Karen felt like there was no rhythm in their home anymore. It seemed everyone was going different directions at different times.
The family times they had had when the kids were small were gone as the older children inched their way to independence. She asked God to show her how to bring some balance back into their schedule and how to better nurture her growing family.
As parents we have a unique opportunity to meet the important need of giving and receiving love as our families grow and change. God reminds us that our love goes much further than our words. We can be proactive in finding ways to intentionally nurture love in our homes in spite of schedules that often see us passing in the doorway.
“Dear Children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:18)
Seven Steps to Loving with Action in Our Homes
- Love is a learned response
Give affection daily and consciously respond to affection given to you.
- Love your spouse
Visible love to one another provides security and stability in the home.
- Love must be communicated
Do your tones and body language reflect love, along with your words?
- Love takes time to be together
Intentionally make time for those you love and look into their eyes.
- Love shares
Share work and play; thoughts and ideas. Share life!
- Love listens
Listen with your heart as well as with your ears.
- Love thrives within trust
Keep integrity in tact.
Prayer & Reflection
I need Your help to model love in my home. Fill me with Your love by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Give me insight and understanding in the ways my family members need to receive my love. Help me to bask in your love for me so that I will be equipped by You to love others.
In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.