Have you ever noticed how a small change can create a big effect? Oftentimes I overwhelm myself when wanting a different or new thing for my home. It gets stuck in my mind that I need a complete overhaul! Then realizing that is not possible, it is easy to get discouraged. But a recent refresher course showed me it doesn't take a whole lot of change to get a big effect.
Recently my neighbor showed me some nice touches she did in her home that made a big difference. One of the things was new curtains. They looked great and gave the room a whole new look. The best part? She purchased them at a local dollar store for a very reasonable price.
Many times I want the atmosphere of my home to change. Attitudes, words and actions sometimes need a total renovation. Where have I been known to begin? By pointing these negative factors out! Does this work? NO! It tends to cause a downhill slide. The bad behaviors continue and there is the added burden of family friction and stress because my words did not build up, but instead, tore down. God's Word reminds me "A wise woman builds her home."
Of course prayer changes things and instead of complaining to God about the things I don't like, I feel the nudging of the Lord to change ME. "Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me." When my attitude is right, big changes can occur in the home. I can overlook minor discretion with grace, correct with gentleness in my tone and generally have a better (and hopefully contagious) attitude. A little change in heart can yield a big and beautiful effect that can make my home sing!