Monday, August 18, 2008

What Have You Torn Down Lately?

Proverbs 14:1 Every wise woman builds her house, but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands.

This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. I pray every day that God would allow me to be wise and never foolish when it comes to my household. I wanted to share with you today some practical tips on how "not" to tear down our house.

#1: First, NEVER tear down our husbands. Besides God, he is the next and most important foundation of our house that we have. He gives us love, support, security, in essence, he is a type of savior to us. Our husbands need to feel love and respected. When we constantly tear them down by nagging, rejection, sarcasm, bitterness, pride, and sometimes even hatred, they no longer become a solid foundation for our house, but they become a mound of sand, beat down by our negativeness towards them.

#2: We must NEVER tear down ourselves by saying that we are "only housewives." We are much more than just a housewife. We are nuturers of our homes, lovers of our husbands and children, friends to the friendless. The best career that any woman can ever be blessed with is that of a homemaker. There are so many opportunities to build up our homes when our sole responsibility as a woman is to care for her family and her home.

#3: We must NEVER tear down our children. As mothers, it is our job to love and be a nuturer to our children. In the past, I have been just that kind of mother to my children, tearing them down and not even realizing it. We have to encourage them to be a child and not to grow up to fast, and to be who God wants them to be and them help them acheive that. Nuture and love your children. That is what they need more than anything!

#4: Last but not least, NEVER tear down your relationship with Christ. As a wise woman, we must know that ALL our strength to care for our homes and our families come from none other than Jesus Himself. Strengthen your walk with Christ and your family will thrive daily!

Let's be women who build and not tear down!

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