Are you 'happy at home', or does is sometimes feel like a place that when you get there, you are in overdrive to get things done? As women, when we are home, usually we are busy! There is ALWAYS something that needs to be done.
I love my home, love my family and enjoy doing those tasks to show them my love, cooking, cleaning, keeping order etc. If you have read about the 5 Love Languages, mine is "Acts of Service". I feel loved when someone does something for me and that is how I express love for my family.
Recently, my 13 year old (who's love language is affection), stopped me for a quick hug as I was dashing to the kitchen. Struck by the thought that these hugs may not be around much longer due to his age, I sat down on the couch to hug him and by accident, brushed his ribs. Being ticklish, he laughed. It had been a long time since I heard that sound. His mp3 player, his typical teenage boy lingo, complaints about doing chores are the sounds I'm accustomed to. This sound of laughter was like music to my ears.
Those homes, filled with smaller children hear lots of happy sounds. As our family grows up, the less 'happy sounds' are heard. It can be easy to just move along with these more serious sounds and forget about what happy sounds like.
A recent decorative box caught my eye..."Home Is Where Your Happy Is" struck a chord in my heart. Is my home happy? What can I do to make it 'more happy'?
What we are at home is truly what and who we are. The good, the bad and the ugly are seen and shared with our families. While we cannot choose our circumstances, we can choose our attitude. Even in the midst of darkness, we can find light. For Christian families, there is the assurance that God knows us and desires our good. He is always with us and invites us to trust Him, know Him and love Him. When His love is in our hearts, it overflows into our home. Even when we get a little turned around, get a little grouchy, get a little off-centered in our priorities, His love sustains us and will keep us. A simple prayer and adjustment to reflect on His goodness can remind us of His goodness and His blessings. That will always be our deep seated joy that is expressed and make our homes happy.