Our family was talking one morning during devotions about what makes a home a haven, what family members can do to create a sanctuary for themselves set apart from the craziness of the world. Here are some of the things that we’ve found important over the years:
- Stability – parents dedicated to one another, forsaking all others.
- Focus on the Word – daily personal reading by each family member and time all together reading, memorizing and rehearsing, discussing, and learning to apply its principles.
- An atmosphere of love, acceptance, respect for one another, encouragement – never acceptance of sin, but acceptance of each family member as a work in progress because we are all sinners in need of God’s grace and the refining work of the Holy Spirit.
- Strong dikes – absence of television and worldly influences (secular films, books, and magazines, ungodly friends, unfiltered/unsupervised use of internet and social media, etc.), the building of a breakwater to keep the cares of the world from streaming in continually.
- Good things to think on – excellent books, articles, messages; music and art which glorify God.
- Togetherness – daily meals around the table, attending worship together, home educating (including read-alouds and conversation), being involved in family projects.
- Outreach – a united purpose of sharing the Lord’s light in one’s community and beyond
- Hospitality – the extension of temporary shelter to others (whether for a meal and fellowship or for longer), inspiring them to recreate the same for their own families and friends.
- A schedule – a daily pattern of consistency and steadiness (not rigidity), knowing what is expected when.
- Trust – knowledge that your words are safe, loyalty among family members.
- Orderliness and simplicity – a constant battle for the modern American family but something to strive for!
- Prayer – at any time and at all times, individually and hand in hand.
- JOY – smiles, kind words, hugs, times of laughter—serving the Lord and one another cheerfully.
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1
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