Dayspring Giveaway: Read to the end for how to enter!
(The Dayspring Giveaway winner is Holly Neaton–Congratulations, Holly!)
You and I, as the wife and mom, set the tone in our homes. I have to admit that sometimes I wish it were not so! It’s a huge responsibility! I realize it more because I see that power of influence in the home applies to not just me, but also my daughter. The males in a home seem to be influenced by the atmosphere created by the females. I believe that the women in the home, daughters as well as mothers, can make the home delightful, or just as easily, dreadful.
The question I must ask myself is, “What is my example?”
If we are compared to a sweet perfume or a disgusting odor, which am I, and which am I teaching my daughter to be by my example? One that makes you hold your nose and want to be somewhere else? Or one that draws all the family together and makes them want to breathe in deeply.
I often become focused on the mechanics of Homemaking, and forget the atmosphere I’m creating. Have you ever thrown away something in your kitchen trash container, meaning to take it outside as soon as you were done with your cooking, but forgotten it there, only to be reminded later by a strangely atrocious smell? This is like a bad example: you can forget it for awhile, but pretty soon the whole house begins to stink, and you have to get it out of there fast.
Our attitudes, our countenances, the way we move about our home, the expressions on our faces when we look at our families: these all create an atmosphere, they set a tone, for good or bad.
I am at times surprised as I pass a mirror to see a look on my face that I didn’t know was there. Without thinking I smile at the person I see looking back at me–to cheer them up! (And I feel sorry for the people who’ve had to look at her all day!)
This reminds me of someone whose example I will never forget. Our children were much younger and we were at an event and sitting in an auditorium. There was a family sitting in the seats just down a row and over a few seats to the right of us. I don’t remember the number of children they had, or what the husband looked like, or what any of them were wearing. But, I remember her. Etched in my memory is the face of the most winsome woman I have ever been around. Her gracious, gentle manner with her family was acted out for us over the course of an afternoon. Each time she turned to look around or over at her children, I could see her face. Her smile. Her warm smile remained on her face and genuinely communicated love and tender affection every time she looked at her family.
I could not take my eyes off of her or the scene before me. Her husband and children were magnetically drawn to her. Her smile and eyes conveyed an indescribable warmth and love that was absolutely irresistible. I hated to leave this family.
I was so drawn to her. It was delightful to watch her with her family. Watching her was mesmerizing. I have no way to know if she was a Christian, or really anything about her or her family, but being in her presence, seeing that example, has never left me.
I know that we are all different. God has not given all of us the gift of her smile or her warmth. (And I’m sure that she must have had her moments, just like everyone.) God has placed in you and me the capability to bless our families and to love them. He has given us that gift. We have the ability to use our unique giftings, personalities, and God-given specialness, as wives, moms (and daughters), to fill our homes with the fragrance of faith and love, to the glory of God.
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One winner will receive a coupon for $20 worth of Dayspring products free!
Winner will be selected randomly, and announced sometime following close of the giveaway next Wednesday, July 20, midnight CST):
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