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“Let the wife make her husband glad to come home and let him make her sorry he leaves.”   Martin Luther

We women set the tone in our homes. If we are cranky, using a loud and unpleasant voice, those who live with us will begin to act this way as well. If our lives are undisciplined and we live in a selfish, self-centered way, our homes and families will be neglected and begin to show deterioration both physically and spiritually. The daily activities a woman chooses will either build up or tear down her home; therefore, she must bring her day’s plans prayerfully before the Lord.

Read Ephesians 2:19-22 and I Peter 2:4-10

As a brick, stone or block in God’s house, where do you fit in? Are you a part of a load-bearing wall, as a prayer warrior, Sunday School teacher, kitchen worker or encourager, for example? Are you perhaps a window through whom others can glimpse Christ? Or is your part of the wall crumbling and needing a little extra mortar? Careful, you could be very busy building a wall that is not even attached to God’s house, and so would be of no use to Him.

Proverbs 24: 3 says, “By wisdom a house is built and through understanding it is established;

Galatians 5:22, 23 lists the fruit of the Spirit… Great rare and beautiful treasures for your home. Also, the list in Colossians 3:12-17: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forbearance, forgiveness, love, peacefulness, thankfulness, wisdom from God’s Word being shared, singing spiritual songs doing all unto the Lord.

Here are a few ideas for furnishing your house today.

• Having daily family devotions
• Playing Christian music
• Turning off the TV, computer, etc.
• Stopping to pray any time you sense a need
• Having God-honoring pictures, literature, activities around the house
• Thinking of your home as a mini-church or Christian community

Excerpts from A Wise Woman Builds Her House written by Rose Carlson for the WMF in 2002.