“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” Proverbs 14:1 (NIV)
As mothers and spouses in our homes we have lots of power. The power to build up our homes. To calm situations in the midst of chaos. The power to choose to be a part of God’s loving masterpiece or a part of Satan’s destructive works.
I grew up thinking that having power is to be in control of our lives. To have power in our jobs or build up empires. God has humbled my heart through the years. He has shown me many times the power to build up my home in his ways is far more powerful than the world’s view of power.
Not only do we have the power to build up our homes we have the power to destroy. We are tempted by Satan to fall back into old habits. To lash at our children when we are frustrated. Short tempered and quick to anger at our husbands. God reminds me he is slow to anger.
I can choose.
I can choose to use the power that God has given me through him to lift my children up each day. Encourage and praise my husband even when I am upset with him. Serve my family with a joyful heart.
How can we use our power to build our homes?
Pray each day even hour if you need to be closer to God. We are natural sinners and we will not be perfect with our power each day but we have God with us each step. Pray for wisdom.
Encourage our family members with their love languages. Express gratitude to each of them to what they bring to your family.
Serve your family with a humble heart and without expectation. Serving with expectation will only disappoint you. Your role as a mother and wife is a ministry that God has placed before you.
Thank God in all circumstances.
Get to the root of your heart and pray to God to reveal the areas you need to overcome. Pray for strength from God and stay in the word.
I share this with you because I struggle too with my power. If I am honest with you my struggle is my mouth. I can get worked up and forget the power that I have to use my words in a loving way and before I know it Satan has led to me the path of anger.
My family can forgive me but they won’t forget the words I say. My words should be God breathing words not life taking.
Lord, I pray tonight for myself and other women who are builders in their homes. I pray that you strengthen me where I am weak. Build me up to where you need me to be for your will and your glory. I can build my family up or I can destroy them. It is my choice. Lord, I pray that I will fix my eyes on you. I will honor and love you Lord through my family. Make me a builder. Amen.