It's been said "what you are at home...is what you are." Those are true words, home is where we can lay back and be ourselves. That encompasses a wide variety, some good, some not so good and every now and again, some downright ugly!
But as women, wives and mothers, we have the unique responsibility and power to influence our home. What our family sees day in and day out is what they consider normal. Our words, attitudes, actions, routines are not only being watched, but are being imitated and ingrained in hearts and will be passed along one day as new families spring forth from us.
What if we would rise to the challenge to be deliberate in our 'normal'? In many areas, the values of a Christian are in direct conflict of the ways of the world. A few comparisons include:
If we strive to display Christ likeness in our home, our children take that to heart. In the above areas, by us making deliberate choices to reflect holiness and godliness, a difference will be noted from our home and the ways of the world. As we make our homes a place to rejoice in God's blessings in the good times, our children learn to praise God from whom all blessings flow. Faith is seen and learned in the midst of struggles and hard times as the watch where we go for our help.
The pull of the world and the temptations of sin are very real dangers to our kids. Ultimately, they will make their own choices and decisions and they may not always be what we would have chosen for them. But the influence of 'normal' will always stay with them.