We are carriers of His peace, love, and joy, and our homes should be bursting with the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit.
But when you need to get dinner out of the oven while simultaneously moving over a load of laundry, feeding the dog, and checking your kid’s homework, it sure doesn’t feel like a Sunday morning worship song.
For me personally, I have to battle the excuse that hangs on the tip of my tongue: “But I work too!”
And for whatever reason, this is the most challenging for me when it comes to dinner. Those infamous words that put me in my pain cycle: “What’s for dinner?”
The screaming crazy woman in my head—the one in business slacks and a nice blouse, setting her laptop bag down and taking off her heels—wants to shout, “I don’t know! I work too!”
Any working wives relate?
But my job is to establish my home; in fact, Proverbs 14:1 says,
The wisest of women builds her home, but the foolish, with her own hands, tears it down.
Do you see what power we have in our home?
I’ve also learned that I’m not supposed to build my house alone. I’m not a martyr, falling on the sword of unending laundry and “What’s for dinner?” conversations.
Dinner was my struggle, and all I had to do was tell my sweet hubs how hard that was for me to come home and figure out dinner after working all day.
Our guys want to help—yes, your husband too.
They often don’t know how to help us or what we need.
So, how can I build peace in my home between the hours of 5:30 and 6:30 when dinner needs to supernaturally appear?
Well, I work best with a plan. We plan what we can cook—emphasis on we. We plan what nights will be leftovers or something easy (e.g. hot dogs). We plan what can be pre-cooked and frozen—usually those are the best plans.
We grocery shop on Sunday, and we make a plan for the week. The screaming crazy woman disappears and is replaced by joy and peace.
If you want peace in your home, you’ve got to communicate with your family. Get a cleaning schedule. Create a chore chart. Plan your meals for a week (or a month!).
Whatever you need to do, talk to your husband and do it.
When we establish peace in our homes, we are a blessing to our husbands and our children; we bring God’s kingdom there; we invite the Holy Spirit to move; and we influence His reign in our families.
Don’t you want some of that in your house? I know I do!
This blog post originally appeared on the HCF Blog, Among Friends.