between the ages of one and five, they all needed help getting dressed. Then they only liked being outside for approximately 2.5 minutes before they were back in, taking off the same clothes I had just helped them put on. Then one would hit another with a snowball, and all the crying. Snow days weren’t always this peaceful.
But that day, it was. And as I stared out the window, tears rolling down my cheeks, I remembered all of the ways that we fought for this. Peace is opposed. And it is especially opposed in our homes. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to achieve. Biblically, peace often means taking action to bring something back into peace. Because of sin, our entire lives are now in opposition to the Lord and His plans—in opposition to the peace that He has for us. And while we can see peace come about in our lives, and in our homes, we must fight for it.
One of the names of God is Jehovah Shalom—the Lord is Peace (Judges 6:24). HE IS PEACE. And if we want peace in our homes, we must invite Him in. Invite His presence in. When my kids were little, I remember days where it just seemed like our entire lives were ruled by chaos. Nothing would go right, and all I could hear was fussing, whining, crying, and at times, yelling. In those moments, there was only one way that I knew to restore peace—invite the presence of Jesus through worship. As soon as I started the worship music, the difference was immediate—peace overtook the atmosphere of our home, and the whining, fussing, and crying would end. Jesus himself is peace—and He brings peace to our homes.
What I have learned since then is there is another important element to having peace in our homes. That element is us. As women, we have a special duty to set the atmosphere in our homes. The old phrase is true: “if momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” But as Christian women, we have more hope than just in our happiness. We have our hope in Jesus. And despite our circumstances, we, as the women of our homes, have been given the authority in Him to set the tone. This means that we must let peace reign in our own hearts. If we aren’t at peace, we cannot bring our homes to peace.
In the midst of a passage on how to walk the Christian life, Paul tells us to “let the peace of Christ, to which you were also called in one body, rule your hearts” (Colossians 3:15). If we want peace in our homes, it has to start in our hearts. I’m not naturally a morning person, but I have been getting up earlier than my children for almost two years now. My only regret is that I didn’t start this practice sooner. When I rise in the mornings, I get my daily workout in without interruption, and then I have morning prayer time. One of the things that I pray every day is for the Kingdom of God to come in my life—His righteousness, His peace, and His joy. It took about a year, but one day, I looked up and realized that my home was much more peaceful than it had ever been. And it wasn’t because of a total lack of fighting, struggles, or general discord. It was because of the peace in my heart. I no longer felt overwhelmed when these ugly issues showed their heads. I was able to respond in peace and bring peace because I was at peace. Christ has established His peace in my heart, and therefore I am able to establish His peace in my home.
The world has no shortage of struggles for our homes. But Christ has no shortage of peace for our hearts. Fight for it. Fight for the peace in your home, and fight for the peace in your heart.
One day, you’ll get a snow day and realize it was all worth it.
We want to thank Brooke Kellum for sharing this post.
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Awesome, Brooke! Thank you for your “peaceful ” words! Thank You, Jesus, for Brooke!