A Peaceful and Loving Family
Possibly there are conflicts in your family that make it feel anything but peaceful. Every family, in its own way, is dysfunctional. It’s how you handle the disfunction that matters. There is no such thing as a perfect family. The greater the differences there are in personality the more likely that conflict increases.
So, what is one to do to keep peace and love a top priority in the family? The first step is to make it a priority, preferably by a godly parent that takes their role as the leader seriously. It will be this leader’s job to emphasize grace and forgiveness along with establishing common ground for unity. This godly parent must remember the power and influence that they have in creating unity. As the parent it will be crucial that you first set the example and provide a loving role model of the peace and love you are establishing. This can be very difficult especially if you are a single parent or are in a relationship without this type of support. Caring for yourself as a parent is of utmost importance. Get the rest you need and the spiritual nourishment you need through your own study and also through other spiritually mature believers. Then establish ground rules in your home. A great way to do that is through scripture.
I personally keep Romans 12:18 on my refrigerator for my family to see and remember that it is their responsibility to live at peace with all, especially their family.
“Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” NLT
When conflict arises, I can then ask my children, “have you done all that you can do to establish peace?” As a parent it is our job to carry with us many ideas and tools to help our children learn what “all you can do” really means. Give them ideas to create love and unity. Investing in your knowledge and wisdom so that you are equipped as a parent will save you time and heartache I the long run. If you are in need of some ideas and skills, I am here for you. I have been a single godly mother and have had great success with my children. We are not perfect, but we have an overall feeling of peace and love established in our home. When conflict arises, we draw from those skills to reestablish the unity and love that we desire and have placed a great emphasis on. Send me an email so we can chat!
Here’s to Peace and Love in your home too! – Cyndi Mowrey